That Old Black Magic

That Old Black MagicSo there you are, sitting in some boring old company meeting with your coworkers droning on about whatever the hell guys like that talk about—and lo and behold your junk disappears! Just like that. Whaddya do? Freak out? You better believe you’d freak out. And so does one Emmett Syster, whose story is told in “That Old Black Magic“. If you want to find out what happens to Emmett, and why, then read on and do try to enjoy yourself.

Fans of absurdist TG fiction will love this story. It began with a very simple premise, that a guy’s junk could suddenly vanish, and I expected to write a few pages about how that might go and release it as a vignette. No such luck. Try 29 pages. As they say in writing circles, a story has to find its own true length; all the author can do is hang on for dear life until the end is in sight. Thankfully, I managed to do that.

This is a fairly unique story, but it does have a few elements in common with “Dreams in the Witch House” from 2014. The supernatural theme, most obviously, but also the slow gender transformation, driven by forces that the victim cannot control or even understand. On the other hand, this story has more of a humorous aspect and the ending makes it less of a horror story and more of a romantic comedy. As always, I’m all about bringing a little something different to the table every time out. Which is as it should be!

And now, check out this cool promotional poster…


“That Old Black Magic” promo


8 thoughts on “That Old Black Magic

  1. Amanda,

    Kudos…I can only echo Amanda’s thoughts. Touching and very imaginative…I loved the inner voice. Have you ever thought of writing the other half of the story? It would make a lovely two part novella.

    Sorry….I should have said “I can only echo Clare’s thoughts…”

    • Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed the story.
      I have no plans to revisit this tale. There isn’t really an “other half”, since it did come to a definite conclusion. (spoiler alert) The story began when the guy lost his junk, and ended when he became a complete woman. That’s the natural plot arc; adding anything else would be anticlimactic.

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  4. This was, by far, the most touching, funny and witty TG tale I have ever found. The pacing was spot on. I love the wonderfully slow unfolding of the transition. The dialog and characterizations – superb. I was so drawn into Monique’s story – total resonance. Bravo!

    • Wow. Thank you! That’s really nice to hear. It was a fun story to write; just taking a rather absurd premise and running with it, to see where it goes. And dragging a Balrog into a story about a vanishing penis—that’s gotta be an all-time world-wide first! Definitely something to be proud of. 🙂

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