Butler F. Temple, ‘The Blood and the Wound that Drains’ – Terminal Transit


‘The Blood and the Wound that Drains’

The NotBeSpeak will not be spoken of. They are the space between the words. Not the words themselves.

The pause before the sentence.

The sigh that follows. The NotBeSpeak are ancient. Timeless. Dangerous. Alien. The NotBeSpeak are shapeless. Always shifting. Drifting outside of definition. Beyond boundaries. The NotBeSpeak are not evil. This is not a word for them. No words really are. The NotBeSpeak need shape now. They need form to form their dismal plan. The NotBeSpeak seek a host. Like a vacuum needs a vessel to empty.

Blood needs a wound to drain.

Darkness needs a light to extinguish.

There are five NotBeSpeak and they are currently devoid of physical form. They are in-between. Liminal. The thought that flutters briefly before dimming to die not formed. The space you see between two books on the same shelf where another one wouldn’t fit. The something you do not hear as the sound of it jostles your eardrum. The shadow cast you cannot see for the angle of its origin. Were you to know where to look and, more importantly, were able to comprehend it, you would gradually come to understand that the influence of the NotBeSpeak can most properly be understood in terms of the Three Tiers of Change;


Present-Change and



Author: Barnaby Taylor

Inspired by his passion for films and video games, Barnaby Taylor loves writing dystopian science fiction and horror. He has recently written the VIRO series about a gang of teenagers struggling to survive in a world overrun by the infected. There are currently three books in the series and Book Four is on the way. VIRO is rapidly infecting the Amazon charts and gaining rave reviews along the way. Here's one of the latest reviews: 'I found myself sucked right into the characters and never-ending action and gore page after page. I very rarely buy books, but immediately purchased number two which I found equally as engrossing. Yesterday I bought book three in the VIRO series and instead of a good night's sleep I've got red eyes and a need for Red Bull! Fantastic series for all my zombie lovers out there!' Book One is currently FREE to download at the following links: http://bit.ly/VIRO1UKKindle http://bit.ly/VIROBOOK1 Barnaby posts weekly updates on his writing on his blog and you can follow these updates at www.falconboy.ie. You can also find him on Twitter @BarnabyFTaylor.

4 thoughts

    1. Happy New Year. This is an excerpt from the book within the book from the latest draft of my revised apocalyptic state of the nation horror science fiction deadly darkness alien thing that I originally published on the blog as Bara Cailin but has now been renamed Terminal Transit and is now in its 4th draft and close to 40, 000 words. (Sorry, long message!)

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