The Owl His Anthem

The Owl His Anthem by Phillip McCollum Ernie smiled at the pinhole patterns on the drop ceiling and if he squinted just right, he could see at least six faces smiling back. A hint of bluish moonlight streaming through the tiny barred window put all of the shadows in the right places. Two of the faces were long and gregarious, …

Shiplap Plague

Shiplap Plague by Phillip McCollum Sara’s bloody nose. As Devin lay against the worn polyester couch in the hospital waiting room, immobile, vision blurred, the connection jolted him as if someone had hooked his spinal cord up to a car battery. Not that first signs mattered at this point, other than to appease Devin’s insatiable need to know. He tried …

Chompy

Chompy by Phillip McCollum Hi! I am Compusoft Chompy, your virtual assistant. My job is to help you find your way around the program and make helpful suggestions regarding your work. Is there something I can assist you with? I ground my cigarette into the off-white ceramic ashtray, clicked the little ‘x’ in the corner of the chat bubble and …

A Hundred Eyes

A Hundred Eyes by Phillip McCollum   Casimir Pitsudski would not stop working. He refused to look back at the one-eyed creature until he was done. With each mark of charcoal, he felt the monster’s rhythm of inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale on the back of his neck. Sweat poured down his face as if a thousand steaming kettles were going …

Book Review – Cujo by Stephen King

The world was full of monsters, and they were all allowed to bite the innocent and the unwary. As with many of Stephen King’s books, Cujo opens on a peculiar darkness enveloping a small town in Maine. From the first page, we’re told that ten years ago, a bad cop named Frank Dodd terrorized Castle Rock. He had killed several women, only to …

Book Review – Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

What if there was a minuscule number of people in this world who could read the thoughts and feel the emotions of those around them? They could even communicate telepathically if they were lucky enough to find each other. Interesting idea, but like toast without butter, boring on its own. Now, what if there was an ancient order of not-quite-humans whose only …