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15 June  1800 EDT

"Go ahead, " said Nosmo. "Hit the dang button and let's get on with it."

"I dunno guys." said the shaman. "It's a heck of leap." The shaman was sitting in front of his screen, finger poised. A group of his friends had gathered to see this event. The shaman had been struck down suddenly on his way over to Hyde Park, and when he had awakened, he had received an epiphany.

"The band!" he had murmered. Then realizing the gravity of it all, he'd shouted to the heavens. "THE BAND!!! YES! YES! JESUS H. TAP-DANCING CHRIST... I HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT! "

Then he realized that he'd never been in a band, and what's more, the window was down, and he was stopped at a green light and people in neighboring cars were looking at him in a quizzical way, and it made him feel very embarrassed. He pulled around the corner past Debco Electronics and parked, trying to sort out what the epiphany had meant. Little by little, it dawned on him that it was time to resurrect the Black Hole Literary Review. He was not sure, but that was the general gist of it.

John D. had been watching impatiently. "You know, " he said. "I might need to be getting on here in a little bit. "

"Hold on, Man!" said Nosmo. "Can't you see the man is thinking?"

"I just don't know what to do. " said the shaman. " I'm fairly sure I want to do it, but I really haven't a clue how to get this done. I mean, there are so many technical issues, the platform just doesn't fully support everything, but. . ."

Pooh Bear came up behind the shaman and put a paw on his shoulder. "You know, " he said. "If you really want to make it happen, I'm certain that we can all pull together. After all, you do have your friends."

Blowtorch snorted, "Hmmmph! Sam Kinneson said friends were the kind of people who'd let you get drunk enough to piss in your own luggage and then cheer you on."

"Hmmm. " said Pooh, "That doesn't sound all that nice-- not nice at all."

"See," said the shaman. "That's the problem. That may be all this is really about. I mean-"

"On the other hand," said Blowtorch, "You came to the show, you bought the ticket, and if you really want to see the two-headed tap-dancing tattooed lady , yur just going to have to step through the curtain. That's all there is to it."

"That probably is," replied the shaman. "Gotta admit: it beats standing out here around getting sick on corn dogs." With that, he hit the <enter> key."

"Hit <Any> Key to continue." came the reply.

"Where's the <Any> Key?" asked Blowtorch.

"Here , I have one." replied John D. "They don't put them on keyboards anymore. I always found them most handy. This is the last one I have."

"Thanks." said the shaman. "He put it on his keyboard and pressed it. There was a momentary discontinuity and. . ."


An Index of What You'll Find in The Black Hole Literary Review


From the depths of the Hole:  I've finally dug down into the vaults and put up a collection of short stories, articles, and other stuff .  Hopefully, you won't mind the smell of the mothballs.

The Shaman Papers.   From  I've been writing there since 2002 as "the shaman."  It isn't a pen name as much as it is a job title.  I'm the resident rattle rattler


The Black Hole Literary Review

bulletShort Stories
bulletContemporary Artifacts
bulletThe Depths of the Hole
bulletShort Stories
bulletA Patron of the Elysian
bulletThe Homecoming
bulletThe Waterbed
bulletSpirit of the New Machine
bulletThe Spaghetti Code Connection
bulletThe Cliff
bulletHunting the Velveteen Rabbit
bulletThe Spelling of Blowtorch
bulletBill, The Quantum Mechanic I
bulletBill, The Quantum Mechanic II
bulletThe Journey
bulletThe shaman papers
bulletThe Great Mastodon Hunt 5/10/2004
bulletYaweh and Schmendrick I and II 6/8/2004
bulletEulogy for BigStick 2/7/2007
bulletThe shaman's Eulogy for Jim Zumbo 02/07
bulletThe Shaman and the Party 5/17/2007
bulletAt the Pillar of TrVth - 8/7/2007
bulletA Completely Legitmate Tale 12/27/2007
bullet10,000 Cows Can't be Wrong 1/1/2008
bulletPooh Sticks in Winter 1/2/2008
bulletThe shaman's Party , 2005
bulletThe Deer Hunter and the shaman 1/3/2008
bulletThe Virtual Deer Camp Project
bulletHistory Of Beaver Dam Camp
bulletWhat's This All About?
bulletSubmission Guidelines
bulletDuff Adams
bulletWalt Cooper
bulletPhil Williams
bulletPicture and other stuff
bulletThe shaman's Announcement
bulletThe Pelting of the Gunwriters
bulletNemo, A Novel
bulletMap Room
bulletThe Cruise Report
bulletCruise Report #1
bulletCruise Report #2
bulletCruise Report #3
bulletLetters From The Ashram
bulletThe Holer's Credo
bulletLetter from the Ashram 01/09/1982
bulletLetter from the Ashram
bulletLetter from the Ashram
bulletLetter to the Ashram 01/25/1985
bulletLetter from the Ashram, 02/28/1986
bulletReport from the Ashram 04/04/1986
bulletReport from the Ashram,
bulletNew Page 10
bulletReport from the Ashram, 9/5/1990
bulletReport from the Ashram, November 13, 1991
bulletReport from the Ashram-- A Visit to the Pestward





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