Battery

“You see, we realized that it was drawing its power from us. That our fear was its strength. Every time we saw it, heard it, we made it more potent. The solution was obvious to us then: ignore it. Pretend it didn’t exist. So we just locked the door.” She stared at me, at my […]

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Windows to the Soul

For a long time, debate raged over whether or not there existed such a thing as a soul. Science nearly discredited the entire idea, but then came the breakthrough. The soul became an accepted fact of human existence, as widely believed in as the existence of the stomach. Of course, there’s a big difference between […]

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The Family Cabin

My family owned a big cabin in a wooded gorge several hours from town. Every summer a bunch of my aunts and uncles and cousins would join us there for a week-long vacation. The last year we did it, we showed up and everything looked normal on the outside. Inside, however, the place was a […]

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The Angels of Karkwood

There was little to note about the village of Karkwood. Its most interesting feature was the field on the northern end, and in particular the house that occupied it. It was a gray patch of land. Decades of rain had rinsed all the color out of it, leaving nothing but smudges of green, brown, and […]

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The Dough Wife

There once was a baker who lived all alone. He was so lonely, in fact, that one evening he collected all the leftover bread dough from the day and sculpted it into the shape of a woman. He used his fingers to poke eyes and a mouth into her head, but the dough settled and […]

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The Track

I always wondered why the track was abandoned. It had been that way all my life, and all my dad’s life as far as he could remember. My grandpa always said it was because the tunnel collapsed, but I’d never gone for myself to find out if that was true. Mom was always telling us […]

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On the Ceiling

I’m writing this down because I have to get it out of my head, and I know better now than to talk to anyone. Not until I have proof, at least. It began two weeks ago. Well, maybe it’s been longer than that. But it started waking me up two weeks ago. At first I […]

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The Babysitter

“We’re going now,” Mother called from the front door. “Be good you two. Remember, the babysitter’s downstairs if you misbehave.” “Got it,” I answered, never taking my eyes from the computer screen. My finger danced on the mouse, annihilating digital monsters with every click. “Robby?” Mother called again. My little brother yelled back from his […]

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Don’t Let the Light Go Out

Some nights I worked late. I didn’t have a family, so no one would miss me. I developed a bit of a reputation for it, in fact, winning employee of the month and the nickname “The Office Bat”. I liked working nights. The quiet helped me focus, and it ensured a healthy annual raise. The […]

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