With a darkness beyond night, it glared up at him, gaping like an open wound as it oozed its malignant sense of foreboding. The stench that seeped into his nostrils seemed to invade his every pore, regardless of his attempts to staunch its flow as it rolled towards him in waves. Jagged edges spoke sordid tales of those who dared attempt to go before him... Were they brave or foolish? The impenetrable depths mocked his feeble efforts to calm his racing heart.
He took his first halting steps in the direction of what appeared to be oblivion.