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Voices
Average Rating:
6.92

Voices

The swirl of voices awoke Jared from his troubled sleep. Vera, his wife, was disturbed only by his tossing and turning, she couldn't hear the voices. They were in his head. A senseless drone of overlapping ...
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The Buzzards
Average Rating:
9.2

The Buzzards

Need a crime scene clean-up? How about a crime scene clean-up up in a hoarder’s house? Well, free-market problems get free-market solutions. It only makes sense I ended up with Cesar. I guess you could call ...
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The Siege of Innsmouth
Average Rating:
7.6

The Siege of Innsmouth

Recently my great-grandfather died and me and my family inherited his house. We didn’t actually need it, since it was in another state, so we decided to sell it and use that money for something else ...
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Winter Time
Average Rating:
6.39

Winter Time

All our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death. (‘Macbeth’: Act 5, scene 5) With turned, frozen earth stinking sharp on his big coat and gritting black under his fingernails, he checked the side ...
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The Song and Dance Man
Average Rating:
8.88

The Song and Dance Man

There are few left alive who remember the Song and Dance Man. Time has claimed the ones that survived the long night and I’m sure they went willingly to meet their maker. Life takes on a ...
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Ghost Train
Average Rating:
6.98

Ghost Train

The house I grew up in was right next to a set of busy railroad tracks.  From my bedroom window, I could watch the trains roll by.  There were three types of trains that used those tracks and ...
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The Lights in Papa's Room
Average Rating:
6.33

The Lights in Papa’s Room

It was the year of my 25th birthday that my dad told me he was sick. It was hard to hide, really. Obvious. But I suppose it would be hard for such a mountain of a ...
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The Grey Lady of Westwick
Average Rating:
8.06

The Grey Lady of Westwick

John Watkins warmed himself by the fire crackling in the grate. Orange embers scuttled over the logs, clutched at the brick, stole away like a timid lover. He listened to the low hum of the men ...
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Old Hag Madness
Average Rating:
7.04

Old Hag Madness

When the leaves began to fall that first week in October so many years ago, I could not have been less prepared for what would ultimately alter the course of my life and any foreseeable future ...
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The Dead Man's Mouth
Average Rating:
7.65

The Dead Man’s Mouth

Would you believe me if I told you that genies were real? They are, but they're not like anything you'd expect them to be. The stories say that you have to rub a magic lamp to ...
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The Collector
Average Rating:
8.74

The Collector

The next time you are sick, ill, weak… When your mind is foggy and your bed feels like the only place you can be; beware the Collector. It comes in the dark, in the silence. It ...
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Best Investment
Average Rating:
7.66

Best Investment

Being the divorced father of a kid can be a challenging and rewarding job all on its own. Especially when you’re running your own major business. I’ll be honest, I never wanted to have kids in ...
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The Candyman's Lament
Average Rating:
7.54

The Candyman’s Lament

You’d never guess it at first, but it’s sad to live the life of a candyman. He absorbs all the world’s pain and returns it as sweetness. “Having a bad day? A swizzle stick’ll wipe those ...
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The Hollow Eyes
Average Rating:
6.25

The Hollow Eyes

The memories from which I write and record in the diary are strained, at best. Frequent attempts of the doctors to convince me that what I experienced was surrealistic. The vivid appearances only limited to the ...
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Huggy
Average Rating:
8.01

Huggy

“Holy shit!  Is that what I think it is?”  Brandon’s eyes widened into saucers and, despite being filled with an unabated rage towards his older brother just a few hours ago, Michael couldn’t help but smile ...
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The Ember Smell of Winter
Average Rating:
6.68

The Ember Smell of Winter

Emilie, Stan and I enjoyed our grandmother’s tales. During school breaks, Mom and Dad drove the three of us to her home in Plimmerton. It was a small coastal village, an hour’s drive north of Wellington ...
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Eternal Woman
Average Rating:
7.84

Eternal Woman

In the middle of the dazed garden stands this four-storied cadaver of a building. Years ago, it was home to many residents: a couple of families, a few students and some retirees. Now the house is ...
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Desert Bats
Average Rating:
7.14

Desert Bats

As I hurriedly stumbled down from the back of the troop transport, I fell on all fours onto the hard desert ground. The sun had just finished setting in the desolate canyon, and it was pitch ...
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Please Stay Awake
Average Rating:
7.36

Please Stay Awake

Dark, cold and eerie. Those are the only words I can come up with to describe the house in which I had lived with my family for the majority of my life. Mostly dark, blistering cold ...
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My Dog Dreams About My Death
Average Rating:
8.74

My Dog Dreams About My Death

Do you ever just sit and watch your sleeping dog? Observe as their little feet run along the ground, just waving halfway in the air as they let out innocent half-gruntled barks. Have you ever just ...
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Code
Average Rating:
6.65

Code

As a code enforcement officer, I’m not well-liked by the citizens of Winter Garden, Florida. Most of the time people tend to get upset when you tell them something about their property violates the standards of ...
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