Don't Stop Believing
Average Rating:
10

Don’t Stop Believing

Publisher's Note: This story is part of the author's Father Cooke series of interrelated stories. If you enjoy it, the author invites you to click here to read the other tales in the series. I sat ...
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Midnight in Texas
Average Rating:
10

Midnight in Texas

Publisher's Note: This story is a sequel to the previously-featured tale, A Sunset in Texas. The author encourages you to read the first installment in the series to better understand the events of this one. You ...
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The Banana Lady
Average Rating:
6.88

The Banana Lady

There is a banana lady in every town. You might have to look for her, but I would advise against this. She is not someone you would like to meet. You may find her on ...
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My AirPods Make Terrifying Sounds
Average Rating:
8.45

My AirPods Make Terrifying Sounds

I first wore the AirPods to the Stop and Shop. It was an incredible, other-worldly experience. I listened to the soothing voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson while picking through the broccoli. I learned about quasars ...
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Lost and Found
Average Rating:
7.76

Lost and Found

It started as a joke. My wife and I host a lot of parties, and if you’ve ever done cleanup after a party, you know that people leave things behind. Hats and coats constantly, scarves, ...
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KageKao
Average Rating:
5.35

KageKao

Part 1 Mark sighed and looked out at the night sky. He was standing on the roof of his apartment building, four stories up. Sometimes Mark just liked to stay up here and reflect, it ...
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The Elevator in the Woods
Average Rating:
7.35

The Elevator in the Woods

The last thing I remember hearing once I ran out of the school building were the excited shouts and screams of every student around me, trying to start their summer break right away. Many people ...
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The Pack
Average Rating:
7.95

The Pack

My girlfriend, Ruby, and I had been together for about a year before the dreaded question of visiting her parents reared its head. Although she assured me that her folks were relatively laid back and ...
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The Blue Meteor
Average Rating:
3.42

The Blue Meteor

It was a clear night in a small community near San Francisco, California when a mysterious blue light was seen by several residents as it fell from the sky. The next morning, a none-too-bright man ...
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Candles
Average Rating:
8.31

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:
4.87

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:
7.83

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:
7.19

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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Mister Smiley
Average Rating:
7.05

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:
7.89

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:
6.82

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:
5.62

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:
7.77

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:
5.62

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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