They were strange. The people in the woods. Beautiful but strange. They come to town every Sunday dressed in their best, they would be on the last pew, looking as serene as ever, keeping to themselves the whole mass. Theyโ€™d be dressed in colorful clothes...

โ€œThereโ€™s an idea that hell is other people. My idea is that it might be repetition.โ€ ~Stephen King I looked down at my feet as I walked along the weathered sidewalk and thought about how worn my All-Stars looked. The black was faded and the white...

There it is! In between the static. It's faint at first, buried deep in the hiss, but after you hear it, after you know it's there it becomes so loud you want to cover your ears and scream. I can sound the words out for you,...

โ€œYou may commence, Chief Inspector.โ€ The two constables started to write down notes as I began, my sweating forehead reflecting the bright shine of the desk lamp despite the harsh cold temperature. A notebook with a cheap webcam was recording our talk. โ€œWe...

I've been blind since birth. This in and of itself is not what this is about, but it's a crucial part of the story. Throughout my life, I've used lots of different kinds of assistive technology; braille keyboards, voice command apps, adapted smartphones...

This week, I moved into a new house. The house itself is lovely, with two stories, three bedrooms, two baths, a fenced-in backyard, and a big kitchen. The tree in the front yard is tall and strong and does a fine job of blocking my...

At first we didn't even understand what was going on. Well, by we I mean those of us who do not hold degrees in astronomy and quantum physics. We were told that earth's spin was slowing and would come to a full stop in less...

"Shhhh shhhh, it's okay baby, I'm here now." She coos into my ear, stroking my feverish cheek as I sit still in her gentle embrace. She hums a soft tune I've never heard before. I can't believe it's already been a whole hour since I first...

Ruby was in her usual spot. Sitting cross-legged, right under the stern โ€œNo Buskingโ€ sign that was screwed into the old brickwork. โ€œBuskingโ€ being the British term for street-performance; juggling, fire-breathing, magic tricks, whatever. Ruby was a musician though. A pretty good one, so sheโ€™d been...

I never used to frequent bars, at least not as much as I do now. With no job, no family, no nothing to return to, save for a bottle and an ashtray, I couldnโ€™t find anywhere else to waste time. ...

Mitch, Bill and I knew this church well. We all grew up going to it. Now of course we had all 'fallen away' so to speak. It is not a hard church to get into. The second floor windows were never locked and there...

As many college students do, I practically lived off fast food and pizza delivery during my years as an undergraduate. I went to a school in my home town, so lucky enough for me I didn't have to live on campus and suffer through the...

I was thrown into an inescapable void, and the depths of my soft blankets were the only protection I had from the shadows that seeped from the corners of my bedroom. After retreating into the safety of my blanket, I realized I had forgotten...

I remember when it started. The woman next door was strangled to death in her bed, with no sign of forced entry. Although her window was open, she lived on the fifth floor without a fire escape. The killer was never found, and the apartment...

Heterochromia iridium is just a fancy scientific way of saying, I have two different colored eyes. Itโ€™s the first thing people notice when they meet me. โ€œWow, thatโ€™s cool!โ€ Is the most common response. Iโ€™ll usually just close one eye and say, โ€œyes, yes it is.โ€ What...