What Lies Outside the Window

Vampires, Jersey Devils, and Living Coffins

Dear Weirdlings,

The nights are hot. Sometimes I leave the window open — a crack, just a crack.

I close my eyes and try to sleep.

Something rustles, a soft whisper of movement of leaves. A small animal? A gust of breeze? A stranger’s careful step?

I close my eyes and try to sleep.

Something shifts within my room, falling. My heart leaps at the sound of the thud, a deep pounding in my chest.

I squeeze my eyes shut and try to sleep.


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Andrea Blythe
Author, poet, game writer, and lover of the fantastical, horrifying, and weird. Her latest poetry collection, Necessary Poisons, is forthcoming from Interstellar Flight Press.