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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Years later, after Tom had been released from

his brief stint in jail for assaulting Jared, Benny had

gone to a small get together with his girlfriend, Ivy, to

celebrate the end of finals week. It was his last year of

college and he was eager to start a life with Ivy. Tom,

who somehow managed to get into every party that

Benny was at, was already tossing back shots when

Benny got there. “Geez, slow down,” Benny commented,

sipping at his beer. “You’ll be trashed before

everyone even shows up.”

Tom grudgingly slowed his pace, watching Ivy

out of the corner of his eye. As the night progressed,

Benny noticed Tom trying to sidle up to her and even

though Ivy rejected his advances, Benny made sure

to keep himself between the two of them, unsure of

whether or not Tom was on his meds.

It was the early hours of the morning when

the party started to die down and Benny went to fetch

their jackets, leaving Ivy with a few of their friends in

the living room. When he returned, Ivy was nowhere

to be seen. “Where’s Ivy?” he asked, a hollow feeling

settling in the pit of his stomach.

A frown tugged at his friend’s lips. “Um…I

thought she was going to meet you at the door…that’s

what she told me.”

“Shit!” Benny swore and ran towards the door,

which was directly in front of the staircase. A thump

and muffled shriek drew his attention to the middle

of the stairs. Tom had Ivy in a tight grip, one hand

clamped over her mouth and one wrapped around her

waist and pinning her arms to her side. Growling,

Benny darted up the steps and punched Tom in the

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