Hello, Dear Readers, and welcome back once again to another Creepy Samples Offering.
It's a cloudy, gloomy day here in in the Ozark Mountains with the
threat of stormy weather on the horizon. What better time could there be
to feel a little....well, spooky?
Today, I'd like to talk about
the Case of Travis Wilson. Mr. Wilson is an aging man who, obsessed with
staying young, has taken it upon himself to live a healthier lifestyle.
Part of his obsession is due to the fact that, in his younger days, he
had never experienced any type of meaningful, romantic relationship.
Part of his staying young strategy revolved around running, an activity
he took part in quite often. On one particular evening however, his run
through a local park takes on a new meaning. So, let's take a few
paragraphs from the story entitled "The Reaper's Hand," and see just
what has made Travis' run so urgent. The story incidentally, is found in
my book, "The Darkness Beyond the Misty Veil: More Tales of the
This evening was different however. Travis ran along
the darkening trail with the terrifying realization that his deepest
fear followed in close pursuit. He had first seen the hooded and
black-robed angel standing in the early-morning shadows of his bedroom
that morning. He spotted it a second time in the afternoon and once more
this evening, while relaxing in his easy chair reading the newspaper.
He knew what it all meant; the final reckoning was at hand. The third
sighting was too much for him and the thought of his impending death
filled him with a sense of terror unlike anything he’d ever experienced.
The dark angel of death had come calling, but Travis wasn’t ready to leave his earthly life behind.
In a panic, the old man screamed at the unwanted visitor.“No, no, you can’t take me. I want to live!”
Travis scuttled toward the nearby forest trail without even bothering
to lock the doors. He would continue to cheat death the only way he
knew; by running.
The frightened old man kept a steady pace as he
careened through autumn’s deepening twilight. He occasionally cast a
quick glance behind, only to see death’s angel walking in his direction
under the half-naked trees. The Reaper neither gained on him nor fell
behind, but continued to keep pace. Travis knew he couldn’t run
indefinitely. He would tire soon and he desperately needed some other
way by which he could escape the relentless being pursuing him. The
opportunity came when he confronted a young couple jogging in his
“Please, please!” He implored them. “I’m being
pursued. Can you take me to your vehicle? I’ve got to get away from
here. Someone’s after me.”
“I don’t see anyone,” the younger man replied after a quick look around.
Travis pointed directly at the frightening figure, which continued moving in his direction.
“He’s right there, heading this way. How can you not see him?”
“You’re crazy, old man. There’s nobody there.”
Travis grabbed the woman’s shoulders, shaking her in desperation.
“I know you can see him,” he insisted. “Please get me away from here!”
The woman’s companion moved swiftly, pushing Travis away from his companion, forcing him backward.
“Keep your hands off her you crazy geezer!”
Well, that's it for this time around. Until next time then, keep it spooky.
Photo courtesy of Gothic Pictures Gallery.