A Loud Click

I woke up in a dark room with the warm glow of the television on my face. "It's 10 o'clock. Do you know where your children are?" the man on the television asked. Of course not. I'm single, and I live alone. I get off the couch and turn the knob on the television with…

Her True Form

I remember that day well. The light of torches cast a yellowish-brown glow on the cave walls which was strange as there were no torches to be seen, just the glow that they cast. I was deep within the cave, totally unprepared for the task at hand. No rope, no pickaxe, no shovel, nor flashlight.…

The Civil Army

The Geek Fourteen-year-old Patrick ran through the woods as fast as he could, fearing the repercussions should he stop. Dry leaves crunched under his heavy, yet nimble steps as he hurried along. His backpack swung uncomfortably to the left and to the right from his shoulders as the books inside slammed around from the rapid…

Shadow Demon

Hi. My name's Sammie. This is going to sound crazy, but I'm pretty sure that something is planning to kill me. I don't know what it is, but he's been toying with me for years. I say he because that's what I can most assume from its shape, but honestly, I don't know. What I…

Where We Put Our Faith

Matthew sat alone at his desk in the living room, the only light coming from the computer monitor in front of him and the kitchen through the doorway. Smoke rose up from the cigarette between his fingers as he stared at the bright screen. It had been a particularly miserable day and he felt completely drained. He scrolled down…

Max and the Red Ball

Max fumbled around with his red ball for what seemed like hours. Just rolling it around in his hands, examining every bit of surface as though it contained the meaning of life. And to a toddler, perhaps it did contain the meaning of life. He took it everywhere he went, never playing with it; only…

Wonderless

I remember the night well. I was nine years old that late July evening. The circus had come to town and set up a big tent at the county fairgrounds. My whole family decided to go for a fun filled evening of laughs and amazement. It was a very old fashioned kind of circus, nothing…

Imaginary Fear

You know that feeling when it’s late and you’re tired.  You know the one.  You just got back home from being with your friends.  You stayed out all night and watched a bunch of horror movies.  Or maybe you’ve been up the past few hours reading creepy stories in a book or on your computer…

Nothing to be Afraid of

Such a peaceful relaxing night it's been. Sitting there at your desk digging away through the splendors of the internet; or perhaps you're sitting upon your bed or a comfy chair sloughing through a good book. It doesn't really matter what it is you're doing at the moment. You could be working on a puzzle…