The Lair of the Clockwork Book, the latest serial from Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual by Bradley W. Schenck is subtitled "A Tale of Privacy and Adventure from the Future that Never Was." The Clockwork Book is a book that constantly adds to its own knowledge.
The Book accumulates stories. It does this by trading the stories it knows for new stories. This sounds harmless: in fact, it sounds beneficial, until you think about it.
Because stories are not neutral. Stories always say something about the person who tells them. They often say more than the teller realizes, and it's easy to become so wrapped up in the telling that we tell too much.
Everything that the Book learns becomes part of the Book. And the Book grows by trading the stories it knows - to anybody who asks. Anybody. If that doesn't worry you, you're probably one of those people that natural selection hasn't noticed yet.
Over the many years since the Clockwork Book collected its first story people have gradually learned to avoid the Book despite the fact that, in general, people really want to know things. And there must be a reason.
There's a way to find out for certain, of course: you just have to be willing to ask.
Our story follows those who are brave and curious enough to ask. The beautifully illustrated serial began a year ago, so you can read just about all of it now, and the last few chapters will be posted twice a week until the story is completed in April. Link
Eventually, a printed book may be available. Link