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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Mr. Hedges

Neil S. Reddy

“Whatever is the matter dear?” Mrs Briggs, a

woman with the figure of a badger and a widow’s eye

for grief, asked as the wet eyed young woman that was

standing on her doorstep.

“Toothache.” Evelyn croaked, holding her

face. “I’ve been up all night. It hurts so much. It’s

driving me mad and I can’t find a dentist.”

Mrs Briggs had only met the Evelyn once

before, on the morning the removal van had deposited

the young woman at the adjoining cottage. She’s

introduced herself to Mrs Briggs as soon as the van

had left. It was an act of old-fashioned politeness that

wasn’t wasted on the village’s stout matriarch.

And so it was, with great enthusiasm that Mrs

Briggs set about setting things in order.

“Come on in dear. Now don’t worry. We’ll get

you in with Mr Hedges, a fine man, semi-retired you

see, he still keeps his regulars but I’m sure I can get

him to see you. He used to be one of my late husband’s

customers.” The number was dialled.

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