It sounded like footsteps. When she was three, staring after the retreating back of a woman with a once-familiar smell, her young brain snapped at attention at a feeble noise behind her. She had turned then, getting even more tangled in the warm heavy blanket draped...

I awoke to find myself in a darkened passageway. As I sat up from the dusty floor and rubbed my head, I realized I had no memory of who I was or how I got to this strange place. No matter how I got here,...

In the town of Bisden, nobody leaves their home after dark. As soon as the sun begins to set -- shutters are drawn shut, candles are snuffed out, and doors are locked tight. Before the moon is fully risen, the entire town appears deserted, and...

I always get a little uncomfortable when the topic of the paranormal comes up, particularly when some people seem to be so adamant that ghosts simply canโ€™t exist. I donโ€™t attempt to convince them otherwise. As a matter of fact, I donโ€™t share...

My last memory was that of surviving a deadly Nazi airstrike. My head was groggy, still ringing from the shrapnel blast. I thank whatever god is out there that my helmet managed to deflect the hit. Shaking of the sensation, I got up on my...

Have you ever felt wanted, but by something you seriously did not want to be desired by? Perhaps someone is attracted to you, and you canโ€™t get them to acknowledge your lack of interest. Maybe thereโ€™s someone at work that you donโ€™t care for,...

The Harbinger always went for the freaks. They were its favorite. It wanted ones that would fight back, and ones that wouldnโ€™t be afraid at first; or, even better, ones that believed they could win. Those rare humans with bravado and confidence so great that...

You hear a lot of stories when you work in a truck shop. Sometimes itโ€™s your fellow mechanics. They talk about that idiot driver who rolled in with half his brake chambers just dangling from their airlines, or the time they started a truck that...

The moment I stepped out of my house, I knew I had made a mistake. I could hear my mother crying on the other side of my front door, and the frigid air that filled the cold, October night felt particularly painful on my exposed...

It started when I was nine. I had always had an active imagination, making up stories to get attention. One time when I was five I had been playing outside and I ran in and told my dad that a man had pulled up...

I never really liked my sister. I mean, of course I love her, but weโ€™ve never quite gotten along. Itโ€™s more than just that โ€œsister rivalryโ€ thing. Even as I stand here now on her front lawn,...

A girl named Philhandria with hair black and blue, and pretty eyes sparkling in the darkened skyโ€™s hue, walked down a dirty road last night at quarter past ten, when a thing stumbled up and watched where sheโ€™d been. It sat by the roadside and leaned on a sign, rasping...

It was late October when my father told me that I would be going out hunting with him. I was thirteen, and this would be the first time I was allowed to join my father on one of his expeditions. Recently, some of our cows...

I was nine when it happened. I grew up in a small town of about 800 people, along the south side of the Rocky Mountains. Our town was surrounded by forest, and during the summer it was the location for our greatest adventures as children. The...

I got called out to Seal Cove on the coast about a year ago for duty. Small town on the coast, you know how it is. Maybe 700 people, tops. That's including the ones who aren't on paper. They told me I'd have a quiet...