An Unnatural History

Short Story | Horror | 3,500 words

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I wrote this story a few years ago around hallowe’en. It takes a critical look at the colonialist history and dodgy science of cherished British institutions.

I love the Horniman Museum and want to stress that I do not share all of the views presented in this short story! In real life the Horniman does a great job of decolonialising its exhibits. Check out their website here.

Content Warning for horror, suspense, and gore. The Horniman Museum is partly an ethnographical institution, and this story portrays a cavalier attitude to indigenous artefacts in order to critique that attitude.

When I first moved down to London, I did so fully expecting to find work at the Natural History Museum, South Kensington. Like many evolutionary biologists before me, that hallowed building sparked off an insatiable passion in my young self—a desire to totally comprehend the natural world and its mysteries. Unlike the Victorian scholars who set up that palace of learning, I have never carried the inclination to catalogue and quantify. My leaning was more towards a holistic understanding on Nature—an understanding that allows for unknown and un-knowable factors. I wanted—and still want—to grasp the essence and spirit of the savage wilds, not to tame them, but to revel in their spiritual freedom. Continue reading “An Unnatural History”

The Way To The Stars

Hello humans! I’m Noah Medlock, and I write Weird Fiction—that’s science fiction and fantasy with a taste of the macabre. I’m interested in decentring the genre, focusing on queer characters, and treating ‘soft’ sciences with hard-scifi rigour.

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I’m also putting up some short fiction here on the website, for free! Right now there’s a weird tale about the Horniman Museum…Have a look at my current work-in-progress here[it’s on its way, honest!]—it’s a sci-fi mystery with plenty of horror, both cosmic and personal. At its core, it’s the story of a young man being chewed up and spat out by academia. Along the way he discovers more about the ocean planet of Nacre than he had ever hoped to know. The question is, can he leave it behind when it starts destroying him?

The way to the stars is open. — Sergei Korolev

Thanks for checking out my shiny new website! It’s going to evolve a lot alongside me so do check back to see the changes. The best way to chat would be to follow me on twitter, where I’m @medlock_noah.