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Short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.

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TDV 108: The Sermon Of The Shadow In Darkness


Published: Sat, 17 Jun 2017 10:16:35 +0000
Summary: I have seen the Shadow in Darkness—a shadow within pitch blackness. Where darkness ends and a truer black begins—a corrosion of color and a void of anti-creation. An obliterator of sight. An obliterator of mind. I have felt the Shadow in Darkness—a ..


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TDV 107: The Celestial Mover


Published: Thu, 25 May 2017 08:59:21 +0000
Summary: The roll down door of my storage unit hit the ground with a thud. I slid the bolt, inserted the cylinder lock, twisted, and pulled out the key. On the other side, ten by fifteen feet of junk—not quite insignificant enough to give away, but not nearly pr..


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TDV 106: Apathindying


Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 10:58:40 +0000
Summary: In the pit of night, in a barren land, beneath and within leafless oaks and upon untrodden soils, a gathering of vagabond Magic Bleeders shared in their woes around the warmth of communal flames. Distant battles painted the sky with colorful sparkles and ..


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TDV 105: The Supplicants Of Pain


Published: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 06:23:28 +0000
Summary: In memory, what I saw felt only as a dream—a picture so surreal that only the wild and deviant subconscious should have been able to conjure such a display. I doubted many of the account’s details over time as knowledge and experience established a cl..


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TDV 104: Everyone’s Whisper Sounds The Same


Published: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:24:18 +0000
Summary: My wife turned out the lights, crawled into bed with me, and whispered, “I love you,” into my ear before giving me a kiss on the lips. “I love you, too,” I whispered back. I turned my way and she hers, and we faded into slumber. “Wake up, wake u..


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TDV 103: Not Worth Reading


Published: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:21:43 +0000
Summary: I stepped out of work for lunch and walked to the nearby delicatessen. I picked up a corned beef sandwich on rye bread and sat outside at one of the few cast iron tables available to enjoy it. The afternoon was not the warmest of days, but the sun provide..


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TDV 96: The Lantern And Its Book


Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:54:35 +0000
Summary: While vacationing with friends and family in a remote and beautiful range of densely-forest-covered mountains, I made the bold decision to backpack alone into the wilderness for a night; no one else had the desire or equipment to join me. Being an adventu..


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TDV 95: The Midnight Magician


Published: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:06:44 +0000
Summary: The Secronomus, its face and body of black shards jutting forth and its eyes of red crystal, impartially watched from its throne as I performed an act of transmogrifying juggling. Simple, smooth balls of silvery metal effortlessly circled into the air fro..


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TDV 93: Little Angels


Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:54:36 +0000
Summary: The pig brain swelled. Fluids popped and hissed from its folds and grooves. Dr. Mayoris slightly increased the temperature inside the incubator containing it. “So are you still set on the placement of your angel?” he asked me. His black and white houn..


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TDV 90: The Essence Of All-Sight


Published: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:58:27 +0000
Summary: The steps leading up to the century-old stronghold were like rotting teeth, fragmented and disgustingly whittled. The passageway at the pinnacle of these steps—tucked between the swooping, gnarly trees of the Battlemance Forest—lay open for any foolis..


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Halloween Greeting 2014: Twist Your Head


Published: Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:38:58 +0000
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TDV 88: The Protean Birth Enigma


Published: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:00:43 +0000
Summary: Although I slept and although I dreamt, I was not at rest. My muscles perpetually flexed while the blood surging through my veins heated my damp, rank flesh. My eyes jutted beneath their lids, absorbing an orange light that radiated heat upon me and into ..


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Promo: The Spirit Collectors (A Novel by Sharkchild)


Published: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 05:40:08 +0000
Summary: In the world of Awya, where cities are scattered across isles in a seemingly endless ocean called the Black Waters, an umyn boy by the name of Amory Demshen is unable to suppress the insatiable longing to explore Tempertime Cemetery—a place forbidden to..


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TDV 84: Rainsaw


Published: Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:25:32 +0000
Summary: My son looked so innocent and full of happiness. His wavy, golden brown hair bounced softly while he hunted the red ball that continually evaded his uncoordinated efforts of collection, and the slightly oversized, brown, suede jacket encasing his figure o..


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TDV 83: D.M.V. (Dream Magic And The Vessels)


Published: Sat, 24 Nov 2012 23:57:04 +0000
Summary: I called my house the Old Souls Orphanage—a haven for the elderly without a place to call home. Those in the latter years of life who had not the funds or family to be given the living quarters of comfort and peace that were deserved came to my abode to..


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TDV 82: The Wrong House Of Worship


Published: Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:36:36 +0000
Summary: His play of the piano was remarkable. The way his fingers careened along the keys was like a swift and gentle stream that invoked the serenity and beauty of nature’s kiss. His melodies, with their masterful fermatas and crescendos, called out in prayers..


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TDV 102: The Strangewax Candles


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 01:43:58 +0000
Summary: My new mother and brother arrived on the eve of my twelfth birthday. I was neither happy nor resentful with their addition. It had been three years since my mother died—three years of just my father and I—and I understood that there was a vacancy in h..


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TDV 101: Doorways To Obliteration


Published: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:46:23 +0000
Summary: Doorways are a means of passage, but are also non-circumventive impositions on passage that have varying degrees of access. Some are open to all. Some contain doors for the filtration of sight and sound, but are still open to all. Some have locked doors, ..


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TDV 100: The Eyeless Sight (The Unlike Light Sequel)


Published: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:42:09 +0000
Summary: There was a purpose to the keep, and although that purpose had not yet been revealed when the Man of Courage with his smoke candles stepped out of the prison of the dark into the peril of the light, it was always present and always forthcoming. It was onl..


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TDV 99: It Concludes In A Receptacle


Published: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:08:18 +0000
Summary: Crisp, colorful, autumn leaves crunched beneath my footsteps as I walked through the tree archways of my neighborhood on a brisk, overcast afternoon. Every few moments, a gust of wind whistled above me, sending leaves to the whim of the hibernating world...


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TDV 99: It Concludes In A Receptacle


Published: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:08:18 +0000
Summary: Crisp, colorful, autumn leaves crunched beneath my footsteps as I walked through the tree archways of my neighborhood on a brisk, overcast afternoon. Every few moments, a gust of wind whistled above me, sending leaves to the whim of the hibernating world...


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Halloween Greeting 2016: Cat Parasite


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:52:42 +0000
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TDV 98: Spirit Dispersion


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:24:11 +0000
Summary: You will be with me forever,” Mother of a Thousand Minds whispered into the ear of the man she held within her arms. She pressed herself against him tightly and released us. Go, my little ones, she said in thought as I and thousands of her minds became ..


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TDV 98: Spirit Dispersion


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:24:11 +0000
Summary: You will be with me forever,” Mother of a Thousand Minds whispered into the ear of the man she held within her arms. She pressed herself against him tightly and released us. Go, my little ones, she said in thought as I and thousands of her minds became ..


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Halloween Greeting 2016: Cat Parasite


Published: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 06:52:42 +0000
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TDV 97: The Kids Go First


Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:32:40 +0000
Summary: Ding-dong. The doorbell rang. I hesitatingly placed a bookmark in my afternoon read, pulled myself up from the couch, and lurched towards the front door. When I got there, I pressed my eye to the peephole to scout the visiting presence. Barely within view..


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TDV 96: The Lantern And Its Book


Published: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:54:35 +0000
Summary: While vacationing with friends and family in a remote and beautiful range of densely-forest-covered mountains, I made the bold decision to backpack alone into the wilderness for a night; no one else had the desire or equipment to join me. Being an adventu..


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TDV 95: The Midnight Magician


Published: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:06:44 +0000
Summary: The Secronomus, its face and body of black shards jutting forth and its eyes of red crystal, impartially watched from its throne as I performed an act of transmogrifying juggling. Simple, smooth balls of silvery metal effortlessly circled into the air fro..


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TDV 94: The Ruination Die


Published: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 05:53:38 +0000
Summary: There were palm readers, fortune tellers, and clairvoyants, but I was nothing like them. Where others saw auras and energies, I saw numbers. Each and every person that ever entered my view was accompanied by a number—a number that could not be known by ..


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TDV 93: Little Angels


Published: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:54:36 +0000
Summary: The pig brain swelled. Fluids popped and hissed from its folds and grooves. Dr. Mayoris slightly increased the temperature inside the incubator containing it. “So are you still set on the placement of your angel?” he asked me. His black and white houn..


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TDV 92: Infernobot


Published: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:55:22 +0000
Summary: Technology had connected the universe, making space suitable for recreational and residential dwellings, travel between livable planets acceptable in duration, and old age such a slow onset that populations overran worlds. Death was still the unknown, and..


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TDV 45: Names: Chillanthon


Published: Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:00:36 +0000
Summary: The chillanthon was waiting for me outside of my house, calling to me with its unsettling voice, tearing through my heart with its restlessness. I could hear its arms whip across its torso as they swiveled back and forth from shoulder sockets detested wit..


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The Dark Verse, Volume I Book Promo


Published: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 01:26:30 +0000
Summary: Here is a promo video John F. Stifter put together for Sharkchild’s book, The Dark Verse, Volume I: From the Passages of Revenants available now at SharkchildsRemains.com. The music was composed by Sharkchild...

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TDV 44: Names: Apherdane


Published: Thu, 04 Jun 2009 04:59:52 +0000
Summary: On the dull road called Mayberry Lane, I stood at the turn of the evening. I had just flicked a cigarette at a passing vehicle, watching as its cinder flashed into the night. In front of me stood the Cursory—a name given to a house because no one ever g..


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TDV 43: The Hunt


Published: Thu, 21 May 2009 08:52:55 +0000
Summary: An army of ghastly forms waited listlessly at the gates of life. Each entity was unrestrained and raw—knowledge had yet to enter, conform, and orchestrate a platform of thought and personality for its cloudy mind. Step by step, they were pushed forward ..


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TDV 42: Thirteen Door Roulette


Published: Fri, 08 May 2009 08:29:31 +0000
Summary: I was handed a small, round cage; I curled two of my fingers around the s-hook fastened to its apex. The cage had a minute door fixed with a comparably insignificant latch. It did not—by sound and feel—seem to have anything within its grasp, although ..


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The Changing Feyth (Complete)


Published: Tue, 14 Apr 2009 06:38:45 +0000
Summary: This is the all-in-one version of The Changing Feyth series, pulling together parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the previously published episodes...


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TDV 40: The Changing Feyth (Part 4)


Published: Thu, 09 Apr 2009 08:23:09 +0000
Summary: A body fell from the opening above me. It fell so fast there was no way to tell if it was living or dead. It crashed upon the stone floor, bones cracking and flesh splitting. And then another fell. And another. And another. And another until thirteen bodi..


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TDV 39: Stumbling Upon Preterition


Published: Thu, 26 Mar 2009 09:39:59 +0000
Summary: There are dismissed places—not forgotten or invisible—but ignored without refrain.  The devils of these domains are so vibrant that beings of any awareness trick their minds to see right through them, or around them—anything to succeed with avoidan..


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TDV 38: The Taking Of Hallowed Creation


Published: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 08:38:56 +0000
Summary: The precious silver hovered over the menacingly heated embers. Its surfaces glimmered and sparkled with the reflection of flickering ash. Every curve and groove of this magnificent creation completed in shape to form the perfect fork—the Serpent’s For..


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TDV 37: The Deviations


Published: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 09:13:27 +0000
Summary: The dreams I had while I slept in the unsanctified darkness of the Slanterhorn Estate mansion’s attic were never pleasant. As I stared up into the ancient rafters, letting my body and mind be overcome by sleep’s oblivion, I sensed that the world of tw..


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TDV 36: Confronting The Formless


Published: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 11:24:18 +0000
Summary: The infinite regions within divisibility were my home. I existed in the distances of space—space void of finite ends. In these unfathomable places there was only emptiness; it was all that I had ever known. No matter where I traveled, I could find nothi..


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TDV 34: The Song Of Dusty Hearts


Published: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 10:41:07 +0000
Summary: When I was young, my grandfather often brought me to the burial grounds of the nethpa, and every time he led me over some barren hill, or down some hidden trail, or through some thick forest, he would share with me how I might find such a rare and extraor..


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TDV 33: The Road Show


Published: Wed, 31 Dec 2008 04:38:15 +0000
Summary: Step right up. Come see what ya’ve been waiting for—things ya could never dream of!” The man who spoke these words with such easy excitement was a haggard looking, traveling salesman. His brown, greasy hair was parted to the right and his pants sagg..


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TDV 32: Pathway For The Dead


Published: Thu, 18 Dec 2008 10:43:40 +0000
Summary: There was a path that led to all places, but it grew weak. As a canyon of only slight width, spreading through the horizons of the universe, it fought to exist between the gargantuan pressures of surrounding landscapes. These landscapes, formed of all thi..


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TDV 31: Mantis, Malevolent


Published: Thu, 04 Dec 2008 11:10:31 +0000
Summary: I vividly remember those things I did on the day of the coming of the Purpose Giver. I was chopping wood in the back of my cabin, preparing ahead of time for the oncoming winter. My arms felt strong as they led the ax through the wood with single strokes...


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TDV 30: The Changing Feyth (Part 3)


Published: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 13:11:54 +0000
Summary: My greatest ally and most infernal enemy is time. It can change history and efface memories. It can create life and it can take it away. And to the immortal, time is the ultimate instrument of both plague—the uncanny curse of centuries of wisdom and kno..


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TDV 29: The Fragmented


Published: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 12:34:35 +0000
Summary: Pieces here, pieces there—it was one sick, twisted mess. I had never before seen such an awful and visually tormenting way to die. It looked like some almighty hand of gargantuan size had grabbed the poor man along with the ground, the chair he was sitt..


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Halloween Greeting 2008: Candle-Drip


Published: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 07:42:31 +0000
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TDV 28: Playgrounds Never Wondered About


Published: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 13:19:59 +0000
Summary: I awoke in a strange place—a land of repulsive architecture and grim colors. All I had with me were the clothes on my back and my cracked, fragmented mind. When I first opened my eyes, they rested upon a structure similar to that of a monument. The buil..


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