The Problem with the Drains
Average Rating:
7.69

The Problem with the Drains

“Man, that shift sucks!”  I hear it all the time.  I can understand why people say it; I used to think the same thing.  I still do some days.  I’m one of the lucky people ...
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Santa's Magic
Average Rating:
8.71

Santa’s Magic

The night of Christmas Eve 2008 is a blur, depending on how much medication I am given that day. I can avoid the nurses for a couple of hours, but not too long. I suppose ...
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Stay Off the Ice
Average Rating:
8.25

Stay Off the Ice

Ever since grade three, my friends and I could make Derek Zimmer believe anything. Anything. From Pop-Rocks and Coke will make your stomach explode; to earwigs actually burrow in your ears (and one’s on your ...
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Snow Day
Average Rating:
7.03

Snow Day

Jake Thomasson pulled the sleeve of his sweatshirt down, covering his hand, and wiped away the condensation from the window.  It was the third time he had done this in the past ten minutes, but ...
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A Christmas Story
Average Rating:
5.11

A Christmas Story

I sigh, stretch, and push myself away from my laptop. I let the chair spin for before lazily dragging my foot to stop it. I had been working on a new story. One about Christmas, ...
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Sole Survivor
Average Rating:
7.88

Sole Survivor

He was cold.  Bitterly so. It was not the unforgiving December wind creating lazy vortexes in the freshly falling snow; rather, it was the numbness that consumed both body and soul in one fatal, unseen ...
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11 Rules for Idiots Who Bought a Haunted House
Average Rating:
7.45

11 Rules for Idiots Who Bought a Haunted House

Well you really screwed up this time, didn’t you? You found a gnarly deal on a beautiful home that almost seemed too good to be true, and you jumped at it. And now that you’re ...
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Carrots and Whiskey
Average Rating:
8.1

Carrots and Whiskey

The alarm was horribly loud in his left ear, a persistent high pitched beep forcing him from his dreamless, alcohol-soaked slumber into a hangover-heavy wakefulness. Jim groaned, rolling away from the insistent machine and negligently ...
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The Elf on the Shelf
Average Rating:
7.95

The Elf on the Shelf

Growing up, or at least since the mid-two thousands, my house always had an Elf on the Shelf during the Christmas season. If you don’t know, Elves on the Shelf are these little elf dolls ...
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The Reason I Don't Do Cold Readings Anymore
Average Rating:
8.89

The Reason I Don’t Do Cold Readings Anymore

I don’t do 'cold readings' anymore. I don’t tell fortunes. I don’t read tea leaves. And I do not do contact ‘the other side’. Look, don’t judge me alright? It was an easy gig. I ...
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Graffiti Joe
Average Rating:
6.87

Graffiti Joe

It was the Christmas season. It had just gotten dark, as I was finally able to leave the office that night after working overtime. The streets were damp from the heavy rain; it had been ...
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White Christmas
Average Rating:
8.01

White Christmas

Living in lower Alabama, we rarely receive snow. I spent most of my life wishing for a white Christmas, a white Christmas that never came. I have only seen snow twice in my thirty-three years ...
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Tonight's Entertainment
Average Rating:
7.48

Tonight’s Entertainment

In the dark of the night, little children often feel as if they see demons in their closet, and as if someone is watching them. The inky blackness of the night changes their familiar bedrooms ...
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Pretty Paper
Average Rating:
7.73

Pretty Paper

One contrary wheel wobbled erratically as Thomas Moon pushed against the weighted shopping cart. He looked down at the mountain of Christmas presents and imagined his poor wallet gasping for air and fainting in a ...
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My Old Home Videos Showed Me a Life I Never Lived
Average Rating:
8.3

My Old Home Videos Showed Me a Life I Never Lived

No matter what you see in the coming months, regardless of how convincing it might seem; Know that I didn't want to die. I'm going to take all possible steps to prevent my predetermined demise, ...
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Christmas, 1996
Average Rating:
7.09

Christmas, 1996

“Someone has taken their love of fear one step too far.” Don LaFontaine’s iconic voice emitted from the television set. I ran over to the TV cabinet, nearly knocking over the Christmas tree that Ryan ...
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My Grandmother Left Behind Some Really Dark Secrets
Average Rating:
8.39

My Grandmother Left Behind Some Really Dark Secrets

I really don’t know where to start with this except to say that my grandmother, God rest her soul, has never been a mystery to me. She was an open book to all of us, ...
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Krampus
Average Rating:
8.06

Krampus

Each year on December 5th, a person in my hometown is brutally murdered. The police are at a loss. With each victim, a poetic story is left behind. Below are the stories from the past ...
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The First Day of School
Average Rating:
7.33

The First Day of School

My father is a construction manager and because of his career, we have to move around the country every few years. In my 15 years, I have lived in six different states: New Mexico, Illinois, ...
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It Wasn’t a Reindeer
Average Rating:
8.6

It Wasn’t a Reindeer

“Christ,” I muttered to myself, as the first flakes of snow started to fall.  They gathered in fuzzy clumps over the windshield before my wipers cleared them away.  I’d been waiting for fifteen — no, ...
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