The Haunted Traveler Vol 1 Issue 2

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Kick in Halloween with the latest issue of The Haunted Traveler. We opened up and looked for the strangest and the most horrific tales from this universe, bringing them here in a single collection for the readers to get a little twisted. The Haunted Traveler is a horror and science fiction literary anthology that releases twice a year. Published through Weasel Press, the anthology seeks to roam around with the stories you'll never forget. Those dark little tales that are sort of etched in everyone. We love the dark and twisted and we really want to be scared. Check out our website to see when we're open next. The Haunted Traveler is a non-profit, Horror and Science Fiction anthology that accepts a wide variety of art media such as photography, short fiction, creative non-fiction, digital artwork and more.

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the trees towards the old oak that was at the center

of the mini-forest. Tom was already waiting for him

when he got there, flashlight in hand and a backpack

slung over his shoulder. “So? What is it?” Benny

was excited to see what his friend, who was notorious

for getting his hands on things like cigarettes, had

found.

Tom grinned and sat down, rummaging

through his bag as Benny took a seat a few feet away.

“I was going through the attic and found these,” he

placed a folded up cloth on the ground between them.

“Dad said they belonged to his great grandfather and

they’ve been passed down from generation to generation.”

Curious, Benny unfolded the cloth, revealing a

set of daggers that glimmered in the dim light. “Supposedly

his great grandfather practiced some weird

religion and used these knives in ceremonies. They

haven’t been used for anything since.”

“What are we supposed to do with them?”

Benny picked one up and examined it closely. It was

relatively small with a black handle painted with intricate

designs.

“I thought we could make a blood oath.”

Benny frowned. “A blood oath?”

“Yeah,” Tom nodded. “We each cut our palms,

put our hands together so the blood mixes and we

make a promise.”

Although Benny was uncertain, he agreed.

“Okay then…what kind of promise?”

“We should keep it simple. We never betray

each other.”

We never would anyway, Benny thought,

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