The soul-eater has corrupted me thoroughly
this world teeters on brinks of insanity –
the soul-eater lurches thru
underground tunnels quietly,
he searches for innocence
to destroy violently –
save me from the soul-eater,
I beg you, please,
nothing is sweeter to him
than sadistic glee.
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“There’s nowhere to run,” he said.
Evil lives deep in this forest.
Here’s my attempt at a scary short story about what happens when you infiltrate peoples’ nightmares – and the consequences that come from doing so.
“Dreams are often most profound when they seem the most crazy.” – Sigmund Freud
Dylan yawned, leaned back in his chair. It was another late night at the Nightmare Center, but at least he was collecting overtime. The entire year had been full of late nights, for obvious reasons. The election had peoples’ unconscious selves falling apart at the seams.
“Still here?” Amari asked, bags under her eyes.
“Unfortunately,” Dylan said. “I’m working a double.”
“It never ends.”
I dream of criminals, being a witness to misdeed
men with dark eyes do dark things in motel rooms
tell me to keep my mouth zippered shut –
I wake with a sense of dread
storm clouds gather outside frosted windows
a woman with an umbrella screams
then runs for her life.
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