Scarecrows by Brick Marlin (GUEST POST)

by Brick Marlin

An object, usually made to resemble a human figure, set up to scare birds away from a field where crops are growing.
a person who is very badly dressed, odd-looking, or thin.
an object of baseless fear*.

*(Internet definition of scarecrows)

Scarecrows not only frighten crows and sparrows, their glowing silhouette under a moonlit night portrays an eeriness to any passerby’s. Almost as if the artificial humanoid would detach itself from its wooden cross and began lurking around in the field. Since movies, made for television and cinema, have been developed about this odd, man-made creature it has helped surface fear for the viewer.

But what about the scarecrow in L Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz?” Nope. No fear found here. An opposite approach for the viewer, leaving one to smile as Baum’s scarecrow dances a jig on the yellow brick road, has a goofy personality, and is in search of a brain.

However, Johnathan Crane’s portrayal of the scarecrow in “Batman Begins” is far from goofy, returning to the fear we all know and relate to when hearing of one of these man-made humanoids in horror.

And the series “Supernatural” had a pagan god known as the Vanir which resided in an ancient tree brought to the U. S. by Scandinavian immigrants. Each year the people of Burkitsville, Indiana present a young man and woman as a sacrifice to ensure the prosperity of their town and crops. The god inhabits the form of a scarecrow made from the body of its previous victims and murders using a hooked blade.

In summary, scarecrows can definitely be dreadful-looking creatures displayed on a wooden cross, or posing as an innocent yard decoration. Could the idea of yard decorations suddenly come to life, perhaps infested with servo units, designed to kill their owners in their sleep? Each scarecrow choosing their buyer by telepathic transmission? Each scarecrow intending on murdering, forcing the world into apocalyptic terror?

Huh…maybe there’s a story there.


About the Author

Brick Marlin has been writing since he was a child. From an early age he was exposed to older horror movies. The great ones making their mark in history. He also tackled reading the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Dean Koontz, Charles Dickens, Harper Lee, H.G. Wells, etc. Thus, he decided to engage himself and write horror, dark fantasy and dark sci-fi, scaring readers such as his parents, his friends, neighbors, and even leaving a few school teachers scratching their heads wondering if the boy should be committed or not with his gruesome tales of terror. Short story ideas continued to visit. A book idea or two sometimes stopped by for a sit.

In 2007 he decided to take a more professional approach with his work. Hence, as a member of the Horror Writers Association, already having nine books published by small presses – this you hold in your hand, constant reader, makes his tenth –  nearly thirty short stories published, adding to the few anthologies and collaborations with other authors, Brick Marlin trudges onward, hoping to achieve more creations, wallowing in the brain pans of his characters, giving them the choice whether to twist the knob and enter through the Red Door, or enter through the Blue Door where a group of servo monkey badgers are consuming packages of cinnamon-flavored Pop Rock Candy with a Kung Fu Punch of caffeine.

Twitter: @BrickMarlin


About the Book

Shadow Out of the Sky
by Brick Marlin

A scarecrow crucified on a wooden cross made from a pair of two-by-fours sits in a field of corn, placed there to frighten away birds and protect the crops. Under its straw hat large buttons pose as its eyes, placed there by child’s fingers, view something sinister in the grave sky, appearing in front of the full moon.

Twisting, it forms into a sleek black mass, peering down upon the town of Woodbury. Four demons called The Reckoning has pulled this shadow, this urban legend from the past, out of an unmarked grave to bring terror across the planet, shoving it toward an apocalypse.

Now it cuts through the air, as if it were opening wounds in flesh, peering down at the first house that it hovers over...

Shadow Out of the Sky is Book One of the Transitional Delusions Series.


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  1. And of course there are variations on the scarecrow theme, like Pumpkinhead.
    The four demons of the Reckoning sound like the four horsemen of the apocalypse.
    Congratulations, Brick!

  2. now, isn't Brick a hunk, or what?


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