โ€œYou can only hold a smile for so long, after that itโ€™s just teeth.โ€ ยฌ- Chuck Palahniuk By the time I had made my way into town I was just about ready to collapse. Sprinting for your life through cornfields and over long stretches of gravel roads at...

The following is a true story, including the account of, first, my friend we'll refer to as Kaskie, and my own. We were in Basic Training for the Navy, nearing the end of our stay there and moving on to the fleet soon enough. As you...

When I was a young child, I had a playroom filled with toys which had accumulated over the many holidays and birthdays. I remembered sitting in the middle of that room playing with my toys each day. My mother and I were reminiscing one morning...

That's the problem with cutting down a tree. ย No one tells you how dangerous it might be. ย Sure they'll warn you about falling branches, and staying out of the way while the job is being done, but that's not what I'm talking about. ย I'm talking...

I donโ€™t think you can ever be sure how the day is going to end. Even if youโ€™re in a nice house on the coast of Northern California when the sun rises over the hills, thereโ€™s no guarantee that youโ€™re going to be there when...

He came for me in winter. Now that I think of it, He would have never come at any other time. You see, He likes to play; He likes to have fun with his charges. It must be awfully boring otherwise, His job that is. I knew...

The furious scribblings of an aspiring writer can be heard throughout the almost vacant library. A lone entity, in a blissful state of ink to paper, processes a masterpiece. James was dying to finalize his thought, but he could not wrap his consciousness around the perfect...

On several occasions my interest in the supernatural has taken me to some of the most prestigious seats of learning in the entire United Kingdom. From the venerable halls of Oxford and Cambridge, to the more humble surroundings of inner city colleges and schools, my...

A few months ago I was watching television in my living room when I heard the first howl. It reverberated through my bones like something from my darkest nightmares, leaving me temporarily immobile with the shock of it. After a few moments I tried my...

Mirrors surround us, human beings, through all our history. Even before the first mirror was invented, one could see his reflection in some body of water. Whatever happened in the world, the mirrors would reflect everything and everyone. They have retained the millions of faces...

The new house was fantastic. It was an old farmhouse, and looked the part. There were barns and fields, acres and acres of field. My wife, Carrie, and I were looking for a good place to start a family, and this house could not have...

Rain fell in small silver pools in the bottoms of potholes that lined the city roads, and bejeweled the apartment windows with tiny liquid beads. On her wooden desk, old turpentine-soaked rags and crusted paintbrushes cluttered the space. The room was dim, except for a...

Funny how things can change, isnโ€™t it? Iโ€™m a careless person. ย I leave things for weeks at a time, and sometimes never come back to them at all. ย There are things Iโ€™ve lost in my own bedroom that I gave up searching for years ago. ย Itโ€™s...

I tense up at the sudden noise from my headphones that breaks the silence in my dorm room. It takes a while, but I adjust to the noise, letting the video play out with mild interest. My stomach growls harshly, I should get something to...

โ€œThe world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind.โ€ - ย  ย  ย  H.P. Lovecraft My town has gained some notoriety in recent weeks. Maybe you've heard about the strange electrical storm that showed up in Charlottesville, N.C. overnight and then disappeared just as quick, or...

I jammed my hands into the pockets of my pullover sweater, and hunched my shoulders slightly against the morning chill. The spongy forest floor cushioned and muffled each footfall into near perfect silence. That explains why I didn't know I was being watched. Followed. Never...