Continuing the, um, visceral theme of the week*, our buddy Mike found this art/sci-fi worldbuilding project and it’s been fascinating me. As the creator, artist Trevor Roberts, explains:
The Mystery Flesh Pit is the name given to a bizarre natural geobiological feature discovered in the Permian Basin region of West Texas in the early 1970s. The pit is characterized as an enormous subterranean organism of indeterminate size and origin embedded deep within the earth, displaying a vast array of highly unusual and often disturbing phenomena within its vast internal anatomy.
Following its initial discovery and subsequent survey exploration missions, the surface orifice of the Mystery Flesh Pit was enlarged and internal sections were slowly reinforced and developed by the Anodyne Deep Earth Mining corporation, who opened the Pit as a tourist attraction in 1976. In the early 1980s, the site was absorbed into the National Park System which operated and maintained the Mystery Flesh Pit until its sudden closure in 2007.
There isn’t a story to read about it, per se, but you can click through the fake ephemera Roberts created and just get lost:
I’ve been thinking about why I find it so compelling–because I don’t usually go for horror–and I think it’s the idea of making a national park out of something that’s clearly alive and giant. Like, the Yellowstone caldera is also huge and mysterious and dangerous, with lots of “orifices” and acidic pools and geysers, yet we’ve created a whole park with hotels and restaurants and dams on top of it. Of course we’d do the same inside a “superorganism.”
Anyway, go explore the Mystery Flesh Pit. And don’t forget to buy a souvenir on your way out!
*My colonoscopy went fine and Doc’s antibiotics seem to be doing the trick! Hopefully we are done with Poop Stuff for a while.