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It’s literal bloodlust. Unmoderated by fear or morality or regret or—as far as I can tell—even the mundane limitations of human physiology. Is this the payload Regis Air flight 753 delivered to New York? I feel safer when they’re feeding, at least for a little while. It’s when they’re hungry—that’s when they’re most dangerous.

28

“After a long, hot day the river stinks. It’s wild. Like, it’s intense. We were talking about this the other day. Imagine the city ripening in the sun, and when night falls all the stench and muck that accumulates during the day spews out of the sewers and into the Hudson. Like the city is disgorging the dead. Night is when Manhattan tries to wash away the evidence. At this point though, maybe the stain is too deep.“

26

“To dismiss the eclipse as anything less than providence is pure foolishness. I cannot say if this omen is for good or ill, but rest assured it is an omen, and one we are meant to witness. Look up, I implore you. Tell everyone to look up! Fear makes you turn your head. Real men must not look away.“

25

“We were about to hop the fence when we found him. My friends just straight up split. They were scared. I decided to stay, I guess. I’ve only been here five minutes… Do you think someone jumped him? He won’t talk. I don’t know what to do.“
“If I were you I’d leave too. Nighttime is a bad time to be out alone these days.“
“Shouldn’t we call someone?“
“You can try.“

24

She was sitting in the dark with her dog just off of East End Ave. She was perfectly upright and extremely pale, like she’d been bolted to the stoop, like some kind of gruesome mannequin. I think her mangy dog was as freaked out as me. He wouldn’t let me get close.

23

NYC animal control doesn’t exactly respond to calls at 4am. Despicable. What is wrong with this guy? He acted as if I wasn’t even there. What is wrong with this city?

22

“We live in increasingly vulnerable times. Entire societies can be held hostage by centralized power—governments, ideologies and corporations that control global finance and communications, and in turn can throttle public forums like a tourniquet. This is a warning. There are forces in the world beyond our control. This is a warning that they are here. But now so are Citizens for Liberty.“

21

“He’s slept all day and now he’s refusing to take food. I thought he could do with some fresh air.“
“He looks pale. Do you think he might be ill?“
“He’s never been sick a day in his life.“

20

“Are you getting this? This hallway is covered in this shit from one end to the other.“
“Is it human or animal? It stinks.“
“I don’t know.“
“Who wrote the message?“
“I don’t know! I don’t even know what I’m looking at.“