Sunday, August 19, 2018

Browsing the "Artifacts & Objects" Category

The Unopenable Wooden Box

The Unopenable Wooden Box

It seemed like just an ordinary box. The wood was old and weathered, the fastenings were heavy brass, and the lid was inlaid with an ornate silver symbol. My father willed it to me after the state executed him for [...]

July 25, 2018 Artifacts & Objects
The Book of the Ravenous

The Book of the Ravenous

I think calling it an obsession would have been an exaggeration. I’d have preferred the more acceptable term “hobby” to describe my collecting of old cookbooks. Yes, it was a hobby. We all need hobbies, you know. Something to pass [...]

July 24, 2018 Artifacts & Objects

The Contract

  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST The Contract by Shannon Higdon Teddy Wilson rapped one knuckle against the smoked-stained glass door adorned with the worn, white letters that announced, “Martin Croker: Editor” before popping his head into the room. “You wanted to [...]

July 20, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Beings & Entities, Strange & Unknown
Never Use Cheat Codes on a Ouija Board

Never Use Cheat Codes on a Ouija Board

In my hometown, there is a unique shop of oddities called “HexWorks” that I frequent. It’s an old-world boutique that specializes in niche products that I’d describe as being vintage-style with a modern spin. Their items include cloaks, pocket watches, [...]

July 6, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Beings & Entities, Rites & Rituals, Strange & Unknown
Small Town Mysteries

Small Town Mysteries

No one knows where it came from. No one knows why it showed up in our little town, of all places. The only thing we knew for sure was that it was bizarre. The statue appeared in the town square [...]

June 24, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Strange & Unknown
I Will Never Work for McDonald's Ever Again

I Will Never Work for McDonald’s Ever Again

Just to preface, I have a lot of scars on my arms. Not because I harm myself, but because my father likes to get wasted and beat me. Sometimes with the beer bottles he smashes after he’s done drinking. So [...]

June 20, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Beings & Entities
the shattering

The Shattering

Miranda’s toes curled slightly as her bare feet slid out of bed to go check on her children. It was about 11:40 at night and they had been in bed for a few hours, but she felt too restless to [...]

May 26, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Dreams & Madness
the chinese dream tin

The Chinese Dream Tin

INCIDENT ONE The Chinese Dream Tin is a thing of evil nature, a relic easily overlooked by the foolish, and feared deeply by the wise. Sometimes, it decorates an office, and others, it marks a grave. But never, even once, [...]

April 30, 2018 Artifacts & Objects
The Scalp of Rabid Wolf

The Scalp of Rabid Wolf

Of the early days of the world, after our ancestors crossed the Bering Straight and millennia before any of the tribes we know of today existed, very little is actually remembered. Sure, there are tales of the beginning of Man, [...]

March 5, 2018 Artifacts & Objects
piano man

Piano Man

It started sometime before the sun rose, during that time of the night that brings such a profound silence that you start hearing those eerie, high-pitched ringing noises that remain indiscernible while the light of day shines. They’re faint, like [...]

February 9, 2018 Artifacts & Objects, Beings & Entities, Strange & Unknown