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This is a wide story category, catering for stories with a Supernatural / Non-Human theme.

These are often associated with paranormal and occult ideas. Stories to be placed in here include those relating to Vampires, Fantasy Worlds, Ghosts, Aliens, Triffids or anything else the imagination may conjure up.

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The Last Bookshop - Fellowship's End

The fellowship meets, yet hubris is the deadly pride before a fall.

Boldly in broad daylight, Dominic Carshalton calmly approached the cellar door and forced his way in.  As the harbinger of their doom, his intuition bayed for blood.  Someone, a woman, called out for Coulter.  A locked kitchen door proved no barrier and he blasted the lock with his revolver.  He expected his powers to be ineffectual yet his intuition mocked the fear in Coulter’s eyes. ...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - The Man in the Bawdy House

It is time for Harry to understand the Cremorne's intent, its demands unsettles them all.

Wisps of steam rose from the inky black and he looked into the swirling void.  Its juxtaposition with the anodyne white made it look more brooding and malevolent.  He wondered back to those dangerous days and how adversity threw them together.  The teaspoon clattered against the saucer and he checked his wristwatch.  Yvette Piper was late and he had no idea why.  It did not take much these...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - Black Miasma

Closer to completing the Cremorne, a malevolent force makes its presence felt.

Swatting her peachy rump, she made that yelping sound he liked.  He slapped it again and plunged deep into her.  Looking down, the black lace suspenders and stocking tops melded perfectly into her taut flanks.  His penis glistened with her juices snug around her labia.  Inside her at its hilt, she squeezed involuntarily and moaned.  Rearing up, he caught her gaze into the mirror.  Her...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - Omega and Alpha

Offered his chance at redemption by the promise of a muse, will Harry take it?

Their black eyes shimmered as a dark terror rendered him immobile.  An existential cry for help drowned in the deluge of panic that filled his mind.  His paralysed vocal chords felt so numb and useless, and his leaden limbs refused to move. Forward they advanced, self-assured with each step, their impassive faces certain they had their transgressor.  Digging deep, the tardy swell of...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - The Muse

Harry's world crashes down around him, can he find a way out and find the muse?

He caught himself in the mirror and backpedalled. Dark, sunken rings around pink fatigued eyes glared back. His waxy pallor, the colour of plain paper and his skin, the texture of gruel haunted him.  Wearily, he carried a pained and troubled countenance.  His limp hair aged him and he rubbed at the abrasive stubble on his chin. The long abominable night never felt lonelier as he stared from...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - The Perfect Whore Part II

As the finale to Chapter Thirty-Six nears, Harry cannot resist this deviant encounter.

Looking into Laura’s dark soulful eyes and heavy eyelids, he caressed his hand against her cheek and she looked upon him adoringly.  Her half-open mouth pouted, she took his finger, and sucked on it seductively.  Brimmed with lust before his eyes, Harry smiled as the epilogue to Chapter Thirty-Six approached. One look at Harry and he admired the dancer’s moonstruck expression.  Caught in...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - The Perfect Whore Part I

They rested for now and held hands in a louche arrangement as if they always did it.  Laura enjoyed a chilled champagne and he nursed a generous brandy.  A heavy primal bass pounded out the rhythm of sex.  In this bar area, on its blood-red crescent sofas, couples mingled to enjoy the visual stimulus of two half-naked cage dancers.  The dancer cavorted as Harry and Laura watched intently. ...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - Chapter Thirty-Six

Harry's premeditated plans for Laura draw her deeper under his spell.

“So what do you think?” Laura fumbled with a morsel on her plate, trying to skewer it with a fork. Her dexterity, or lack of it, amused Harry, “I think I need my head looked at.” That might have been closer to the truth last week than now. As the morsel submitted, Harry watched her place the fork into her mouth. Those beautiful full lips were somewhere else only a few days ago. His...Read On

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The Last Bookshop - Possession

Harry's misplaced confidence leads him deeper into the secrets of the book.

He could almost hear the screeching of brakes as his mind jarred to a halt. A prickly jangling terror chilled his body and brought beads of sweat to his brow. Sitting at the table, he looked down to his coffee cup. Its once heady aroma smelt rancid enough to make him feel bilious. With a trembling hand, he put it down gently. Bone-chilling horror soaked into every muscle, he closed the book...Read On

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The Woman With An Invisible Chain

Freedom … If only it was true...

Maria’s officemates planned a long holiday weekend going for upland hiking up north, where the native tribes of the Cordillera, collectively known as the Igorots, still lived. They expected to see the magnificent sea of clouds that were rumored to be witnessed at the top of the mountain as the sun rises. The crystal cave, celebrated for stalactites and stalagmites, could also be...Read On

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The Grimoire - My Inheritance

Never judge a book by its cover.

Sitting at an antique mahogany table alongside my three loathsome cousins I felt an immense sadness. My uncle, Darcy had passed away, and we were here at the request of his attorney to listen to the provisions of his last will. My cousins, the sons of Darcy’s sister, Priscilla, commonly referred to as Priscilla the prude, sat there with a gleam of anticipation in their beady eyes. Darcy...Read On

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A Jessie McClintock Story - SUCCUBUS

A strip club owner needs Jessie's help dealing with a sexy problem taking over his business

“So ya gonna take the job or not?” Jessie looked coolly at the man sitting across from her.  She didn’t like him.  Not his silk shirt, not his slicked back hair, not his fake tan.  Gino the strip club owner.  He was a walking stereotype.  Her thoughts drifted mournfully to the Glade plug in working overtime in her office to combat this douchebag’s aggressive use of Axe body spray.  Then...Read On

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The Last Bookshop

What is it about this Victorian book that makes Harry do such uncharacteristic things?

The must of old linen and wood pulp soothed his heightened senses.  It stilled the tingle of anticipation in the pit of his stomach.  Frobisher would be waiting for him, the lecherous crook.  Thick with a stale odour of pipe tobacco, it fired memories of their battles of wits, a long time ago. The gothic styled vaulted ceilings still carried the soot of centuries.  Once a chapel, this...Read On

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Collateral Damage

Rancher girl meets an ally

It is the end of a very long day of a very long week. Seems every other call and visit involves an intense flu virus that’s sweeping through our county like an invading army. Few escape untouched. Susan walks in for the last appointment of the day looking like one of the recent victims. Classic symptoms, a story heard a couple dozen times today. After listening to her symptoms, a simple...Read On

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A tale in Marrakech

When the desert sun sets, mysterious snakes slither through the souk...

Work is over and people by the thousand pour out onto the square; grains of sand flowing into the beating heart of Marrakech. They play mad music. A beat of drums, of wooden soles and friendly arguments. A chant of crooked bartering, of laughter and motorcycle exhausts. A million stars burn into your eyes. Blinking neons held in absurd contraptions, candles suspended in red glass, tall...Read On

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The Mambo's Tale

A young widow gets more than she expects when she invokes the spirit of Mardi Gras

It ended, as so many things do, with pain, and with anger, and with recriminations that left more questions than answers in their wake.  It ended with the feral scent of blood; sweet and high.   It ended badly; with sirens caterwauling off nearby tenement buildings, with curious onlookers, with too much gossip and not enough truth.  And as dawn broke over a city facing its third thunderstorm...Read On

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Midnight’s Embrace

A rewrite of one of my first stories. My thanks to Jwren for his excellent editing efforts.

In the darkest hours of a moonless night, she quietly awakens, not stirring, somehow sensing she is no longer alone. Her limpid eyes peer through the veil, searching wearily, hopefully, for he who has visited only in her dreams. Seeing nothing, she sighs deeply, and lays back into her pillow, resigned to another long and lonely night. Only then, as she gives up hope, does she discern...Read On

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In the Pale Moonlight

I came to realize that the beast that had awaken wasn’t him but, me.

It’s been many years since I stepped foot inside a church, yet, there I found myself standing in the aisle of St. Louis Cathedral with hundreds of others. My faith had always been deeply tied with my family, especially considering my father was a preacher while I was growing up. Later, under circumstances unknown to me, my father turned his back to his faith. One day he was up in the...Read On

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It's What You Need

Sexual frustration only has one cure.

It’s not what you think you want, but what you need…   "The Greek and Roman gods were notorious for intervening in mortal affairs. Much unlike the deities of today’s religions, the Greek and Roman gods had mortals they hated, favored, and loved. Sometimes they helped these mortals, sometimes they hindered them." Rachel O’Hare sighed. She ran her fingers through her still damp brown hair...Read On

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Fevered Dreams

An ancient mansion holds a mysterious woman, her hulking manservant, and their secret pleasures.

The silver van meandered through the sweeping bends of an oldgravel road. Shadows swept and danced through the trees’ towering trunks in the dim early morning haze. The passing headlights disturbed the undergrowth; the creatures and leaves stirring under its gaze and scattering back to the shadow. Tyres crunched over stones, the engine gusting along at a whisper as its driver held his breath...Read On

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Road To Nowhere

Where am I?

The windscreen wipers tore back and forth but their efforts were futile against the deluge. The storm was monstrous. What started as spots of rain dotting the windscreen had developed into a full-blown meteorological onslaught. Rain hammered down and a savage wind battered the hedgerows, bending branches low over the road. Thorny foliage caught in the wipers, scraped arcs across...Read On

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Bus Crash

Dakota's homecoming isn't what she expected.

Dakota Hastings boarded the bus and sat near the back. She hated riding the bus, but it was the only form of long-distance transportation she could afford to get back her parents’ house. She knew she would be given the I told you so  lecture from her parents, but it didn’t matter. They said she could come back and that was all that cared about her now. Dakota called her parents with a...Read On

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Night Music

I first glimpsed Aspenwald in the early spring when everything still seemed dead. A month earlier, I had buried my father and, with him, all of my joy. Every plan I had for the future was dashed and every hope ground to powder. The black tracings of bone-bare trees along the drive to the main house and the gray, unpromising stone of the mansion suited my mood. Uncle Henry wasn't a...Read On

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The Devil’s Harem: The Curse Of The Joshua Tree

A curse returns to haunt desert residents.

‘To pluck a beautiful flower from the desert is an unpardonable sin.’ – Man Of Mountain, Shoshone Medicine Man My best friend Karla, lived with her dad, Hank, in a trailer until she was eighteen. Then she fixed up an empty trailer, one of those old chrome things with the rounded corners, and moved into it by herself. She used to get spooked in that trailer all by herself. She would call...Read On

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Take Her Down to Paradise City Pt. 3

One final wish...

Lena sat behind her desk at work, smiling fondly at the framed photo of Arion and herself which stood before her. She could hardly believe it had been so long since she'd first received the magic jukebox. 2015 was coming to an end and she realized with every passing day, she would lose him soon. The thought broke her heart and caused her to tear up. She wouldn't allow herself to break down...Read On

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The Miracle of Christmas

The Miracle of Christmas Another sleepless night, another Christmas fraught with worry. There wouldn't be many packages to open for the kids this year. I've been telling them that Christmas is too commercial and we are starting a new tradition of just one present per person. The reality is that we can't afford even one. They had watched the polar express for the umpteenth time, and I was...Read On

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Schulrod's Curse

~ Sex is the one bond that binds true love together

Once upon a time and far away in the small town of Desiter, there was an old man with an incredible story to tell. Everyone in the village thought him an old fool, but a fool he was not. For he had a plan that he had put into motion years ago. "Glamora Tregares was a very unusual girl,” began the old traveler, Schulrod Ghet. "She was different and quite strange," he said, making ugly...Read On

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Desire's Cage

His kiss was her every desire, and she was the key to the lock of his cage.

His tongue rasps on her throat, and finds the soft juncture between her neck and shoulder. She sighs deeply and runs her nails down his back. Wrapping her legs tightly around his waist, she nuzzles his ear; he licks and kisses more on her neck, running his sharp teeth over her vein. She knows what he wants. But she won’t let him have it, not yet. She pulls his mouth back to her,...Read On

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Unbanished

The woman with the glow faces the past she kept secret

At first I thought I'd imagined her aura from across the room simply because she was heart-stoppingly beautiful. Blamed a product of too many movie moments in my head: the slow-motion swish of her charcoal plait and an orchestral swell as her head turned, those malachite eyes connecting with mine, set atop high cheekbones. But on second look, the shimmering full-body halo remained. Singled...Read On

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Amelia's Story: Rebirth into the Night

Chapter Two of Two

Even before I open my eyes, I can feel how fuzzy my head is. I’m not in any pain, and I can’t remember what happened to me. I went into this darkness and couldn’t climb out. More worrisome is that now I don’t know where I am. I rub my eyes and search for Charles. Then I see him sitting at the far end of the room. He is pretending to read, but I know he’s watching over me. I sit up from...Read On