The Haunted Traveler May 2017 Edition

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After a brief hiatus, The Haunted Traveler is back to bring you some of the best horror out there. Open up and tread with caution, the next scare is just a page flip away.

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the door closes.

“Is she awake?”

“I’m not sure, but that hospital gown is hideous.”

Voices familiar and refreshing. Comfort. Raven and

her missing arm, Shaytan balancing on his one leg.

Niles leans against the wall with Shaytan’s severed

limb resting on his shoulder like a broken umbrella.

Raven says, “She’s so thin. Her arms and legs…”

“Poor girl.”

“Yes, poor girl.”

“Oh, and they’re using restraints this time. Sad.”

“Very.”

“Restraints are serious business.”

There’s blood on your hands,” Shaytan says, his

voice dusted with worry, “and things might be a bit

different this time around.”

I ask Niles, “How bad was it?”

Niles turns a slow head towards Raven. She bites

her lower lip, pulling a smear of black lipstick.

Deep breath, and Shaytan continues. “There was

blood, beautiful. Lots of it.”

He reaches to wipe my tears, but I pull away.

“More than broken plates and black eyes?”

“Afraid so, love. People are dead.”

“Raven?”

She raises her head. Black mascara is dry and cracked

against her cheeks.

I ask, “What should I do?”

Rain pelts against the room’s small, single window.

Darkness and shadows beat with life—flowing down

walls, sliding across the floor, and I am bound and

gasping, clawing at the bed sheets.

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