The Wheelbarrow

By Max Swan © 2014 *A fictionalised account of a true story. A group of seven well dressed men warmed themselves by the fire in the waiting room of the Korumburra Railway Station. Outside as the train engine hissed steam and grey smoke rose from its chimney, other passengers huddled close as the biting winter wind blew over the platform. Eventually a deep male voice was heard to yell, “All aboard! The train departs in ten minutes to Melbourne.” The

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Conversations With Nomad

By Max Swan © 2013 “There goes my safety record,” Dot thought numbly. It’s strange how the human mind can think of the most irrelevant thing in a moment of great crisis. Asteroid miner Dot Hennessey had one such moment as she was suddenly sucked out into space through blow-hole. These occur when a mine shaft passes too closely to the asteroids surface, and as pressure builds-up inside the mineshaft, the rock wall suddenly gives way. Dot got caught unaware

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The Hearing

By Jack Morningwood © 2013 “You’re very brave being here,” Jerry said looking around the dingy café. The customers here all seemed to be associated with the prison across the road somehow. Some were guards dressed in grey uniforms, and others looked like they might be administration. The rest of the patrons had that same air of discomfort that we did, the look of wishing they were somewhere else. Maybe they were here for the same reason as us. There

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The Last Call

By Sheela B. © 2013 Claire woke up with a sense of excitement as today was her birthday and her husband Tom had planned a special day together for them both. He had even arranged the day off work as he told her, “It’s not every day you turn thirty.” She slid her arm across the bed hoping to find Tom to snuggle into, but he was not there. In fact the bed on his side was cold which meant

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The Exorcism of Betty Ackland

By Max Swan © 2012 Introduction: There was a time when primitive men lived side by side with gods from other planes of existence. These gods were called ‘Angels’ if they did good for man, and ‘Demons’ if they did evil to man. Then a great war erupted across our plane of existence as the Demons tried to destroy the Angels whom they hated, led by the Demon called Lucifer. The great war resulted in Angels and Demons being banished

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The Exorcism of Anima

By Max Swan © 2012 Case Notes 19/11/2011 (0916 hrs): I met up with an old friend who happens to be a Cop (and unknown to him a psychic) but he told me of this Hindi woman they had picked up a few times for lewd behaviour and public disturbance gave him a weird feeling. I always take notice of his weird feelings and he told me that whenever they have gotten psych to check her out she comes up

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An Encounter with El Trauco

By Max Swan © 2012 In the dark forests of faraway places legends are born that invoke fear and trepidation in the local people, but scorn and disbelief in the wider community. On Chiloé, a group of islands off the south of Chile, such a legend exists. The locals speak of a gnome like creature they call ‘El Trauco’ that preys on their young women. Such legends always fascinated Dr Anthony Thatcher, a renowned English Archaeologist who had spent his

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A Visit From Popobawa (Gay)

By Max Swan © 2012 I have never been one to believe in the silly folk tales of the uneducated but something happened to me that changed my life. This story is true and I recount this horrible experience to act as a warning to the unwary out there. My name is Aashif, I’m 23 years old. I have been active in my community as you see I am a Muslim and Praise be to Allah I was given a

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Confessions of a Snow-Dropper

By Max Swan © 2013 I don’t know what you call it where you live but in my country someone who steals women’s underwear off a clothes line is call a snow-dropper. I have no idea why it is called snow-dropping but a little research shows it to be an old British slang word for a linen thief that originated around 1810. My story began when I was a teen boy in the early 1980’s when I discovered my mothers

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The Alp

By Max Swan © 2012 Originating from Teutonic or German folklore, an Alp is a small, elf-like creature who is said to have climbed onto a sleeping victim’s chest, turned into a fine mist and entered the body through the nostrils, mouth or vagina. Once inside, the Alp had the ability to control its victim’s dreams, creating horrible nightmares. Its victims reported a breathless feeling when they awoke. ***** I’ve been haunted all my life. Ever since I was a

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