Cynric K Whitaker

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Cynric has high standards. He expects greatness. He expects character. And he looks to the examples of our heroes, both real and fictional, to puzzle out the secrets of strength and courage. He studies psychology. He reads Emerson, Thoreau, McCaffrey, Card, and every Punisher graphic novel he can find. He believes that our fictional heroes are a reflection of our inner hero yearning to be set free.He is not to be fucked with.You can connect with Cynric at Google+, Facebook, and on Twitter.

The Cost of Saving Lives

The Cost of Saving Lives

“Let her go.” Batman’s gravelly voice is soft and hard in the rapt silence of the penthouse. The mass of onlookers garbed in their evening finery stare with a mixture of muted terror and disbelief. Crime happened on the streets or on TV to other people. Not here, right in front of them. The Joker’s [...]

The Beast Within: What Vampires and Werewolves Say About Human Nature

The Beast Within: What Vampires and Werewolves Say About Human Nature

We’re all aware of the sudden explosion in the popularity of the supernatural, both on TV and in film. Series like Blade, Twilight and Underworld have enthralled us by the thousands with their depictions of macabre beings and creatures of the night, depicting their struggles both with each other and within themselves. But vampires and [...]

Iron Man Disassembled: Breaking Down the Would-Be Hero

Iron Man Disassembled: Breaking Down the Would-Be Hero

To do justice to the heroic concepts I hope to convey, I’m going to use the story of Iron Man (from the movies) to tell another story, about a guy named Bill. Bill is, by his own admission, an unremarkable guy. He works in an office doing boring office stuff. He has friends and the [...]

A Hero's Greatest Ally Is Their Greatest Enemy

A Hero’s Greatest Ally Is Their Greatest Enemy

“Kill you? I don’t want to kill you! Where would I be without you? No, no…you…you complete me.” This is a line of dialogue from The Dark Knight, spoken by The Joker to Batman. On its surface the comment seems superficial and ridiculous, a whimsical, satirical comment on the nature of their relationship from the viewpoint [...]

The Up Side of Your Dark Side

The Up Side of Your Dark Side

There is something unspoken in our culture that our heroes are the good guys. Not just good. We want them to be nice. We want them to be fair. We don’t want them to fight dirty or play by the mentality of the ends justifying the means. And we want them to be immune to the [...]

Hero Haters

Hero Haters

We love our heroes, don’t we? In movies we cheer them when the impossible battle is won. In real life we nod in approval when we hear the tale of their triumph. We love them for what they do and what they represent: the greatness that lies buried within ourselves. In seeing and hearing their [...]

The Virtues of Villainy

The Virtues of Villainy

Villains. We know them as well as we know the heroes who grapple with them. Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. The Hobgoblin vs. Spider-Man. Clayface vs. Batman. We fear them. We loathe them. But we don’t really hate villains. After all, there are plenty of examples of so-called “bad guys” who crossed over to the [...]

The Final Act

Layne froze in mid step as she approached an intersection in the narrow corridor. Something moved around the corner. She quick stepped to the left wall, keeping her weight balanced on the balls of her feet, the gun heavy and slick in her hands. Emergency lighting was enough for her to make out two subjects [...]

Exit Strategies

Exit Strategies Cynric Whitaker “Don’t point that thing at me!” In the dim red of the emergency lights Kraizen’s face was ghoulish. His eyes were wide with rage as he glared pointedly at the muzzle of Gibson’s rifle. “Maybe you’re not infected,” Gibson said. “But if you turn on me one more time I’ll give [...]

Malpraktis

Malpraktis Cynric Whitaker The cadaver on the table finally stopped flailing, though one eye still twitched as the bone saw chewed through the perimeter of the skull. Roger ignored the stench of putrid flesh as he pulled the brain case apart and deftly began inserting probes. Carolyn, his lab assistant, eyed the restraints as they [...]