Come and gather around, lovers of short stories. It is time to listen to the message of the arena. This week’s challenge is all about those people out there who have too much charisma for anyone’s good.
We are going to examine the world of cults, groups of people who have bought into a common, highly questionable, belief due to the machinations of a charismatic fellow who is using them all for selfish means.
But these stories must be told with a twist. See in these short stories, whatever lie the leader has told his flock to gain control over them, must turn out to be true.
This week we have Albert Berg representing the arena.
The challenger is Nicholas Alti:
Nicholas Alti is the self proclaimed Pride of Punk Rock in the small, universally unheard of and unacknowledged town called Stevensville, located in Michigan. He enjoys causing minor disturbances wherever he can simply to bring amusement to himself and hopefully those around him. When he is not bothering strangers to let him play with their dogs, he can be found either somewhere in the wilderness contemplating his peculiar thoughts or bastioned in his room reading literature or watching horror films. With a relatively fresh start on his writing career, he has found small success in the likes of magazines such as The Larcenist and The Show Me Doctrine, but he is eager and hopeful to continue on the path of creativity, and ultimately wants his voice to be heard and his message to be delivered, in whatever bizarre or offbeat way he presents it.
Battle #15 – Cult Classic begins tomorrow!
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