'In prison, you find yourself existing day by day. Then you get out and enter a world where all the days seem to be happening at once.'
Freed from jail but banned from using computers, an old-school hacker finds his fascination with the Internet .. read more ..
'I can hear the clamor in the hallway and walk over to the door, pressing my slit-like ear up against it.
'The loudest thing I can make out is, 'It's awake.''
Every time he wakes up, he finds himself a prisoner, his memory gone. But through the.. read more ..
Three short horror stories by acclaimed author Stephen Couch:
SIN TAX: An elderly farmer faces a final judgement as he prepares the latest in a long series of ritual sacrifices.
FOO BOXEN: A group of physics students reenact the 'Schrodinger's .. read more ..
'It got to where you'd think of the herd as a single unit, rather than thousands of individual animals. Just one big creature with innumerable hooves and horns, flowing up Chisolm's Trail like water.'
Too few men handling too many cattle against t.. read more ..
'...even the best dogs went a little crazy in the unending storms of wind and dust here in the Panhandle.
'Even the best people, too.'
In the depths of the Great Depression, a Panhandle family finds a mysterious contagion may make more than the.. read more ..
'Terrell realized he might have a problem when a cockroach crawled over his face, stepping right on his eyeball, and he didn't even blink.'
Something stirs in a rotting tenement...but is it the creation of a junkie's fevered imagination, or an old.. read more ..
'Even with the lights, vision couldn't penetrate the filthy stew. Thirty years of asbestos, rust, oil, pond scum, and who knew what else conspired to make the water impenetrable from the surface.'
A group of salvage hunters enters an abandoned mis.. read more ..
'Unlicensed mesmerists are creatures without conscience...'
Science fiction short story. When vile blackguards threaten Queen and Country with the insidious power of mesmerism, only one elite group has any hope of stopping them!.. read more ..
'...there was no difference between the smile of your cheery next door neighbor, and that of a psychotic.'
A routine maternity ward snapshot leads a hospital photographer into a world of occult tragedy... read more ..
'If they had chased Eric now, ten years and thirty pounds after the fact, there was no way he could have escaped.'
Ten years ago, Eric and Joan survived a massacre. Now, they travel to the site of their greatest nightmare to find something even wo.. read more ..
'He wondered if there were any adults -- or children -- still alive on his street. Or in the town. Or in the world.'
Safely ensconced in his sofa-cushion fort, Patrick is ready for a night of scary movies...until real monsters invade his home, and.. read more ..
'If everyone had a duplicate, that meant a world population of three billion. If you cut six billion in half one hundred nineteen times, what kind of world population did that leave?'
A chance encounter with a suicide leads a man to discover his e.. read more ..
'If everyone in the world went a little bit crazier every day, who would notice...?'
A grieving preacher embarks on a desperate journey to save his countrymen from the grip of a diabolical contest... read more ..
'Why can't I stop believing? With everything that's happened, why can't I stop?'
A reporter journeys to a small town to investigate claims of the Second Coming, only to rediscover his own dark past... read more ..
'Quinn's been lying in state for three days now, and I've been getting a flood of would-be princess's artifacts from...entrepreneurs like you. This always happens when a Royal dies. People bring in locks of hair, silverware, items of clothing...'
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