The Revenant – Extended Edition


The Revenant (extended edition) – Written by Alexander X. Laymen

Deep within the far reaches of my mind played a tune that kept me happy for as long as I could remember, quite like the one that played while a certain shark wreaked havoc. This tune was often distorted by the background noises that came with living amongst others like me.

They judged me as someone who was tormented and lived in a constant state of despair. That vicious cycle of torment had led me to my current residence, West Hill Mental Ward, or what I like to call Lackluster Estate. I was locked away, trapped inside my own four walls. I held it in for as long as I could, still playing my favorite song through the built-in radio that resided in my not so sane mind.  Only my family understood the language that I spat from my mouth on a daily basis, often holding my hands and telling me that everything was going to be alright. They were wrong, however, it was fucked, everything was fucked. Those teeth of mine would take over again… They took over again.

Distaste for the bite immediately hit me, and I felt disgust rise in me, though, it was too late to take it back. Hardly the best that I had ever tasted, and the flesh ripped like wrinkled skin should. It was wrong. However, a bite was a bite, and any bite was better than none at all. The color crimson, spurt from the open wound like a sprinkler head, dousing my face and shirt with blood that smelled and tasted strongly of iron. An unmistakable emotion built up inside me only it could not be expressed right away due to the illness that plagued my mind. I knew what I was supposed to do. My mother was the one that took care of me, but in the end she stopped in at the wrong time. Maniacal would be how I best described my fit of laughter as I watched the woman fall to the ground gushing a fountain of blood from her neck, trying her best to hold it all in, and failing horribly. She almost instantly went into a state of shock. Seemingly a mile away sat a television with my idol doing what he did best.



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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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