A series of haunting nightmares draws five former residents of a New York City high-rise back to their one-time home. But this is not a reunion. These five strangers have never met. But they are connected.
The depressed photographer with telekinetic abilities … the paralegal who reads evil thoughts of strangers … the struggling author who can predict dark futures … the malicious hypnotist … the witch’s daughter …
They have met in their dreams, and they have observed the shadows who follow them until they awaken. Now they want answers. And when the five board the same elevator at the same time, an ominous reality surfaces. They did not return on their own. They were drawn back. Drawn by their nightmares. Drawn by darkness.
Drawn … to be collected.
The darkness descends, and the witch recoils. She senses it nearby but cannot visually establish its location. But it is close. It remains trapped inside The Amalgam high rise, one of New York City’s premiere structures for the past one hundred years. The witch’s home. Her powers existed for years under its nose. She fooled it for decades. Made it believe she was but a mere charlatan taking advantage of the weak minded.
But the witch is no fraud. Her powers are real. Her powers are formidable. And she’s been here the whole time. Planning. Plotting. Over the past couple days, she has been leaving with her bags full. She is trying to escape before they can capture her. Escape like the few over the years who fled before the darkness could consume them. They were among the most powerful ones to cross into its space. But they have also been located, and like the witch, their powers amassed together will bring forth a darkness never seen in human history.
Now the witch understands that she has been exposed and is trying to flee to a safer place. Because even she knows that she cannot stop it no matter how much information she gathers on it. No matter how many of his minions she deceives.
You no longer fool me, Witch. It is time to set my gatherers in motion. And your book of spells will not save you.
Or your daughter.
Or the others.
In its century of existence, The Amalgam has brought forth an abundant supply of those with gifts the holders never quite understood. Most have been a mere pittance to that of a true witch – a descendent of one of the most powerful ever seen.
As it continues to observe, the witch lingers through the lobby looking from left to right. She knows it’s watching, and she sprints to the elevator. Other tenants wait alongside, so the darkness dissipates back. But it’s now clear. The witch must be top priority before she can escape.
But once she is collected, the others will return.
The plan for a world of darkness will reach its zenith.
It’s time to call them home. It’s time to collect.
About the Author
A writer since grade school, Eric Woods resides in Springfield, Illinois and finally published his first novel in 2018. Today he has five novels, two novellas, and one book of stage plays. Most recently, his short story “The Taurus Bull” was featured in HorrorScope: A Zodiac Anthology.
If you want to be spooked in person, Eric hosts the Lincoln Ghost Walk in Springfield (through October). Come take the tour and learn some creepy tales about the 16th President of the United States!
Eric earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master’s Degree in Communication from the University of Illinois Springfield. He served as a collegiate speech and debate coach for seven years, and has been a local freelance writer since 2005.