Some years ago I wrote a science fiction story titled “Curious Anomalies.” The story has a sort of classic mad scientist scifi/horror feel.
Synopsis: “Rick Silvano, an anxious young geneticist, has gotten himself entangled with a violent, South American, drug-lord named Diego Peres. Rick’s talents have been enlisted by Peres to create genetically enhanced watchdogs, by combining common moustache bats with Africanized honeybees. Everything has gone smoothly for the last three years until now, the night before Peres is due to inspect his investment. Clive Pinkerman, who hosts a late-night, radio conspiracy show, announces on-air that he is going to break into the genetic laboratory to uncover a massive alien conspiracy he believes is housed there. Suddenly, Rick must juggle his time between stopping Clive, and making sure the experiment works so that the temperamental Peres will not be displeased.”At the time I wrote this story I was employed doing delivery work for a medical laboratory. After reading a story about the future of genetics I got inspired to write something. The article mentioned making all these crazy hybrids, like crossing a silkworm with a goat so that silk production could take place in the goats milk sac at an increased rate. Real Interesting stuff. Well, that got my mind wandering.
I came up with the idea of crossing bees with bats. Why I decided on that combination I can’t remember. I have always had a fascination with nature, and bee keeping is something I’m always curious about. Bats are also interesting creatures. Brown bats are common where I grew up. At dusk you could throw wood chips in the air and watch the bats dive bomb them using their echo-location capabilities. Once, when I was young, I found a pair of young bats clinging to their recently deceased mother on the side of the road. I coaxed them onto a stick and took them home and kept them in a box. My siblings and I hid them from my parents, but unfortunately they died overnight…
In any case, I got the idea of having this “bat-bee” cross, but needed a story to explain why it existed. I centered the story around a laboratory hidden deep in the woods, which was being funded by an eccentric South American drug lord. I saw the drug lord as the patron of this scientist who created the bat-bees. He wanted them as an alternative to guard dogs which were no longer working out for him.
Another inspiration came from the radio. At some point I worked the midnight shift at my delivery job. I got to listening to talk radio and was turned on to Art Bell’s Coast to Coast AM show. If your familiar with the show then you know a lot of it centers around aliens, flying saucers and all things strange. So, while working on the story I added a similar style call-in show as an element to drive the tension.
All these things came together to form a sort of classic mad scientist science fiction/horror story. It’s a straight-forward sort of story but I think it delivers and does what I intended it to do. It also wraps up much more neatly than a lot of my other stories.
Since I wrote the story so long ago I can’t remember what music I was listening to at the time. That being said, I can say that while editing it recently I listened to the album “Hisingen Blues” by the band Graveyard. all the songs on that album are awesome. Some of my favorites are: “The Siren,” “Ain’t Fit to Live Here,” “Hsingen Blues,” “Longing,” and “Uncomfortably Numb.”