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Story one: "City of the Djinn"

In the west, the "genie" is a figure of fun. A pantomime character made of primary colors and cartoon features. An example, if ever there was one, of how the West tries to tame its terrors by laughing at them.  

In the East, in Nusaybin, people do not laugh at such things. 

Here, the word "djinn" is whispered in reverential hush. The things to which it refers are considered not only real, but dangerous. For, in these places and to these people, the djinn are not just stories, they are the cries in the desert, the heat of smokeless flame. Here, the djinn are real, and here, they mean you harm. 

Story two: "The Wendigo Doll"

In my family, the wendigo is not spoken of as a myth, in fact, if we can help it, it isn’t spoken of, at all. For, to even use the word is to invite things more horrible than you can imagine into the thoughts and into the home. 

Instead of the word, we have the doll. A small, hideous figurine that has lived on our mantlepiece for generations. As a child, I was forbidden to touch that figurine. As an adult, I found out why. 

"The Wendigo Doll" is a tale of myth, terror, and a hunger that will never, ever, end. 

Story three: "Snow over Lacksmouth"

Owing to its latitude and position close to the desert, the town of Lacksmouth rarely gets any precipitation. Rain is unusual. Big storms, incredible. But snow? Snow is not just unusual, it is impossible. 

When Alan Warner wakes up from a coma and hears about the snow over Lacksmouth, he immediately becomes suspicious. When he is stopped by a local before arriving in town and told strange tales of what the snow did to people, he stops being suspicious and starts being certain.

Certain that his parents are dead. Certain that it was the snow that killed them. Certain that the coming of the snow was in no way an accident. 

Story four: "Blood and Ink"

As a long-term drug addict, Danny had hit some extremely low points in his life. What made this time different, however, was that when he hit rock bottom, someone was waiting to meet him there.

Someone who would offer Danny a huge sum of money, enough to pay for rehab and perhaps a second chance, if only he is willing to sell the only thing he had to offer. 

"Blood and Ink" follow Danny’s strange deal as seen through the eyes of his friend. It is a tale of addiction, desperation, and horror that explores not only the price some are willing to pay for second chances, but the evil forces that are waiting for the chance to sell them. 

Story five: "Room 206"

Room 206 is a room with secrets. As always secrets bring questions. Why is the owner of the hotel meeting with known criminals? Why are the walls around that room four times as thick? What causes the strange sounds of scratching and shifting that seem to come from that room and why do some who enter never seem to come out? 

The answers to these questions lie behind the room's locked door, though of course, there are some secrets that are best left alone. Sometimes, the questions are better left unasked.

©2021 Michael van der Voort (P)2021 Michael van der Voort

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