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Friday, October 3, 2014

Nightly Frights: The Thing


Scary For Kids

As with last year, I’ll be sharing a few selections from the infamous tome of horror stories, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark.

In this first story, simply titled “The Thing”, two curious young boys stumble across a zombie lurking within a corn field.

Think I gave away too much of the story? Oh, believe me, I haven’t. That’s only the first part. The rest of it is far more horrifying.


There were two young boys named Trevor and Will. They spent most of their summer vacation hanging around town, looking for things to do.

One hot August night, the boys were sitting on a fence by the main road. There was a cornfield just across the road. Suddenly, Trevor spotted something in the field. In the darkness, it was difficult to make out, but he thought it looked like some kind of weird animal.

He nudged his friend and pointed in the direction of the strange-looking figure. Will said he could see it too. He wasn’t sure, but mysterious thing seemed vaguely human.

The next thing they knew, the thing was gone. The boys craned their necks and scanned the field with their eyes. Out of the blackness, came the thing. It slowly walked over to the edge of the field before disappearing again.

Trevor and Will looked at each other, puzzled.

"What was that?" asked Will.

I have no idea", replied Trevor.

No sooner had he said that than Trevor felt a clammy hand on his shoulder. He turned around and found himself staring directly into the hideous face of the thing. He let out a yell of terror and surprise.

The rotting skin on the thing's face was coming off off in places, revealing the bone underneath. For a moment, it just stared silently at Trevor with its dark sunken eyes. Then, it suddenly grabbed hold of his arm. Trevor felt its fingernails dig into his flesh as he wriggled out of its grasp.

The two boys leaped off the fence and ran down the road, screaming in horror. They didn't stop running until they reached their homes. They tried to tell their parents and friends about the thing they had seen that night, but nobody believed them.
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