Saturday, June 24, 2006

EXCERPTS FROM The Story of the Vivian Girls by Henry Darger

The massacre continued for still another day. Children were dispatched in the most horrible manner. Their intestines were cut out, the Glandelinians even pelting their victims with them. Children were commanded to eat the hearts of the dead children, and those who refused were tortured beyond describing. The children were fairly bathed in blood.

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Scores upon scores of poor children were cut to pieces, after being strangled to death, and even their organs were hung on trees. Children were forced to swallow the sliced fragments of dead children's hearts. Nearly three quarters of the number of children who were massacred died first by strangulation, their eyes and protruding tongues were extracted, their bodies opened and their entrails pulled out, and their bodies hacked and torn and left lying in that condition on the streets and pavements.

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The massacre continued for still another day. Children were dispatched in the most horrible manner. Their intestines were cut out, the Glandelinians even pelting their victims with them. Children were commanded to eat the hearts of the dead children, and those who refused were tortured beyond describing. The children were fairly bathed in blood.

- Henry Darger, textual and visual excerpts from The Story of the Vivian Girls

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