A Gift from the Dancing Goddess

Some people walk their dogs, some dogs walk their people. Titus is the latter. He's a ninety-three-pound Rhodesian Ridgeback who can apply enough force to flay your hand if you make the mistake of tying the leash to your wrist. Luckily, Titus is well trained, and I had two hundred pounds on him at the... Continue Reading →

The Ferris Wheel

"Careful! They won't be worth anything if you rip them!" Duane said, divvying up tickets between the four crazed kids flying high on cotton candy and an overdose of sensory input. He came away with little wisps of blue and pink stuck to his hands and sleeves. Duane's wife, Catherine, began laughing. "Tiffany and I... Continue Reading →

The Vulture

Sam Burkes likely had one of the most fitting nicknames of anyone in history. Even without his mottled face, hooked beak of a nose, and hunched back draped with black, greasy locks of hair, the name "The Vulture" was apropos. Sam "The Vulture" Burkes shred his sustenance off of the bones of the dead and... Continue Reading →

The Silhouette Man

The man appeared at the woods' edge backlit by the setting sun, casting a long shadow towards me. I'm terrified of the woods at night and knew there was less than an hour left of daylight; still, I followed when he beckoned me deeper into the trees. He was but an inky silhouette yet somehow... Continue Reading →

The Girl with Obsidian Eyes

Spirits are real; I know that now. I've also learned that they aren't all evil, either. And the good ones don't like being called ghosts. If spirits were a race (and I suppose they are), then "ghosts" would be the derogatory slang term that makes them all cringe, and it's highly recommended not to upset... Continue Reading →

The Filling

It took months for Scottie Powers to realize something was attempting to communicate with him through the lights. Though he was embarrassed to admit it, Scottie felt the disruptions had to do with the energy growing inside him. It felt supernatural, but perhaps he had an overactive imagination and simply watched too much anime. Certainly,... Continue Reading →

The Jar

When I was a young boy, I could spend hours looking at the sky, wrapt in awe, wonder suffusing me from head to toe; I never wanted to look away, especially on those clear cloudless nights when the heavens were so brilliant the stardust seemed to fall down and tickle my nose.One night, I took... Continue Reading →

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