DAY 26 OF 30: CHARLIE HUGHES
26. Charlie Hughes presents “The Riverman”
25. Trevor James Zaple presents “Like Old Rope”
24. Suki Litchfield presents “The Kid in the Ambulance”
23. Liam Hogan presents “In the Devil’s Footsteps”
22. Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21. Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20. Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19. Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18. David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
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 “The Riverman,” an elderly widower finds himself inexplicably drawn into the developing events of a local serial killer.
His wife had died suddenly, sat on the sofa watching the news.
He came in at lunchtime and found her sat upright, a half-eaten slice of toast resting on her lap while a reporter on the TV spoke about another missing woman from Kent. In the street beyond the front window, people passed, going about their daily business. Terrance held Audrey’s hand while waiting for the ambulance, knowing she was gone but pretending they were watching the news together, just as they always did.
In the days that followed, Terrance hardly moved from the same spot on the sofa, watching the same news channel, thinking only of her distress at the end, believing that if he sat there long enough, he would glimpse the world as she had seen it in her final moments. After a while, a neighbor saw him through the front window and knocked on the door. Terrance did not move, not even when others came to the window and cooed at him to respond. So the door was bashed in and the professionals were summoned. He had to go to a hospital for a while because of something called “Complicated Grief Disorder.” . . .
—The Riverman by CHARLIE HUGHES
ABOUT: CHARLIE HUGHES
Charlie Hughes writes dark suspense and horror stories from his home in South London, UK. His work has also been published by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and various anthologies. His horror short story “The Box” won the 2016 Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition. His stories have also been performed on the NoSleep Podcast and Creepy Podcast. Charlie’s novelette “The Collection” will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
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