MUSIC DID wonders for Dad.
Wandering with his shadow, Dad saw deep and Dad saw far. The shit that couldn't kill Dad only made him stronger.
After Wagner and the Valkyries, after he had left the mountain with its high icy seclusion to share the honey of his wisdom, after he had leaped free, all full of the Ninth Symphony, Dad formed an elite fighting team to save the world, then hooked up with three far out women with access to arcane knowledge and got it on.
Everybody knows about us Malones. Everybody we know, anyway. And we oughta know on account we been around here an awful long time.
I'm Marvin. Most folks call me Moose. They used to call me a galoot. When I was a kid sometimes folks made fun of me. They'd point and say that I had antlers. No they're not, I said. They're antennae.
Neither me nor either of my brothers ever seen the Mystery House inside. Mom never let us see where we were born. And that Russian gypsy, Madame Blavatsky, she never did like me, so I didn't like her right the hell back and Marlow, he understood. But Marlon's mom, Lizzie, oh, she always treated me like these antennae here of mine are a crown, and Marlon, he just never did get that. Probably he gets his cockiness that way from his dads.
One thing my dad sure gave me was a strong appreciation for the power of music. Mom, she loved music, too, but she was more into architecture and gateways to other places beyond what shall we say is widely known. The places my brothers and I come from. Music always helped me enhance my abilities, what Mom and Dad called our special gifts.
My brothers and I saw decades fly, decades fly by while we remained unaffected by time, even kept right on improving over time. Marlow, or Marz, the eldest of us Malone triplets, he can move things with his mind. Marlon, or Catman, as my older brother is more often called, he is entirely dynamic. Great with electrical gadgets, extremely physically impressive, and aggressive, with a penchant for escaping straight-jackets and chains matched only by the deep love of hatchets he shared with his mother.
Once exploring a cave Marz found a portal that led to and from both the red planet and the dark side of the moon. Around that time I started receiving transmissions through my antennae from a technologically advanced city of giants deep down in the earth. I remember that was when Marlon started tripping on old Douglas Fairbanks when a newie of his was showing up north at the theater, oh, say a year or so after national release, on account the man on the wagon with the movie reel tucked all official in the hay didn't have but one mule to whip.
It was hard when our folks left us. But in time we saw their reputations grow. Tons of dudes have played Rasputin. Marz says Christopher Lee did best. I liked Elizabeth Montgomery in "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" 1974 or so made-for-TV thing. Catman hates it. Our guardian way back when, JD Malone--everybody still calls him Space Cowboy--swore up and down that he and Elizabeth Montgomery had fallen in love one mad October in the turbulent '60s and did the deed several times.
One day long ago in a cave where Space Cowboy took us to practice the talents we were to let no one see, he told me the truth about my dad.
"Friedrich Nietzsche, you will doubtless be shocked to learn," Space Cowboy said, "did not die in late August of 1900, but in fact lived on a great many years afterwards.
"Equally surprisin', yer pappy not only knew Nikola Tesla, he even enlisted him in a mission to save the world. Together, they persuaded Harry Houdini to join on up. And then, in a twist of circumstances that no one could have foreseen, all three of 'em pulled Rasputin in, too. Keep in mind, this was durin' the first few years of the 20th Century. Nietzsche was in his late fifties, but seemed, oh hell, much younger. He loved hikin' around in wooded mountains with them great craggy peaks a-sluicin' himself in ragin' cataracts thunderin' in icy rivers, oh, whenever possible. A chivalric man, stiff an' formal even by Victorian standards, yer pappy Nietzsche said things like, 'If the lady would be so good as to consider deignin' to stride upon my back every few feet, it would be no trouble at all and only too much my pleasure to stretch myself out on the ground in front, thereby providin' a dry and suitable surface upon which to tread'--and I reckon this was on account he was raised by women. He didn't have no idea how to deal with 'em. So, what with a whole mess of excess energy he grew the mightiest mustache the world has ever known and assembled the world's foremost goddam fightin' team.
"See now, the idea of formin' this elite corps grew in Nietzsche's mind as he stood in a room of his sister's house on display fer payin' customers to view. She had a great many racist friends, did yer pappy's sister Elisabeth, and they was all a-busily discussin' racist plans involvin' world domination, takin' in the view of yer pappy the Herr Professor bedecked about in his robes an' starin' into the vasty reaches of space and time oblivious, all-too-oblivious, of his true crystalline awareness. Then as he did so often in the Franco-Prussian War, Nietzsche struck left and right with cured ham fists and slammed the bodies of his enemies all around like a eagle with a serpent in its talons. "Ariadne!" he screamed, still recallin' Cosima Wagner, for whom he had the hots on account he hadn't met yer mother yet. Routed, the racists which Nietzsche left conscious ran off with their little tails tucked in tight against their arse-cheeks.
"Turnin' to Elisabeth, who cowered wide-eyed in a corner a-sobbin', Nietzsche in a long white robe and pointin' sternly said to his sister, 'How dare you put me on display in this-a here obscene manner, completely misrepresentin' my life's work, and makin' me look damn awful! I am very, very disappointed in you! You ain't never even read none-a my books anyway--on account yew always been too lazy!'
"Whereupon Nietzsche allowed Elisabeth to tend to the wounded as he gathered up his things. Quietly walkin' in place late at night while others slept, visualizin' hikin' his favorite trails high in the Alps with perfect clarity, it had not all been for naught. Nope. And so, in this manner and sundry other secret enterprises, all yer pappy's muscles was a-hardened and a-honed fer combat, not least of which his mind. Why, so thoroughly did yer ol' pappy will himself his power, he stepped forth from his very confines right on into the open air, free now to consider the information he done overheard."
I learned in the cave from Space Cowboy that Dad battled the NWO way back in 1911, the year that my brothers and I were borne through the void. He called his team the Overmen, and together they chased Aleister Crowley across the country all the way to Sarah Winchester's house in Northern California. Yet what should have been a West Coast showdown degenerated into an occult orgy in a secret underground early-Area 51-type facility owned by a young William Randolph Hearst, although he himself did not know it at the time, and indeed had no knowledge of what lay underground until nearly thirty years later.
"It bein' the summer of 1939," Space Cowboy said, "Hitchcock was set to shoot a flick which would be produced by Hearst. A big-budget suspense thriller, the picture would star Errol Flynn opposite Peter Lorre. Flynn was to play the owner of an advertisin' agency mistakenly kidnapped by henchmen of bad guy Lorre, with action a-culminatin' right at Hearst Castle. The role of Flynn's love-interest was to go to a gorgeous newcomer supposedly hand-picked by Hearst.
"Well, principle parties headed from Hollywood on up north a piece to San Simeon plum in the middle of July to stay for a blessed week, with the exception of Hitchcock, who hated the whole damn idea and managed to avoid goin' altogether. Over dinner one night with a dozen celebrities, Orson Welles, soakin' impressions I reckon in preparation for Citizen Kane, remarked how appropriate it was that the film's two leads, diametrically opposed as characters, even had opposite names. 'Errol, Lorre,' young Welles had said as though he were a-introducin' the two, 'Lorre, Errol.'
Everyone had gotten a big kick out of it. Even Peter Lorre, who took Errol Flynn's friendly slap on the back with a good-natured chuckle, supposedly. The previous year, durin' a radio broadcast which Welles gave the night before Halloween, panic had ensued when many of those listenin' thought The War of the Worlds was actually a-happenin'.
"The dinner was held in a huge room filled with art and antiquities of inestimable worth, and the room rang with music, laughter, and conversations recountin' wonders beheld by awestruck celebrities and goggle-eyed tycoons. Hearst himself had presided over most of the affair, keepin' Doris Sullivan, his gorgeous young protégé, close by, always ready to intervene whenever it seemed she and anyone else, particularly Errol Flynn, got engaged-like in dialogue.
"Halfway through the second course, an attendant briskly whispered in Hearst's ear, and the rich ol' host left the starched and glitterin' assemblage upon some pressin' point of business, in which absence Miss Sullivan regaled anybody willin' to listen with some rather fascinatin' information to which she happened to be privy. 'He let me see some mighty special pictures,' she said. 'There used to be giants all around here. Long time ago, some ten feet tall! The ones I seen the pictures of had great big long heads that went way back, and they had long red hair. You could still see it. Why, they got ten foot-tall red-haired mummies all over the country.'
"Brows knit, his watery, boiled egg eyes glistenin' concern, Peter Lorre then inquired, 'Where are these enormous mummies now?' An' ol' Miss Sullivan she goes, 'Beats me. Still underground, I guess. Gee they got swell towns down there. Hey, anybody gonna have that lobster?'
"Lionel Barrymore himself executed a world-class boardin' house reach and passed the lady her lobster. 'Go on, my dear,' he said. An' she said, 'Well, I probably shouldn't say, but it's on account of all these ancient underground cites that go back nobody knows how many thousands of years that this here picture's even being made. Can you believe that?'
"'Why, dear child,' Barrymore said, 'whatever do you mean?'
"'Well, it's not for me to say, but with what he knows about all these giants and things he's sure gonna turn some heads. They're gonna have to re-write history because of him. That's an honest-to-God fact...'"
Swell towns down there.
It's true. Ancient pyramids underground abound all around the country, indeed all around the world. Sometimes hiding in plain sight.
A long time ago my brothers and I knew about access points to the ancient interior spaces. We've always known about the danger of the beings below exploring out.
Individually and working together we've all three had more than our share of times getting into scraps holding back the hordes and maintaining tradition.
One time my brother Marlon told a bunch of them boys down at the little school that he could make sparks fly off his fists punching solid rock. They all said no way. Marlon said wanna bet?
"It's a trick."
"Ain't no trick. Just hard fists."
My brother held up his mitts.
"Just 'cause you got big hands, that don't mean nothin'."
"Yeah, you can't make no damn sparks."
Them boys all said it would make mighty big fun to see my brother bust his hands on solid rock. But all that did was set my brother's eyes ablaze with blasphemous whims.
Didn't take no time to hoof it down to the forest, neither. Even them boys knew about the spot with all the big solid rock. Them boys had crew cut hair mostly, and red patches on their cheeks from the exertion and the chill. Overcast as the day had proven, plus dusk being nigh, and the giant redwood trees looming all around and stretching on up the hill, the moss-caked rocky gorge held just the right light for Marlon to prove his point. First though came the bet.
"I say I'm going to punch this here rock with my bare fists," Marlon said. "I say I'm going to make sparks fly when I do it. If I can't, if somehow I am not able, why then you get to see me be in a world a hurt, right?"
Them boys all nodded. "Well yeah, that's what we get, all right. Go ahead, let's see."
"But," my brother continued, "on the other hand, if I do what I say, why then you owe me."
Them boys had their arms crossed and they had smirks. "Oh yeah? What will we owe you?"
In reality, of course, those weren't the words they used. Those words are just the gist. The actual words probably referred to Marlon as Hard On. I can't remember which one even said it. I could never tell their kind apart.
"You'll have to keep quiet and not make trouble when I kick all your butts here in a minute."
And that's exactly what he said. Then he swiveled, already standing at the perfect spot, and all of a sudden there was a sound like as if he'd struck the rock with a heavy sledge. Only it was with his fist. Just like he said. And right when his fist hit the rock, up shot a bright flash of sparks.
"All right," my brother said, turning back to them boys, "time for you to pay up..."