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Shadow Within A City


"Tell him I'm the one assassin of malevolence----the Shadow Killer!!!"

“Tell him I’m the one assassin of malevolence—-the Shadow Killer!!!”

No more waiting, here is a segment of the story. Dr. Payne and Yosul are at odds over Yosul’s laxity type attitude with keeping himself safe from the battles with Gangland. This passage also introduce an unexpected ally..

Or foe, you decide.





Yosul’s Loft


Roughly an hour after he escaped from Ghost Squad’s lair, Yosul was back home and amongst his friends. As Sarah patched him up, she also began interrogating him and Doctor Payne. “What happened to you? What were you doing?”
“Sarah!” Doctor Payne yelled. “We’ve already been through this tonight.”
“Yes we have, Doctor,” she quickly rebutted, “but if you two intend on making it a habit to call me in the middle of night, outta nowhere to treat bullet and stab wounds that even keeps a detective from going to the hospital, then I want know what I’m getting into, and what’s going on. I think you owe me that much. So—either tell me what you’re all up to—Or find a new nurse.”
Yosul and Doctor Payne eyed each other in silent debate. Doctor Payne slightly nodded his head in consent, giving Yosul the cue to fill Sarah in. Yosul turned to her with the most firm and serious tone of voice she’d ever heard him speak with. “I’m only gonna say this once,” he begun, “so shut-up, listen, don’t interrupt, and wait till I’m done before you ask any questions.” She gave her acknowledgment. “Detective Higgins, myself, and Doctor Payne are trying to expose the city’s corruption, political unrest, and conspiracies that we believe leads up to High Mayor Brand, and possibly further. In the process,” he continued, “we tend to encounter—altercations, which, as you can see, can be physical, violent, and life threatening. That’s it.”
“What do you mean—that’s it? No! I want details!”
Yosul, in much more pain then he originally let on to, due to the constant transformations into ShadowKill, took it upon himself to put Sarah in her place. “Look!” he roared, “right now, we don’t have time for this, and frankly—I’m really not in the mood for it—okay!? Good! I don’t care what else you want to know, and it really don’t matter because—that’s all we’re saying! So—if you don’t wanna help—Fine! Leave! Trust and believe, it’ll be no problem getting someone else to look out for us! So—the choice is yours—are you in or out!?”
“I’m in,” she huffed, pouting like a small child or toddler.
“Good,” Yosul barked, “right now, the less you know, the safer you are—Understand?”
“Sure,” she said, gathering her belongings preparing to make an exit, “If there isn’t anything else, I guess I’ll be going.”
“Naw,” Yosul said in a calming tone, “Thanks for coming. Okay,” he sighed, once he was sure Sarah was out of eavesdropping range. “Doc, they know who I am.”
“Which you?”
“Both—they know I’m working with you and Higgins’, and that I’m ShadowKill.”
“Yosul, how could you expose yourself like that!?”
“What!?” he grunted with anger, “Really, Doc!? You gon’ ask me that!? Like I’m just waltzing around showin’ off, my ‘cool’, ‘special’, powers or something!? Okay,” he grunted once more, “I’ll tell you how—Maybe, because as usual, I was in there all alone—There being their damn HQ, base, or whatever-the-hell you wanna call it! Yeah, I was in there, while you were on your laptop or something—I’m always the only one puttin’ my ass on the line! Oh!” he snapped, here’s another reason—Maybe because they literally had me shackled in chains, and put a damn gun to my head! That one good enough for you!? And here’s the best one—Maybe because if I hadn’t changed into ShadowKill—I’ll be dead right now!”
“I’m sorry, Yosul.”
“Yeah, I know Doc—You’re always sorry. We’ve been through this a million times—just leave it alone, don’t even say shit else about it. They also know about Danetta—for some reason, they’re interested in her as well.”
“But why?” Doctor Payne gasped, “How did they find out about her?”
“BloodOath has footage of the parking lot brawl at the shelter the night me and her first met—It shows me changing into ShadowKill. When you called earlier tonight, he had my phone, and saw your number—I couldn’t do shit because I was still chained up, trying to regain my strength and energy—That’s why I didn’t answer the call. Its not safe for you to go home, Doc, and its no longer safe for Abram to be here. You might wanna send him out of town for a while—things are really about to heat up. They’ve probably already gotten your address from searching and cross-referencing your phone number.”
“Yes, Yosul, you’re right. So you actually spoke to BloodOath?”
“Yeah, and I did a lot more than that—I fought em’ too.”
“You fought BloodOath!?”
“Yeah, and even as ShadowKill—he’s a very capable and formidable opponent.”
“I see. With the turn of events, we must be careful, and take time planning our next course of action. We’re crippled, we’ll talk in the morning—get some rest, you need it.”
“Sure Doc,” he puffed, “but Doc—this has gotten to the point where we can no longer do it ourselves—We need help—I need help.”
“if you could see,
what you can become,
the essence of humanity,
draped in shadows…
treasured for unknown reasoning…
savior, or villain?
Hero or not…”


Yosul garbled the words, agonizingly and softly, as his slumber almost became a burden to sustain. Sweat poured profusely down his face as he tossed and turned violently, despite a brisk night’s breeze gently cascading through the window and surfing over him, failing to ease his anxiety. His mind journeyed to another realm—another world, as his dreams momentarily became his own reality of motion and steel.
“Hear me,” murmurs a voice from the shadows. “Heed warrior, you must…”


(artwork by Joel “Yoel” Charles of St. Louis, MO)

Shadow Within A City Written by F. Kenneth Taylor & K. G. Bethlehem

Shadow Within A City
Written by
F. Kenneth Taylor &
K. G. Bethlehem

Please take time to watch. This was a rare opportunity for Kevin G. Daniel (K.G. Bethlehem) and myself (Author F. Kenneth Taylor) to appear together and discuss our book,  Shadow Within a City.  This is a commentary, so its not a short video, but you’ll get a lot of insight about the book and our upcoming works. We truly appreciate all your support.

K.G. Bethlehem & F. Kenneth Taylor; down STL 2011.  oh the dude with the red pants in the background; Joel "Yoel" Charles

K.G. Bethlehem & F. Kenneth Taylor; down STL 2011. oh the dude with the red pants in the background; Joel “Yoel” Charles

Greetings everyone!!

Great news, both authors me (K.G. Bethlehem) and F. Kenneth Taylor will conduct a video discussion about Shadow Within A City along with other projects within the ShadowKill universe. We will also talk about Science fiction in general along with individual projects coming up in the near future. If anyone has any questions they want answered please leave a comment below and we will make sure we answer all that is presented to us.

Video discussion will take place Saturday; March 7th look for the video blog sometime in the afternoon.
Again thank you all for the support and following of the creative world of Shadow Within A City..

Shadow Within A City Written by F. Kenneth Taylor & K. G. Bethlehem

Shadow Within A City
Written by
F. Kenneth Taylor &
K. G. Bethlehem

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SCAF code file# 13A

Name: Yosul ???
Age: 23-30 years of age?
Birthplace: Unknown; assuming somewhere in Haiti?
Birth parents: Unknown (*mark for High Internal Clearance from authorization of WISK).
Height: 5’11?
Weight: ???lbs
Hair style: Afro
Hair color: Dark Brown or Black
Eye color: Brown?
Alert Status for file: Codification 2 (*mark for additional information is per WISK permission)

Reports from Midwest City Police Department; notably Ghost Squad headed by Lt. Simms gives Yosul the classification of being the most dangerous man in Midwest City. Thefts of money taken from houses of high ranking officials of WISK and assaults on police officers are part of Yosul’s one man crime spree. There are also reports of him attempting to assassinate Lt. Simms himself inside the offices of Ghost Squad (underground after-hours police unit of Midwest City Police Dept.).

Further reports are concerning abnormal abilities from Yosul that displays inhuman responses from external conflict directed towards him. In other words he has killed his enemies with no known weaponry from Earth. Details are classified as already a high ranking official of WISK is at MCPD as of this moment attempting to uncover the reasons for such a report. As of this time; further information on this subject is strictly prohibited unless permission granted by WISK officials and signed off on by SCAF Alert Commanders of the assigned region.

For more information—by all means go to:


(Copyrighted All Materials protected 2011. Artwork by Joel Charles of St. Louis, MO)

Internal Conflicts without logic breed horrible conclusions…
and/or decisions..

KG Bethlehem


Greetings everyone…

Today is another spotlight look at Shadow Within a City. This passage in the book is from a conversation between two members of the after-hours elite police unit called—Ghost Squad. Ghost Squad as a norm usually defies laws to complete assignments even if their victory results in the loss of innocent lives in the process. To the average onlooker they display a demeanor of brutality with the approved authorization of the state.
As wise people believe things are not always as they appear, or is that wrong to assess such a statement?

“Internal conflicts without logic breed horrible conclusions.”
-K.G. Bethlehem


“Almost time for the news,” voiced RoadKill, one of BloodOath’s trusted soldiers. He sat reclined, still in S.W.A.T gear, listening to the reports of the Warehouse District Massacre that unfolded earlier that night. He’d just returned from a drug raid and was now…

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“I remembered him back in the old days. He showed such promise in being the first officer to reach sergeant within 2yrs. He drank beer every now and then with the fellas from the old District Crimes Unit. He smoked cigars, fine cigars but didn’t inhale any of them. He loved his wife and child, he loved them so much. I distinctly recalled the day when he lost his wife and child. It was a car accident by a drunk driver. They didn’t have a chance, they died instantly. He took it very hard. He didn’t forgive himself for whatever reason and the sad thing about all of this—he became a drunk and was demoted to back to the investigation unit.”

Shadow Within A City..

Shadow Within a City—a look into Chapter 1

KG Bethlehem

Greetings everyone..,

This late evening I have a treat I would love to bestow. Here is the complete first chapter of K.G. Bethlehem & F. Kenneth Taylor’s Sci-fi, dystopian, crime drama novel called—-


I really hope you enjoy the read and please if you have any comments, good or otherwise please leave share them. Critical voices are whatever writer needs, keeps us grounded…

But to the point, helps us improve our craft. As usual have a cigarillo and coffee on me.


Chapter One Periluss

The Isles of New Sweden March of 2011: 24 Years Ago

The successful corporate gurus, also husband and wife, Hayden and Krishna Simms, watched their son, four-year old, Periluss Nicolas Simms, playing happily with his toys, as they discussed his future.

The couple lived in a rather lavish mansion built into the side of a cliff, overlooking the aqua-blue seas, and…

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Graphic -- Murder crime scene tape

There were missing clues to the death of Chief James Tinsworth that even the representatives of SCAF are unable to make a connection. The Alert Status remains at 2 for the time being; an odd occurrence due to the high ranking status of the former chief of Midwest City Police Department (MCPD).

He had no known family really, his wife Judy Crowns-Tinsworth died six years ago from breast cancer. His older son was killed in a car crash returning back to NAF South Section Paramilitary Base 13 in the Arizona providence. No known cause for concern over his character are noted.

James Tinsworth was shot in the head, and twice in the neck by a 9mm at close point blank range; hollow tip bullets to be exact.


"People in general are getting too nosy---too much fucking thinking..."

“People in general are getting too nosy—too much fucking thinking…”

Now remember, this is the story that must be use in all national controlled state media; the freelance local news centers in the cities will follow suit unless their funding for “clear air time” will cease immediately.

High Mayor Brand is the sponsor for compliance for this one. Meaning, nothing will come out or even be suggested of cover up. If any mention of Ghost Squad, Lt. Periluss Simms in any type of investigation and/or inquires will be taken as a threat to Homeland security. Also if it begins to pick up steam, “neutralized it” at its progeny .

Progeny, yes I said it. A reminder to all we hold dear.

Meeting is adjourned, classified silence of Order 534. Good day.

(High level meeting of SCAF Midwest Division Office with conjunction with the Southwestern Division personnel).

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Yosul’s hair and skin began to disappear, as did the solid mass and composition of his physical, human form. His body quickly became transparent, then jet-black, as he merged within the surrounding shadows in wait of the unknown aggressors fast approaching. Within seconds, his ghostly transformation was complete. His mind now traveled from minor realities into a calm spirit of thought and steel to which his heartbeat slowed down to a crawl. A fire sensation inhabited his muscles, and gravity was no longer a hindrance. He was dark energy, pure strength of comfort motion and raw iron. The young urban man of Midwest City, was now the eminent—ShadowKill.

"Tell him I'm the one assassin of malevolence----the Shadow Killer!!!"

“Tell him I’m the one assassin of malevolence—-the Shadow Killer!!!”

How does ShadowKill relate to your outlook of how a super-hero should be?

or, is he too much of a anti-hero that the questions would not be valid?