by Joel Arnold
Okay, this is where it gets tricky. Confession time. The night I cheated on my wife –
No – let’s save that for later.
The night Mary wakes up and screams “I can hear him! Make him stop!”
“Honey, it’s nothing. Go back to sleep.”
She sits up staring blindly as I turn on the bedside lamp, “No, I heard him. I saw him. His shadow – like he was over me, breathing.”
“Settle down. You were having a bad dream.”
“No,” she insists. The bed shakes with her tremors. “No.”
“You were dreaming.”
She starts to cry.
About the Author
Joel Arnold is the author of several novels. His short stories and articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including WEIRD TALES, CHIZINE, AMERICAN ROAD MAGAZINE and Cemetery Dance’s anthology SHIVERS VII. In 2010 he received both a MN Artists Initiative Grant as well as the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Gulliver Travel & Research Grant. (more…)
About the Narrator
Ben Phillips is a programmer and musician living in New Orleans. He was a chief editor of Pseudopod from 2006-2010.