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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Wicca.” Benny wriggled into a more comfortable

position, eager to learn more. “It’s a peaceful practice

and focuses on deities connected to nature.”

Benny’s brow furrowed. “So if it’s so peaceful,

the daggers weren’t used for anything bad, right?”

Mr. Bowers nodded. “Exactly right. The daggers

themselves are called athames. They’re used in

rituals to represent fire. According to my pap, if an

athame was used to draw blood in any situation, the

person who wielded the dagger would be cursed.”

Panic surged through the boy’s body. It was a

struggle to keep his voice from shaking as he spoke.

“Cursed? How?”

“I’m not sure,” Mr. Bowers shrugged. “That’s

all Pap would tell me about it.”

§

It wasn’t until October 30 of their senior year

of high school when the edges of the friendship between

Tom and Benny started to fray. Not long after

his 17th birthday, Tom had been diagnosed as having

some sort of mental disorder, though he refused to tell

Benny what it was called. All Benny knew was that

his friend often refused to take his medication and was

out getting wasted and/or high almost every weekend.

They were headed to an after hours trick-ortreating

event for the school and Tom was sipping at a

half-full flask as Benny parked the car. A Halloween

event was set up every year at the school to entertain

the younger kids and Benny had volunteered to help

out. He didn’t know how Tom had gotten involved.

“Why aren’t you drinking?” Tom asked as he got out

of the car, slipping the flask into the pocket of his

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