DOF internal memo, unclassified
Found this book in the woods on a creepy little shelf nailed to a tree next to MEC-B 7. Got a bunch of weird stories. Some sound like DOF business, including Unevents —URPG, both Cave cases, the Harper, Tennessee incident, the bit with the Centrifuge facility, etc. Knows some stuff it REALLY shouldn’t, especially… well, you’ll see. Recommend investigation and filing, class F urgency. See you when you get back from vacay.
A soldier tells the tale of how they made a terrible deal in a cave in the desert.
Office jockey Trinidad Wyatt wakes up in a strange facility to find he is a living transistor in a computer made of people, all sedated and hypnotized into constantly querying computers for mysterious work. As he escapes, he ties together his strange circumstances with seemingly innocent events at his day job over the past few months.
Lester, a laid-off physicist, tries to make the best of things as he starts a new job in a lawnmower factory. But, the factory is run by a paranoid man who forbids talking on the factory floor for fear that the employees will whisper about him. Lester’s desperation for relief from tedium leads to discovery: He has the power to manipulate time.
An indie developer makes a hit game that lets players easily upload their own creations. Things are great until the game starts behaving oddly.
Be good to your friends. It’s harder than it seems.
Small-town newspaper reporter Esther Beck is assigned to cover the phenomenon that’s turned Harper, Tennessee into an urban legend overnight: dead animals floating in pools of blood have begun mysteriously appearing in random, empty spaces around the town.
College life is weird, especially if you live in the dorms. Sometimes you see someone cooking in the bathroom. Sometimes you see two men carrying an unconscious woman into their room.
Oren Hobbs inherits a house just in time for his retirement. Everything would be perfect if it weren’t for a rotten smell coming from a cave on the estate.
Natalie Townsend’s famous oceanographer mother died six months ago. Now, Natalie must brave the cold ocean to find a message her mother left for her that was lost to the waves. In a nod to Stephen King’s style of short story collections, this more literary story is not about horror, but it is about fear.
Letters to Madeleine, who will never read them. That’s not really why they were written, anyway.
A woman uninterested in art becomes obsessed with a cast-aside sculpture in a gallery after she is told it is “cursed.” When she asks the flirtatious museum guide why the museum would keep a cursed piece, he answers with the obvious: "Because it’s beautiful."
Strange things begin happening to a quiet slacker after a traumatic encounter with Hans Christian Anderson’s Ole Lukoie.
Redmund Coste lived a good life. His doctor ordered him to exercise. On his first jog, he sees a dog he does not recognize.
(Cover art by Monty)