A collection of horror, mystery, and science fiction tales, with contributions from fellow writers, James Darko and Dexter Lynch. If you wish to contribute, I'd be happy to showcase your writing. Just send me a message. The stories are free to read and always will be. Some are better than others (I'm speaking only for myself), but I can't give all my best ideas away for free, ha ha. Feel free to share any stories, but please be sure to give credit where credit is due.
The last earthly sounds Amelia Walsh
heard were the shovels of dirt being spilled over her coffin. The dead silence
that ensued caused a chill to spread deep through her body.
Her head was still pulsing, the end result
of being hit with a blunt object. She didn’t see the object that struck her,
but it wasn’t heavy enough to be a shovel. It felt more like a club or a mini
baseball bat. Whatever it was, it was enough to knock her cold.
She couldn’t recall much. One minute
she was in a parked car with her boyfriend. A few seconds later, she was
begging for her life as she was dragged from the vehicle. The knock to the head
had scrambled her circuits. She couldn’t piece the rest together.
What an awful thing to wake up and
realize you’re being buried alive. And worse is that you don’t even understand
Amelia was a modern day saint. She
organized the Westlake Meals on Wheels program. She was an afterschool tutor
and donated her allowance to charity. She cried once after accidently stepping
on a ladybug. For three hours. She never harmed a soul. So why was she being
She didn’t scream for fear of running
out of breath. She needed all the oxygen she could get if she was going to hold
Gravedigger. That named was etched in her mind
from the local papers. The media loved to hype things, loved to stir up fear.
But the Gravedigger was no hype, no media frenzy. He was flesh and blood and he
was wreaking havoc in the town of Westlake.
The name sent more
chills rushing down to the base of her spine. Walter Smith, a state
correctional officer, was discovered three days after he was buried in an
Jesse Oldman, a
local DJ, was found four days after the gruesome discovery of Smith. Both showed
signs of blunt force trauma to the head. Though, this didn’t play any factor in
their deaths. They had simply suffocated, ran out of air. And Amelia knew if
she couldn’t find a way of escape, she would just end up another statistic.
Another notch in the belt of the Gravedigger.
She scratched and clawed at the lid
until the tips of her fingers were raw and bloody. There was no escaping this
airtight entrapment. Deep down she knew this fact, but her naïve mind refused
to accept it. She thought escape was imminent. If she kicked, pounded, and
clawed hard enough, she would inevitably claw her way to the surface. This is
what she told herself, but this was just the bitter stage of denial. A way to
avoid facing the harsh realities that were lying in wait.
Her cellular phone was tucked in her
pocket, which she promptly removed when she realized it was still in her
possession. The phone had full battery and was her only source of light inside
this narrow death box. She had no service, no reception, no way to call for
help. It was torture. She could see what time it was–9:15 PM at that moment–and
she could count down each minute of her demise, but she couldn’t alert anyone
of her dilemma.
Then it dawned on her. You can make emergency calls to 911 even if
you don’t have reception. Her fingers–sore as they were–moved at lightning
speed as she dialed those three magic digits.
It rang once before a polite southern
accent came across the line. The operator was female. “911, what’s your
“I need help,” Amelia cried. “I’ve
been locked inside a coffin and buried underground."
“Ma'am, stay calm,” the operator
pleaded. “Do you know your location?”
“No I blacked out. He—he hit me on the
head. I went down. That’s the only thing I remember.”
“Just stay calm,” the operator
repeated, her sweet southern voice filling with grave concern. “We can trace
the call. Just stay on the line, please.”
“Okay,” Amelia said, waiting, hoping,
silently praying. A few moments later, the operator returned to the line.
“Ma'am, we’re having difficulties with
tracing your location. I urge you to stay on the line while we continue to
Amelia hated that word at this moment, loathed it. What she needed most was
reassurance. Forget trying, Amelia
thought. How about you actually DO
something before I run out of air!
After ten minutes of waiting and
wasting precious battery life, she abandoned hope and pushed the end call button.
The phone rang back immediately; she
looked expecting to see 911 plastered
across the screen. Instead, the name on the caller ID said Todd.
Todd Brennan was Amelia’s boyfriend,
this she recalled. She couldn’t remember for how long though. She couldn’t even
remember how they met.
She pressed the receive button and lifted the phone to her ear. Todd’s familiar voice
flowed out from the other end. “Amelia, can you hear me?”
“Yes,” she cried, but this was a cry
of joy. With this call, her hope had been reborn. “Where are you? Are you
“I’m trapped, babe,” he said frankly.
“I can’t really see or hear anything. So if I didn’t know any better, I’d say
I’ve been buried alive.”
“The Gravedigger,” she said with
exasperation. Of all the things she could remember, she had to remember that
“Are you okay, babe?”
“My head hurts,” she moaned into the
phone. “I don’t know how long I’ll last in here.” More than anything else she
just wanted to go home, take a bath, and put this nightmare behind her.
“I don’t know how long I have either,”
Todd said. “But you have to be strong. Someone will find us. 911 will find a
way to trace your call.”
“Wait, I never mentioned 911,” she
“Sure you did. You said they had
problems tracing the call.”
“I did?” she asked. She couldn’t tell
if her memory was shot or Todd was simply playing mind games with her. “How are
you calling me?”
“I’m using my Motorola,” he said.
“But I don’t have reception…”
“Well for some reason, I do. Check
your bars. Maybe your phone is working again.”
Amelia didn’t bother checking the
screen. She had more questions on her mind. “If you have reception, why don’t
you call for help?”
“What good would that do? I don’t even
know where I am.”
talked for an hour, and not one of his stories seemed to jog her memory. But
his words still brought her that reassurance she desperately needed. That was
until the call was disconnected. She tried again and again to call him back,
but her reception was gone.
hours passed before the phone rang again.
she exclaimed. But the caller ID read 911
instead. She answered the call and that pleasant southern voice chimed in over
the line again.
the operator said urgently. “We’ve been trying to reach you for hours. We
haven’t been able to get a fix on your location, but local police have been
dispatched and are searching for you as we speak. We’re doing everything in our
power to find you. Just hang in there.”
ended the call abruptly. The word police
had jostled her brain.
The memories of that night flooded
back in unpleasant waves. The headlights of Todd’s car beaming off a metal
police badge. The whooshing sound the baton made as it cut through the air and
struck the back of her skull. The way her eyes flickered before everything went
dark. She remembered everything.
it all went black, she remembered seeing the officer slice Todd Brennan’s
throat from ear to ear. She remembered this sight vividly, as it was the last
thing she would see before she lost consciousness.
boyfriend was dead, surely buried six feet under just like her. She deduced
that the voice on the phone was either that of a ghost or it was just a figment
of her imagination. Neither thought brought her much comfort.
man who did this was Patrick Downey, a local police officer. And that bastard
was probably going to get away with it. Probably would go on to do it again.
And that thought not only distressed her but made her want to retch.
one day, old Patrick Downey would slip up. Leave evidence behind. Get spotted
by a witness. It was guaranteed. Even the most elusive killers make mistakes.
Otherwise they wouldn’t get caught. And this thought was the only thing that
humored her in this fragile state.
hours inside that box and her iPhone buzzed again. This time it was Todd.
to me your Todd Brennan,” she said as she answered the phone.
it.” She tried to scream the words. But her throat was too sore, too dry, and
the air too thin to produce anything louder than a soft whimper.
that time you stepped on a ladybug,” he chuckled. “You cried for three hours. I
couldn’t say anything to make you feel better. You were inconsolable. That was
on our first date. I never thought I had a chance with you after that day.”
clutched the phone to her ear, laughing, smiling as she sucked in her final
to reader: This story was intended to be an homage to one of my favorite horror
films, Angel Heart. The plot of the first draft was quite different, involved
more characters, extra backstory, but it became very disjointed. It was all
over the place. This is a shorter, revised version of the original. It’s not my
best, but I figured I’d post it and let others be the judge.
Monday, January 26th, 1998…
back when the average price of gasoline was less than two dollars a gallon.
That’s hard to believe unless you were around to see it. With five-dollar gas
prices and the unemployment rate at an all-time high, a lot of people are probably
wishing it was 1998 right about now.
Donnie Reed could have been anywhere
that day. He could’ve been in Los Angeles, covering the American Music Awards.
Or he could’ve been at the president’s press conference, asking justifiably
Mr. President, what was it like
getting a hummer in the Oval Office?
Did she spit, or swallow?
Whatever happened to the blue dress?
No such luck. Instead, Reed’s editor
threw him some petty cash to cover his expenses and shuffled him off to
Dorchester. His assignment was a follow-up on an unsolved murder case. Reed’s
paper had run an article about the murder a month prior.
The victim’s name was Trevor Virden.
Twenty-eight years old. Virden was stabbed in cold blood on the night of
December 23rd. If that doesn’t sound bad enough, no knife was
involved in the equation. His killer used a jagged icicle, rammed it through
his left eye. Leave it to the media to dub the killer the Ice Man.
An elderly woman, Betty Loomis, had
placed a call to Reed’s office a day earlier, claiming to have vital
information about the murder. Information she was willing to share, for a
price. And if there’s one thing Reed learned from his field of work, it’s that
everyone has a price.
The truth can be bought just as easily
as it can be molded, adjusted, or exploited to sell a few extra copies.
Reed’s paper was the Daily Buzz, their operations based in
Manhattan. His editor was a pretentious little prick named Allen Menke.
Menke had an affinity for bowties,
which he felt distracted from his plump head. He usually wore a fedora to cover
his bald spot. Other days he sported a comb over. He still wasn’t fooling
Menke had sent Reed with a blank
check, advising him to pay no more than two grand for any pertinent
information. The old woman said she had a price; she just never bothered to
list it. Reed debated whether her information would even be worth that much. He
assumed this was another case of some poor old lady starving for attention.
The trip to Dorchester was actually a
pleasant reprieve from the last article he was writing about a serial rapist
targeting women on the subway. The most disturbing fact he unearthed during his
research was the fact that a rape suspect, if found guilty, can serve as little
as five years in prison. You can serve more time for armed robbery or the sale
Reed caught the eastbound train from
Penn Station at ten and arrived in Babylon by noon. From there, his only option
was the bus. He would have gladly settled for a taxi. But Menke was a frugal
bastard and barely gave Reed enough cash to cover his expenses.
Reed waited for the bus with his one
suitcase in hand. He chose to pack light. He didn’t know how long he’d be
staying and he hoped it would be no more than a day.
He came fully prepared to face the
harsh weather conditions. He was wearing a down jacket, wool cap, gloves, and
snow boots. The snow had yet to fall, but was expected by late afternoon.
Anywhere from two inches to two feet depending on the area. Dorchester was one
of the towns expected to bear the brunt of the storm.
Reed sat in back of the bus, snatching
the last seat available. The man sitting next to him was a homely fellow who smelled
like he just snaked his way out of the sewer. Clumps of black grim and dirt
were visibly embedded under his overgrown fingernails. At one point he offered
Reed some skittles he was munching on. But his hands were sticky and Reed could
almost see the germs clinging to them, multiplying in numbers. He retched and
brushed him away with his hands as he rejected the man’s offer.
A simple “no thank you” would have sufficed.
But Reed wasn’t paid to be nice, to consider the feelings of others. His job
was to sniff out the stories that would sell copies. That’s all his editor
cared about. To Allen Menke, the truth is like a rubber band. You can stretch
it as far as you please.
“That’s a nice watch,” the man said,
glancing at Reed’s timepiece. He was just being polite and trying to make
“It’s a genuine Rolex,” Reed said with
contempt. “It’s worth more than your life.”
“Where are you heading?” the man asked,
unscathed by his rude remark.
“Dorchester,” was all Reed replied.
“Me, I’m heading to Eden Harbor,” the
man shared as if Reed cared enough to know. “They have a shelter out there.
Warm meals, hot showers, clean beds. I feel like I hit the jackpot. Hey, you
wouldn’t happen to have any spare change, would you?”
Reed sighed and yanked the cord
dangling overhead to let the driver know he was getting off.
A five minute walk led Reed down
Edgerton Street, right to the home of Betty Loomis.
It was a two-story house with yellow
shutters and blue vinyl siding. The grass was waist-high and scorched brown by
the sun. The mailbox by the front porch was overflowing with bills and letters.
An old bronze knocker hung from the
center of the door. Reed banged several times before he heard the sound of a
lock clicking. The door slid open halfway and two grey eyes peered out.
“Whatever you’re selling, I’m not
interested,” the old lady said, her voice dry and raspy.
“No, ma'am, I’m not selling anything. My
name is Donnie Reed, a reporter. I work for the Daily Buzz. You called our office recently about Trevor Virden.”
“Oh,” she said, her dementia subsiding
for the moment. “Trevor Virden; that degenerate. Well, come in I guess.”
Reed entered and she locked the door
behind him. “I’ll start some tea if you like. Make yourself at home in the
Loomis set the kettle on the stove.
Reed was immediately turned off by the mustard yellow wallpaper. Worse was the
furniture shrink-wrapped in plastic.
She left the kettle to join Donnie in
the living room. She sat adjacent to him on the plastic covered sofa. Donnie was
seated in an old red armchair covered in dust.
Betty Loomis claimed to be sixty. She
was younger than she appeared. The years had clearly not been kind to her. Her
figure was extremely gaunt, bones nearly exposed through thin layers of saggy
She had a chalky complexion. A
graveyard tan as Reed liked to call it. Before she sat, she extended her
wrinkly hand to Reed, which he accepted. It felt like sandpaper grinding
against his smooth palm.
“So, Mrs. Loomis,” Donne said, trying
to avoid the hideous wart on the tip of her nose. He didn’t want to appear
impolite by staring at it. Out of the corner of his eye, he could’ve sworn he saw
it pulsing for a second. But he wrote it off as his eyes playing tricks on him.
“You said you knew Trevor Virden?”
“What paper did you say you were
“The Daily Buzz. You contacted our office recently, said you had some
information you would share.”
“I’ve heard of it,” she said, lighting
a cigarette and exhaling smoke in Donnie’s direction. She seemed to do it
deliberately. “I can’t say I remember calling you though. Are you sure you have
the right address?”
“If you’re name is Betty Loomis then
I’m at the right place.”
She blew another puff of smoke in his
face. “If I help you, what’s in it for me?”
“My editor sent me with a blank check.
How’s five hundred sound?”
“Make it a grand and you got yourself
Reed filled out the check and slid it
across the coffee table that separated them.
The kettle started hissing, spewing
steam from its spout. She stubbed her cigarette in the ceramic ashtray and
Reed noted that the whole house reeked
of stale smoke. The window shades were stained yellow from nicotine, the same
color as Betty’s teeth. She returned with two cups of Earl Grey and honey on
the side. Uninterested, Reed placed his cup on the table and pulled out his
“So how did you know Trevor Virden?”
“Trevor used to mow the lawn and
shovel the driveway when it snowed. One day he used my bathroom and stole a
very expensive vase. I never pressed charges but I never hired him again.”
“How come you didn’t press charges?”
“Things have changed. Times have
changed. The youth of America has fallen flat on their asses. They’re all
dopers, sinners, fornicators. But sending them to jail won’t teach them a
lesson. So I let it go. He never did return the vase either.”
“Is that it?” Reed sighed,
“Yeah, that’s all.”
“I was led to believe you had
information regarding Trevor’s murder.”
“I heard about it on the news. But I
don’t have anything useful to tell you. That boy was trouble. Anyone in this
town could have killed him. Except me. I never leave the house.”
“I never would have guessed,” Reed
quipped. “Well, thank you for your time.” Reed closed his notepad and placed it
back in his jacket. From the corner of his eye, he saw the wart again. This was
no mind trick. No hallucination. The wart was pulsing.
It burst suddenly, a dark puss oozing
forth. Donnie’s hand found its way across his mouth, stifling his urge to
vomit. What followed next made him squeal like a pig in an abattoir… maggots.
Hundreds of them poured out, spilling
across the hardwood floor, crawling in every direction.
Betty’s eyes rolled back in her head,
her lips parted. Her jaws stretched wider than humanly possible. She was like a
A horrible, prolonged screech rose
from the back of her throat. Her wrinkly sandpaper hands reached out to accept
the check Reed left on the table. In seconds, the check was torn to shreds and
hurled through the air like confetti.
She spoke with a deep, growling pitch.
“You’re trapped like a rat. No car. No money. No way out.”
“What are you?” he gasped.
“Like the soul, I am eternal. The body
is weak. The flesh is weak. It dies, yes. But the soul lives on forever. And
when you die, your soul will come crawling to me. Your suffering will be
Reed sat aghast, watched as her mouth
closed and her eyes rolled back to their proper position. Her senses returned
all at once, as if she was jolted back into reality.
He examined the hardwood floors, but
the maggots had evaporated from his sight. And that hideous yellow wart was
still hanging from her nose.
“What are you doing in my house?”
Loomis asked, not seeming to recall a minute of her episode. “Get out now. I’ll
call the police. GET OUT.”
She really didn’t need to ask twice.
Reed bolted, running faster than he ever had before in his life. He ran ten
straight blocks before finally stopping to catch his breath and process it all.
He wished drugs were a factor. If Reed
had been a druggie, he could’ve written this whole episode off as nothing but a
nightmarish hallucination. A bad trip revisited. But Reed lived a clean life,
only drinking on occasion.
“What you saw wasn’t real,” he said
aloud, if only to humor himself. He repeated it again and again. “It wasn’t
real. Wasn’t real.”
No matter how many times he echoed
those words, he couldn’t shake the image of her white, expressionless eyes. He
had no explanation for the maggots that had vanished in the blink of an eye. No
sane explanations at least.
Betty Loomis, or whatever it was that
had taken hold of her, was right about one thing. Reed was trapped. It was two
o’clock and he had just missed the last bus to Babylon. The train was not an
option, as it only went as far as Babylon.
He spotted a payphone–a rare sight
nowadays–on Ocean Avenue and used the change from his pocket to phone Menke. He
tried several times, but each time he got a busy signal.
It was getting chilly. The snow had begun,
thick flakes that stuck to every surface. It was expected to continue
throughout the day and into the night. Reed wondered if the bus would even make
Reed sought refuge in Smith’s Café. He
wasn’t even hungry. Nothing on the menu dazzled him or warmed his taste buds.
It was the same greasy, deep fried crap you’d find at any roadside diner.
The waitress looked as if she could be
Betty’s long lost twin, sans the nose wart. Her nametag identified her as
He didn’t want any shit about taking
up space and not ordering anything, so he just picked a BLT and a cup of
“You familiar with the area?”
“I lived here my whole life,” the old
waitress sighed. “I couldn’t get out if I wanted.”
“Do you know Betty Loomis?"
“Know her? Darling, I’m her sister.”
“I was just at her house and I saw–”
“Her house? What were you doing
“Well, I’m a reporter and she called
our office to–”
“She never called,” Blair cut him off
again. “She’s been dead for six years. Her house is still on the market.”
“But I… never mind. I’ll take some
The waitress eyed him carefully as she
fetched the coffee. He couldn’t tell her his story. She would never believe
The fiberglass doors swung open and in
walked a young woman, her heels clicking across the tiled floor. She was
strikingly gorgeous and for a second, he was able to block out the haunting
vision of Betty Loomis.
Dark, shoulder-length hair. Long,
smooth legs. A slim, athletic figure. She was wearing a red satin dress that
ended above her knees. She approached Reed like she was on a mission.
“Are you Donnie Reed?” she asked,
leaning across the table, her ample cleavage in his line of sight.
“That’s me,” he said, a little choked
up. “And who might you be besides beautiful?”
She blushed, giggled teasingly.
“Lucille Ferr. But everyone calls me Lucy. You can too.” She said that last
part with a smile that could only be described as seductive.
“Well, Lucy, what can I do for you?”
“I heard you were in town. Word
travels fast around these parts. I can only assume you’re here working on a
story about the Ice Man. I have some information about Trevor Virden.”
“I appreciate your offer, but the
information is pointless. I have no money to offer you in return. And at this
point, I think the story is off.”
“I’m not interested in money. I’m more
about justice. And Trevor deserves more than this. I went to the police several
times, but they’re not interested in hearing my side of the story.”
“So tell me. I’m all ears.”
She sat down; crossing her legs that
Reed couldn’t help but gaze at. “Trevor Virden and I had a contract of sorts. A
business relationship. Personal business that I can’t divulge. Warren Devlin
wanted a piece of the action, but we turned him down. When we did, he
threatened us. I never thought a thing about it until they found Trevor’s
“You know where I can find this Warren
Devlin?” This was Reed’s macho side coming out of him. If Lucille had been a
man, there wouldn’t even have been a conversation.
“I hear he’s crashing at the Starlight
“Lucky me,” Reed quipped. “That’s
where my editor made reservations for me.”
“Do yourself a favor; watch your back.
Who knows, you might wind up with a story to share after all.”
“Why are you being so helpful?”
“Like I said, I’m all for justice.
Warren Devlin, or whoever the killer may be, deserves to pay. If you can put
the pieces together, solve this, I’ll give you a handsome reward. Anything you
desire.” That last line was all the motivation Reed needed.
“On a scale of one to ten, how sure
are you that Devlin is the Ice Man?”
“At least an eight.”
“Do you happen to know what room he’s
“I can’t help you there.” She yanked a
napkin from the dispenser and jotted down her phone number with a pen from her
purse. “This is a way to contact me if you find anything. Don’t be shy.”
When Lucille departed, Reed paid his
check and bailed. He tried one last time to phone his editor from the café. The
line was still busy.
Donnie’s home for the night was room
14 of the Starlight Motel. It didn’t astonish Reed that this was the cheapest
place of lodging in all of Dorchester.
The room had a musty odor. Bland
floral patterned carpets and cheap purple drapes. The smoke alarm in the
ceiling had been disconnected long ago. That explained the glass ashtray atop
In the top dresser drawer, he found a copy of
the Gideon bible along with a notecard listing all of the televisions
programming, including the adult channels. Religion and porn side by side… only
window overlooked the hotel courtyard, which was blanketed by thick layer of
ice and snow. It had already accumulated to a foot and a half.
heater was busted, the thermostat stuck below ten degrees. The blizzard showed
no signs up letting up and the temperature was expected to drop every hour.
had questioned the desk clerk about Warren Devlin, but was given the usual
shtick. I’m sorry but we’re not at
liberty to share information about our guests. The parking lot was vacant
though. Reed was convinced he might actually be the only one there.
tried the TV, but reception was terrible due to the blizzard. He turned it off
and decided to take a rest.
drifted off without realizing, sleeping for six straight hours. He awoke in the
dead of night. A faint scent wafted through the air, growing more potent as
Reed regained his senses. The smell was gasoline. It grew so strong his sinuses
sudden wakeup threw him off his balance. He couldn’t see straight. But he felt
an ominous presence. Something was in the room with him. He couldn’t see it,
but he could sense it.
the fog cleared from his head and his sight came into focus, he saw it standing at the foot of the bed. The
stench of decay was overpowering, causing Reed to gag like a punch to the
was nothing remotely human about it. Nothing but fragments of a living person
behind its grotesque façade of charred flesh. White pulsing maggots festered
inside the hollow sockets that once contained eyes. Its voice croaked as its
lips parted, and a parade of maggots poured from its mouth.
feel bad,” it croaked. “Daddy still loves you.”
closed his eyes, shaking his head in disbelief. “Whatever you are, you’re not
my father. My father died when I was twelve. You’re not him. You’re not real.”
held them shut for what felt like a century. When he opened his eyes, this
ghastly apparition had vanished. All that remained was a lingering stench of
burned flesh and gasoline.
The room was frigid. He wrapped a
blanket around himself and checked the thermostat. The temperature had fallen
below zero. If the Ice Man didn’t kill him, the cold surely would.
He tried calling the front desk to
complain about the heat. To his chagrin, the line was dead. Maybe it was his
paranoia getting the best of him, but he decided to glance through the peephole
before opening the door.
In the distance he could make out a
hooded figure, snow buried up to their knees. The Ice Man was the first thought
that jumped into his mind.
This figure remained stationary,
standing like a statue. Their face was not visible, and they didn’t seem to
move a muscle. Reed watched for ten minutes, scared to make his move.
He backed away from the door, tried
the phone again. But the lines were still down.
what Lucille told you, Reed thought. Warren
Devlin is staying here. It could be him outside. But how would he know who I
am? Did someone give me up? Is Lucille in cahoots with this guy? Did that bitch
set me up?
Warren Devlin. Why did that name sound
so familiar? He recalled an Allison Devlin. A name he was reminded of when
Lucille first approached him.
Reed’s dad was sneaking around behind
his moms back. He used to meet Allison Devlin once a week, at a place called
the Gateway. As their affair intensified, the meetings grew more frequent.
Barry Reed felt no guilt, no remorse.
His wife catching on didn’t stop him either. After a while he didn’t even
bother to hide his car anymore when they would meet. It got to the point where
it wasn’t a secret. It was just gossip.
This sickened Reed, who was young at
the time, but still old enough to understand his father’s unfaithful acts. The
kids at school thought it was a big joke. His father was an embarrassment and he
was the one paying for his sins.
Warren Devlin… was Allison’s husband.
He committed suicide when his wife announced she was leaving him for good. The
same time Barry Reed announced he was filing for divorce.
Warren died of asphyxiation. He locked
himself in his garage with his car running. Reed’s father still wanted to go
through with the divorce.
Donnie returned to the door and glared
through the peephole. The hooded figure was marching through the snow. Reed
checked the locks on the door and searched for something, anything he could use
to his defense.
The ice bucket was empty and wasn’t
heavy enough to inflict damage. The television was too big to lift. The phone
was screwed into the nightstand. He tried ripping off the shower rod, but
succeeded only in tearing up the curtain.
He tiptoed to the door, his eye
peering through the glass. They were standing so close to the door it was
impossible to see a face.
dark figure raised their hand to the door and in an instant, the locks snapped
and the door flew open. They stepped into the light and the hood was pulled
the Ice Man?” Reed asked in a state of confusion.
Woman,” Lucille corrected him.
killed Trevor Virden. Why?”
was already dead. Trevor raped and strangled a little girl in Texas. Almost got
away with it too. But I always come back to claim what’s mine. Their souls.”
took you long enough to figure it out.”
me? What did I ever do?”
answer is something you’ve been running away from since you were a child. Your
fate was sealed the second you lit that match. The fire that consumed Barry
Reed has also consumed your spirit, weakened your flesh. Your time was inevitable.
All I did was speed up the clock.”
want my life? My soul? You’ll have to take it, bitch.”
the snap of her fingers, a circle of flames rose from beneath, entrapping them
both. The flames grew higher, burned hotter at every attempt to escape this
deathtrap. There was no escape.
way out. This was his fate. His soul doomed to an eternity of torture.
the punishment fit the crime,” Lucille cackled as the flames devoured them.