The Round Room (Masterpost)
Featuring Cover Art and Illustrations by riverance
With special thanks to my beta readers, vampireisabitstrong and chiasmuslovesme Any remaining flaws are not due to their diligence.
Pairings/Characters: Kurt, Carmen Tibideaux, Blaine Anderson, Daphne (Vogue), others in less prominence, various friendships, some complicated Kurt/Blaine
Genre: Horror/Science Fiction/Fantasy (Canon divergent AU Fusion)
Warnings: angst, horror elements including (in no particular order) mental instability and mental health issues, grisly occult artifacts, minor character death, accidental death of an animal, zombie animals, monsters, suicidal ideation, desecration of human remains, blood, violence, and injury, self harm, self mutilation, body modification, and psychological trauma
Summary: Something’s not right with Carmen Tibideaux. After a strange encounter with her after hours at NYADA, Kurt cannot shake the sense he’s being stalked: a whisper in his mind; a strange, cloying scent; a prickle on the back of his neck; and the return of an old, forgotten nightmare. Kurt finds clues in both his past and in his present, but none of them prepare him for the truth of what’s out there. A Glee centric fusion with Cthulhu-esque horror and Star Trek: TNG. Canon divergent after 4x09 “Swan Song”. Written for the 2014 kurtbigbang.
Notes: I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about this story eventually, but for now, anything I could say would spoil the ride. I will say, that this is a major departure from my usual fare, and if you trust me with your time, I truly hope it’s a worthwhile journey. <3 (And even if you don’t wish to read the story, I encourage you to all to take a look at Riverance’s amazing illustrations!)
If you have any specific questions about the warnings, please don’t hesitate to drop me an Ask or an email, and I’ll be happy to explain in more detail.
Extended Credits: Thank you’s to the kurtbigbang mods, first, for organizing the challenge and being so generous in granting an extension when I needed it. And to riverance for her enthusiasm, support, Mythos advice, and stunning artwork. (I’m still floored to have my words illustrated so gorgeously). Working with you has been a complete pleasure! <3 And to vampireisabitstrong for her tireless, patient beta work, for her kindness and support when I was struggling most, and for helping me believe I’d told a story worth sharing! To chiasmuslovesme for her eleventh hour offer to be another critical eye and for sharing her knowledge of New York City, the plot logic of the story is far stronger for her attention! An extra thank you to (yes) my mother for being willing to look over my drafts, too and offer her outside-fandom perspective on it all. And finally, to my partner, for being the primary instigator of this story, and for all the brainstorming sessions over our dinners out and walks along the lake last year. Oh! and to my Tumblr friends and readers who kept telling me I could do it. You were right.
This story wouldn’t exist without you all. It’s been quite a journey, and you’ve been wonderful companions. <3
[ Read on AO3 ] (There’s more art inside!)