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Horror/Scary: June 05, 2024 Issue [#12575]

 This week: Sometimes Dead Is Better
  Edited by: W.D.Wilcox
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1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”
— Arthur Conan Doyle

“Would you like to see a magic trick?”
— The Grabber, “The Black Phone”

“Horror is like a serpent; always shedding its skin, always changing. And it will always come back.”
— Dario Argento

“There is something at work in my soul which I do not understand.”
— Mary Shelley, “Frankenstein”

“I’m scared to close my eyes, I’m scared to open them. We’re gonna die out here.”
— Heather Donahue, “The Blair Witch Project”

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Letter from the editor

The Dig

It is never pleasant to come upon the dead in a lonely place at midnight.

The archeologist felt the hair stand on the nape of his neck as he stared at the corpse sprawled upon the old floor before him.

This part of the dig was alight with candles in niches along the walls. Ancient tapestries were hung between figures of curious gods carved of dusty limestone that reflected dimly on the black mahogany floor.

Bracing his wavering courage, he examined the body. The dead man’s head sagged on broken vertebrae, and his throat had been crushed to a pulp of purplish flesh.

There was a movement to his right, and a leg made of solid stone savagely kicked him in the belly and dropped him gagging for air.

His eyes tried to focus on his assailant as another kick landed in his mouth. He screamed through a ruin of splintered teeth, blowing bloody froth from his mangled lips.

The heavy steps of the stone sentinel moved before him, and with inhuman strength, it lifted him by the neck from the floor. With eyes glittering like gems, the god crushed the archeologist's head like a grape, dropped him, and then slowly returned to its pedestal.

Editor's Picks

Bring Out Your Dead

 The Unsatisfied- Chapter 1  (18+)
A boy and his family fight to survive the night against monstrous entities. 3734 words
#2318756 by Niminy Piminy Nisha

Shell Shock  (XGC)
Lt. Gustav Müller can't handle his hallucinations and terrors anymore (Short story)
#2320953 by Charles

Transylvania  (18+)
In the heart of Transylvania
#2318324 by intuey

Save Me From The Chien  (13+)
This is a short horror story which apparently really happened. I hope you all enjoy it!
#1950974 by SpinTown

What Dreams Reveal  (18+)
Something evil is lurking in the dark
#2305730 by Tiggy

Voodoo Saints  (13+)
Weird Tales and Twisted Tales winner. A boy and girl unknowingly overthrow a tyrant.
#2144276 by Kotaro

Relief  (E)
They're finally safe.
#2306528 by Auri Johnson

The Devil's Toy Box  (GC)
who knows what's in there...
#2116028 by Jim Hall

The Photograph of Carolina Stump  (18+)
A writer finds an old photograph and discovers a horrifying secret...
#1149464 by W.D.Wilcox

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