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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Family Planning

Amiel Rossin

The bobcat shit on the cypress tree, just for good measure.

He had already marked his territory – a 4,000 acre

swath of Spanish moss and oily lakes – by scraping the

bark until the taxodium distichum’s pale meat was exposed

to the Louisiana sun. The scraping alone would

have been enough to ward off the other males. The

shit was for insurance. The bobcat was vigilant, having

lost his first home unexpectedly when his mother

became ill and dismissed him far earlier than bobcat

mothers tend to do. More than the other cats, this one

understood the value of family, feeling the absence of

his mother and siblings with every tree he spoiled. Everything

within the range was his, and the other cats

would know it when they recoiled at his heavy scent

and quickly moved on – lest they feel the anguish in the

sharp of his claws. Soon he would seek out a female,

fuck her in the mire, and start a family of his own.

Just up the hill from the cat’s latest bowel move-

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