Candles
Average Rating:
10

Candles

I inherited Chandler's Candles from my pa, who had inherited it from his grandma, who inherited it (I guess) from her ma or pa. It's a dying art, honestly, and I will be the first ...
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The Storm Cellar
Average Rating:
4.53

The Storm Cellar

The storm door clacked against its frame without rhythm. Chickens scuttered through the dirt, clucking restlessly. The clouds had sunk low over the farmhouse. They smothered the earth, draining the red shutters and dirty white ...
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Quarantine
Average Rating:
7.93

Quarantine

Working in a nuclear reactor is difficult work, no matter what the task. Even the most menial job, including mine - janitorial services - required rigorous education on emergency procedures, and that we be subjected ...
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Black Sludge
Average Rating:
7.33

Black Sludge

I used to work the late shift at an old-fashioned cafe in my hometown. I lived in a relatively small town where everyone knows everyone and everything about everybody. Honestly, I really liked my job ...
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The Thing That Will Kill Me
Average Rating:
8.4

The Thing That Will Kill Me

I grew up in a tiny town in Vermont. Tiny in terms of population, not size—there were huge sprawling farms and wooded areas, but almost no people. More cows than people, which is standard for ...
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Mister Smiley
Average Rating:
6.61

Mister Smiley

Looking back now, all I can see is his damn face. It looks at me, as I close my eyes. I can see the dripping of the black liquid, as it falls from his eternally-smiling ...
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The Deef
Average Rating:
7.77

The Deef

We called it The Deef. It was supposed to be a joke. We had a game, the group of us. It didn’t really have a name. It was just the cryptid game. It was simple: ...
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Beach
Average Rating:
6.81

Beach

I still dream about the ocean, waves capped with foam, the whispered poetry of high tide, pools filled with brine-crusted treasures. I dream about storms and faces. A roar of thunder wakes me to a ...
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Zero Sum
Average Rating:
5.81

Zero Sum

The vault is open. Fisch has some flash bangs he snagged from when he was in special forces. He tosses one through the open door. We cover our ears. Inside, civilians are sprawled out on ...
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My Sister's Hair
Average Rating:
7.67

My Sister’s Hair

I wish I had my big sister’s hair. Hers is soft and light. Touching her arms is like touching peach fuzz. When she sweats her skin looks like melted butter. It’s not fair. My hair ...
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The Backrooms
Average Rating:
5.49

The Backrooms

It was approximately 12:15 when I entered the Johnson County Community Health Clinic. I was there for an appointment I had set up weeks ago, just a routine checkup. It wasn’t a new place for ...
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Northern Lights
Average Rating:
8.06

Northern Lights

I never wanted to go on that stupid hike in the first place. Yet there I was, allegedly enjoying nature and getting healthy exercise while hiking from “cabin to cabin” in the Norwegian mountains with ...
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Floor Zero
Average Rating:
6.46

Floor Zero

 You'd finally done it. After weeks of digging around and bugging the lady at the front desk, you'd found it: the elevator code for floor zero. You make your way to the nearest elevator, ...
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Hands
Average Rating:
7.62

Hands

 The worst thing I’ve ever done in my life happened about twelve years ago, when I was a sixteen-year-old kid living in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the early fall, when the leaves were just ...
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11 Bodies Hanging From 21 Trees
Average Rating:
7.73

11 Bodies Hanging From 21 Trees

The top half of Councilman Jones’ body hung by a steel cable looped around his neck and tied off to an old oak tree on one end. It was still dripping blood, bones and veins ...
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The Moors
Average Rating:
6.46

The Moors

The soggy heathland hugged itself underneath a dome sky. Tracts of mire lay sunken in some places, valleys of soft earth unable to withstand the oppressive atmosphere above it, while other acres were crumpled against ...
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The Likho
Average Rating:
6.93

The Likho

 I was always close to my uncle, even if I was too young to truly know or understand him. He was a military man for the whole time I knew him and usually told ...
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Nightmarish Realities
Average Rating:
4.6

Nightmarish Realities

 I ran as fast as I could. My heart was racing and I could feel my side cramping up. Don’t look behind. I told myself. And so I kept running. I could hear movement ...
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The Ceremony
Average Rating:
5.76

The Ceremony

When you are met with the sort of anxiety which, ultimately, is there to make you consider the possibility that your own memory is a lie, it is only natural to face difficulty in recalling ...
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Between Ice and Stars
Average Rating:
7.49

Between Ice and Stars

1905, Antarctica The hull of the ship moaned and groaned under the strain of its frozen enclave. HMS Stargazer and its crew had initially set out into the deep unknown to map uncharted territories, but ...
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Mr. Ghost
Average Rating:
8.63

Mr. Ghost

In the spring of 1953, when I was nine years old I saw my brother die. I’ll remember that day for the rest of my life. The memory has never left me and it never ...
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