DAY 17 OF 30: WILLIAM MEIKLE
17. William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “Gateway to Oblivion,” a private investigator’s case sends him among followers of a dark cult that use houses as “gateways” to cosmic power and horror.
The lad couldn’t have been much older than fifteen, and the tears made him appear even younger. He sat in my client’s armchair, almost lost in it, and when he spoke it was a halting, trembling thing that seemed afraid to make itself heard.
“It’s my faither,” he said. “He’s fallen in with a bad lot, and it’s changing him. Now he’s gone walkabout and not been home for a couple of days.”
I didn’t laugh, but the incongruity of it amused me, for I was more used to fathers looking for wayward sons than the other way about.
“What is it?” I asked. “Booze, women, bookies? It’s generally one, two, or all three of those.”
“Religion,” the lad said, spitting it out as if it was a rude word . . .
—Gateway to Oblivion by WILLIAM MEIKLE
ABOUT: WILLIAM MEIKLE
William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over thirty novels published in the genre press and more than 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press and Severed Press and his work has appeared in a large number of professional anthologies and magazines. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles, and icebergs for company. When he’s not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.
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