As a part of this celebration OF Wold Newton, ALL PULP shares a 200 word excerpt from the Wold Newton ORIGINS story written by Win Scott Eckert and posted at
http://meteorhousepress.com/2010/12/11/first-200-words-part-12/ by Mike Croteau of Meteor House Press.
“Is He in Hell?”
by Win Scott Eckert
France, November 1795
Halt! Identify yourself, citoyen.” Dusk was falling and the small, rat-faced guard at the Paris city gates squinted through the driving rain as the rickety wagon approached.
“Ah, Sergeant Favraux, it is but I, Rambert, with my latest load.”
Favraux took a few steps forward. “Come closer, Rambert, I can’t see you.”
The cart rolled forward a few more lengths and halted at the driver’s touch of the rein.
Favraux slopped through the mud and peered with curiosity at the two men perched on the wagon. “It is you, Rambert,” he exclaimed. “But who’s your driver, he’s a new one.”
The cart’s driver was cloaked all in black. A broad-brimmed hat pulled low over his brow shadowed his features.
“My new driver,” Rambert said, “Citoyen Lecoq.” The man in black gave a respectful, if casual, two-fingered salute.
Sergeant Favraux nodded. “Well, I’ll have to search the wagon, anyway. Can’t be too careful, you know.”
“Indeed,” Rambert said. “But you know the contents of my load. They’ll get ruined in this downpour and my lady will have my hide. Can’t we pull under that overhang, and make it quick?”
The sergeant shrugged and waved the cart toward …
(Copyright © 2010 by the Philip J Farmer Family Trust)
The rest of “Is He in Hell” can be found in The Worlds of Philip José Farmer 1: Protean Dimensions.