Winning an all-expenses paid trip without any catches is quite rare from my experience.ย  There is something unfamiliar with awards, triumphs, and real success for most adults.ย  Take winning the lottery, for instance; how much money does a person sink into that abyss of no...

The sun was emerging from the horizon like the head of some angry fire god awakening from its long slumber, when they crossed over the Georgia border from Florida. The temperature was already beginning to rise, and the day had yet to even begin. It...

You know that feeling you get when you are deep in the forest?ย  Like something is watching you?ย  Maybe even following you?ย  But, of course, you continue on, because itโ€™s just your imagination.ย  Except that itโ€™s not.ย  The feeling you have is instinctual, and you...

I am barricaded by self-design.ย  I have enclosed myself, shut off from the world except for takeaways, home deliveries.ย  The ugliness of sound, reverberations, noises, vibrations are a tormentor of my every nerve.ย  Much to my annoyance, I have been unable thus far to escape...

Nearly half a million children are reported missing each year in the United States. Averaged out across all of the cities, towns and the like, that comes out to about four missing kids per populated area per year. Fortunately, all but a tiny handfulโ€”about twelve...

THE FOLLOWING STORY IS A SEQUEL TO THE STORY: "Kill the Curdler" The funny thing about problems, Ackerman reflected, was that they never went away. They just changed into other problems. Sometimes smaller, sometimes larger, but never gone. Problems fed on each other, just like everything else....

โ€œIn the desert, the voices of God and the Devil are scarcely distinguishable.โ€ โ€” Loren Eiseley Chapter I โ€” The Saloon Laying in the thoroughfare outside the saloon was a pile of twenty smouldering bodies stacked on top of each other like logs. The gang of bandits that...

Rain poured down in unforgiving torrents. The windshield in Dariusโ€™ Uber taxi was steamy despite him setting the defogger to full blast. Visibility was nil except for the blurry blobs of streetlights that intermittently illuminated the windshield. Darius was fighting to stay awake in the...

โ€œAlice Smirnoff quits, and Bartholomew Brown makes prosecutor.โ€ Shirly sighed as she draped her arm around Bartโ€™s neck. โ€œAnd to think, Mother said youโ€™d never amount to anything.โ€ โ€œWell, you can hardly blame her.โ€ Bart smirked, letting his hands linger on the curve of her hips....

A poorly tied slip knot, which held the body to a sandbag on the floor of the lake, succumbed to the forces of buoyancy and failed. This failure did not happen at first, but gradually as decomposition within the torso produced sufficient gases to cause...

Shorty Small, a man neither short nor small, drummed his fingers on the ornately carved oak bar. The location being a well-established watering hole on Bourbon Street. Fat Tuesdays only entertained a handful of tourists on this early spring afternoon. With the summer vacation season...

The sun makes an unwelcoming appearance as Patrick Fitz wakes to a frozen morning. His head throbs as the first rays of sunlight slice through the parted curtains and reach his retinas, which causes him to growl and turn away. His newly found drinking habit...

Rachel sat alone amongst the dilapidated pews strewn carelessly on the church floor. It had been longer than she cared to remember since she had visited the church, and time had not been kind to the once-warming embrace of its dimly lit walls. Now it...

There was no coming back from this point. That was Michealโ€™s only thought, as he ventured deeper into the jungle. Humidity was something he was more than used to coming from Australia. But the insects, oversized trees, and bushes were something else entirely. The thick...

Roars and growls echo in the night sky from atop the peak. In its center, the two lycans lock each other in an unmerciful glare. They are both covered head to foot in lacerations. Both are exhausted, yet neither is willing to stop. One of...

โ€œDark spaces and long empty traces of the world I have known Hope is fleeting, and history is repeating, hearts have turned to stone Voices calling the dogs are mauling, and no one answers back Echoes are silence, tomorrow will be violent There is nothing we can do about...

In simple terms, I cannot write the story as it happened.ย  I must dumb it down for those critics who refuse to delve into a simple dictionary.ย  Let us move on in the simplicity of common language that we all might understand. The bar was noisy,...

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