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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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9.08

The Fourth Child

My mother, my siblings and I moved into this awesome new house a few months ago. It’s a really cool plantation-style home out in what was once a rural area outside of New Orleans. By now ...
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9.08

When Gods Blink

On the 25th March, at 14:57GMT, the world stopped for 27 minutes and 54 seconds. No-one noticed at first. Those that eventually did were ordered to keep quiet. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- There was no sudden jolt, no collapsing ...
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9.08

Promises

I was one of those frail, sickly children for the vast majority of my early years. I was constantly being shuffled from physician to physician with one ailment or another; asthma, perpetual tonsillitis, severe allergies to ...
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9.08

The Pastel Man

Consider this a warning. In the event it ever comes to you during a moment of weakness, as it did me all those years ago, say no to the Pastel Man. It doesn’t matter how much ...
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9.08

Sadie

“Watch out for Sadie.” “What?” “Watch out for Sadie. She haunts the garage.” I searched the face of Carol, the woman who had been training me for the past week, waiting to see her wink or ...
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The Sandman
Average Rating:
9.08

The Sandman

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night." -Edgar Allen Poe, "Eleanora" *** "Go to bed and wait for the Sandman." Even as it came out ...
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9.08

On a Hill

Part 1 The events of the past several days have both shaken my understanding of the world, and left me with a disheartened and perplexed disposition. Yet I feel that I must organise these events in ...
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9.08

The Systelien Specter

Back in May of 2010, my best friend, Andy, and I wanted to make a video game that we thought was going to change virtual reality gaming and the horror genre forever. We were both out ...
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9.08

Forgotten Valentine

I had managed to keep a healthy scepticism of ghosts, ghouls and all things supernatural until I was 28. I found most claims of such things to be dubious at best, and harmful at worst. I ...
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9.08

In The Land of Black and White

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” - Maya Angelou I know of an anecdote, one about a little girl named Madeline. Little Maddie ...
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dear abby
Average Rating:
9.08

Dear Abby

Dear Abby, We've never met before, so this may seem a bit odd, but I feel this is necessary. My name's Jay for starters, I work the checkout line at the grocery store up on 67th ...
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9.08

Lightning

We had just moved into a little ranch house in the suburbs. Storybook neighborhood – quiet, friendly neighbors, picket fences, the whole nine yards. Suffice it to say that this was supposed to be a new ...
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9.08

An Egg

It was a car accident. Nothing particularly remarkable, but fatal nonetheless. You left behind a wife and two children. It was a painless death. The EMTs tried their best to save you, but to no avail ...
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survival guide
Average Rating:
9.08

Survival Guide

We've all been there. You have just gone to a certain place, at a certain time on a certain date, done a special thing and the thing you suspected would happen has just fucking happened, not ...
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9.08

Julia Legare

A few years ago I was spending some time with friends exploring old, supposedly haunted, places. We were at the Edisto First Presbyterian Church, where a girl named Julia Legare was buried in her family mausoleum ...
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9.08

The Gift Of Mercy

[MESSAGE BEGINS] We made a mistake. That is the simple, undeniable truth of the matter, however painful it might be. The flaw was not in our Observatories, for those machines were as perfect as we could ...
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Little Dead Nancy
Average Rating:
9.07

Little Dead Nancy

Part One ‘Little Dead Nancy, Sitting on the bench, One eye long, and one eye gone, Little Dead Nancy, The red swing’s open, come take a seat, and swing with me!’ I almost completed the summoning ...
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Joe Made a Choice
Average Rating:
9.07

Joe Made a Choice

All Joe Jenkins wanted was to go to bed. Work had been tough on him and lunch, hardly edible. Not to mention, his car’s CD player (yes, CD player) was broken, and no radio station was ...
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I Drive for Cerber
Average Rating:
9.07

I Drive for Cerber

My name is Jim. I’ve been in and out of construction contracts for the last seventeen years. Between those contracts, I do what I can to make a few extra bucks, since you never really know ...
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When Science Found God
Average Rating:
9.07

When Science Found God

I’ve never much cared for religion. I mean, it’s interesting and all; the old parables and philosophic insights from people two millenniums removed from the present. I particularly enjoy the books of the Apocrypha, and the ...
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