The Dillards’ Farmhouse, Part 2

V. The lone figure in the rundown building studies his torso in the shadows. The only source of illumination is an old lamp with a dull shade,…


The Dillards’ Farmhouse, Part 1

I. In Shelby County, Alabama, the weather has thawed somewhat after the harsh winter. Most farmers heave a sigh of relief at the approach of spring.…


Remembering the Catman, Part 2

III. Santa, or the catman, was sitting on the wooden bench three days after our first meeting, when Mother and I were coming back from the post…


Remembering the Catman, Part 1

I. Several flashes appear out of nowhere. But something caused their appearance, which is not so mysterious as the reverberating sounds that follow…


Echo of Silence, Part 4

VII. “Hey Tom, could you get down quickly? You’re keeping Mom waiting,” Eileen calls out. He appears at the top of the stairs shortly grinning…


Echo of Silence, Part 3

V. Mr. Philip Wentworth sits huddled in his den, which is also his library. He has just got off the phone and the information he had just received is…


Echo of Silence, Part 2

III. The couple, lying under the rumpled sheets from their stormy love making session 30 minutes earlier, are totally oblivious to the nightly sounds…


Echo of Silence, Part 1

I. “Hey, Lucille. Umm, do you think you could stop by my office later to collect the book you requested for last week?” I turn around with a smile to…


Echo of Silence: Prologue

Eighteen Months Ago The initial faint sounds seem to get louder as I frantically try to get to the surface of the lake. It’s not unlike the gurgling…


A Hair’s Breadth, Part 3

VI. The man, looking disheveled in a rumpled blue shirt, grimaces as he tries to sit up in a dimly-lit room. The place stinks of stale cigarette…