The True Legend of Friday The 13th

Reading Time: 3 minutesSlow is the smolder of fire igniting in flesh. The skin cracks and dries and powders to ash, incinerating extremities long before flame penetrates to vital systems. The eyes will boil from the skull and cartilage will melt and run like wax. The insulated brain will be protected all the while, still cognizant of the excruciating agony.…

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The Contract

Reading Time: 47 minutes  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST The Contract by Shannon Higdon Teddy Wilson rapped one knuckle against the smoked-stained glass door adorned with the worn, white letters that announced, “Martin Croker: Editor” before popping his head into the room. “You wanted to see me boss?”  The man who served as his immediate supervisor for the last decade was on…

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Playpen

Reading Time: 24 minutes  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST   As an investigative analyst for the FBI, I spent years combing through the depths of the digital colossus known as the “Dark Web.” It’s mind numbing work, filtering through thousands of illicit sites offering services ranging from outrageously fake to bone chillingly real. My name is Clara Sanders. I’m 35-years-old, unmarried, and…

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