On stormy days he remembers his mother and the last time he saw her. At a time when he was just a child, and she was his whole world. When the rains came, she hid them - and all too soon he would find out why.
Bren has the Gurmlacks he’s always wanted, but one of them is dead and needs to be disposed of. The ominous warnings of his grandfather’s favorite saying rings in Brna’s ears, “You can’t dig deep enough to dispose of a dead Gurmlack. What will he do next, now that he has them?
Distinct Poplar is a young adult (YA) short story series of dark fantasy and storybook horror, written and illustrated by Matt Herzberg. Distinct Poplar takes place in a sprawling city, where the supernatural and fantastic things are common place. This vast metropolis looks and feels like a fairy tale kingdom come to life and thrusted unceremoniously into the modern era. Here, people practically live on top of one another, covered in the grime and hardships of everyday city living, and always keeping an eye out for the dark and sinister things awaiting just around the corner.
From Russia With Love - Huma-Huma
Solo Cello Passion - Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky
9th Symphony, Finale (by Beethoven)
The Gurmlacks were once an exotic and highly prized creature found only in Distinct Poplar, but they were hunted to the point of extinction...or so they thought! Join Bren as he accidentally stumbles upon a Gurmlack of his very own. What will he do with it and how will it change his life forever?
William Tell Overture (by Rossini) - Rossini
From Russia With Love - Huma-Huma
Hometown hero, The Handsome Boy seeks to protect his nephew from a dangerous menace that stalks children, hungry for their laughter.
Aunt Tagonist - Silent Film Dark by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Ghost Processional (Alternate) by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Fluffing a Duck by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
Cool Vibes - Film Noire by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
In this disgusting short story of modern storybook horror; a teenager relates the terrifyingly odd events transpiring in their filthy apartment building. One neighbor in particular has taken a seemingly sinister interest in them, and the unrest suffered from a growing tumor in the teenager's back. Is the creepy neighbor the cause or the cure to this mutation, and will the the main character survive to find out whats befallen them? Find out what happens in this unsettling tall tale set in a fairy tale city with a truly dark and sinister edge.
An annual holiday play tells the story of the city’s unique and quizzical name, Distinct Poplar. 12 angry councilmen, a dancing king with finger-guns, and a lone woman with a very large book are the characters for this in-story stage production. Unfurl the backdrops, pull the demolishers out of the mothballs, and get the understudies ready for impromptu injuries. It’s time to find out; How The City Was Named!
There are several unexplained occurrences on Iestyn street. From the hour of four one zero to the hour of ﬁve ﬁfteen. Thats when all trafﬁc seems to stop. No cars on smooth black pavement and no shoes on broken concrete. It's as if the business day disappears, suddenly, and the residents take a break from busy lives.