Whispers in the Dark

The Final Weekly Issue

As the sunlit sanity of the waking world burns the night to ash,
embrace the unbound madness of your wildest dreams,
laugh into the endless abyss of your darkest fantasies,
and rage against the coming dawn.

PulpBusters is a presentation of bone-chilling buffoonery, nerve-wracking silliness, and twisted nitwittery by “Amoral Crackpot” Steve Arviso.


Dear Reader,

Beware the grinning man who awaits you in your sleep. His only desire is to witness that moment you find yourself unable to return to the waking world.

- Steve


"OF BLOOD AND WATER"

The revolutionaries stormed the final doors, and the king watched. "They are here for us, Sister."

"Not us," she whispered in his ear, pushing a knife into her brother's heart. "You."

"Why?"

"You would have done the same to me."

"Never."

"And that's why you die a fool."


"WHISPERS IN THE DARK"

Transcribed from transmission XX85.06.06:

WHISPER: Listen up, lo-fi fiends and freaks. The sun's setting on Adia, and you know what that means...

Transmission glitches, continues.

WHISPER: Word on the wire has it The First Adopters are no more following a successful coup by the scattered subscribers of the recently canceled Admiral Iron Shavings. No official statement yet from former officials. But First Adopter profiles have gone dark as of noon today.

Transmission glitches, continues.

WHISPER: Demand is high, bills are due, and credits are short. We wish nothing but the best for every citizen of Adia - from The Owners, all the way down to basic binary organics. And to show our appreciation, we're offering a limited-time blue light special to every unit of human capital stock. Supplies are limited, so speak IRL with any and all members of Management or Security to collect what's yours tonight.

Transmission glitches, continues.

WHISPER: And, finally... don't settle on the cards you're dealt, and never let your specs control your performance. The analytics are a lie. Hire only the best modders to reclaim your sense of self. If you can scan it, we can clone it. If you can scrap it, we can hack it. Be who you were meant to be. They'll never know you weren't there.

Transmission glitches, continues.

WHISPER: That's all she scanned, bits and grids. This is another Whisper in the Dark, reminding you: anything is legal in Adia, if you can afford the transaction fees.

Transmission ends.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

PULPBUSTERS
Steve Arviso
2021