Flicker and Pulse

Flicker and Pulse

Bruce expected some hippy-dippy new age music. It had been like that when he went to get his palm read and at the tarot place. But not here. It was different. There was no music at all. No props. No anything. Soot black and hollow, the back room was an empty shell....
Santa’s Place

Santa’s Place

Fourteen fresh pairs of eyes stared up at the plump figure in red. Miss Molly gazed down at them with wild enthusiasm. She’d spent the entire week since decorating the classroom for Christmas and selecting appropriate music. None of the other teachers went to so much...
Pumpkinheart

Pumpkinheart

The smell of burning birch accompanied the colorful leaves as they scampered down the street among the excited children. The sun was set, the sky overcast, and the streetlights created streaks of light in the fall night. There was a fine mist in the cool air that kept...
After the Black Feather Funeral

After the Black Feather Funeral

“What did Papa say to you, honey? About the black birdies?” She couldn’t be sure what the little boy had said and she needed to hear it again. But Charlie was barely three. He didn’t always respond the way she wanted. “Bye-bye, Papa. I say bye-bye!” He...
Regarding Security

Regarding Security

The warehouse had been prepped for the meeting. It was empty, save for a table and two chairs. The windows had been painted black and boarded. Foam baffles lined the walls, preventing remote sound surveillance. Men with guns were positioned outside, on nearby roofs,...
Dead Medicine

Dead Medicine

“I’m going to kill you for this.” Michael said. She picked up the syringe.  “By then it won’t matter.” The needle slid into his arm with no resistance. The flesh was inflamed, necrotic, and he was sure he could have poked her finger down to bone with...