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C is for CELEBRANTS

If you put a string of random gibberish somewhere where enough people will pass by it, someone will sound it out. Many people assume that the participants in certain unclean rituals must be geographically or temporally proximate, but this assumption is incorrect. Strictly speaking, only the person who begins and ends the ritual even needs to know who it is that's being called. Roman Bergilis began inviting his Dark Mistress into this world in the summer of 1952. He finds excuses to put up a lot of fliers. And he's really looking forward to, once and for all, getting in the last word.
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B is for BELIAL

Belial is the Prince of Lies. Those who make it their business to know such things say Belial has been exiled from the Pit and abides in the city of New York. Sometimes, a fool will hunt Belial through the city's corridors of power and wealth, finding nothing but despair. The lies of kings and plutocrats are amateur night, and the Prince is too good for the bush leagues. Belial works in a deli in the Bronx. Ask for the pastrami.

(I should look up the Ellison story and make sure I'm not just quoting it back to you. I think I made this one up.)
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Harlan Ellison wrote a short story called "From A to Z In The Chocolate Alphabet". It's really twenty-six extremely short science fiction stories, organized in the obvious way. This one is mine.

A is for APOCALYPSE

The world has ended nineteen times already. No one noticed. When the world falls apart into a million pieces, the old man puts it all back together, stepping between the moments and knitting it all together again. It's a gift. The world never fits back together in exactly the same way it breaks apart, and it hurts the old man's head when he remembers things that never happened. He had a family once, but he lost their piece of the world the last time he put everything back together. He misses them very much. Time was, your imaginary friend wasn't imaginary at all.

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