Secret Message

It turns out that encryption can turn up in places where you really don't expect it. The text of the story "Secret Message" in Jeff Strand's Gleefully Macabre Tales is actually printed encrypted, for example. Here's how this story begins:

Gzqudx eqnvmdc zr gd nodmdc sgd kdssdq. Otqd fhaadqhrg. Vgzs vzr sghr, z bncd?

Gd zkvzxr dminxdc rnkuhmf sgd czhkx bqxosnfqzl hm sgd mdvrozodq, ats gd'c mdudq gzc nmd lzhkdc sn ghl adenqd. Sgdqd vzr mn qdstqm zccqdrr nm sgd dmudknod, itrs z knbzk onrslzqj. Hs vzr oqnazakx nmd ne ghr atcchdr okzxhmf z injd.

If you want to read the rest of the story, you'll have to pick a copy of Gleefully Macabre Tales. The limited edition from Delirium Books is out of print and fairly expensive, but the paperback version from Dark Regions Press isn't.

According to Jeff, the cryptography team at Voltage actually provided the first known decryption of "Secret Message." Yet another first for us.

(I was actually planning to do a post about The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. It’s part of Naropa University, one of the few places where you can get a BA in Contemplative Psychology, an MA in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology or do hands-on work in a Consciousness Laboratory. I was going to do this in the style of Jack Kerouac, but it got way too ugly so I stuck to "Secret Message" instead.)

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