Upgrades and Limits


Electrons excite me. Perhaps that is why I took so readily to computers. By the age of 13 I had cobbled together my first computer from the odd bits leftover from the old computers of friends and family. The rush of creation and experimentation that I felt that day has never been matched, but my experiments are getting closer to recapturing that glory.

The issue of any computer is that it is always in the process of becoming outdated. There are always limits on what technology can achieve. This is why my work is so important, I figured out that the best way to make a computer that didn’t need to be upgraded, that had few limits, was to harness the processing power of the living human mind. In particular, I harnessed yours.

Peeling back your scalp was the easy part; a circular incision prepared the skin to peel with one swift tug. When the drill met resistance I feared my tools were inadequate for my vision, but that crimson gush of blood and mental ichor provided reassurance. Don’t try to speak on my account, I fear this grey, slithy mound here may have been important for that – necessary even. Each probe and connection slid into place among the raw ridges of your untapped mind with only a hint of disagreement. Judging by your bright, undulating crevasses I suspect you were an extremely intelligent person once.

Excellent, I’d hate to be forced to upgrade again soon.

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  • Commented on February 11, 2014 at 4:47 am

    Nice short-but-sweet pasta. The imagery is descriptive enough to induce a cringe, and the horror itself seems pretty original. 8/10

  • Commented on February 16, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Was this by any chance inspired by the Doctor Who Cybermen? It certainly is similar to the way they “upgrade”, but well done on the fairly vivid imagery, it did indeed make me scratch my head and cringe a bit.

  • Commented on February 19, 2014 at 12:51 am

    It was not directly inspired by doctor who, however someone else on a different pasta I wrote asked if I was a Whovian (I am). My best guess is that the show has shaped my sense of horror. This was actually just an attempt to try to write more explicit descriptions, as I tend to prefer very subtle, more physiological and non-gory horror. In retrospect, I see your point.

  • Commented on March 14, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Yo I know you don’t know me but I would appreciate if you looked at my brand new pasta its called the breeze

  • Commented on March 23, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    As someone who has experience brain surgery this story was three times as cringe worthy… I keep shuddering…

  • Commented on March 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    dis stori sux cibr men dith dis alredi 2/100

  • Commented on March 29, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Fen karh denian fulsda urgeedan (not very good for pasta)

  • Commented on April 5, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Creepybomb, can you provide a link to your story? If you are referring to a story in the Index review queue I will see it eventually, but right now the backlog is around 600 stories. I am not an admin, but I will review it when it comes around. If it is posted elsewhere, then I need a link of some sort to know I have the right story selected.

  • Commented on August 14, 2014 at 4:10 am

    What is this!?

  • Commented on November 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    I expected the twist but how you executed it was great 😉

  • Commented on February 21, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Hello, I was trying to get in contact with the author of this story. Is there anyway I could maybe get some contact information?

  • Commented on March 10, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    You should make this story longer. It sucks without it being longer. Longer story’s make things more interesting!! Dip.

  • Commented on March 24, 2015 at 10:21 am

    hmm,,,,, i dont like it….anyways, have a 5/5 just for now 😀

  • Commented on April 22, 2015 at 10:59 am


    It felt unconvincing that when you used the pronoun “you”.

  • Commented on April 22, 2015 at 11:00 am


    It felt unconvincing when you used the pronoun “you”.

  • Commented on June 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

    I love the concept of creating a computer that runs on a human tower and that such a device would need to be upgraded from time to time, peeling back the flesh of the scalp ever so slowly to visualize the untapped power within. I also feel that there could have been so much more to the story in terms of progression; the reveal appeared quite abrupt. In addition, utilizing a third party as the “body” of the computer rather than the general “you” could have brought a little more discomfort to the reader.

  • Commented on August 7, 2015 at 2:41 am

    I like it. Maybe it should be listed under “mindfuck.”

  • Commented on August 28, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Yeah, sometimes on short ones like this, I accidentally see the last line, and saw something about upgraded, and thought of the Cyberman from Dr. Who. @just_a_freak_like_me

  • Commented on October 2, 2015 at 7:27 am

    Needs a bit more depth… like what happens once you hook “me” up?

  • Commented on February 22, 2016 at 12:49 am

    I think this was in the POV of a computer obsessed psychopath.

  • Commented on March 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I liked this a lot. It was very short, to the point and nice and creepy. The concept of using human brain tissue as a computer is great. This reminds me if the Robin Cook novel entitled “Brain”.

  • Commented on March 17, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Awesome creepy twist toward the end!

    Altogether 4/5

  • Commented on September 18, 2016 at 5:18 am

    i like it pretty well
    3/5 😀

  • Commented on July 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    ‘shiver’ 5/5

  • gygabyte
    Commented on October 29, 2017 at 3:03 am

    wait, what? im confuzzled this pasta is all over the palce there is no oe point in time and space

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