Eric Whittle spent most of his school years in a hospital bed. As a result, he missed a few too many days and dropped out. Some good came out of those surgeries and psych evaluations, though. They serve as inspiration for every word he commits to a story.
He lives in southern Nevada with his wife, where he spends most of his waking hours staring at a word processor.
Eric has read more shampoo bottle labels than books. He’s more comfortable writing the latter, but he hasn’t ruled out shampoo labels entirely. His main influence is H.P Lovecraft, but Head and Shoulders is a close contender.
Length: 103 pages
A young woman’s night-time escapade goes eerily wrong. A man is forced to relive the horrible accident that tore his family apart over and over again. An underground thrill through ancient catacombs proves disastrously horrific. A young boy is haunted by the scarecrow in the fields behind his home. And a woman is revisited by the ghost of a psychotic killer in the most dreadful of ways.
Scare Street brings you some of the best short horror stories by authors Ron Ripley, David Longhorn, Eric Whittle, Sara Clancy and A. I. Nasser, all in one book. Together, these stories promise more than just a shiver down the spine and a fear of the dark, but the soft caress of terror that comes with the unknown and the unexpected.
Join us through the pages of the best of what Scare Street has to offer, and be sure to bring a night light along with you. You definitely don’t want to be left alone in the dark!
Length: 147 pages
After being put on leave for psychological distress, Sebastian Blakely goes to Elton, Nevada, to check on his estranged mother. He finds her in the local hospital – safe, but not sound. Her mind had deteriorated. When the same torturous creatures from his dreams make an appearance in his waking life, Sebastian’s mind begins to deteriorate as well.
The gift of knowledge that once fueled the pursuit of his Ph.D., turns into a curse when delusions drive him to find proof of his own sanity, which is wearing thin. He finds a shred of evidence in his quest for truth during a conversation with his lifelong friend, Rick Dominguez, who describes seeing the same hell from Sebastian’s nightmares in his own. Sebastian rejects the possibility of it just being coincidence when the nightmarish creatures begin to manipulate the real world. Sebastian’s obsession with discovering what is and isn’t real drives him further into a psychological torment usually reserved for those that are either asleep in a padded bed or awake in a padded cell.
The cackles of the crooked-mouthed tendrils from his dreams merge with the empty words spoken by the people of Elton. He can tell that they know more than they let on. Sebastian thinks he should trust the people, but the creatures’ laughter is much more alluring. This, combined with his unreliable memory, makes him abandon questioning his own sanity.
Instead, he starts to question the sanity of others.
Length: 150 pages
Six months after being forced to sit and watch a man murder his own mother, Carol Schaeffer pays regular visits to a therapist’s office. Any progress she may have made there is erased when a creature claws its way into her mind and gives her both a gift and a choice; either she admits loved ones to their own personal hell, or else be admitted to her own. Some call the creature Fiend, while others call it Mania. When another person is given a similar gift, the line between the two choices becomes blurred.
The attempts of Officers Harris and Morell to pinpoint the cause of the spreading mental torment brings all those involved to a single room at Mountain View Hospital. The Officers are glad to be aided in their cause by Cathy, the Librarian, who seems to know more about the eerily vacant hospital than she lets on.
With each step closer to being rid of the Fiends, traumatic memories become nearer to reality. The ones suffering begin to wish for death, but it only seems to be granted to those who never asked for it. A cruel lesson taught by the creature attached to Carol; a hideous miscreation which wants to spread what its name suggests, Mania.
Length: 147 pages
“Please…let me die.”
A rare journal is found that may lead to the source of insanity, death, and Fiends that have plagued Elton for over a century. With each turned page, Sebastian Blakely and Cathy Stolt discover the town’s shocking history; the physical embodiments of torture and dismay were originally trapped in the Coffer. But when these sinister forces escaped they tortured and wreaked havoc upon unsuspecting victims.
As Blakely and Stolt read the macabre accounts of the author, they witness his torture, distrust, and splitting mind. They learn that the author lived through the horrid things from Sebastian’s nightmares in his own waking world.
Armed with knowledge from the rare journal, Blakely and Stolt race against time to save the town of Elton. But there’s just one problem.
They need to find the bridge between mind and reality.