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					Kendrick’s Monster                                  i

                            Stephen Huff’s

                     (December 2002 – March 2003)

                             Stephen Huff
Kendrick’s Monster                                            ii

                     KENDRICK’S MONSTER

                                    Page         Word Count

His Apical Sin                      1            2,951

A Mysteriously Shaped Thing         15           3,877

The One Percent Man                 32           3,896

“…Darkness Was Upon the Face        47           6,370
     Of the Deep…”

The Disease That Rots the World     81           3,585

The Road to Texas                   95           3,907

Justice                             117          4,476

“…The Nightly Terror of Terrors     136          2,543
    That Come In the Night…”

Unspeakable Rewards                 148          4,356

Empty Vessels                       167          5,082

A New Pall of Doom                  189          4,966

‘O’                                 211          4,948

Fifty Dollars a Day                 233          4,929

Boundaries of Depravity             254          5,433

Anonymity                           278          3,433

Imaginary Friend                    292          1,571

                                    300          66,323

                                  Stephen Huff
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                                           Author’s Note:

Though Kendrick’s Monster is a work of fiction, it is not pure fabrication. All the crimes
described within have a firm foundation in factual modern experience. Consider:

       - At the age of three, Theodore Bundy awakened his caregiver when he disturbed
       her while stashing large knives under her mattress. He killed for the first time
       when he was fourteen, at which time a local neighborhood girl disappeared to her
       death. Bundy often wandered the streets at night, playing with ‘imaginary
       friends’, which activity quickly developed into criminal voyeurism.

       - Jesse Pomeroy regularly tortured and killed animals as a young child. He
       brutally murdered two young boys when he was only fourteen years of age.
       While the evidence against him was instantly damning (they found the
       mummified corpse of one young girl in the basement of his home), and despite his
       many confessions, Pomeroy eventually claimed he was innocent, because ‘a voice
       in [his] head’ told him to say so.

       - As early as the age of eight, Arthur Shawcross developed ‘imaginary’ friends,
       with which he would speak using ‘strange voices’. By his early teens, he spent
       hours walking in the woods yelling at inanimate objects and beating the
       undergrowth with a stick, as if in torment from unseen demons.

       - David Berkowitz said of his crimes, “The demons never stopped. I couldn't
       sleep. I had no strength to fight. I could barely drive. Coming home from work
       one night, I almost killed myself in the car. I needed to sleep…. The demons
       wouldn’t give me any peace.”

While these are merely anecdotal illustrations of a murderous psyche’s development, they
nonetheless beg a central question; are these individuals evil and what is the true nature of this

Perhaps these are real, tangible demons born of an unknown, nether world. Worse still, perhaps
they are fantastic, intangible demons, born of a tormented mind, fashioned from the fabric of the
human nature, which is the fabric that binds us all. For, this latter condition being the case, we
must doubt our own futures, and fear the voices that whisper within our thoughts.

                                            Stephen Huff

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