Hell’s Womb

Chemistry happens, in more ways than one. Trapped four hundred feet down, Serge and Gayle fight to survive while preventing an unspeakable evil from reaching the surface.

“I tried cutting the tension in this story with a knife before eventually resorting to a rusty chainsaw.”

First, an introduction.Hell's Womb

Some have called these Lost DMB Files “the most startling discovery to never be made.”

Today I welcome you into the growing number of people who’ve made that discovery. As means of introduction, let me just say some conspiracies remain theories. Others become obsessions. Exhumed 100 years after their penning, the Lost DMB Files will reinterpret the way you see the world (or the way it sees you).

During the 1930’s dime novelist and pulp fiction writer, David Mark Brown (no relation that I know of), mysteriously disappeared. Until recently, his obscure writings had all but been forgotten. The Truth in History Society contends his pulpy brand of fiction preserves a secret history, a history able to reclaim our future (if the war it has unleashed doesn’t destroy us in the process).

One thing is for sure. These double-barreled western, dieselpunk thrillers are an unadulterated joy to read. And while each lost file can be enjoyed on its own, together they provide an intriguing reinterpretation of history. As they say, the truth shall set you free!

A letter to the reader of Hell’s Womb

None of the Lost DMB Files I’ve encountered so far have been as potentially explosive as Hell’s Womb. Brown must have recognized the fact. It appears he vacillated on publication of the story to the point of self-torture. To date I have found three fairly polished versions squirreled away in different journals Brown kept—one of them entirely in a personal shorthand that took me a week to decipher.

That said, there was little finishing work to be done before presenting Hell’s Womb to you the modern reader. Conversely, deciding which version (or combination of versions) to publish has been agonizingly difficult. After spending hours trying to understand Brown’s reasoning for the different versions, I think I’ve finally exhumed his original intent behind the story—to preserve sinister movements at the very core of the “benefactors” which I’ve yet to comprehend.

What I do know is that Brown believed a nefarious group of insiders to be at the helm of the formation of the Democratic Republic of Texicas. He believed these individuals capable of terminating his career and his life. He believed these “benefactors” to be heavily connected with Texas Pride Energy, the forerunners of the Texicas Department of Energy and Resources. Beyond that there is nothing but speculation. (Oh speculation, the contact sport of academia!)

Hell’s Womb appears to document an early (most likely earliest) outbreak of what we have come to know as the Twitch, but in an area with no such documented outbreak. Not only that, Hell’s Womb indicates that the source of the Twitch be manmade, intentional and that TPE be culpable.

What can be historically confirmed is that the Texas mining town of Thurber did indeed disappear from the map in approximate correlation with Brown’s timeline. Several theories have been perpetuated by locals, but the official explanation has always been that the narrow veins of coal in Thurber, while being rich bituminous deposits, simply became uneconomical to exhume as unions strengthened across the land.

Hell’s Womb provides an alternate explanation completely scandalous and shocking in nature. As to its historicity, I’ll let the reader decide.

Professor Jim “Buck” Buckner

Department of Geology; University of Texicas, Austin

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