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The World Ender: A Short Story

The World Ender: A Short Story

I was a man.  But they took that from me. I ran with The Sawyer Gang.  Chet & Amos Sawyer were brothers, and they were particularly savage creatures.  In the grand scheme of their gang, I found myself somewhere in the middle.  “The money crew,” as they called it.  Our main targets were banks and trains, but we’d hit anything that would put money in our pockets.  I would have knocked over a small child if it meant I could…

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A Prelude

A Prelude

The sparrow had disturbed Grandmother throughout the week. She was living with us, and had been for some time. Grandmother had grown so frail that I insisted she move in. For her advanced age, Grandmother was healthy and content with only the faintest hits of senility. Her eyes were failing, we weren’t sure she heard half of what was said in the home, and she tired easily; a woman with nearly one hundred years on this planet will struggle with these things. Grandmother…

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Attractive Nuisance

Attractive Nuisance

The worn brickwork and exposed pipes adorning Legendary Comics and Coffee’s interior miraculously succeeded in making the long, narrow café feel homey instead of dank and dingy. The atmosphere was equal parts historical renovation and intentional steampunk design. This atmosphere was welcoming to the faithful customers who saw the shop more as a clubhouse than a lair for outsiders; just one of the many triumphs of planning and execution by the owners. On nights such as this, when the monthly…

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Two Sentence Horror Stories

Two Sentence Horror Stories

I got the idea to write a few two sentence horror stories a few months ago. After pondering the idea for a couple of days of how I could accomplish the telling of an entire story in just two short sentences, I accepted the challenge to push myself and other horror writers to do the same. I have always said that I want for writers to better themselves and with a little friendly competition,  I am upping the ante by…

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DON'T REST FOR THE WICKED by Kayla Herrera

DON'T REST FOR THE WICKED by Kayla Herrera

Horror writers are a dime a dozen. They fall into several genres of splatter, psychological, startle, young adult, and boring, just to name a few. Then you come across one that unleashes a hellstorm of demons and makes you put the rest of you afternoon plans on hold as you shuffle your schedule around so that you can finish reading their work. I have to say that the above experience just happened to me when I opened Kayla Herrera’s email…

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Mary: Inspired by Mary Mason

Mary: Inspired by Mary Mason

Mary bloody Mary You’ve invaded my spirit Taken over my pulse My heart is in your hands Mary bloody Mary Underneath the blanket of darkness You slither inside my soul A soothing nightmare from which I don’t want to wake Mary bloody Mary I am forever your prisoner But it’s not enough I need to be your slave Mary Bloody Mary I lust for the softness of your touch I thirst for the sweetness of your kiss I ache for…

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Brent's Halloween Memories

Brent's Halloween Memories

Once upon a time, I didn’t like spooky stuff.  I was a skittish little kid and I avoided everything that scared me. Unfortunately, everything scared me. It wasn’t just horror movies or novels, although I kept away from those. Fucking E.T. made me lose my shit when I was six. Why didn’t anyone else realized that tubby, squealing, waddling brown thing was a monster? Jesus. Fireworks. I definitely didn’t like fireworks. They were airborne catastrophes happening right over our heads….

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Ambrus Sanguine's Final Show

Ambrus Sanguine's Final Show

It was an elaborate set, as far as small television stations go. For over thirty years this faux Old World dungeon laboratory nestled within Studio 6 had been host to the Midwest’s longest running weekly hosted B-movie matinee. Antiquated beakers, cages, and sparking contraptions sat revealed by the stark brightness of house lighting; some of the magic was lost. The show’s lone curator during its historic run was Dr. Ambrus Sanguine, an aged Hungarian who never broke character. Sanguine, looking…

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The Artist, by Kat Morris

The Artist, by Kat Morris

By Kat Morris   What is it about washing blood off of things that makes one turn suddenly introspective? Is it the feel of the blood? Sticky, clinging, suffocating, grasping at fibers, desperate to remind you that it was once moving and vital and not running headlong down a drain. The rushing water?  Clear, cold, cleansing, mesmerizing, fresh. The way it makes everything new and takes your secrets away with it.  I get lost in the scrubbing every time. Obsessing…

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Wrong House: A Short Story

Wrong House: A Short Story

Dave and Susan were making love when their home was invaded. They heard a kick that splintered the front door and then another that knocked it wide open. It smashed loudly against the wall. Susan was on top and she looked down at Dave. “I think you should check that out.” Dave pushed her off. “Probably. Stay here.” He stalked out of the room naked. Two men in black ski masks met him in the hall. Both carried pistol grip…

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Willow the Wisp – part ten of ten

Willow the Wisp – part ten of ten

(This fall my first published book will be arriving from the printers. It is called The Horror of Loon Lake and it is a horror anthology comic paying tribute to the classic horror magazines and comics that many of us loved. Included also is one prose tale, which will feature several illustrations by the talented Nicole Bresner. In ten installments, www.horror-writers.net will serialize this short story, entitled Willow the Wisp. For more information about the book, follow its page at www.facebook.com/horrorofloonlake  –…

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THE NIGHTMARE by George Yesthal

THE NIGHTMARE by George Yesthal

Intro by Renfield Rasputin It is no secret that in the last few months I have become a fan of George Yesthal’s work. I believe that he captures the true essence of “fear” with this short piece. I encourage all readers to read it slowly, as each time that I review it, I notice something new. There is a certain something in the words that exemplifies a feeling of dread, of a nightmare, of a fearful situation that I, (and…

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Willow the Wisp – part nine of ten

Willow the Wisp – part nine of ten

(This fall my first published book will be arriving from the printers. It is called The Horror of Loon Lake and it is a horror anthology comic paying tribute to the classic horror magazines and comics that many of us loved. Included also is one prose tale, which will feature several illustrations by the talented Nicole Bresner. In ten installments, www.horror-writers.net will serialize this short story, entitled Willow the Wisp. For more information about the book, follow its page at www.facebook.com/horrorofloonlake  –…

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Willow the Wisp – part eight of ten

Willow the Wisp – part eight of ten

(This fall my first published book will be arriving from the printers. It is called The Horror of Loon Lake and it is a horror anthology comic paying tribute to the classic horror magazines and comics that many of us loved. Included also is one prose tale, which will feature several illustrations by the talented Nicole Bresner. In ten installments, www.horror-writers.net will serialize this short story, entitled Willow the Wisp. For more information about the book, follow its page at www.facebook.com/horrorofloonlake  –…

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Willow the Wisp – part seven of ten

Willow the Wisp – part seven of ten

(This fall my first published book will be arriving from the printers. It is called The Horror of Loon Lake and it is a horror anthology comic paying tribute to the classic horror magazines and comics that many of us loved. Included also is one prose tale, which will feature several illustrations by the talented Nicole Bresner. In ten installments, www.horror-writers.net will serialize this short story, entitled Willow the Wisp. For more information about the book, follow its page at www.facebook.com/horrorofloonlake  –…

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