THE NIGHTLY CHILL
2019.11.13
By Steve Arviso

I’ve Got a Receipt (Act 1, Scene 2).


FIGHT THE DAWN!

As the sunlit sanity of the waking world burns the night to ash,
embrace the unbound madness of your wildest dreams,
laugh into the endless abyss of your darkest fantasies,
and rage against the coming dawn.

The Nightly Chill is the unstable experience of the mind and madness of Steve Arviso (@AmoralCrackpot). Mon-Fri. Ish.


CONSISTENTLY INCONSISTENT

  • BETWEEN THE CRACKS
  • WE ARE THE LOST
  • PULPBUSTERS
  • I’VE GOT A RECEIPT (ACT 1, SCENE 2)
  • THE MIXTAPE

Sometimes the thing you wrote that resonates the most with someone is the one you didn’t expect. Touch a nerve. Strike a chord. Push a button. If it lights someone up, it means people are paying attention.


BETWEEN THE CRACKS

Dearest Sir and/or Madame,

I recently caught wind of what I am mostly sure is your subtle jab at me. (Who else could it possibly be, but me?) Perhaps next time you shall use my name. I am not one to be fond of attention, but, dammit, I could really use some right about now.

Offensively yours,
Easily Offended

P.S.
I saved a clipping as a memento.


WE ARE THE LOST

The Nightly Chill wants to show some love to a variety of cool shit from local and other independent artists, performers, and assorted creative types!

If you have a show you want to promote, especially if it’s located in SoCal, let’s get your poster and links! Got a cool short film you made for no money, or a song your band is trying to get out there to more peeps? Let’s embed that YouTube video and link new listeners to where they can support you!

Hit us up if you make:

  • Art
  • Comics
  • Music, audio dramas
  • Genre fiction, poetry, films, etc!

The weirder, the better!

We are The Lost. And together, we’ll make sure the world sees and hears us.


PULPBUSTERS – THE SHADOW KNOWS

Adena’s lil’ audio love note to the (great) granddaddy of pulp vigilantes, The Shadow. Listen to it now on Spotify, sub to the PulpBusters audio feed, or even download a free MP3 of The Shadow Knows using the links below.


I’VE GOT A RECEIPT – ACT 1, SCENE 2

An absurd tale of consumerism and cosmic horror. Continued.

NARRATOR
(V.O.)
Previously, on “I’ve Got a Receipt”… more, or less.

CASSIE
What the shit is this?

SISTER
Mom found it in our closet. She said it wouldn’t do me any good.

MOM
(Defeated. Annoyed.)
Yeah, yeah. You want the receipt, or not?

SCENE 2. THE GARDEN

SOUNDSCAPE: THE LONELY SOUNDS OF A DEAD MALL’S PARKING LOT.

NARRATOR
(V.O.)
Twenty minutes later, Cassie navigated her husk of a car to a rolling stop in the mostly empty lot outside of a squatish, mall-shaped building.

CASSIE’S HOOPTY ROLLS, COUGHS TO A STOP.

AN EVEN OLDER HOOPTY OF A PICK-UP TRUCK IDLES BESIDE THEM. UP, UNDER.

NARRATOR
(V.O. CONT’D)
Her sister, meanwhile, looked out her window to the rickety pick-up truck idling mere inches away, with nobody behind the wheel.

SISTER
Well, that’s weird.

CASSIE
That somebody would leave their car running while they go shopping?

SISTER
No. It’s weird that you parked next to the only other car here.

CASSIE
It makes me feel safe.

SISTER
What, are you afraid someone’s going to pop out from behind all this nothing?

CASSIE SITS THERE FOR A MOMENT, KILLS ENGINE.

CASSIE
(Uncomfortably calm, composed.)
Less talking, more walking.

TO BE CONTINUED…

READ IT ALL NOW!


THE MIXTAPE

Tracks I’m currently chillin’ with. Tonight, other nights. Follow the Playlist on YouTube to keep up with all the changes.

One Ear (2009) – Cage the Elephant


GRAND GHOULISH – THE E-BOOK!

Originally serialized in the digital pages of The Nightly Chill, Steve Arviso’s Grand Ghoulish collects the completed absurd twisted romance between a photographer, a housewife, and her husband–a surgeon who enjoys getting a little blood on his hands!

Read it for FREE in the back issues of The Nightly Chill, or directly support The Nightly Chill and other works by purchasing a copy of the e-book!


SUBSCRIBE FOR THAT WALK-OF-SHAME FEELING EVERY MORNING AFTER!


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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

THE NIGHTLY CHILL
Steve Arviso
2019

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