Dashwood Forrest, The Empty Portrait and Hurricane Dorian

September 3, 2019 at 11:01 pm (Aesthetics, Art, Arts, Fantasy, Folklore, Geopolitics and International Relations, Ghost Story, Gothic, Gothic romance, History, Horror, International Intrigue, magic, Mystery, Mystery/horror, Mythology, News, Philosophy, The Occult, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , , , )

Dashwood Forrest, The Empty Portrait and Hurricane Dorian

Dashwood Forrest sat in his office in his art gallery in London and quietly sipped a drink of absinthe.

The Green Fairy as it was called was one of the favourite drinks of his idol the writer, novelist, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde.

Forrest’s living dead Irish manservant Mulligan the Irish zombie (who had been brought back from the dead many years ago by South African witch doctor Dr. Sterling Makabo) was out for the evening.

Mulligan had been hired for the evening by British MP Renfield R. Renfield to haunt the residence of British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and stand outside the back entrance of Corbyn’s lodgings and say in a spookily haunting zombie voice (with an Irish lilt to it), “The Irish backstop ends at your back door, Mr. Corbyn. The Irish backstop ends at your backdoor.”

As Jeremy Corbyn began to suffer the worst nightmares of his life, Forrest finished his glass of absinthe, left his office and locked it.

He walked down to the end of the gallery where he entered a room marked PRIVATE.

No one (not even Mulligan the Irish zombie) ever entered that room.

Only he Dashwood Forrest art historian, art gallery curator and extraordinary gentleman of many talents ever entered that room.

For that room contained a portrait behind purple velvet curtains.

A portrait of a man.

A portrait of a man painted in the year 1860.

A portrait that was first mentioned in a book published in July 1890.

A book that most people (and even Dashwood Forrest himself for most of his life) had considered a work of fiction.

Until Forrest came across the painting in an estate sale back in October of 2012.

The picture was of a man named… Dorian Gray.

And the artist who signed the picture was named Basil Hallward.

The painting was of an extremely handsome young man in his early 20s.

Exactly as described in Oscar Wilde’s famous Gothic Philosophical novel of the 19th Century- The Picture of Dorian Gray.

Forrest drew back the purple velvet curtains that covered the painting and hid it from view.

Forrest got the shock of his life when he saw the portrait was empty.

There was no subject in the painting.

Dorian Gray was gone.

. . .

Forrest stared blankly at the blank canvas and blinked.

His smart phone went off.

It was a text message from his friend Amadeus Emanon.

A Set Enterprises satellite over the Bahamas had photographed the eye of the storm of Hurricane Dorian.

And a giant mysterious almost human figure seemed to be standing and moving with the eye of the storm in the hurricane.

Forrest again blinked.

For the figure was the spitting image of Dorian Gray.

The figure now missing from the painting.

-A vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher 
Tuesday September 3rd
2019.


Sibyl: She loved Dorian in vain.

29 Comments

  1. shehannemoore said,

    Ah Dorian and the lovely Hedy I believe there. Keep up the good work

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Thank you. 😀

      Yes, that’s a photo of Hedy Lamarr.

      Of course, Hedy Lamarr never did play Sibyl Vane in the 1945 film The Picture of Dorian Gray (it was actually Angela Lansbury).

      But when I came across this photo which showed Hedy looking sad and forlorn and heartbroken, I thought to myself that’s what Sibyl Vane must have looked like when Dorian Gray spurned her.

  2. Hyperion said,

    Wow! I never knew Dorian Spermed Sibyl in the story, A Picture of Dorian Gray. It was mandatory reading in high school and so I didn’t read it. If I had known it was a piece of gothic erotica, I would have worn the pages out. Darn my misfortune.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, it was a great tale of Gothic erotica.

      Hm, that might be the solution to getting High School students off viewing Internet porn.

      Make it mandatory viewing as part of evening homework assignments and High School students would be looking at Disney cartoons faster than Renfield finding Nemo in a can of tuna and eating him.

      • Hyperion said,

        Waaaaa haaaa haaaaa! Another brilliant solution to an endemic teen problem.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Nothing ruins fun faster than it be being dubbed a homework assignment.

      • Hyperion said,

        That is evident at my house where two young Dragon Grand Daughters display their complete disdain for any glorious mandatory fun cloaked in the homework category.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        ROTFLMFAO !

        Like how your mother told you that vegetables were good for you.

        So you put them in her desk drawers and didn’t eat them.

        Whereupon she later got to the bottom of your drawers with a wooden spoon when she found about it. 😂

      • Hyperion said,

        LOL 😂 I must have told you that story before as you recall my vegetable caper with amazing accuracy.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Yes, I remember when you told me that story. 😂

      • Hyperion said,

        I wonder if that story find relevance with many a veggie adverse child.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Stephen King should write a short story about veggie monsters who live in the drawer.

        And their ally who is the evil and dreaded wooden spoon. 😨

      • Hyperion said,

        Now that would be classic horror right there.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        The only Stephen King story ever to be made into a Disney animated film.

      • Hyperion said,

        LOL starring Annette Funnijello as the stunt double for Brittany Spears twerk scenes.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        LOL ! 😀

      • Hyperion said,

        🍑🍆. Disney is now sending positive subliminal messages to the viewers to always eat your fruits and vegetables. I think that is how antifa got started.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        I think you’re 100% right, Daniel.

        Somewhere in one of the Apostle Paul’s epistles, he wrote that in the last days, the Antichrist government in the world would forbid the eating of meat.

        When I was younger, I couldn’t really see that passage making any sense.

        But since 2010, the ideology of vegetarianism and pure veganism has really been spreading across the world.

        And now a spirit calling itself Earth Mother Goddess Gaia “yea, hath been speaking to the prophet Bernie Sanders and the prophetess AOC and hath said that eating meat is the leading cause of climate change.”

        I don’t know about the U.S. but here in Canada, all sorts of restaurants have been running commercials the past year proudly boasting that they now serve plant-based hamburgers.

        And now KFC is starting to sell plant-based chicken.

        I recently came across a medical article saying that the protein produced by plants (such as found in plant based so-called meats) is unable to give to the body the right level of proteins that it needs as can be found by simply eating real meat.

        But scientific evidence must not be allowed to get in the way of the “divine” prophecies now spoken by the prophet Bernie and the prophetess AOC.

        So it appears that the Apostle Paul really was a prophet seeing as how he saw a totalitarian ideology spreading across the world 2000 years before it actually happened.

        The same could not be said for the “divine” prophecies of Prophet Bernie and Prophetess AOC which best could be summoned up by the sounds of cattle breaking wind while quietly grazing in green valleys.

      • Hyperion said,

        It’s very true my prescient friend. P. Bernie and Ps AOC would never dream of covorting about the planet without their luxury jumbo jet spewing tons of carbon deficits into the air, nor would they cease their ground travel in big armored cars with deisel engines strong enough to push a tank at 100 mph spewing carbon deficits in the face of all the lowly peasants they demand loyalty from. To pull the wool over our eyes, they point to cows and meat eaters as the evil to be converted. The first people to go to the guillotine after the revolution is the revolution’s leaders while the despots secure their hold on the treasury. I think P Bernie and Ps AOC have already picked out their thrones and their sacrificial generals. In Chicago, the liberal murder capitol of the world, the main export is now chains and clasps to enslave those most vile of people, the normal taxpayer who still holds out for God, country, and family as the strength of the nation. They are doomed as the cause of all selfish libertine woes. Soon, in order to survive, one must camoflage their true identity by tatooing satanic symbols on thier bodies, dressing in inflamatory ways, piercing their bodies, and placing all manner of objects in their anal cleft to show allegiance with the Libertine Satanists. The rest will be murdered in the most violent ways in the name of peace and saving the planet. It will be one heck of battle in those final days.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        That is an astounding prophecy, my friend.

        That’s exactly what’s going to happen.

      • Hyperion said,

        Sometimes it’s depressing to see the future. Perhaps Pootin and Zee will intervene because without North America to challenge them, they wouldn’t have anything to do. They would surely perish from boredom.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        If the new plant-based “beef”, “pork” and “chicken” cuisine doesn’t do them in first.

      • Hyperion said,

        The new soy-boy meals guaranteed to make a girl out of any man.

  3. Dawn Renee said,

    I truly enjoyed this. Also, it seems I knew of The Green Fairy & forgot it has been dubbed so.

    • Dracul Van Helsing said,

      Yes, I always found that an interesting name for absinthe- the Green Fairy.

      • Dawn Renee said,

        sounds like code – with whimsy

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        Exactly.

        Like the absinthe sipping era of wit and wisdom that was late 19th Century and early 20th Century London and Paris.

      • Dawn Renee said,

        The still-life scene that paints into my mind is quite fitting.

      • Dracul Van Helsing said,

        It is. 😀

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