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By Harry Shannon

This publication was once nominated for the Stoker Award by means of the Horror Writer's Association.

"Everyone includes a shadow," wrote analyst Carl Jung, "and the fewer it truly is embodied within the individual's wide awake existence, the blacker and denser it is."

Few people see the shadow with any readability. flip round for a peek, it slips away. Our violent, sexually tinged fantasies are indulged on a regular basis in darkened theaters, savored in eerie prose, or occasionally encountered in the depths of a reoccurring nightmare. after we examine one lengthy adequate to acknowledge it as our personal, the event can problem fact. we will be able to decide to develop into wiser as a result...or spin absolutely out of control.

How many fragments of that shattered reflect may perhaps you learn and nonetheless survive?

In this moment variation of this assortment, his first in over ten years, award successful writer Harry Shannon provides us twenty seven brief tales, a few released the following for the 1st time. The creation used to be written via HWA Lifetime fulfillment Award winner Rick Hautala.

"Master craftsmanship." -Cemetery Dance

"Impeccable pacing and one eye on the terrifying." -Publisher's Weekly

"Shannon is a author who's now not afraid to stroll into the Shadows and drag the issues residing there kicking and screaming into the light." -Brian Keene

"Harry Shannon takes age-old topics and provides them a brand new and fearsome chew. Vividly learned, his writing is managed, guaranteed, and choked with the type of spooky surroundings that used to make you cover your head below the mattress covers on wind-wracked nights." -Tom Piccirilli

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Pike, i've got a confession to make. i've got introduced you the following lower than what may be thought of fake pretenses. ” “Excuse me? ” “Well, i'm nonetheless going to rent you, in a way of talking, yet no longer in rather the best way you’d imagined. ” Pike permit his hand creep again towards the 9mm Firestar in his belt. “What precisely do you suggest? ” “Well, the genuine cause I introduced you here's as a result of my lengthy obsession with worry. ” Smith drank deeply from his beer, belched in a well mannered way in the back of one hand. “As I acknowledged, it all started whilst i used to be a baby, and has persevered to this very day. So while a pal of mine died less than a bit of mysterious conditions, and a pro hit used to be suspected, i made a decision to determine who’d performed the task. ” Pike tensed, gripped his weapon. “You’re the following simply because I did a chum of yours in? ” “Not precisely, Mr. Pike. Please sit back. William wasn’t a chum, truly, even if i used to be particularly on the subject of his spouse, Jane. Very shut, when you recognize what I suggest. She used to be rather relieved to have him out of how. In any occasion, it took me numerous weeks to retrace all of the steps, yet ultimately they led me to our mutual acquaintance, Reggie. ” Smith observed Pike’s eyes slim. He held up his correct hand, palm empty and soliciting for peace. “Please don’t be alarmed. glance, i need to say that what you do for a dwelling totally fascinates me. ” Pike confirmed him the gun. “You’re on actual skinny ice, the following. ” “I be aware of, i do know. ” Smith acknowledged weakly. “I simply are looking to speak about anything with you. you could preserve the money. ” “You paid me thirty huge simply to speak? you want to be a truly wealthy guy. ” “Oh, I am,” Smith stated, “but I didn’t visit all that hassle simply to speak. First, you need to comprehend one truth. i've got lately discovered that i'm terminally unwell. it's a infrequent kind of melanoma, really deadly. Oh, the discomfort is kind of attainable with medications, and that i guarantee you that i've got at the least six months, so I’m in no way soliciting for your pity. ” “What the hell are you requesting, then? ” “Well, i really got here to show the tables, because it have been. Now that i do know who you're, and what you appear to be, my purpose is to stalk you, Mr. Pike. ” Pike laughed. “What? ” “As already pointed out, i've got hunted in my time, yet by no means the main risky online game of all, by no means guy. i need to adventure that prior to I’m long past. ” “Okay, enable me get this directly. you intend to seek and kill me? ” “Just so. ” Pike sneered, shivered. “Oh, I’m so scared. ” “I understand it sounds silly at this point,” Smith acknowledged. “But I accomplish that wish you to suppose these waves of extreme dread and forbidding you've gotten so often inflicted upon others, once or more on your existence. it sort of feels merely reasonable. ” Pike set his gun sideways at the desk, in simple view. He stored his finger at the set off. “Like I acknowledged a couple of minutes in the past, previous faucet is pretty well deaf, and he’s nodding off over there. He’s additionally got and paid for, so no matter what occurs subsequent, he won’t be speaking to the law enforcement officials approximately it. ” Smith smiled. “You omit that i've got eventually come to relatively benefit from the sensation of worry, Mr. Pike. ” “I wish on your sake that this can be Reggie’s suggestion of a pragmatic comic story.

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