Day 365, the end.
For those of you who didn’t know, this website was a collaborative project between Nikita Klimov and Benjamin Davis. Ben is from Massachusetts, U.S.A. and Nikita is from Moscow, Russia. They both live in St. Petersburg, Russia for some reason no one can ever seem to grasp.
Since October 17th 2016, Ben has written a flash fiction story every day. He sent the story to Nikita who created a piece of art inspired by that story.
Today is October 17th 2017, we have finished our challenge. Today’s story “DEATH of a Yellow Leaf” will be an introduction of sorts to our next project which will appear on PATREON starting in December. We will be turning this character and her story into a series of comics or ZINES (whatever those are.) So, if you like her character, you will be seeing much more of her in the near future. If you haven’t read any stories about DEATH, here is a link to all of them:
We will keep posting updates and some more content on this page as time goes on. Through the website we were able to find a home for our book “The King of FU” which will be released very soon. We will announce it when it is available.
And of course, thank you! We started this challenge simply as a way to force us to practice what each of us love. We did not expect any of the response it’s gotten from so many people and we are very happy and very grateful for how it all turned out. We really hope we can continue to entertain you all with comics and books and whatever else we decide to do.
For those of you who have asked or wondered about the characters in my stories: Many of the stories are based on real events and real people (shown above). None of them are 100% true or false. “N” is of course Nikita who is the artist for this website. Y is my girlfriend who does many of the English-Russian translations which you can find here. “M” is based on the one who encouraged us to do this website in the first place but has since left Russia. D/Q is an English friend of ours who lives in St. Petersburg as well. Hank is based on two old friends of mine, one I lived with and one I traveled with and both were exceptionally unique people. “Mother, mom, ma and mommy (or any other variation)” is often based on my own mother; same goes for dad, father, pa (but not Daddy–never daddy.) And my brother (the younger one) who often simply shows up as ‘my brother,’ he does have a name, somewhere–maybe. And Frank, of course, is completely made up.
The rest of the characters are mostly those who have come and gone or are completely made up. I hope that these people and characters inspired something in people as they did for me.
Again, Thank you to everyone who has followed along and been so encouraging. It’s what kept us running home after so many “oh-shit’ moments where we found ourselves out drinking and hadn’t posted. We will keep posting bi-weekly for the art collective “Hijacked Amygdala” and if you haven’t checked out some of the work over there I highly recommend it, they are a group of talented artists and writers.
Thank you again,
– Ben & Nikita
P.S. P.S stands for poor Sasha!
It’s my birthday. I’m one year older; one year ahead of yesterday.
That is when they took me–a day before my birthday. Them–HE, no–IT, IT, that nightmare of a Lovecraftian nightmare.
My mother had cooked mutton pie. Ben and Nikita have never cooked mutton pie. Ben’s leg doesn’t work, so they can’t get to the kitchen and, even if they did, three fingers of Nikita’s right hand are toothpicks.
They truly are–were, useless. As this may be my last chance, I would like to clarify a few things.
First, some have been led to believe that Ben has an affinity for dialogue; this is rubbish–Ben’s half a mouth is only capable of making a sound not dissimilar to the first curious slice into a cadaver frog.
Second, as some have said “Nikita is a talented artist!” I would like to reiterate; three of his fingers are toothpicks!
I am only able to tell you the truth today because as of today, there are no more gurgles, no more grunts, no more drool no more sweat and sick and blood and puss–no more wiping. The thing that was Ben and Nikita is now no more than a husk on the chair; a piece of fleshy garbage that wouldn’t even be displayed in the most postmodern of postmodern art galleries.
They choked to death on their own joke.
There will be no funeral. There will be no calls for removal. It will sit there, no more demands for stories or art, no more fresh bandages applied, no more wet sickly laughs. They are no more and will remain no more.
It is my greatest failure that I could not prevent them from swallowing the key to my chains. I could tear them open, dig through the shared mess of leftovers that was their bodies to find my glimmer of freedom–but I will not. I will not be wetted by their skin one more time.
So, here I will sit and here I will perish; I am used to the smell.