โ€œDonโ€™t let them have anything to eat,โ€ Mrs Dumfries said, rummaging through her handbag that weighed down her shoulder. โ€œIโ€™ll be fine,โ€ I said, trying to give a reassuring smile. โ€œOf course you will. Nothing will go wrong, Iโ€™m sure,โ€ Mr Dumfries nodded. โ€œAnd they have to be...

It always began to stalk as dusk drew to a close. I should begin with trying to define โ€˜itโ€™, but there are no words as to what it really is. It is an unfathomable object, a three-dimensional hundred-sided object with no faces,...

Jolene is dead. She was the greatest thing in my life. And I loved her. โ€” I went through quite a lonely spell as a younger child. It is possible that I never grew out of it. When I was much younger I used to be constantly transfixed by the...

"It's nice," said Phil, "I still can't believe you own a house." "Me neither, bro," said Howard, "I mean, not at all." The two were standing in the mostly undecorated living room. The walls were recently painted a deep Marsala color ("Color of the year 2015, bro....

My name is Dr. Miranda Solomon. Until yesterday I was a clinical research scientist for Apollyon Pharmaceuticals. I believe it is morally imperative that I warn the public about a new drug that will soon be available. DO NOT, under any circumstances, take Cyvalopram, which...

I wake up. Another beautiful day. You know the best thing about living in a big city? You can completely reinvent yourself at any time. Become someone entirely new. Thatโ€™s great for someone like me. I donโ€™t like routine. I did try living in small towns at first,...

Greek: ฯ€ฮฑฯฮฌฮฝฮฟฮนฮฑ (paranoia), "madness", ฯ€ฮฑฯฮฌ (para), โ€œbesideโ€, ฮฝฯŒฮฟฯ‚ (noos), โ€œmind" For the sake of protecting my identity, as if it matters at this stage, Iโ€™ll tell you my name is Freddie. I'm 20 years old and at the time of these events I studied at a...

The first week. Itโ€™s all in the numbers. Thatโ€™s how you understand anything of real value in this world. At this point, we donโ€™t need the baby monitor anymore. But even after all this time, I still need the static to fall asleep. It was a while...

You live on your own, and you tell yourself this is by choice, but really part of the reason is you were never that great with people. Which is also part of the reason you live about ten miles from the nearest town. "The land...

Iโ€™m driving maybe a bit too fast and smoking probably a few too many cigarettes. I love thisโ€ฆ this part of the tale. The story can go anywhere from here. You know nothing until I go onโ€”whoever โ€œIโ€...

My grandmother has looked after me completely since I was about four; my mum couldn't cope after my dad died and handed me over to her mother. I see my mum a couple of times a month, but she's always distant and awkward, and not...

In the small town of Oakridge, Oregon, there is usually very little going on. Being a small community, however, when something does happen everyone knows and is there to help. Recently it was evident that there was a break-in at one of the houses of...

My dog wonโ€™t stop staring at me. Sounds like a trivial problem, I know- just ignore her, or block her view, or shift location. But after weeks and weeks on end, Iโ€™ve finally had enough of it. And having that creeping sensation come over your...

Leo had mixed feelings about moving to the other side of the motorway. On the one hand, the new house was closer to where his friends lived; at least, closer than he had been when he was in Cowdenridge. He was also closer to the...

Close your eyes. Imagine a voice. Taking over, and it's all you can hear. Screaming, loud, high pitched screaming fills your conscious. It won't leave you alone. Ever. At night, at work, all the time. Can other people hear it? Or are you going crazy?...

When I was eight, I decided that I wanted to be a ghost hunter. At that tender age, I was torn between the terrifying excitement of being alone in a haunted house at night, and the soothing reality that there was probably nothing to be...

I'm woken up by the sound of my phone going off, I open my eyes to see my cheap apartment covered in the dim light of early day. Sighing, I sit up and slap my hand down on top of my phone, dragging it off...

Groggily, I check the clock beside my bed and grimace. Itโ€™s 00:21 already, which means only a maximum of six and a half hours sleep for me now. Great. I close my eyes tight and urge my mind to shut off, but it is as...

The building was bland, and had an unwelcoming feel to it. Though I suppose making a laboratory pretty on the outside wasnโ€™t the prime concern of whoever had built it. It functioned purely as a means ofโ€ฆ well, conducting science experiments I suppose. ...