The Fishers

The Fishers

Erik Gustafson

Horror / Short Stories / Fantasy

This short story is the prologue to my novel, "The Dark Trek Home".A father and son out fishing.Quality time from the first cast, the morning is perfect...for awhile. Chaos ripples across the pond and the two find themselves fleeing for their lives.Nothing makes sense.What is after them? What do they want?This short story is the prologue to my novel "The Dark Trek Home".A father and son out fishing.Quality time from the first cast, the morning is perfect...for awhile. Chaos ripples across the pond and the two find themselves fleeing for their lives.Nothing makes sense.What is after them? What do they want? Most disturbing of all: why do they want them?Bonus content: chapter one of my coming of age horror novel "Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon" Excerpt:“You’ll get him next time, son!” his father assured him. “Probably need to put another worm on now.”Dave kept reeling his line then stopped when the bobber was nearly to the shore.“Hey look dad, a turtle!” Dave was pointing out toward the center of the pond.Greg squinted through the bright sunlight reflecting off the water out to where his son was pointing. A small, dark curve was floating on the water. “Yep I think you’re right!”“Can we catch it, dad?”“Now that wouldn’t be very fa-” Greg’s eyes widened in confusion and caused Dave to reevaluate what he thought was a turtle. It rose further out of the water.
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The Blood Knows

The Blood Knows

Erik Gustafson

Horror / Short Stories / Fantasy

Alice spent her birthday crying and angry.Betrayed by those closest to her, she drove until her gas light came on. She doesn’t know where she is. …but the blood knows. Revenge is sweet, but sometimes it is most foul. The cost of revenge in this tale may be too high, but vengeance will be served.This short story has appeared in Visionary Press Ezine.Alice spent her birthday crying and angry. Betrayed by those closest to her, she drove until her gas light came on. She doesn’t know where she is. …but the blood knows. Revenge is sweet, but sometimes it is most foul. The cost of revenge in this tale may be too high, but vengeance will be served.Bonus content: chapter 1 of my coming of age horror novel "Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon"
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The Road to Safety

The Road to Safety

Erik Gustafson

Horror / Short Stories / Fantasy

Driving down a dark road his car dies. The winter chills him. The nearby graveyard seems to call out to him. But it isn't the graveyard or the cold he has to worry about. Something much worse is calling for this lone traveler who just wants to get home."Someone Else's Life" takes place in the near future and concerns Suella Worthy, a baseball pitcher's wife who will stop at nothing to experience the joys of motherhood. Because she was born with a genetic condition that renders her infertile and incapable of carrying her own child, she reaches out to the mysterious Lifewind organization for help. A longtime female friend of her husband is forced to carry the cloned child to term and Suella becomes a mother to Natalie. But should some things never be? Suella becomes bewildered and upset that while her daughter looks exactly like her, she prefers playing catch with her father to dancing ballet with other little girls. Things become even more complicated when Natalie accidentally learns of her biological origin and destiny, long before Suella and her father Nathan wanted to tell her. Heartache and heartbreak ensue, but a glorious rebirth awaits.
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