“You are receiving this broadcast in order to alter the events you are seeing. Our technology has not developed a transmitter strong enough to reach your conscious state of awareness but this is not a dream. You are seeing what is actually occuring for the purpose of causality violation.”
John Carpenter, Prince of Darkness (1987)
A Victorian draper’s shop.
The athletic Ukrainian shopkeeper scowls at my credentials –
a handful of lipsticks.
Three different shades.
Blue, cherry & chrome.
He’s wearing a neck brace & a stained Everlast tee.
He’s guarding the shelves & boxes of rare fabrics.
“You’re no salesman!”
“We’re college girls. Show me the fabric!”
The Ukrainian spreads out a couple of yards.
The fabric is liquid, viscous, changing its color –
from brass to black to claret back to brass.
I pick up a pair of scissors & start cutting.
I’m cutting too deep, too wide.
The fabric is bristling with static, as if in pain.
I’m killing the fabric.
The Ukrainian decides it’s time to push the button.
Straight into high orbit.
The International Space Station explodes silently
& in slow motion.
The 2nd missile is aimed at The Wheel in Space from 2001 –
A Space Odyssey.
But Phase Girl & The Handsome Kid have come to the rescue.
In the hangar of The Wheel in Space, there’s a big pile of antique TV sets in wooden cabinets.
Phase Girl & The Handsome Kid start smashing TV tubes with crowbars & hammers.
Now Phase Girl is drilling a hole in a big baroque 1962 RCA.
The tube implodes with a soft shloop!
Once the last tube’s imploded, the impending impact is deflected.
The harmless missile swerves shakily around the perimeter of the Wheel in Space.
Then it’s gone.
Lost in the void.
I am waking up,
& the world is safe again.
John Carpenter’s Prince of Darkness (1987) – Dream Sequences
Peter Bies © 2011