Dave pulled up in front of his friend Ryan’s trailer. He was glad for Ryan when he got land and got out of the trailer park but now that he had to drive out here in the dark after a cryptic text message, he decided...

Stars, hide your fires! Let not light see my black and deep desires: The eye wink at the hand!  yet let that be, Which the eye fears, when it is done, to see. — Shakespeare, Macbeth When I promised my, shall I say, partners (who will remain anonymous as long...

I’ve been walking around for the past five and a half weeks without feeling like I’m truly alive.  The positive test showed up first, and the symptoms came to plague me shortly after.  Our son was kind enough to agree to stay with us until...

“It’s 11:05 and you’re listening to WSAH 101.1 FM, Whittenberg’s classic rock for the discerning listener.  And since it’s after 11, the powers that be say, we’re allowed to take requests.  Soooo, if you’re so inclined give me a call at 221-867-9724…” * * * *...

Ted pulled his car off the paved road and onto the gravel driveway where his worn tires grumbled. “Yeah, I get the feeling.” It had been a long sales day for them both.  When Ted had started selling water purifiers, everyone was in a panic about lead...

Being a police detective means you see a lot of horrible things.  Things you can’t unsee. They haunt your dreams at night, and the images spill over into the daytime. Waking nightmares – ever hear of those?  I get them all the time. Pretty soon, every time you...

I believe there are imperceptible forces, energies and intangible things, which, arising from some sub-dimensional source, act on our minds, influence our thoughts, and perhaps even create entirely new thoughts—ideas which we wouldn’t have normally, naturally considered. The human brain largely remains a mystery and is still yet...

I have only a few things to say, a few terrible events to relate, and then I must go and join my best friend.  She is in the other room, struggling against her restraints, crying out wildly, madly, shrieking like a thing inhuman.  In many...

The worst thing about trying to stop your brain from re-entering your skull is that, with it being your brain, you can’t exactly resist the commands it issues.  You can struggle, dimly, bodily, but in the end, the brain wins out.  It gets back into...

My name is Andrew Thames, and I am nothing more than a slimy thief. I used to call myself a writer. I can’t say I ever wrote anything worth it. Despite years and years of work, pouring over my laptop, sending submission after submission, I had...

Snow. I absentmindedly watched the white flakes lazily drift down from the sky, remembering that the forecast called for a blizzard by noon. It didn’t seem like it would get that bad, at least not now. But I couldn’t spend all day looking at the...

Messes are funny things.  The longer they’re around, the harder they are to clean up.  That was the way it was with the Falling River Schoolhouse. It was May, the day after Memorial Day.  We’d been off school for all of three days, and already I...

“He is dead, Senhor,” Paulo told him. Mr. Jameson, a portly man, sat back in his chair, making a long, low squeaking sound as he did. He was a businessman.  His head was large and bald from too much thought, and his body was a soft,...

It awoke to the sounds of bootfalls on rocks.  Voices followed.  Someone had come into its cave again. It listened. “Matt!  Look out for the camera!” “I’m looking!  I’m looking!” “I could put that in my bag, you know.” “And let it get crushed by your two tons of gear? ...

In some ways, it is terrifying to imagine just how close the town of Marchington came to obliteration by the tentacles of a demonic cephalopod. THE END It was finished.  Months of toil had finally given way to Marty’s latest masterpiece.  Of his eighteen novels to...

Vestwell Subway was a pedestrian tunnel which ran beneath the busy A37, linking East Lydford with West.  A notorious accident blackspot, few ever chose to use it, preferring to risk life and limb crossing the road above.  Indeed, many fatalities had been recorded at the...

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