Halloween has arrived!
It’s no secret… at Episodes from the Zero Hour!, Halloween reigns supreme above all other holidays. It’s the time of year when we give license to our darkest imaginations to bring forth their worst, in service of the scare. It’s the holiday during which we dare the ghosts and goblins to slink out of the shadows of our own fearful minds, to prove that the world isn’t as rational and logical and safe as we had hoped. And that makes for some great storytelling.
Each year, we strive to bring you our Episodes from the Zero Hour! Trick ‘R Treat Halloween short stories. This year, we gave our writers the freedom to write whatever they wanted, so long as it was scary or otherwise related to Halloween. We’ve got some Zero Hour! veterans in the mix, as well as some fresh faces who have contributed their own tales of horror. We hope you enjoy, and if you do, please let our writers know in the comments section of their short story posts.
-Episodes from the Zero Hour!
Our first offering is from Episodes from the Zero Hour! Managing Editor Jason Butkowski.
by: Jason Butkowski
The world was going to shit.
I know every generation says the same thing. My parents, in their time, said it. My grandparents said it. But this time, it was actually happening. The human race had reached the end of its rope, the foot was on the accelerator, and the space between the car and the cliff was getting smaller and smaller by the moment.
It started innocuously enough. One or two fucked up stories in the news. Half-naked cannibals in Florida… the newscasters said it was because the assailant was on “bath salts.” First time I ever heard the term. Then some humans doing downright inhuman things in Jersey. Relatives, family friends, savagely attacking and killing children. Bad weed, according to police reports.
You see, people were shocked, and then they moved on. We all had our problems. As long as the drug-addled psychos didn’t bother us, we thought we didn’t have to pay any of it much attention.
But then things started getting bad for everybody.