The first time I met Ada Klesco, she caught ahold of my hand and held it for a very long time. At first, I assumed that it was just a handshake, but there was no particular movement involved. We just stood there, in the living...

I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts during the 90s. It was a great time and place to be a kid. Our Main Street was chock-full of kid-friendly activities. There was an enormous outside go-kart track with a huge arcade full of the...

Bored teenagers pick the worst places to hang out. Of course, this was the east end of Long Island where all the teenagers are bored. There's nothing to do during the day if you're not into sun and surf, and even less in the evenings....

The Careys had spent months searching for an apartment in the city. After sleeping on friends' floors from July through the beginning of September, they were ready to have a home of their own. Their friends had been more than welcoming, but the search was...

Recently, a group of friends invited me to go with them to one of those haunted attractions that pop up when it gets close to Halloween. I wasnโ€™t too keen on the idea. I love scary stories and movies and the like, but the apprehension...

The 1980โ€™s. The wonderful years of my early childhood, filled with the delicious smells of Christmas, baked apples and amazing memories of endless, warm summer days filled with laughter and innocent, childish friendship. It was also, however, the end of this decade that marked the...

I was fourteen when I went into The Tunnels for the first time eleven years ago. It was almost the end of summer vacation, a few weeks before school started. There were five of us, six if you counted Chaz, a junior at Pace Middleton....

Their world was white. For as long as they could remember, the world had been white. Perfectly white snow was all around. Even when the snow had ceased falling from the sky, it was still cold. It was always cold. Cold enough that the snow...

Tiger canโ€™t change his stripes, tiger canโ€™t change his stripes. That was the motto Jo chanted in her head as she slowly rode over to 7 Brook Street. She found herself circling the block a couple times even after she had located the place, too...

Delia jogged into the forest, smiling as she listened to her motherโ€™s cry to be careful. She was going to play with the fairies, they would keep her safe! Running over upturned roots and thick underbrush, Deliaโ€™s slipper-clad feet barely touched the ground as she...

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 Flaviโ€™s, on Third and Burlington in Westlake. It was a real hole-in-the-wall place, the type where patrons line up beneath...

โ€œEverybody ready?โ€ Our tour guide called out from the front of the bus. All of us let out a collective, โ€œmmhm,โ€ in agreement. โ€œGreat, because weโ€™ll be there in ten minutes.โ€ He said back to us. I stared out the...

Despite Clareโ€™s advancing years, he walked with smooth confidence up the narrow, infinite steps, which should have given trouble to one as ancient as he. He was notable, if for no other reason than his youthful figure: the locals had told me that he must...

Until recently, I had considered the reserve near my home just another quiet, if slightly unnerving, relic of pre-suburban life. With sub-divisions and commercial sectors rising steadily around it, the knot of thick trees, greenery and long, straw-like grass had been cast aside by time;...

I didn't want us to move, but my parents didn't give me a say in the matter. My father's new job paid much better than anything he could have landed within driving distance of our home in the city, and the new company agreed...