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Disfigured: A Horror Tale

Updated on May 29, 2017

I Hate My Face!

Brian never felt comfortable around other people unless he had his face covered. Mr. Crumb was ashamed of his looks.
Brian never felt comfortable around other people unless he had his face covered. Mr. Crumb was ashamed of his looks. | Source

Deformed From Birth

Brian Crumb was born into this world with a strike against him from the very start.
Brian Crumb was born into this world with a strike against him from the very start. | Source

Chapter 1: Ugly Baby

Brian Crumb was born in the backseat of a car in Fayette, Alabama. He is a mute and he has a horrible facial deformity that his face has had since birth. Brian never knew his mother, as she died while birthing him. A huge baby weighing 16 pounds at birth, Brian Crumb was too much weight for the father to handle since he took his own life less than 2 weeks after his wife died and child was born. Brian was passed around from agency to agency before a home for the blind decided to take him in out of pity, pure and simple.

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From Halloween Mask to Human Masks

At first Brian enjoyed sewing and constructing masked made of man made materials.
At first Brian enjoyed sewing and constructing masked made of man made materials. | Source

Chapter 2: Man of Many Masks

Brian was schooled at a school for the blind and kept from the public, in general. This sheltered child developed a love of Halloween because he could hide his face with costumes. Brian started his mask fetish off by gathering up anything and everything and seeing what he could come up with. Always feeling lonely and left out, escaping into a fantasy world with different masks became his refuge. Originally the mask were just made of paper but he soon started to stitch his own masks together. Most masks looked like demons and monsters early on before graduating to masks resembling living humans.

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Weapon of Choice

Brian Crumb preferred using a knife when he was out to cut or carve.
Brian Crumb preferred using a knife when he was out to cut or carve. | Source

Chapter 3: Tear into Faces

By the time he was 15 years of age, Brian began to wonder why he suffered his affliction and also why he was unable to speak while others never shut up. Self pity started to give way to anger. Brian decided he would break out of the facility and go rogue. As the janitor went to grab a smoke out the fire exit door in the back, he propped the door open with a small rock. While the janitor had his back turned outside, talking on the cell phone and smoking, Brian crept out the door and then scaled the barbwire fence, tearing skin off his left shoulder in the process.

Deformity

Disfigured

Needle Meets Skin

Brian started using his sewing skills to sew skin together which formed sadistic masks.
Brian started using his sewing skills to sew skin together which formed sadistic masks. | Source

Chapter 4: Sewing & Playing Dress Up

Sewing became a favorite hobby of Brian's. He loved to get dolls and sew things on them but he was really practicing for human trials. Now that he escaped the facility he needed somewhere to stay so he approached a house and climbed underneath the SUV parked in the driveway and drifted off to sleep. After several hours Brian woke up and started to run really fast. Brian Crumb was not 18 years old, and weighed almost 400 pounds and it was mostly muscle. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches tall, Brian was a scary sight indeed but his scarred face made him seem like a beast.

Brian Crumb's Birthplace (Fayette, Alabama)

Hiding From the World

Brian despised his own face and he wanted others to feel his pain both physically and mentally.
Brian despised his own face and he wanted others to feel his pain both physically and mentally. | Source

Chapter 5: Man or Woman?

Brian was a mute and he was mutilated but he was also a mental case. Although a man, Brian loved to dress as a woman and he would only go in public when he was dressed as a female. Brian loved to where a dress, makeup and a wig especially when a crowd is around. He could make himself look just like a woman and he loved to play dress up and, in fact, Brian sewed his own dresses. As a man he covered his face with hand made masks but as a lady he used make-up, clothing and a womanly presence to seem convincing.

Feel What I Feel

Even though he did not know his victims, Brian wanted the world to suffer facial damage so they can live as he does.
Even though he did not know his victims, Brian wanted the world to suffer facial damage so they can live as he does. | Source

Chapter 6: Disfigured Victims

The school for the blind was having their annual Christmas party and Brian, having turned 18 a week earlier and being the only child that was not blind, felt he had to go. Besides he was having urges to disfigure people except the blind, he reasoned, because they also suffered in life. Finally, Brian decided against attending because they would lock him up and besides he had bigger plans. They involve finding humans and making sure the skin attached to their face looks worse than his and then releasing them. The truth is that Brian Crumb has a grotesque face that features the right eye hanging down to far out of place and on the left side of his face it is partially wrinkled up in a knot.

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Feeling Gross and Ugly

Brian always felt like the ugly duckling and he was either left out or used as the group joke.
Brian always felt like the ugly duckling and he was either left out or used as the group joke. | Source

Chapter 7: A World of Ugly Faces

In order to feel and look normal, Brian decided to carve up the faces of all who come in contact with him and make facial scars the new normal for all people. Victim number one was a homeless man that Brian spotted while lurking behind a gas station. Bad Brian pulled a straight razor that he stole from the barber shop on the grounds where he lived. The man was sleeping underneath a cardboard box. Approaching slowly, Brian put the blade to the guy's nose and sliced it clean off. The man writhed in pain as blood flowed freely all over the place. Once the man looked around Mr. Crumb was gone and the homeless man was now screaming a running towards the hospital. Brian then went and ate a burger and fries at a fast food joint. An hour or so later, he approached a hitchhiker as he traveled along the edge of the woods by the highway. Brian beat the man with his fist and after 4 shots the guy was on the ground. Brian then stomped a big boot shot into the hitchhiker's forehead leaving him unconscious. Brian took out his knife and used it and his strength to tear the man's ear from his head. The man awoke screaming but was being held down. Brian then cut the other ear half way off with the knife before dropping the blade on the ground. The man was taking off and Brian grabbed the ear and jerked it off. The innocent man took off running full speed without his ears.

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Artwork of Brian Crumb

Combinations of cotton, plastic, skin and body parts composed Brian Crumb's masks.
Combinations of cotton, plastic, skin and body parts composed Brian Crumb's masks. | Source

Chapter 8

Brian needed to get away from the U.S. Marshalls so he decided to dress as his female persona, Briana and make a sneaky escape. The police and U.S. Marshalls raided his room at the home for the blind in search of further clues on his whereabouts. Two officers and a lead detective walked right past a woman on their way into the facility, nearly knocking her down. The problem is that the person the police passed was not a woman at all but rather Brian in costume. Brian got a bus ticket less than a mile from the home for the blind and he or she was gone leaving the law enforcement confused by the entire situation.

Woman or Man on the Run

Brian or should I say, Briana, had a contingency plan all along.
Brian or should I say, Briana, had a contingency plan all along. | Source

© 2017 Buster Johnson

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