Hello possible worlds!


First diary entry – undated.

The Seizures, as I have come to call them, struck quite suddenly. The first time, I was dining alone in a favourite house, and awoke face down on the linen. The wait staff seemed frightened of me; I had knocked over a water glass and broken a vase of flowers. Before me was the first drawing, sketched carefully in my own hand inside of a notebook I had purchased that morning.

The next time it happened, I was at work. The incident cost me my position, for after I was revived it was shown to me that I’d carefully inked a drawing on the back of an irreplaceable 16th century manuscript. (Trading in the bonds I possessed to pay for my vandalism did not appease my employer. Though I do now own the defaced manuscript.)

Shortly thereafter I barricaded myself at home. The Seizures come upon me a few times a week, then leave me alone for a month or more. Just when I begin to wonder if they have departed me for good, I am stricken once more. Often there are words and descriptions for the bizarre devices I have drawn, left behind as the waking memory of some nightmare. I must hurry to transcribe them before they fade entirely; and transcribe them I must, for I feel they hold a clue to my worsening condition.

It is as if a spider were niggling between my frontal lobes. An odd, foreign presence that sometimes taps at the mental skylight, and finding it unlocked, sneaks in for a visit. My greatest fear is not that the Seizures continue, driving me into complete madness, but that they stop before I learn their secrets.

Original extract taken from the ‘Codex Transportica’ – anon.

Now continue reading with the first Illustration, the Recreational Walker, taken from the pages of the Codex Transportica.

Or, for an introductory explanation about the purpose of this website and the origin of The Book you can read the about page.

5 Responses to “Hello possible worlds!”

  1. rodof said:

    Nice and look good

  2. Ed said:

    There is an eldrich air about this _Codex._ This is not my first encounter.

    _Heavy Metal_ c. 1981?
    Something illustrated by Edward Gorey?
    … Or maybe Graham Wilson?
    Ahh… yes. Lovecraft…

    I follow.

  3. admin said:

    Think more of William Heath Robinson meets Death Race 2000 for the pictures.

    But for the ‘story’ then, yes, Poe is a good choice. Lovecraft indirectly through other authors makes sense. 2000 AD more than Heavy Metal. And, regrettably, I’m not aware of the Gorey or Wilson, I will have to investigate.

  4. dmk said:

    my new favourite website. lovecraft + heath robinson meets panamarenko. most excellent.

  5. admin said:

    Thanks for saying so, dmk. I’d not heard of Panamarenko but now I’ve seens his work I understand what you mean.