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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Desperate Welcome

John W. Dennehy

Sarah didn’t notice the interlopers until their

ominous shadows cast upon the garden that she was

tending. The dark outlines were immediately discernible

as soldiers from the rifles with bayonets jutting

above their heads.

As Sarah looked up, she had already begun to

address them. “You startled me,” she said, smiling. “I

usually hear the sounds of your mess-plates clanging.”

The soldiers were not the red coats that she

was expecting. Instead, two staunch Hessians stared at

her menacingly; the German mercenaries paid to help

fight with the British were never hospitable and took

what they wanted. A shudder of fear ran through her,

but Sarah did her best to hide it. Their uniforms were

tattered and smeared with soot; the grime was spread

over their faces and hands. They were emaciated and

stunk of the battlefield.

“I’m a loyalist,” she said alarmed.

“We need food,” the taller one said. His companion

stood fast and mute, staring at her wantonly.

There is little food but for myself and my

daughter,” Sarah said. “But I can spare you a little

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