We are crowdsourcing the miscellany for Codex - Void. This one is called “Three Dozen Incidents in Degoya County, New Mexico.” Degoya County is located in a remote corner of the state. And it has a bad, bad history. Tell us all about it, please.
Note: please avoid sexist imagery in your submissions—we don’t publish stuff like that.
Submissions should be no more than 2-3 short sentences. By submitting here, you’re agreeing to let us use it (you’ll get a credit on the issue). We’re looking for evocative things; the purpose of the miscellany is to inspire the reader.
Importantly: your submission needs to note the year of the incident, as in the examples below.
Note: if you’d like your name to be listed differently on the Codex credit, send me a DM here (but please keep your submissions in the thread).
Here are some examples:
“1956: Two men, Edgar Aguilar and Joey Mathers, enraged with each other about a business deal gone sour, have a standoff in the middle of La Fresca. They stare at each other for nearly three minutes—seething and snorting—before an unidentified woman approaches and gives them each a gun. The woman then walks back to wherever she came from, and the two men shoot each other dead in the street.”
“1933: The first known appearance of the Big Man—a tall, wide, jowly old man in a cowboy hat and pale yellow suit—at a community picnic, where he can be seen standing in the background of several photos that were taken. No one from that day can recall him, but many folks in Degoya County—right up to the present day—have a story about meeting him. He usually offers witnesses a cigarette and then tells them a little-known secret about the community… just before vanishing completely.”
“Approximately 690,000 BP: The Great Render of Flesh, pleased with the wanderers for making copious sacrifices of blood and bone before his impossible altar, gifts them with a titanic pillar made of screaming skin, infused with ancient magicks—a weapon they can use to destroy the fire cults once and for all.”
“1986: The La Fresca Senior High prom ends abruptly when a fire breaks out in the gymnasium the dance is being held in. Over 100 students and teachers lose their lives. Curiously, not all the victims die of burns or smoke inhalation. Several die from blunt force trauma, two from wounds that suggest an animal attack, and one is decapitated.”