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Psychosis
Average Rating:
9.1

Psychosis

Sunday I’m not sure why I’m writing this down on paper and not on my computer. I guess I’ve just noticed some odd things. It’s not that I don’t trust the computer… I just… need to ...
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Turn It Off
Average Rating:
9.09

Turn It Off

I rested my arms behind my head, skim-reading the credits of a movie I'd just watched. After seeing them through about half way, I lifted myself from the sofa and walked to the kitchen, stretching my ...
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Average Rating:
9.09

The Last Man of Faith

It was a long time ago that I heard the tale. I was deep in the desert, with only myself and a man I had hired as a guide. We found a small oasis at the ...
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The Fairies
Average Rating:
9.09

The Fairies

I’ve always been fascinated with the unknown, particularly creatures of the unknown. I don’t know when this obsession of mine started. It probably started when I was a young kid and would watch documentary series on ...
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My Grandfather's Final Invention
Average Rating:
9.09

My Grandfather’s Final Invention

My grandfather was an inventor. All his life he’s be tinkering with something, either taking something that existed and changing it, making it into something brand new (Or at the very least different) or inventing something ...
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Bound
Average Rating:
9.09

Bound

Paul pulled the envelope out of his leather attaché case and settled into an uncomfortable chair behind a large writing desk. Late afternoon sun filtered in through the bay window but couldn’t defeat the dankness of ...
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The Devil Game
Average Rating:
9.09

The Devil Game

Pray, for devils have no reason Satan waits to curse your ways Have you seen it in his eyes in the sunset? Have you wondered if he's laughing when he plays? - Kansas, “The Devil Game” ...
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Mr. Widemouth
Average Rating:
9.09

Mr. Widemouth

During my childhood my family was like a drop of water in a vast river, never remaining in one location for long. We settled in Rhode Island when I was eight, and there we remained until ...
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Average Rating:
9.09

The Art Of Jacob Emory

Ghost stories? Nah, we don't have anything like that around here. We DO have the story of Jacob, but that's about as close as you'll get. ...You really want to know?... Well, I'm not supposed to ...
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Average Rating:
9.09

Dust

The last storm was already on the horizon when I woke that Sunday morning. It hung in the south, a solid black wall of dust, churning and seemingly motionless. I’d every intention of sleeping late into ...
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The Promise
Average Rating:
9.08

The Promise

The anniversary of Layne’s death wasn’t for another three days, but when “Cochise” came on the radio as I approached that curve, I took it as a sign. Layne’s favorite song. I pressed the gas and ...
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The Whistlers: Bill's Account
Average Rating:
9.08

The Whistlers: Bill’s Account

Publisher's Note: This story is the second of a two-part arc told from the perspective of two individuals, Ruth and Bill, via their journal entries. For the best experience, we recommend you read the first half ...
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The Whistlers: Ruth's Account
Average Rating:
9.08

The Whistlers: Ruth’s Account

I bought a camping backpack from an estate sale and found the following pages inside. There was a bundle of papers wadded in a deep pocket of the backpack, but I didn't notice until after I ...
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A Shattered Life
Average Rating:
9.08

A Shattered Life

I don't know when you're going to read this, but I can tell you when it started: I was out for a walk alone in the woods when the entity came for me. It was beyond ...
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The Quiet Sky
Average Rating:
9.08

The Quiet Sky

It started when we called out to the stars; into the darkness. We felt so small, tumbling through vast emptiness while clinging to the skin of the world, and without a single reason why. We were ...
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Sniff
Average Rating:
9.08

Sniff

Publisher's Note: This is a companion piece to Slum. I never liked Rustic Gables Skilled Nursing Facility. Years ago, I worked as an EMT for MediTrans Ambulance Service. We did inter-facility transports, mostly dialysis runs and ...
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Average Rating:
9.08

Forget Me

I was a beautiful young woman once, full of love and life. My lily-white skin was soft and warm, my belly swollen with new life, and my hand held by my husband, Edward. Edward was a ...
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Ascension
Average Rating:
9.08

Ascension

The Harbinger always went for the freaks. They were its favorite. It wanted ones that would fight back, and ones that wouldn’t be afraid at first; or, even better, ones that believed they could win. Those ...
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The Perfectly Behaved Boy
Average Rating:
9.08

The Perfectly Behaved Boy

There was once a very well behaved eight-year-old boy named Miles. He did all the things that good children are supposed to do, nearly all the time. He ate all his vegetables, unless they were carrots ...
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Average Rating:
9.08

The Cats of Juniper Valley

They put up a tall fence covered with black tarp and topped by barbed wire, surrounding Lake Collette at the center of Juniper Valley, so that no one could see what they were doing. Two of ...
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Slum
Average Rating:
9.08

Slum

Publisher's Note: If you enjoy this story, the author encourages you to read its companion piece, Sniff. My first job was at a 24-hour restaurant called Flavi’s, on Third and Burlington in Westlake. It was a ...
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