skunkworks

Brandon Riess
Oddities and grotesqueries from the upside down.
Created 21 Dec 2020
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  • Dog on the hair
    01 Oct 2021 • 4 min read
    “A list of the most mysterious and valuable substances known to man. All of equal potency, and in no specific listing order: Love Time Hair on the dog” -Ancient Proverb, purportedly written near hiero...
  • Different shades of blue and grey
    01 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    A lot of love found tonight roughly 200 miles from the California-Nevada border. It didn’t take long for about a third of it to wind up caved in and squashed up on the pavement somewhere. We were in t...
  • Postcard from the benz
    29 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    August 29, 2021 A.D. (after donda) Dear Diary, I write this to you in a rushed and hushed fever. Something akin to a dream that has crept harshly into nightmare. I’m currently in a 5x5 bathroom stall ...
  • Joie de vivre
    01 Aug 2021 • 4 min read
    I’m not drinking this month and I already think I may kill myself. I don’t know how the hell I’m going to make it another 30 days and 23 hours. To be honest, I thought this might happen but I didn’t a...
  • kafka
    01 Jul 2021 • 14 min read
    I pop my head up, check my surroundings. Everything is blurred in a watercolored haze, so it takes extra time to get my bearings and anchor myself to this stool. I continue to swivel my head around an...
  • Like a bat out of hell
    01 Jun 2021 • 2 min read
    “If it looks like a fish, and smells like a fish, it may just be something slippery. If it swims, grab your pole and your tackle box.” -Ancient Proverb Like a bat out of hell, he screams through the n...
  • It's just a shot away
    01 May 2021 • 8 min read
    I’m beginning to think that my writing is suffering because I don’t go out much. The thing is, I hate going out. Every time my toes cross the threshold of my front door, I immediately regret it. Yet s...
  • Sound by bob
    01 Apr 2021 • 36 min read
    “There are certain elements to entertainment that should not be noticed. Elements that only attract the subconscious. The background players, fusing with other components to make something better. But...
  • Hard times in the big easy
    01 Mar 2021 • 67 min read
    I had never seen anyone hop out of a moving vehicle at the assumed behest of their boss. I saw it happen on Royal Street, in the heart of the French Quarter, not too long ago, before the world was hel...
  • A tissue for your kindness
    01 Feb 2021 • 6 min read
    Is it possible to have died, but to still be alive? Before today, I would have answered the same way you most likely did if you’re a sane, upright citizen of the community. But none of us around these...
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