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September 15 , 2010

A Codex of Malevolence


A Codex of Malevolence by Matthew Sawyer is a short story collection that tracks the spread of weird and unholy evil from Wister Town, Wisconsin. In both compilations, the tales are presented in an approximate chronology. This codex continues a record of chimeric eruptions within the United States Midwest and documents their more recent origin on the West Coast.

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The Fevered Possessed - Fourth-grader, Jerry Lacter, strips to his waist during a noon recess on a January day in Wisconsin. He complains he's hot but the playground supervisor sends him to the principal's office. Tina, Jerry's friend, redirects the boy to the nurse's office instead. His body exudes an enormous amount of heat.

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Heart of the Snowman - Two young sorcerers in Southern Wisconsin have an opportunity to animate a snowman with a dead man's heart. Rob first must know why Mr Jelinshek showed up at Tim's house, he distrusts his friend and fellow alchemist while they explore the Dark Arts.

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