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Josh Pearce is a fiction writer and poet from the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned a B.A. degree in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from SFSU and currently works as an editorial assistant at Locus magazine. He lives in the East Bay with his wife and spends way too much time online, where you can find him on Twitter @fictionaljosh or at fictionaljosh.com. One time, Ken Jennings signed his chest.

Creation Myth for WISECLOCK REVOLUTION

I wrote the earliest version of this piece during college, which was so long ago that I forget most of the things that went into it. I know that it was inspired by Harlan Ellison's "Repent Harlequin, Said the Ticktockman" and some of the language was influenced by "Petals of Twilight," which is a fake book that you can read piecemeal in the first Deus Ex video game. The section break quotes are drawn from Nietzsche, Basho, E.E. Cummings, and the Coen Brothers, among others.

Originally, the plot was going to focus on a time-traveling vampire who feeds on the same victims as he goes into their pasts (do sins and transgressions still count if the victim ends up never experiencing them?), but I got so carried away with the anthemon aspect that the story became more about the flowers in the end.