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I can still remember the story my grandfather use to tell me on a stormy night at bedtime. When he tucked me in I would pull the covers over my head and close my eyes and shake like a leaf and pray for daylight to arrive soon. What a story he could tell. Now that I'm all grown up, I feel I should share it with the rest of the scary story fans.

This story dates back to the mid 1800's around the Gold Rush days when everyone had gold fever running through their veins. The town where it all happened was a little town called Clantondale and Tom Barkley had the gold fever like no one else. He didn't have many friends or even a pretty lady to keep him company. All Tom thought about was striking it rich and keeping it all to himself.

Tom got lucky a few times just to keep his gold fever going, but it wouldn't be long before his gold fever would run out for good. Tom's luck got better, but at a high price. He just couldn't get enough.  The more he got, the greedier he got, and more violent he became. Booze and gold was a bad mixture for Tom. Tom started spying on other prospectors and decided if he could knock them off just as they found the gold, he could take all their gold and no one would ever find out. 

Tom really liked the idea of not having to prospect. Why not let someone else find the gold, and just kill them and run off with the gold. But it wasn't long before some other prospector caught Tom in his dirty tricks and decided to set him up and knock him off. Tom Watson and his friend lured Tom Barkley to an abandoned mine shaft and told him there was lots of gold and they would share it with him. 

Bill Stein and his wife Mary had just recently moved back to Germany on Bill's parent's farm due to their passing. Little did Bill and his wife know that the lake on his parent's farm contained a small army of Nazi soldier's that met their fate during World War II on the farm, and that their final resting place was at the bottom of the lake Bill's father never told his son about the dead Nazi soldiers in his lake because he didn't want him to have nightmares, but days after moving into his parent's farm Bill noticed a green foam on the surface of the lake, and decided to call the water department to see if it was something out of the ordinary. The water department said it was probably because of an overabundance of algae and not to be concerned. As the days wore on, and the green foam was covering most of the lake Bill decided to call one of his good friends that was a scientist to have him come out, and get to the bottom of this green substance because the water department wasn't too concerned about Bill's problem.

The next day Bill's friend Steve Kliner the scientist brought his testing equipment to test the lake water. Bill said "Steve how long do you think it will take to find out what the cause of this green substance is?"

Steve answered, "I should know something this evening when I run all the tests?"

"Sounds Great," replied Bill.

Bill had no idea the chemicals that Steve was about to pour into the lake would unleash something evil that had been lying dormant for fifty years at the bottom of the lake. 

 A power-hungry demon. An experiment gone wrong. Sometimes surviving is all that matters.

The demon Azazel will stop at nothing to collect more souls, but his greed results in an abomination more powerful than he imagined: The Unnamed. Now he must survive their wrath or be permanently eliminated.

Haedyn has always known she was different, and not just because she’s blind and an orphan. Her pale skin and deep red eyes make her an outcast. But when the orphanage is attacked, she discovers the truth – she’s the last Unnamed, an abomination marked for death.

Now, she must find a way to survive in a world where she doesn’t belong.

The Unnamed is a short story prequel to The Haedyn Chronicles. If you like your urban fantasy on the dark side and filled with edge-of-your-seat suspense, then you’ll love The Unnamed.

Download The Unnamed and start reading The Haedyn Chronicles today!

Series Order:

The Unnamed

Haedyn's Choice

Lenore's Secret

Demon Rising

The Haedyn Chronicles are:

- Dark Urban Fantasy

- Dark Fantasy

- Paranormal Suspense

- Supernatural Thriller

- Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fans of Jim Butcher, Laurell K. Hamilton, Cassandra Claire, Kim Harrison, and Charlaine Harris will enjoy The Haedyn Chronicles.

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Kathy and Jim Patterson were just a little too eager to settle down and start a new family. They jumped into the first place they saw, Denmore Castle, unaware of what lies beneath the castle walls. Kathy was a school teacher and her husband Jim was a chemist. Kathy and Jim had it all, money, love and the pursuit of happiness. The Patterson's felt castle Denmore would be a dream come true, but in actuality it would lead them both down the road of torment and death.

Mr. Patterson’s dream was to stumble upon a mad scientist’s laboratory in the lower level of the castle. His wife told Jim, “I’ll check the upstairs rooms and you explore the creepy dungeon,” said Kathy with a chuckle. As Mr. Patterson was exploring the lower level of the castle he felt chills go up and down his spine. When all of a sudden his dream was about to come true a door painted black with an etching of a skull and cross bones. He said to himself, “Oh my! Could this be a dream come true.” Jim was so excited he said, “If there’s a laboratory behind this door, I will be able to pretend I’m a mad scientist and perform Dr. Frankenstein experiments. Jim started laughing like he was a mad scientist. His dream would eventually come true but at a high cost. There was a black shadow figure lurking inside this room waiting to possess the unlucky soul that dare venture into this room of evil. Jim tried to turn the door knob, but it was locked. He decided to ask the realtor on the phone about the black door after he was through looking over all the areas of the castle.

Originally published in 1971, The Exorcist is now a major television series on FOX. It remains one of the most controversial novels ever written and went on to become a literary phenomenon: It spent fifty-seven weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, seventeen consecutively at number one. Inspired by a true story of a child’s demonic possession in the 1940s, William Peter Blatty created an iconic novel that focuses on Regan, the eleven-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C. A small group of overwhelmed yet determined individuals must rescue Regan from her unspeakable fate, and the drama that ensues is gripping and unfailingly terrifying.

Two years after its publication, The Exorcist was, of course, turned into a wildly popular motion picture, garnering ten Academy Award nominations. On opening day of the film, lines of the novel’s fans stretched around city blocks. In Chicago, frustrated moviegoers used a battering ram to gain entry through the double side doors of a theater. In Kansas City, police used tear gas to disperse an impatient crowd who tried to force their way into a cinema. The three major television networks carried footage of these events; CBS’s Walter Cronkite devoted almost ten minutes to the story. The Exorcist was, and is, more than just a novel and a film: it is a true landmark.

Purposefully raw and profane, The Exorcist still has the extraordinary ability to disturb readers and cause them to forget that it is “just a story.” Published here in this beautiful fortieth anniversary edition, it remains an unforgettable reading experience and will continue to shock and frighten a new generation of readers.

Johnny always liked to go exploring in old abandoned homes. Johnny especially liked to explore on stormy days because it gave the old houses an eerie feeling. There was only one place Johnny dared not explore and that place was Worley Manor because as legend has it there is supposed to be buried treasure in the family crypt and no one has been able to dig it up and be alive to tell about it. After Johnny's adventures in the abandoned houses, he would like to tell tall tales to his classmates about his daring escapes and how they were haunted. Even though the tales were taller than Johnny, it gained him popularity with his classmates and that's all Johnny cared about.

Johnny's tales were about to run out because his classmates were starting to doubt his tales were really true. Johnny's tales were about to be put to the test by his classmates. Just as class was over, one of Johnny's classmates blocked Johnny at the door from leaving and asked Johnny after school to meet him at the football field with some of the other classmates who wanted to hear his latest tale. Johnny was so excited and told him he would be there and this will be a tale they won't ever forget. The boy was laughing under his breath, saying I'm sure it will be your best. The boy told Johnny he thought the story would be even creepier if it was told at dark, around a campfire. Johnny said that sounds even better, I'll be ready. 

Johnny had no idea it was all a setup and he was about to be the laughing stock of the school. Johnny showed up as planned. The fire was burning and his classmates were standing around the fire anticipating the next big story. Johnny was about midway into his story when his classmates started telling him the stories were all made up and they had proof because they had secretly videotaped his last visit to an old abandoned house where Johnny told off on himself, how he made all the stories up.

Johnny just froze and felt so ashamed and knew they wouldn't want anything to do with him after that, but his classmates said to Johnny, “If you want to regain your popularity with us you must stay the night at Worley Manor dig for the treasure and bring it to the school to show proof. Then we all will forget about the little prank you played on us all.” Johnny had a lump in his throat and did not want to be the laughing stock of the school, so he agreed to their demands. 

New York Times Bestseller: A young girl’s visions offer the last hope in a postapocalyptic wasteland in this “grand and disturbing adventure” (Dean Koontz).

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick
Swan is a nine-year-old Idaho girl following her struggling mother from one trailer park to the next when she receives visions of doom—something far wider than the narrow scope of her own beleaguered life. In a blinding flash, nuclear bombs annihilate civilization, leaving only a few buried survivors to crawl onto a scorched landscape that was once America.
In Manhattan, a homeless woman stumbles from the sewers, guided by the prophecies of a mysterious amulet, and pursued by something wicked; on Idaho’s Blue Dome Mountain, an orphaned boy falls under the influence of depraved survivalists and discovers the value of a killer instinct; and amid the devastating dust storms on the Great Plains of Nebraska, Swan forms a heart-and-soul bond with an unlikely new companion. Soon they will cross paths. But only Swan knows that they must endure more than just a trek across an irradiated country of mutated animals, starvation, madmen, and wasteland warriors.
Swan’s visions tell of a coming malevolent force. It’s a shape-shifting embodiment of the apocalypse, and of all that is evil and despairing. And it’s hell-bent on destroying the last hope of goodness and purity in the world. Swan is that hope. Now, she must fight not only for her own survival, but for that of all mankind.
A winner of the Bram Stoker Award and a finalist for the World Fantasy Award, Swan Song has become a modern classic, called “a chilling vision that keeps you turning pages to the shocking end” by John Saul and “a long, satisfying look at hell and salvation” by Publishers Weekly.
“I don't know what I was thinking when I got so involved with my experiments. My poor Josette, she was the love of my life and to just throw it all away over an experiment was inconceivable, but I did. Now I must live the rest of my days as a lonely old man down in a dusty old lab with my assistant Gregor,” said Dr. Van Lewton.

“It's been ten lonely years with a bunch of botched experiments that seem to go nowhere. I thought I'd give it one more shot. Then all of a sudden there was a knock on the door. I said to Gregor, "Who could that be? No one has been at my castle since my beautiful wife Josette left me on that stormy night. I pleaded with her to stay, but she had all she could take and slammed the door behind her and left without saying goodbye. I know she was very hurt by me neglecting her, but I really thought this experiment would bring us wealth beyond our wildest dreams. Enough self pity, I better go see who is at the door. I wish you could talk to me Gregor, but you always do as I ask and I am grateful for your loyalty,” said Dr. Van Lewton.

Dr. Van Lewton was somewhat hesitant to answer the door, but he was excited to have a visitor. Dr. Van Lewton opened the door and tears flowed down his cheeks. He tried his best to hold back the tears, but they just kept flowing. Dr. Van Lewton said to his visitor, "Is that you Josette, is that you, please come in. I must be dreaming."

The visitor placed her hands on his cheeks wiping away his tears saying, "It is I, Josette, your wife, I'm coming home."

They embraced and their lips touched and the tears flowed down their cheeks.

Dr. Van Lewton said to Josette, "Please forgive me for what I have done. If you decide to stay, I promise things will be different, I won't neglect you like I did in the past."

They embraced and kissed one more time.

Dr. Van Lewton yelled out Gregor's name saying "Gregor! Gregor! Come here. I want you to meet our visitor."

Dr. Van Lewton was so excited he forgot Gregor couldn't hear a word he said. Dr. Van Lewton said, "Wait right here Josette, I'll go get Gregor, my caretaker and assistant. I want you to meet him.” Dr. Van Lewton went down in the laboratory to get Gregor to come upstairs to meet his beautiful wife, Josette. Dr. Van Lewton wrote down on paper what he wanted to tell Gregor as he has always done. Gregor was so excited for Dr. Van Lewton. He knew this would make the doctor a very happy man. Dr. Van Lewton wrote on a piece of paper introducing his lovely wife Josette to Gregor. The note said, "Gregor this is my beautiful wife, Josette, she has come back to me and she wants to stay," said Dr. Van Lewton.

Gregor bowed in front of Josette, showing that it was an honor to meet her.

"Why isn't Gregor speaking?" said Josette.

"Gregor was born a deaf mute, but he has been a great help with my experiments," said Dr. Van Lewton.

"That's a shame, does he have any family?" said Josette.

"No, he just showed up cleaning one day at the grounds of the castle and I asked him his name, but got no response. He made hand gestures and pointed at his mouth, that's when I knew he couldn't talk, so I pointed at the castle for him to follow me inside. Gregor followed me to the castle and we went inside my study. I had Gregor sit down at my desk and write his name and everything about him and why he was cleaning the castle grounds. He wrote on the piece of paper, my name is Gregor, and I live in the forest behind the castle and feed off the land. I have no family, but I've always dreamed of living in a castle but I was afraid to ask if you needed a caretaker for the castle grounds. I just kept to myself until that terrible day when Josette left on that stormy night.

The next morning, I got the courage to come to your castle in hopes you could use me as your caretaker. I felt sorry for Gregor and gladly took him in and haven't regretted it for one moment. Now that I've introduced Gregor to you, Josette, I don't know about you both, but I'm famished. Why don't we go into the dining room and I'll have my butler Geston fix up a lovely meal with some wine to celebrate Josette's return."

They all sat down at the table and had a feast and Dr. Van Lewton and Josette talked about their lost ten years of being apart from one another and how it affected each other’s lives. Dr. Van Lewton and Josette agreed on one thing that they were both unhappy being apart from each other for so long.

"Josette if you're finished with your meal, I would like to get you settled into your room and when we both feel comfortable with each other’s company we can share a room together and even start a family of our own. How does that sound to you, Josette?” said Dr. Van Lewton.

"That sounds wonderful to me. Its best we start out things slow since we've been apart for so long," said a happy Josette.

Josette asked Dr. Van Lewton to be excused from the dinner table to freshen up before they took a stroll through the castles grounds and do some catching up on lost time.

"Josette, I'll be in my study finishing up some paper work. When you're ready meet me in the study, I'll drop what I'm doing and we'll go for a long stroll through the castle grounds," said Dr. Van Lewton.

Josette gave Dr. Van Lewton a kiss and Josette said,” I'll see you shortly my darling."

Dr. Van Lewton went to his study to write down his latest notes on his recent experiment. Josette arrived in his study about twenty minutes later in a stunning black dress. "Darling, are you ready, said Josette."

"Josette, you take my breath away in that dress," said Dr. Van Lewton.

Dr. Van Lewton got up from his desk, went over to Josette and put his arm around her and said, "Let’s go for a long walk and catch up on things."

Dr. Van Lewton wrote on a piece of paper telling Gregor to keep an eye on the castle while Josette and I go for a walk.

Gregor wrote on a piece of paper "Okay, Doctor! It will be my pleasure. You and Josette take your time. I'll be down in the lab preparing for the next experiment."

Dr. Van Lewton and Josette were enjoying each other’s company and catching up on lost time. Dr. Van Lewton suggested they go for a ride in his carriage. As they were sharing a long awaited kiss, a strong wind came by and the driver of the carriage lost control sending the carriage down a ravine. When Josette and Dr. Van Lewton regained consciousness, Josette screamed out "darling your hand, your hand it's gone." 

After Drac Von Stoller, and Nick Maundrell's takeover of the world in 666 days, Nick and his wife Isabella lived a simple life in Drac Von Stoller's old Castle for many years, but Nick wanted to be what Drac Von Stoller was and all that was on his mind was being the King of the Vampires. Nick just couldn't shake off the thought of just being Drac Von Stoller's right hand Vampire the rest of his life, so Nick decided to invite Drac Von Stoller to his Castle and poison him and drive a stake through his heart. With Drac Von Stoller out of the way Nick Maundrell would take over the throne and become King of the Vampires.

Nick sent the invitation by way of one of his henchmen on horseback. The henchman arrived a few days later and knocked on Drac Von Stoller's castle door. The rain was intense with a lot of thunder. The door opened, and Drac Von Stoller's servant answered, and said, 'May I help you?"

"Yes, I was sent by Nick Maundrell to deliver this invitation to Drac Von Stoller," replied Nick's henchman.

Drac's servant said, "I'll see that Drac Von Stoller receives the invitation."

Drac's servant entered Drac Von Stoller's study to deliver the invitation. The servant said,"Drac, I have an invitation that was just delivered by Nick Maundrell's henchman."

Drac placed his hand out, and the servant placed the invitation in Drac's hand, and Drac opened the invitation, and read it out loud.

"Nick has invited me over to his castle for dinner tomorrow evening to celebrate our friendship and the takeover of the world."

Drac was excited to see his good friend Nick once again, but Drac's excitement about spending some time with his friend tomorrow evening would be short lived. 

"Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day . . . quite unlike anything I've ever read, and altogether triumphant." — A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

Sunday Times Bestseller
Costa First Novel Award 2018 Winner
One of Stylist Magazine's 20 Must—Read Books of 2018
One of Harper's Bazaar's 10 Must—Read Books of 2018
One of Guardian's Best Books of 2018
One of Buzzfeed's 17 Mystery Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down
One of BookRiot's 10 Mystery and Thriller Authors like Agatha Christie

Aiden Bishop knows the rules. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until he can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest at Blackheath Manor. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others. With a locked room mystery that Agatha Christie would envy, Stuart Turton unfurls a breakneck novel of intrigue and suspense.

For fans of Claire North, and Kate Atkinson, The 71⁄2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a breathlessly addictive mystery that follows one man's race against time to find a killer, with an astonishing time—turning twist that means nothing and no one are quite what they seem.

From the author of The Devil and the Dark Water, Stuart Turton delivers inventive twists in a thriller of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

"Pop your favorite Agatha Christie whodunnit into a blender with a scoop of Downton Abbey, a dash of Quantum Leap, and a liberal sprinkling of Groundhog's Day and you'll get this unique murder mystery. The twisting, cleverly—written debut . . ." — Harper's Bazaar, 10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018

Other Thrillers from Sourcebooks Landmark:
The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton
The Last Flight by Julie Clark
Black Widows by Cate Quinn
The Quiet Girl by S.F. Kosa

The Baron de Graff and his wife Dorabella lived in a beautiful castle in Scotland. The Baron de Graff and Dorabella were so in love and it showed at their lavish parties that were held in their ballroom. The Baron was a jealous husband that if any many should lay eyes on Dorabella in a way that made the Baron uncomfortable they would be brought down to the dungeon and punished and if that didn't teach them a lesson they would be put on the chopping block thus losing their head. Not many men dare test the jealous Baron because if they did Dorabella would be the last woman they ever laid eyes on. Dorabella loved her husband dearly, but with the Baron's jealous eyes made things hard on their marriage which made Dorabella resent her husband even more. The Baron would love to show off Dorabella's beauty at their parties and any guest that came to the castle. But the Baron's jealously was about to come to a head because the Baroness had all she could take and Dorabella took a liking to one of her ground keepers.

While her husband Baron de Graff was out hunting the Baroness Dorabella and the ground keeper were upstairs rolling under the covers making passionate love together. But the love making was lasting long enough for Baron de Graff to arrive home early and catch Dorabella and the grounds keeper in the act and being that the Baron was jealous would push him over the edge to have them both killed.The Baron was furious at what he just witnessed and told them both to get out of bed and head straight to the dungeon where they both could die together. The Baron, two of his servants escorted Baroness Dorabella and the groundskeeper to the dungeon to be tortured to death.

Includes the story “The Man in the Black Suit”—set in the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King, the iconic, spine-tingling story collection that includes winners of an O. Henry Prize and other awards, and “Riding the Bullet,” which attracted over half a million online readers and became the most famous short story of the decade, as well as stories first published in The New Yorker, “1408,” made into a movie starring John Cusack.

“Riding the Bullet” is the story of Alan Parker, who’s hitchhiking to see his dying mother but takes the wrong ride, farther than he ever intended. In “Lunch at the Gotham Café,” a sparring couple’s contentious lunch turns very, very bloody when the maître d’ gets out of sorts. “1408,” the audio story in print for the first time, is about a successful writer whose specialty is “Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Graveyards,” or “Ten Nights in Ten Haunted Houses,” and though Room 1408 at the Dolphin Hotel doesn’t kill him, he won’t be writing about ghosts anymore. And in “That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French,” terror is déjà vu at 16,000 feet.

Whether writing about encounters with the dead, the near dead, or about the mundane dreads of life, from quitting smoking to yard sales, Stephen King is at the top of his form in the fourteen “brilliantly creepy” (USA TODAY) tales assembled in Everything’s Eventual. Intense, eerie, and instantly compelling, they announce the stunningly fertile imagination of perhaps the greatest storyteller of our time.

Stories include:
-Autopsy Room Four
-The Man in the Black Suit
-All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
-The Death of Jack Hamilton
-In the Deathroom
-The Little Sisters of Eluria
-Everything's Eventual
-L.T.'s Theory of Pets
-The Road Virus Heads North
-Lunch at the Gotham Café
-That Feeling, You Can Only Say What It Is in French
-Riding the Bullet
-Luckey Quarter
An instant New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick from beloved author Alice Hoffman—the spellbinding prequel to Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Yet, the children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the memorable aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy.

Alice Hoffman delivers “fairy-tale promise with real-life struggle” (The New York Times Book Review) in a story how the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is “irresistible…the kind of book you race through, then pause at the last forty pages, savoring your final moments with the characters” (USA TODAY, 4/4 stars).
Countess York was a very rich mean spoiled woman who upon her husband’s death inherited not only his wealth but his cold heartedness. The countesses’ husband was a wealthy oil tycoon who handled all his affairs with an iron fist. The minute her husband died the countess had plenty of money to give her husband a very expensive funeral, but being taught by a man with a cold heart and an iron fist, he was lucky to have been put into a pine box and buried in the family cemetery. The countess had ice water pumping through her veins, but not enough to make her bury her husband in a shallow grave on their estate. 

After the funeral the Countess York immediately called the attorney's office to get on with the reading of the will. The countess even showed up early for the reading, continually knocking on the attorney's door asking, are you done yet? She also frantically paced back and forth by the door. Finally, the door opened and the countess burst inside and sat down in front of the attorney's desk and said "let's get on with it. I haven't got all day." The attorney replied "since there are no living relatives left but you, everything has been left to you." The Countess York replied "where do I sign." The countess signed the legal documents and gathered her things, went back to the estate to clear her husband’s things out of the closet, when she spotted a fairly large box. The countess opened the box in amazement, of what she had just found. "It's a crown of jewels. This must be worth a fortune, said the countess." It was her wicked grandmother's crown.

One thing that slipped the countesses mind was that the crown was cursed by a gypsy woman that was slain by her father to cover up the affair they were having. Just before he slit his mistress throat, she put a curse on the crown of jewels, that if anyone would dare to put on the crown, they will surely die. 

Charlie was sick and tired of cooking at his Uncle Sam's diner because all Sam had on the menu was the same bland stuff that had been cooked over twenty years. Charlie knew he could do better than his uncle ever could. Charlie decided he had enough money saved up to open his own little diner in town.

The following morning he was going to tell his Uncle Sam today would be his last day to work at the diner. Charlie broke the news to his Uncle Sam but Sam was hurt that Charlie wanted to leave the family business. Sam said "Charlie, why do you want to leave? Haven't we paid you well and gave you all the free meals and a nice place to stay." Charlie answered "Please don't make this difficult for us both. I'm not happy here anymore. I just feel that it's time for me to move on besides I'm a man now and I need to take care of my own self and start my own diner. I hope you understand Uncle." Sam replied "Yes, I do understand I just wanted to believe you would just work here the rest of your life like I have, but sometimes leaving the family business is for the best. When you open your new diner, Charlie could I please come by and see what wonderful things you have done." "Sure, Uncle Sam, you'll be the first person I call. Now Uncle come over and give me a big hug, wish me luck." “Okay, Charlie! You take good care of yourself and don't forget to call me when the diner is finished," said Uncle Sam. "Don't worry Uncle Sam you'll love my new diner. Now tell everyone it's been a pleasure working here. Now I've got to get to the bank and take out a small loan to cover some of the construction costs for the new diner," said Charlie. "Charlie, why don't you let me give you the money you need to cover the remaining construction costs," said uncle Sam. "No, I appreciate your kindness but I need to do this all alone just like you did when you started your diner," said Charlie. "Well alright, we'll be talking soon Charlie," said Uncle Sam.

Charlie's diner was up and running ready to give his Uncle Sam's diner a run for their money. In reality Charlie's was a flop compared to his Uncle Sam's diner, but that was to be expected since Uncle's diner had been there for over twenty years now. Charlie was working longer hours than he expected to make a profit. Charlie started getting depressed and drinking more than he should.

Then one night when all of his customers were gone, Charlie sat down at one of the tables eating a ham sandwich because that's all he could afford since his diner was losing so much money. Charlie could barely pay his rent on time and there was no extra money to spend on himself. Charlie went back in the kitchen to make a fresh batch of chili for the next day since that was one of his best dishes but that wasn't saying much. As Charlie was stirring his chili, he paused for a moment thinking as hard as he could to think of some way to drum up more business and bring Uncle Sam's diner customers to his place instead. Then entered a man dressed in a black trench coat with a black hat and dark glasses.

Charlie said to the stranger "can't you see the place is closed for the night." The stranger responded "that's not why I'm here. I am here because I want to make a deal with you." Charlie said "Is this some kind of a joke or something?" "This is no joke!" said the stranger. "Okay, what kind of a deal could you possibly want to make with me because I'm not selling the diner. I just need a way to bring in more customers that's all," said Charlie. "If you will just be quiet for a moment I'll tell you what I'm offering. Number one I don't want to buy you out. What I have to offer you will bring in more customers than you could dream about," said the stranger.

Johnny the embalmer loved his job and loved to let the towns people know he did. When Johnny was a little boy, he would hang out with his father in their morgue which had been in the family for many generations. Johnny's father never let little Johnny in on the family's dirty little secret. Johnny's father felt that now was as good of a time as any to let Johnny in on the family’s dark past since he had reached the age where his father told him.        

“Johnny,” his father said sternly, “I've got something to tell you that has been a secret to only our family. Whatever I tell you doesn't leave this room, or there will be grave consequences. The only way that this can be official is by a contract signed with your blood and sealed in the family crypt. Then I will show you.” Johnny adored his father and was proud to be a part of a family that was full of mystery, but he was always curious about why there was a secret past. Johnny sliced his finger with the Witch finder General's knife. The knife was used on some of the witches when the Witch finder General would go on his hunts. In 17th century Europe, witchcraft was at its height. Johnny signed the agreement.

"Now that this is taken care of,” said his father, “Let's head on down to the family crypt."

Johnny's Father placed the signed agreement in an iron safe and locked the door.

"Okay, Johnny, have a seat next to Bartholomew.”

"Who is Bartholomew?” Johnny asked.

"Well, let me tell you all about him. He’s an ancestor of our family that dates back to the 17th century. He was known as the Witch finder General during the reign of witches in central Europe. He was a good man that hated witches. It became an obsession of his until he met up with a witch named Sarah who he tortured, hung, and burned at the stake. The very knife that you cut your finger with is the same knife your ancestor Bartholomew used to cut witches to see what color their blood was. This story I'm about to tell you is a love story turned deadly.

What a beautiful day for Kevin and Mary to look for their dream home. As they were walking happily through a New England subdivision, Kevin stumbled upon a two story mansion that took his breath away. Kevin tried to open the door, but it was locked. Mary repeatedly told him that since the door was locked maybe they should leave.

"This place has to be about two-hundred years old," Kevin said.

He wasn't about to leave. Something was drawing him to this place. Kevin tried each window and finally found one that was open and told Mary to follow him inside. Mary refused since she thought they were trespassing. Kevin shrugged it off and climbed through the window. Just as he climbed in, dark clouds rolled in and rain came pouring down upon the house.

"Mary, get inside before you get soaking wet,” Kevin urged.

When Mary heard the thunder and the lightning, she didn't hesitate to enter the house. She grabbed hold of Kevin's arm, clinging for dear life, as he pulled her fragile body through the window. The place was dark and gloomy with an eerie presence about it.

"Mary, stay right here. I'll find us some light and a blanket to keep you warm so we can get a better look at the place."

Kevin was able to find an old lantern to light their way through the rest of the house. As Kevin and Mary looked the room over Mary approached a painting on the wall. Mary said "Kevin come over here and look at this." As Kevin approached the painting with the lantern shining bright all of a sudden his eyes were fixated on the old Sea Captain’s eyes in the painting. Then as he gazed deeper and deeper into the old Sea Captain’s eyes, Kevin became in a trance like state and started acting differently. He was not the same Kevin that he was just minutes before he stared into the old Sea Captain’s eyes in the painting. Mary said "Look, There is a name at the bottom of the painting that says Captain Bobby Jones with a date from 1845-1901.

"Mary, let's go explore the rest of the house," said Kevin.

Delbert Thompson lived all by himself on a farm deep in the country and never bothered anyone until a group of teen’s car broke down about a half mile down the road from Delbert’s farm. The teens were only looking to use Delbert’s phone to get help, but Delbert was in no mood for company, so the teens picked the wrong door to knock on for help. Delbert was sitting in his rocking chair on his front porch whittling a piece of wood when he stopped what he was doing and noticed a group of people headed his way.

Delbert said "They're not going to get my money.”

Delbert ran inside his house and got his rifle out of his gun cabinet and sat back down in his rocking chair ready to kill anyone that tried to get his money. Delbert was really paranoid about his money under his mattress. He never believed in keeping his money in the bank. The teens made their way to the steps of his house and one of the teens Dan asked if they could use his phone to get a tow truck for their broken down vehicle.

Delbert replied, "You aint coming in my house and taking my money, can't you read the sign "No Trespassing!"

Dan asked "Come on let us use your phone?"

Delbert rose up out of his rocking chair and pointed his rifle at Dan's chest and said "Get off my property!!"

"Listen dude we mean no harm," exclaimed Dan.

Then Delbert said "I warned you all," and opened fire killing Dan instantly.

The other teenagers started running for their lives, but Delbert was a good shot and never missed. Delbert was able to take down the other two teens with a single shot to the head.

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