Fiction: The ivy seemed to consume the large country house as we approached through an avenue of trees.
They seemed to reach down to touch us. We knew we shouldn’t have been afraid. After all, it was in the family – even if we hadn’t visited this branch for years. Indeed, not many of us had.
It was something about a deep, sinister secret – a room and a descendant who was – well; undead.
We were welcomed in through the jaws of the huge door, and we didn’t mind the dust – the cobwebs – too much. It was in keeping with the place.
We ate well that night, even if the conversation was morbid. And as darkness fell and the shadows flitted in the candlelight, our host suggested my wife may like to look around the ‘secret room’.
Not one to resist a mystery, she did so. Yet, I became unnerved as the talk turned to our Undead ancestor, and the folktales of sacrifice to keep him at bay …
and it had been so long since they’d had visitors …


Fiction: It seemed as if he had been traveling an eternity, everywhere he had been a kind of spectral blur as memories flashed before him.
‘Is there anybody there?’ said the Traveller, knocking on the moonlit door.
He waited, and eventually he heard the thud of heavy steps approaching from within. Slowly the door creaked open and a pained, harrowing face appeared.
The man was stooped and the haunted look extended to the interior of the house – an ancient house that must have witnessed so much as the centuries had rolled by.
The man offered the traveler a drink, and noticing the obvious fear on his face, said:
‘Don’t worry, it isn’t haunted.’
The Traveller felt at home here. His eyes became translucent and a knocking seemed to envelop the whole house.
‘It is now,’ he said.


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Ch 1. The spider was there – it always
was. But enough! I tortured it. Then …
Splat! Yet … I could have sworn it
gave a look of hate.
Ch 2. Can they get in the mind – your
world? I imagined the beastie everywhere
& such a web of circumstance began, as
if trapped. Paranoia!
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Fiction: He should never have starred in the Mummy movie. They had a reputation for hysteria about curses amongst the crew, and he was a superstitious type to begin with.
It began when one of the cameramen had an accident, and it soon went round that a shape had been seen, pushing him.
Marlene, the star’s wife and co-star, told me soon after that her husband thought he’d seen it, too. And from then on she kept me informed of its progress – it’s increasing degree of reality, as if becoming physical.
She even told her husband that she thought she saw it herself.
Anyway, three days later he was found, mutilated and very dead.
After we left, Marlene and I walked arm in arm. The curse had been a lucky break, but they do say patience has its own rewards.


Fiction: The nature spirit was acting destructively.
There was no beating about the bush – he literally beat it to pulp.
Well, people had ignored him too long and he was attention seeking – overflowing with a vengeful personality. Indeed, they couldn’t even get his name right.
Over the eons they had referred to him as a god, a demon, a fairy, a vampire, a werewolf, ghost, discarnate entity and now they’d even given him bug eyes and called him an alien!
Such temerity!!
And he was not having it!!!
It was as if HE didn’t know who he was any more. And are they afraid of him nowadays?
But as he continued beating the bush, swirling around the air, deforesting the forests and generally having a climactic time, he knew they’d soon need him once more.
THEN he’d teach them for ignoring his ways.


Fiction: It was a long trip and by the time it got dark I was already tired of driving.
As the hitchhiker appeared in the lights I decided to pick him up – maybe conversation would keep me awake. But there was none – he just sat in the passenger seat, staring ahead.
After a while, I dropped him off, and the tiredness intensified.
Still, soon another hitchhiker came along and I picked him up. It wasn’t until he got in that I realized it was the same guy. How he’d got ahead of me I don’t know. Maybe he’d got a lift in a sports job.
After a while, I dropped him off.
The tiredness was getting really bad by now, so when I saw him again ahead of me, I was compelled to pick him up once more – the mystery itself was stimulating, in a way.
Well, he drained me completely that third time of feeding. And as I lay here in the road, the vampire driving off, I guess I’m going to die.


Fiction: Madame Gracie had been delayed getting to her séance room.
It had been a bad car accident outside and she hoped her client wouldn’t be late also. While she waited, the ectoplasm seemed to be forming easily. It appeared in nearly every facial orifice and of a particularly thick constituency.
Perhaps it was the close proximity to death today; so gloomy. And her initial contact with her spirit guide proved difficult.
Perhaps it was the archaic words she used.
Eventually her client appeared but seemed rather distant, as if not there at all.
‘Who are you?’ he asked, frightened.
Madame Gracie’s first thought was that he had died, but as her spirit guide came through loud and clear, she said, rather surprised:
‘Oh, I’M dead.’


Fiction: Where now? Is it in my nightmares or reality?
Is there a difference any more? I’m not so sure. They say like can oppose like, but was it meant to be as terrifying as this?
Is it so difficult for me to be as one, rather than a fragmented mind of contradictory thought?
Who now?
The werewolf does what he does – horrendously, omnipotently.
He wraps his hands round my throat; his urges round my mind.
Can I stop him with a thought, or do they not have effect upon this reality?
When now?
When will I breath my last?
Will I welcome it? Will I yearn to be
free, finally released from this opposed likeness, my twin?


Fiction: They never expected Granddad to visit but it was always good to see him.
The grandchildren crowded around him, wanting to play, but he seemed a bit distant. His son was soon worried and asked if he was alright.
‘Of course I am,’ said Granddad, but he sat down, tired, and began to talk about his family’s future, his hopes for them.
This worried the son even more and decided his father should lie down and rest.
He saw him into the bedroom and turned off the light.
The phone rang then.
As he listened a tear fell, and afterwards he rushed into the empty bedroom.
His father had made one last visit.


Fiction: Since he was last staked the noble undead one had declined in people’s imagination.
A new world was coming. Science was advancing, and how could superstition survive this onslaught of reason? And without superstition he could not take bodily form again, his memory condemned to be hidden from culture.
For he lived on fear, and if people no longer knew how to fear … ?
He thought long and hard about this as he roamed through the ether.
One day he found himself in a book filled study, and it occurred to him that imagination now existed in words; and if imagination was there, why not fear?
He looked at the man sat at the desk and made his decision.
He entered through his ear and soon found a comfy place within his mind to think. And as the man called Stoker began to write, the undead one knew he would rise once more.


Fiction: We were told the house was haunted but how could we resist?
It was so serene – both my wife and I felt it. At least, at first. But as we began to experience the presence more and more, it was inevitable it would come between us.
‘It’s evil,’ my wife would say, but I never believed the accidents were down to the presence. My wife had always been somewhat clumsy.
No, all I could feel in the presence was loneliness, a need to be loved once more …
Did I fall in love with her? Was the sight of her in the long flowing dress merely illusion?
Were those experiences at night true ecstasy, or simply vivid dreams?
Certainly I never noticed that, as the presence became happier, a loneliness began to cling to my wife. Yet I suppose it was inevitable she would take action …
The exorcist was very good. I could almost feel the horrendous shots of pain that began to cripple the presence, and I felt the sadness as she was banished.
Later I rediscovered my love for my wife, and when I bought her that long flowing dress I knew we could be healed.

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