DAY 27 OF 30: DARREN TODD
27. Darren Todd presents “8-Ball”
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 “8-Ball,” a lawyer finds a toy Magic 8-Ball from his youth that seems to actually know all, including things better left unrevealed.
. . . “How much?” I asked the lady working the yard sale, trying to sound
She shrugged. “How ’bout a buck?”
“Sold,” I said, with maybe too much fervor. Only then did I think to look up at the house. Even years later, I held a loose picture of Henna’s place in my head; this wasn’t it. The lady running the sale was too young to be her mom anyway, and Henna was an only child, so it wasn’t a sister.
“Where’d you get it?” I asked, peeling off a single from a small fold of them in the pocket of my slacks.
The lady took the dollar and stuffed it into a Home Depot apron. She said, “Probably bought it at another yard sale. Never had much use for it. You gonna grab it now, or are you still looking?”
I reached for the thing, but it was like the memories of that night, thirty years earlier, came clearer the closer my hand got to the toy. It wasn’t fear, but . . . like a warbling in my reality. Almost dreamlike . . .
—8-Ball by DARREN TODD
ABOUT: DARREN TODD
Darren Todd is a freelance book editor for Evolved Publications, and his short fiction has appeared in more than thirty publications over the years. He has had four plays and a feature-length film produced and a non-fiction book published.
While some of his works fall under the literary umbrella, he specializes in speculative horror. His style and reading preferences tend toward the psychological, as he enjoys stories that linger in the imagination long after he’s closed the book on them.
He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his son and girlfriend. See what he’s up to darrentodd.net.
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