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Torment and Fugue: Soliloquies and Solutions

"In ordinary circumstances, he would have found the sight of the waterfalls, the vines, and the carvings to be beautiful, maybe even mystical. But, all he could see and feel was a sense of decay, antiquity, and a foreboding of some unwholesome revelation, or a confirmation of the acrid truth, which chilled him to the bone..."

An Excerpt from the upcoming story "Torment and Fugue" which is one of the stories in The Nightmare Theater anthology. More excerpts from the anthology here->


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