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Friday, July 19, 2013

The Black Centipede

The Black Centipede

Creator: Chuck Miller
The Black Centipede (no secret identity)
Lieutenant Stan Bartowski, head of the City of Zenith Police Department's Unusual Crimes Division
William Randolph Hearst, newspaper magnate
Percival Doiley, reporter and head writer for "Tales of the Black Centipede" magazine
The Stiff and Baron Samedi, lords of organized crime in Zenith
Amelia Earhart, aviatrix
Mary Jane Gallows, arch-enemy and best friend

The mysterious BLACK CENTIPEDE was a young man named William ---------, who lived with his parents in the town of Fall River, Massachusetts. William was a strange, precocious child, preoccupied with accounts of crime and the occult. In his early teens, he formed a friendship with H.P. Lovecraft.
In 1927, William met Fall River's most infamous resident, Lizzie Borden, who was being stalked by Bloody Mary Jane Gallows, the tulpa Lizzie had created in 1892 to kill her father and step-mother. Bloody Mary Jane first seduced, then made a murderous attack on William. He survived and was physically restored by a mysterious giant centipede, but not before Mary Jane brutally murdered her "mother," Lizzie Borden.
William knew that his life in Fall River had come to an end. He had been given a glimpse of a larger world of magic and dark power, and dedicated his life to uncovering the secret workings of the world and the truth about the black centipede that had saved him. He moved to the city of Zenith, and went to work for his grandfather, a notorious political machine boss and gangster, earning enough independence-- and money-- to pursue arcane studies around the world.
In 1933, while investigating a shadowy crime lord called Doctor Almanac,William donned a mask and publicly assumed the mantle of the Black Centipede. He soon ran afoul of the law. As a result of a disastrous raid on Almanac's headquarters, he found himself wanted for murder and arson.
Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst stepped in, offering to rehabilitate the Centipede's public image. Thanks to favorable press in all the Hearst papers nationwide, generous bribes to city officials in Zenith, and a staged incident in which the Centipede apparently saved President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt from assassination, our hero went from wanted vigilante to national treasure. "Tales of the Black Centipede," a pulp adventure magazine published by Hearst, became an immediate sensation, featuring fictionalized or completely fabricated accounts of the Centipede's exploits written by a young reporter named Percival Doiley.
In 1933, the Centipede formed a friendship and occasional partnership with Amelia Earhart. He has faced deadly opponents like the Rev. Dr. Theobald Schadelhaus, Adrian Countenance, Jack the Ripper, the White Centipede, and Professor James Moriarty, Lord of the Vampires. Among his many friends and associates are Frank Nitti, Detective Lieutenant Stan Bartowski, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bela Lugosi and H. P. Lovecraft.
The Centipede, now 101 years old (and still active), has begun to release his memoirs. He narrates his adventures in a witty, snarky, acerbic, and darkly humorous first-person style, revealing the shocking truths that have been buried beneath layers of fiction and fabrication for more than 80 years.

1) Creeping Dawn: The Rise of the Black Centipede, Pro Se Press, 2011
2) Blood of the Centipede, Pro Se Press, 2012
3) Black Centipede Confidential, Pro Se Press, 2013 (forthcoming)
1) "The Plague's the Thing," Pro Se Presents, February 2013
2) "Funeral for a Fiend," Pro Se Presents, March 2012
3) "The Abominable Myra Linsky Rises Again," a Doctor Unknown Junior Adventure, Pro Se Presents, August 2012
1) The Return of Doctor Reverso, Black Centipede Press web serial, 2013
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