[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyUUNkvafYc[/embedyt] Part 1 I was sitting on the sofa, eating a reheated slice of pizza, when I saw it. My Facebook profile picture. On the local news. Underneath the text: PRIME SUSPECT IN JACKSON MURDER. I blinked. Rubbed my eyes once, twice. “The prime suspect is 24-year-old Hamburg resident, Amanda...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbdgHXARWRc[/embedyt] “911. What’s your emergency?” I said as I answered the phone. “There’s a bat in my house.” A loud scream came over the speaker. “Send someone to come and get it.” “Alright ma’am, I will send animal control over as soon as possible.” The caller thanked...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuTjeERc0a8[/embedyt] This story is part of the author's Heavensville series of interrelated stories. If you enjoy it, the author invites you to click here to read the other tales in the series. Part 1 Heavensville was stunning to look at, with tall and lush trees lining the sidewalks,...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx9oT1f0-aM[/embedyt] I usually spend every New Year's celebration at home with a bottle of liquor as my only dependable company. Last year, I was doing just that while binge watching Supernatural. I remember checking my phone to see what time it was – 11:57 PM....

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyth-8JaisI[/embedyt] I found it three weeks ago, or rather, I found them. A knotted circle of fur, claws, and death. Six rats, tangled together by their tails, thrashed about my front lawn with little direction. Their shrieks pierced the air of what was normally a...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNnG1wIzX_k[/embedyt] My friend and I have always known not to go into the woods around my house at night. I live in a really, really rural area. Like, the nearest house is about a mile away kind of rural. I love it; I grew up in suburban areas,...

[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knzrVRk52Ek[/embedyt] My son, Samuel, was Superman. At least he thought so while I held his light eight-year-old body over my head as we ran through our home. Even though Samuel was born deaf I still made swoosh noises for my own entertainment. His unique laughs filled...