One of my short stories (2,561 words) for Halloween a few years ago, and it’s still–simple as it is–one of my favorites. About a young woman, a dog and a bat.


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 “A house is never still in darkness to those who listen intently; there is a whispering in distant chambers, an unearthly hand presses the snib of the window, the latch rises. Ghosts were created when the first man woke in the night.” –J.M. Barrie

As a young girl, Cindy used to have nightmares about things in her closet, monsters hiding that reveal themselves in the deep dark of night. She thought she’d grown out of that. But what happens when they come back… for real?

A few comments from readers:

“That was good. I thought I was going to cry when DELETED SPOILER PART. I love happy ending horror stories. Kinda creepy how I relate to it. I live in an old house, in the country, by myself, I had a German Shepherd until he passed away, my family worries about me being alone, I’m not hot but I don’t think I’m ugly either. Glad this had a good ending for several reasons. LOL.” –Brittany Stone

“I love it! Suspense and of course the bit with the… DELETED SPOILER PART OF HER COMMENT.” –Sarah Odendahl

“Love it. It’s really good!” –D. Denman


“I enjoy your writing… you’re great, Dennis!” –Lory Case

“Good and Scary… you sure know how to build up the suspense. Whew.” –Margie Casados

“I like it!” –Deanna Elliot

“Great yarn! Thanks and Happy Halloween!” –Chris Lord

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