Story entry 28 - Archdemon of Seduction
The demise of Chris Dorton was a mystery. Many had speculation based on his erratic behavior in person and on social media lately, but all of the speculations were outlandish. Some people assumed it was suicide. That he had simply gone mad and took his own life somehow, but those that heard how his remains were found knew that suicide would be impossible. Most people suspected murder, but those that felt that way made that determination because it was the easiest way to dismiss the situation and move on. It was tragic, they would think, but he must have gotten mixed up in the wrong crowd and was killed.
His closest from Edward, knew the most, but still wasn’t clear.
Ultimately, the police determined it was an animal attack, but if you had seen his last few posts on Facebook (before they were mysteriously removed), you would know that an animal wasn’t the cause and it was believed they just didn’t want to dig too deep into the details. An easy answer and onto the next case. This also didn’t make sense because of the initial reports which included a missing phone and location of the victim in the second floor of his locked home.
All of Chris’s friends would tell you he loved to meet new people and alway try new things. He did IT work from home so he love the opportunity to be around people and get out of the house. He had gone to most events that he was invited to, even if he went alone. Concerts, parties, Bingo nights, charity events - it didn’t matter. Shortly after he attended a neighbors party in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore, he began to ask strange questions of his friends and tell them even stranger. Chris began to ask every new person he met if they were a Suvian. No one knew what he was talking about until he started posting about how there were people in Baltimore that were conjuring demons and he saw one of these rituals in person. Chris removed that post after the comments reached over 200 and there were heated arguments within the thread. Mostly unrelated to the initial statement. If you asked Edward, you would see that the last message that was posted was a comment about someone called Mr. Needle. The post was deleted immediately after.
Edward said Chis had told him that he would dream of this demon in the corner of his room. It would always be watching him. It’s head was a vapor and it’s genitals were dozens and dozens of thin tendril-like tenticals. It would whisper things to him in his sleep. It seduced him with terrors and promises would always say Mr. Needle will come and unlock your bones. Chris said he would always wake up at this point and the corner of the room would be empty.
Chris would post photos of the neighborhood and say there was a suvian in the photo, despite the photo being devoid of anything but an empty street or a random rooftop. Other times he would be on Facebook live or post a video and he would seem scared and would say he was being followed.
His posts to Instagram and Twitter of a photo of a key and the question “How do you unlock a bone?” got many responses, but all were either a joke or someone asking him for the punchline. It this point some of Chris’s friends would post concern for his mental health or ask if he wanted to meet them for a drink, but he would either ignore them or decline. The last post that is still up on Chris’s page is a photo of him smudging his place with sage and you can clearly see salt had been poured in various patterns around the room.
Edward said that he hadn’t seen Chris for a few days, but he remembers the last two posts that Chris made before they were taken down. The first post was a photo of the inside of his refrigerator and it was fully stocked with food. The caption said My door is locked and the fridge is stocked. Not leaving for weeks. The suvians can’t help and he is coming.
The second post was a video that was posted the following evening. It was dark and you couldn’t make out much except an empty corner of his room. Chris was crying and frantic and insisted that the Archdemon of Seduction was right there and telling him horrible things that Mr. Needle would do to him. This went on for about a minute until he swung the camera around to the window which was open. The last thing he said was “Oh my God, he’s here.” He panned the camera up toward the ceiling he was trying to capture something that was quite tall in the video. Well over eight feet because his ceiling was 9.5’ high.
Both of these videos were deleted the next morning.
The news reported multiple things that were peculiar. Police indicated that the videos were deleted from Facebook by the account owner and not by Facebook. This conflicted with the time of death. Chris’s home was found locked and bolted from the inside and his phone was missing. The details of how his remains were found were not released, but Edward was told by a neighbor who had overheard police at the scene. Someone had called the police because of screams coming from an open window on the second floor. The neighbor made out that the remains were divided. Piles of neatly arranged bones. All cleaned and separate from the rest of him.
As of October 2016, I intended to use this blog as an accompaniment to my Facebook page and Instagram page. On this blog I post information and updates about my work as well as once a month I highlighted an artist whose work I like (I stopped doing this when I opened my gallery www.GalleryBlueDoor.com). As of March 2017, I began posting a monthly Story Entry with an accompanying illustration of mine. In mid-2019 I took a break from this, but it will resume.