Horror Stories

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This town doesn’t exist on any map

Take the I-87 north from Queensbury, Vermont. Then the 28 up through North Creek. Keep going, if you want to take the route that I did. Keep going, and you’ll pass right through the town that doesn’t exist on any map. My headlights probed the first of the ramshackle...

Our extra son was for experiments

Imagine being lost in the open ocean, frantically bailing water out of a sinking raft which refills exactly as fast you empty it. You will never be found, never be saved. Sooner or later you’ll need to rest and cease your constant vigilance, but you’re still fighting...

The Stranger Upstairs

3,400 square feet, marble counters, Brazilian walnut hardwood floors, and the strangest stipulation I’ve ever seen on a real-estate listing. “The previous occupant will continue to live on the top floor. He will never be evicted, and never be charged rent. His room...

I was conscious while they opened me

If I told you it was dark here, you wouldn’t understand. Darkness means something different to you than it does to me. A flip of a switch or push of a button and the world will materialize around you. The blackest night contains glimmering reflections or shades of...

I was raised by the man who kidnapped me

The people I live with aren’t my parents. They aren’t even related to my parents, as far as I can tell. They’re just people—cold, ruthless, angry people who wanted to have a daughter of their own and didn’t care whose lives they destroyed to get one. I’ve always known...

The wounds that words have caused

I’ve made the horrible mistake of falling in love with someone who doesn’t exist, and it hurts like you wouldn’t believe. Let me tell you a little about her. She’s dark, not sad or angry or angsty, but dark in a spiritual way like the tranquility of a midnight mist....