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Uncle Nick’s Ghost

Uncle Nick had a bump on his head. It wasn’t like the lumps a phrenologist reads, or the normal, swollen result of standing up under a low cupboard without realizing. Nothing like that. It was an ugly, purplish cauliflower to … Continue reading

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Truth and Consequence

“Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.”                                  ~ Russian Proverb I hate the sight of blood. It makes me nauseous, so … Continue reading

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Night of the Living Dead

October 31st, for most people, is a night of frightful festivities. Houses are decorated, Jack-o-lanterns are lit, costume parties are in full swing. Witches, bumble bees, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles roam the streets, pillaging doorstep after candlelit doorstep for … Continue reading

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Coffee with Walter

A small, brick coffee shop emerged in the fog as I walked along the loneliest of streets, maybe not the best location for a business. It was so close to a place I’d seen in my dreams I had to … Continue reading

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The Lady of the Lake

I’m not going go lie. We used to sneak out weekends during high school and find ways to drink booze. Quite a few of us would often make our way down to the Z. I was never much of a … Continue reading

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The Blue Lady

Two flights of stairs led down from her Uncle Nick’s apartment in the City to a door at the bottom that opened up onto Jonah Street. Eight-year-old Annie stepped through it and turned to her right down the hill toward … Continue reading

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The Burial Plot

Steam rose up from the cemetery grounds as the evening’s first light rain was warmed by the earth. Seamus stopped walking. He set down the two shovels he carried and watched the grey wisps emanating from the ground like specters … Continue reading

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Monsters in Moonlight

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Tallow E’en

“I’m going to kill you.” Curtis, didn’t sound like he was joking. He had a habit of trying to sound serious when he wasn’t, but his tone and the seriousness of his threat made me nervous anyway. I stopped walking … Continue reading

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The Wizard of San Loco

The summer after we promoted from middle school, Jessi’s family took me and Missy along with them on a vacation to San Loco. The Warren’s always treated me as if I was their own, and I sometimes wondered if trips … Continue reading

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