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    The thick aroma of sweet vanilla and coconut filled the large kitchen. June whisked together the ingredients for her husband’s favorite cake, smiling to herself as the batter churned velvety smooth. Baking was one of her true passions, though she never attempted the professional route. Thanks to the internet, June watched videos, read cooking blogs, ...
  • Autumn time creek

    Flowing water rouses Sullivan from a deep slumber. Expecting to wake to an opened bedroom window, he gasps at the realization before him. With hands and feet bound by tape, the seventeen-year-old sits alongside a creek, roped to a tree. Autumn temperatures in the forest chill him to the bone, so he draws his legs ...
  • 165

    The longer he held on the less feeling she had in her hands. Slowly the chill crept up her arms, and soon she felt the cold grip on her shoulders. “Let go,” she managed to whimper, but instead of releasing his grasp, the figure held tighter and leaned in so his white eyes were less ...
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    Veronica drained the last of her drink and set the glass down on the table. She let the weight of it hit the wooden surface a little too hard, but she wanted to get his attention. She thought she saw a flicker around the edge of what should be his right arm, but it may ...
  • Nighttime Woods Moon Tree Roots

    Nightfall brings unease and gloom, forcing chills down Gabby’s spine as she lays in bed. She hesitates to drift off to sleep on 13 Wistful Way, the house she inherited from her Aunt Kacie’s passing. Since moving into the lone home in the wooded area, Gabby experiences inexplicable sleep disturbances. Night terrors and episodes of ...
  • Fog, trees, partial house

    A blanket of fog fills the forest, reducing visibility for Grant and Tessalyn as they hike deep within. The dense haze piques the curiosity of the newly-dating couple, so they trudge on. But their enthusiasm soon turns to trepidation as they realize they’re lost.  Grant treks alongside Tessalyn while observing the invasive murk; it conceals ...
  • Moon over brick wall & brick building

    Scarce lamp posts and a full moon provide limited lighting for Brian and his younger brother, Aidan, as they tour the streets of an old village in Italy. The two continue alongside a brick wall and weathered building and notice a light shining from the small upstairs window. A floor-level door bursts open and startle the ...
  • Red Door with a Wreath

    Nolan and Brynn enjoy lunch at the Old Wintry Café and overhear a conversation at a nearby table. Three women are discussing rumors about an old brick building with a weathered, red door. The middle-aged lady informs her two younger companions of her given warning against entering the door while the wreath hangs on the ...
  • Cornucopia on porch

    Headlights shine in Sara’s rearview mirror, forcing her to squint on her Friday night commute home from work. Grumbling over November’s early darkness and persistent glare in the mirror, she reaches up to adjust it. The driver follows unusually close and puts her on edge. Her grip tightens around the steering wheel, and she accelerates, ...
  • Cemetery, Nightfall, Entity

    ** Trigger Warning – Physical abuse/attack, Death/loss ** Lindsey’s friends warn her to stay out of the old cemetery when night falls on Hallows Eve. They claim it becomes a spiritual conduit and that a malicious entity appears. She ponders whether or not to heed her friends’ warnings as she maneuvers her red Jeep along ...