Underground Publisher Holed Up in Tranquility


Editors Note: Recluse Indiana street rag publisher, amateur magician and EagleScout Storyteller Jack Merde, long absent from the alternative art scene he helped create, has reportedly been found in an obscure corner of western New Jersey.

By Don Berry

According to unconfirmed reports, the Merde Compound, an impenetrable fortress, heavily mortgaged, at an unspecified location in Tranquility, New Jersey, is the principal residence of the obscure writer hermit.  Aerial photographs of the expansive grounds show a large pool complex with waterfall, cabana and extensive landscaping. The pool complex is believed to have been used primarily for entertaining during Merde’s second marriage to a trophy wife. Neighbors report only rare sightings of the reclusive Merde over the past several years as he rarely leaves the confines of the compound. There are unverified reports of a late model European sports car speeding away from the estate in the hours shortly after midnight. Few people are known to have actually entered the residence located within the compound. There are verified accounts of a basement theater with a stage and Broadway-style curtains where Merde performs an unusual magic act assuming the alter ego, Doctor Mentallo. The basement is also known to house the “Wall of Celluloid,” a massive collection of movies on Blu-Ray, DVD and VHS. Little else can be confirmed. Rumors that Merde had recently installed a stripper pole in his basement theater were traced back to a local contractor who refused to comment on the record for this reporter.

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2 thoughts on “Underground Publisher Holed Up in Tranquility

  1. Rheins, I can’t believe you posted my email on your blog as your own stuff. Stop ripping me off, dude, and give me a byline. I was the guy who tracked Merde down and located him in northwestern NJ. I have been following clues for ten years — grafitti, actually, signed by a “Mister Wizard” — saw the first one in the men’s room at the Greyhound bus station in Cincinnati. Anyway, that’s not important. What matters is that it took me over a decade to track Merde down, I email you my story and you post it as your own stuff without any credit to the author! Dude!

  2. Hold your horses, Berry. You stumbled onto a draft. We’re live now dude, so dig it.

    And, BTW — why don’t you start your own blog. God knows you have enough stuff in the archives to keep you busy keystroking for months to come…

    In any case, dude, you are now properly named and annotated for all to see. Thanks for sharing with FreePamphlet.

    What is it they say, fools names and fools faces…

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