THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE

January 26, 2015

Jerome Bessemer was not by any stretch of the imagination a major participant in his own life. Chosen to be valedictorian of his high school class, he gave a terrific speech at graduation. It’s a pity he wasn’t there to hear it. At college he was a rogue bacteriology student, but never found the time […]

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THE DOOR AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS

January 11, 2015
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It’s like the rat said. The abandoned storage building is a concrete cube with a zigzag fire escape running up one side. You know from your firm interview with the sweating rat that a hatch located up there on the cube’s roof opens onto a secret stairwell winding down to the subterranean hideout. You flick […]

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THE DARK STILETTO

December 13, 2014

You peg the guy for a creep right off, but when he tosses 500 green on the table, you figure he’s not so bad after all. ‘It’s my wife Brigitte, Mr. Barlow. I want her followed. I got to know where she goes,’ says the not so bad creep. ‘She’s going to be at this […]

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THE HOOFED FIEND

November 18, 2014

The last student trickled away, leaving the hoofed fiend alone in its classroom. So that’s it then, thought the hoofed fiend. It’s over. Retirement. I’d almost like to go back and do it all again. But no, I suppose it’s time to burn my torch in other fields. It looked around the classroom one final […]

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INCIDENT ON A MOON

November 17, 2014

The night is pierced by a shaft of light rising from the barren landscape of the moon. You suit up and leave the ship to investigate. Trudging over a rise, you arrive at the perfect circular hole in the ground from which the beam of light towers away into the black sky. Moving closer, you […]

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THE HAUNTED PUMPKIN PATCH

October 28, 2014

The owner of the pumpkin patch concludes his haunting spiel with an offer of $10,000 dollars to anyone brave enough to spend Halloween night manacled to the skeleton scarecrow in the middle of the pumpkin patch. His harrowing tale of past Halloweens here has blanketed the few gathered with terrified silence. You, however, are made […]

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DILEMMA

October 21, 2014
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Nervous as a wreck was Carl. This very night he would be installed as the new Bright Lantern, head of SARIL. the Society to Advance the Righteous Indignation of Loons. He gazed into his closet and confronted his dilemma. Which of the two evening gowns hanging there would be the proper one to wear? The […]

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THE CIRCUS INCIDENT

September 24, 2014
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The show is over. You begin to peel off your clown suit. Others pass by, congratulating you on your performance. You feel a surge of well being. Here you are where you want to be doing what you want to do. You linger before the mirror. Time stretches out in pleasant reverie. Silence glides in […]

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THE LOST MINE

September 6, 2014

The wind rushes at you, bending the sagebrush, throwing dust. Eyes to the ground, gripping your hat with your left hand, you watch your boots shuffle forward. You steer for the ravine waiting between the low hills at the far side of the flatland. If the map is right, and you know it is, the […]

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THE TREASURE HUNTER’S REWARD

August 25, 2014

The taste of triumph has eluded you for such a long slog of time. Now finally you stand at the entrance to the long hall. You have conquered the highest mountain, the steepest cliff. You can see the promised green door far off in the distance. Behind it? Wealth beyond imagination. Giddy, you stagger down […]

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