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Closer Now

It’s moving closer now, moving sly and subtle, a thing you only notice out of the corner of your eye.

Today, for example, I was in the CVS, shopping for my usual lunch of Arizona Iced Tea and a bag of gummy bears. And something felt…off. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and I froze in the middle of the hair-care aisle, my senses tingling.

I whirled around, but there was nothing there. My heart started pounding wildly. In that overbright white of the florescents I saw something flash by again in the corner of my eye. I tried to move with it, tried to catch a glimpse, but it was gone again, a whisper in the aether between Worlds.

I pulled out my iPod and switched to the camera app. This time I would be prepared. There again, that darting insect scampering through my periphery. A snapshot, blurry and indistinct:


It took me a moment, but I realized what they were: faces. Horrible faces, melted, shifting forms that did not describe the likeness of any creature alive, but only those things that lurked in the imaginations of the damned.

And then, while I still processed the images on my iPod, I heard a scuttling from behind. Again I spun in place and clicked the shutter button with no regard for framing or focusing. What I captured chilled me to my bones, for I now knew what was coming. 

It grins from the top shelf of the gum section.

Halloween is coming.

Dylan Charles


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It’s Coming

Certain folks have been looking at the weather lately and are claiming that these are portents of God’s wrath. After all, hurricanes are a rare novelty on the East Coast and the only explanation can be that a deity who’s heavily invested in Congressional hijinks is really angry.

Nonetheless, they’re all watching for the wrong signs. Not me. While everyone else is looking at storms and earthquakes, I’m paying attention to the new crispness to the air. I’m noticing the red and orange and yellow tinge on the leaves of some of the trees. I can hear the grumbles of children who are soon going to be in school again. It’s coming and Fall is its herald.

And my anticipation is building, because I know what those signs mean. I know what’s around the corner. And you should be excited too, because it means this blog is about to go crazy.

Dylan Charles

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