“Congregation of the Lightning Bug” By Jeffrey LeBlanc (Narrated By Author) NEW on YOUTUBE!!

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Children of horror, journey with us as we are chased through an ancient swamp lit by leprous moonlight as something hisses between the trees. Maybe on another adventure we get lost in a dense fog down some forgotten bayou with the howls of wolves all around. Or follow our descent as we become demoniacally transformed from creatures beyond infinite dimensions. These are just a few of our creations.

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We dedicate tonight’s story to Patty and Linward Dupre’. Thank you for the concept. Stay strong and stay safe in this challenging time of our lives.

Tonight, we present the electrifying “Congregation of the Lightning Bug”. Hopefully, I have appeased this pesky bug to leave me in peace…for now.

You are staggering through a fog filled street in New Orleans. It’s during the horrific COVID-19 pandemic. While journeying into the city’s oldest district—The Marigny, you see a heroin addict following a strange group of buzzing insects. The bugs are drawing the junkie into a church on a dead-end street. You hear from outside the church, an orchestra kick up, ecstatic revelry from the parishioners, and blasts of blinding church light. Nothing too unusual. Except there is a growing drone of those strange bugs.

Then…you hear horrifying screams.

“Congregation of the Lightning Bug” was a short story first written in July 2015. It’s one of many stories in the collection “Wolves, Wings, & Other Things”.

The Lightning Bug requested an updated version. This one has more teeth at the behest of that glowing pest. We expanded “Lightning Bug” to include a few laughs and more of our friend’s style of preaching. Our updated story should fire up a few storms with the finalized novel. The novel will delve into the mystery of a mesmerizing preacher and a menace beyond comprehension.

It is set to be published in July 2020.

“The Lightning Bug” was heavily influenced by several unique authors and artists. H.P. Lovecraft’s “From Beyond” was the Genesis of “Lightning Bug”. Another influence was Robert Bloch’s “The Shambler From the Stars” which guided us to creating the dark humor and dread from beyond dimensions. Further influences of the isolation and the disconnected atmosphere came from the band Disturb’s version of “The Sound of Silence” written by the great Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel.

Most importantly, this story attempts to capture the sense of uncertainty and dark atmosphere due to the global social disconnect of our world at this time. The story and novel will explore the fear of uncertainty and the loss of social discourse and disconnected lives from the shutdown of our society caused by the Chinese Wuhan Virus or COVID-19.

What is the secret to the sermon of Brother John and his congregation? Can Rodney Hebert learn Brother John’s lesson before he’s late for dinner?

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