Flesh Run

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"Flesh Run"
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Type Short story (Anthology I)
Genre(s) Cosmic horror
Author(s) Schizoid Nightmares
Released April 12–September 17, 2023
Words 7556
Next "Heaven Falls"
URL Official page

"Flesh Run" is a cosmic horror thriller short story by Schizoid Nightmares, originally released April 12–September 17, 2023, on the web as the first entry to Anthology I.


The story is set in an enclosed labyrinth of fleshy muculent membrane from the first-person perspective of a nameless protagonist, who, along with a group of other "adult fetuses," struggle to survive the many deadly trials inside their eldritch "mother" (later first referred to in "Heaven Falls" as the Primordial). The humanoid inhabitants of "Flesh Run" are adult-sized, sexless,[a] hairless mutes of approximately identical height and appearance — with only slight facial dissimilarities.


# Title Artwork Release Words Summary
I "Birthing Pool"
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April 12, 2023 655 The protagonist emerges from one of the many natal orifices attached to the ceiling of an enclosed membrane cavity. After falling into a deep, acidic pool below, the protagonist discovers more of their kind, mostly drowned corpses, but a few still alive, struggling to stay afloat. The protagonist manages to avoid drowning and escapes after reaching the pool's edge.
II "Milk Fever"
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May 2, 2023 795 After a muculent river beyond the pool leads them to a membrane cavity with an "udder" attached to the ceiling, the protagonist wrestles with other humanoids to suckle its "teats." The protagonist mentally nicknames two out of the no more than a dozen humanoids that occupy the cavity: one, "Lucky," for being the first almost to suckle a teat, and the other, "Elbowed," for being elbowed in the face by Lucky. The udder's milk is mysteriously tantalizing and has an intoxicating effect on all of them (including the protagonist). The membrane floor "swallows" Lucky and the protagonist one by one after they drink from the teat.
III "Deep Throat"
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May 8, 2023 804 The membrane releases the protagonist into a deep throat-like shaft lined irregularly with circular, muscular cartilaginous ridges. As the protagonist climbs down the shaft, they hear other humanoids above them. Further down the shaft, the protagonist crosses a bony-like bridge, barely making it across in time before two others from above come tumbling down, destroying the bridge in the process and killing one of the falling humanoids. The ridges then retreat into the shaft, leaving a gripless, smooth surface, causing the protagonist to fall down below. The membrane floor cushions their fall. At the bottom of the shaft, the protagonist finds eight other humanoids, recognizing most of them from the udder cavity, including Lucky and Elbowed. They all escape the shaft by following a pleasant smell through a horizontal slit in the wall.
IV "Forbidden Fruit"
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May 12, 2023 663
V "Rib Cage"
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May 19, 2023 1060
VI "Salivary Duct"
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May 27, 2023 797
VII "Mucous Spa"
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June 19, 2023 688
VIII "Bite Me"
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September 8, 2023 1291
IX "Fleshed Out"
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September 17, 2023 803



  1. lacking sexual characteristics

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