The Carotid Kid


Ernest’s psychopathy was recognized at an early age. The local constabulary knew of his exploits as a child; torturing animals, stealing, getting into fights. After a certain number of offenses, his data was automatically sent to Langley, where his case was reviewed to see if he was recruitment material. He was. At sixteen, after an arrest for assault, two men appeared at his parents’ front door. They explained they could help Earnest and integrate him into society, and they needed his certain skills. The parents were only too relieved to get him off their hands. Earnest was trained with a few others in the arts of assassination. He took to his work like a duck to water. He couldn’t believe his luck: he was going to be a government approved killer! Never mind who he was going to kill…that was other peoples’ concern. He was given a position at one of the major news outlets, a good place to gather information and be another invisible suit. Earnest got his “nick” name because of his ability to just snick the carotid artery of his victims so that they bled internally as if they’d had an embolism. His skill was much admired. Now only eighteen, he’d already made his bones by offing three whistleblowers. He enjoyed placing the nasty phone calls to his victims, warning and intimidating them. He thought the USA was the greatest country in the world.

–John Tischer, author of the Blog, “Eggtooth Breaks Open” —


Dawn Of The Kali Yuga

Downward spiral of ego out of control.

Common sense taken out of the game.

If you haven’t been paying attention,

you’re in big trouble.

Mamos “destroy by creating the age

of weaponry.”

What is important to people these days?

Art? Love? Truth?

Guns are right up there.

Fighting is entertainment.

Terror is organized.

World economy based on war.

Can you tell me this is not the trend?

Can you point to any well know

idealist/realist that has not been

murdered or marginalized?

Can you point to anyone in charge

that is not a criminal or insane?

Disneyland is what they want

you to believe,

while they pick your pockets.

destroy your children,

ignore the mess.

It will get to the point where

cannibalism is fashionable.

You’ve been warned.

–John Tischer

John Tischer lives in Tepoztlán, Mexico, He is a contributor to Contemporary Literary Horizon.


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