The Legend of Jack Straw
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(Two Short Stories)
"Both stores were fun to read and written well. Lane does a nice job of injecting characterization into each story, even though both are very short. ...both had elements of surprise that caught you off guard at the close."
—Jason Varrone for Short Fiction Spotlight
by Lanette Curington writing as Lane Champion|
A man contends with a magazine subscription card.
Dark fantasy short story, approx. 800 words or 3 pages.
Included as a bonus short story with Chance Encounter. A ride in an elevator takes a strange turn after a mishap puts Donna Blakely where she shouldn't be. A supernatural suspense short story, approx. 2,900 words or 10 pages.
Visit the Chance Encounter page for an excerpt.
Published by Silver Heart Books
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I greeted my friend as he joined me at the bar.
I ordered another vodka martini.
"Glad you could meet me. I'm going out of my mind. I can't sleep and I can't eat. I can't work and I can't make love to my wife. I can't get rid of the stupid thing. It's haunting me."
I told him to try to relax, to take a deep breath and let it out slowly.
"Look at me. I'm shaking so bad I spilled my drink. No matter where I put it, it's always in my pocket the next morning."
I asked him exactly what was it.
"It is this. I picked up a copy of Midnight Tales about a month ago. Y'know, it's a magazine of horror stories, the kind with twist endings that leave you wondering. I used to read it when I was in high school. Thought I'd see what they're writing these days. Well, you know those annoying little subscription cards they always stick in the middle? They fall out while you're trying to read and get in the way when you turn the pages."
I said I knew all too well.
"This, it fell out into my lap that evening. I thought I'd get a couple of stories read before dinner. I settled down in my favorite chair and started one story. It fell out--no, it floated down and landed gently in my lap. I laid it on the table by the chair and thought, 'Ha-ha, gotcha!' When I was halfway through the next story, my wife called me to dinner. I put the magazine in the chair. When I came back later to finish the story, it floated out of the magazine and into my lap again."