Upon The Altar

Reading Time: 21 minutes  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST   The storm made the city street a blur to Tim Avery as he walked rapidly down the sidewalk.  Rain fell just heavily enough to make people run to their cars or take shelter in the shadows of store awnings.  To Tim, however, walking through the rain seemed right.  It felt like it might cool off…

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They Like To Play Games

Reading Time: 13 minutes  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST   9:45 PM   I’d never been inside of one before. An awkward, out-of-place-feeling little room nuzzled between a failing Irish pub and an antiques shop, I’d honestly forgotten these things existed in the vast metro area of my city. Until I needed one. College essay, see, and I hadn’t even begun it…

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Welcome To IRIS

Reading Time: 26 minutes  UNFRIENDED COMPETITION FINALIST   I lost my laptop for a few days, and after a thorough search of my apartment, I retraced my steps to an internet café called Trista’s that I occasionally visit.  I could have sworn I remembered having it after leaving Trista’s, and I knew it was a long shot, but I checked there…

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Cigarettes Will Kill You

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere was a time when I was younger that I didn’t let the people around me know that I smoked cigarettes. My best friends and I would acquire some packs from older friends, and sneak off into the woods just behind the corner store where we’d hang out while we smoked a few. Dumb, I know. We…

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The Statement of Randolph Carter by H.P. Lovecraft

Reading Time: 9 minutesI repeat to you, gentlemen, that your inquisition is fruitless. Detain me here forever if you will; confine or execute me if you must have a victim to propitiate the illusion you call justice; but I can say no more than I have said already. Everything that I can remember, I have told with perfect candour. Nothing…

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