Occasional Demons by Rick Hautala

By Rick Hautala

This assortment, from an acclaimed grasp of darkish Fiction, involves twenty-one stories with a few being directly style entries, others mental terror and at last a couple of shorts that come with technological know-how fiction parts. the 1st eighteen are brief tales written exclusively by means of Rick and the ultimate 3 are collaborations with Jesse and Matti Hautala, Matthew J. Costello, and Jim Connolly. The tales incorporated are: The Nephews, Nightmare Transcript, Non-returnable, lifeless Legends, I've Been considering You, the guy Who seemed like Murphy, poisonous surprise, the decision, Getting the task performed, each Mother's Son, Knocking, inn Hell, The Compost Heap, Iron Frog, Setup, The Gates of sunrise, Off the Cuff, The Screaming Head, Abduction (written with Jesse and Matti Hautala), And the ocean Shall declare Them (written via Matthew J. Costello and A. J. Matthews), Scared Crows (written with Jim Connolly).

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I . . you . ” The gym teacher's face contorted into a pucker of disgust, and she suddenly hurled Carrie, stumbling, to her feet. ” Carrie stood swaying between the showers and the wall with its dime sanitary-napkin dispenser, slumped over, breasts pointing at the floor, her arms dangling limply. She looked like an ape. Her eyes were shiny and blank. “Now,” Miss Desjardin said with hissing, deadly emphasis, “you take one of those napkins out . . no, never mind the coin slot, it's broken anyway .

She shook her head. He noticed with distaste that a large bubble of green mucus had formed at one nostril. Morton looked over her head and at Miss Desjardin. “I'm sure she'll be all right,” she said. “Carrie only has to go over to Carlin Street. ” Morton gave the girl the yellow slip. “You can go now, Cassie,” he said magnanimously. ” she screamed suddenly. Morton recoiled, and Miss Desjardin jumped as if struck from behind. The heavy ceramic ashtray on Morton's desk (it was Rodin's Thinker with his head turned into a receptacle for cigarette butts) suddenly toppled to the rug, as if to take cover from the force of her scream.

Her face went just as red as the side of a fire truck and she curled her hands into fists and whooped at the sky. She was shaking all over. I thought she was having a stroke. Her face was all scrunched up, and it was a gargoyle's face. “I thought Carrie was going to faint—or die on the spot. She sucked in all her breath and that little face went a cottage-cheesy color. ’ “I jumped up and yelled back: ‘Don't you yell at her that way! ’ Something stupid like that. I don't remember. Carrie started to go back and then she stopped and then she started again, and just before she crossed over from our lawn to theirs she looked back at me and there was a look .

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