On the week before Halloween, while putting together costumes and stocking up on candy, we often become aware of a strangeness in the air. Is it the chill of impending winter? Is it the collective, temporary obsession with otherworldly experiences? Or does this time of year really open the door to something odd and alien? This week’s contributors illustrate such encounters.
In “Slug Boy,” a story by Raud Kennedy, an office worker contemplates reincarnation and the seemingly otherwordly nature of a slug.
In “House to House,” a poem by Bruce McRae, traveling salesmen peddle strange items that inspire desire and fear.
In “A Solitary Man,” a story by Margaret Karmazin, a reclusive schoolteacher finds himself playing host to extraterrestrials.
In “They Come Back,” a story by Amberle L. Husbands, a reporter awaits a possible alien encounter foretold by ancient prophecy.
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