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The Dreadful Objects - Chapter 38

By Chris Cooper
396 words · 2-minute reading time


From the author: When his reclusive uncle commits suicide in a mansion full of curiosities, Jamie Lawson is left to clean up his dusty estate. As Jamie peels back the layers of his uncle’s life as a semi-famous horror author, he discovers an eerie connection between his uncle’s works and real life tragedies. Now, he must uncover the truth behind his uncle’s books while trying to rebuild his life in a new town. But, the bizarre facts he uncovers may just threaten his new life and everyone in it.


     The sun peeked out over the horizon as Jamie made it back to Pittsburgh. After more than ten hours of driving between Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, he just wanted to rest his head a while although it was still swimming with thoughts of T.J. and the crash. If the plan had worked, then why can I still remember everything? Is it because I typed the line?

     He slid his key into the door to the apartment as quietly as he could. Buttons growled on the other side of the door, and the dog let out a deep bark before Jamie could make it inside to comfort him. Lilly must have still been in bed.

     As he knelt down to pet him, Jamie heard a voice from the other side of the couch.

     “Where have you been?” Lilly asked in a cold tone.

     He walked around to sit next to her. “I’m sorry. I had to go to Cincinnati.” He decided to come clean because all of this was too much to keep from her any longer. “It had something to do with the wreck today.”

     Her scowl softened into a look of mournful sympathy. “So you know already?”

     “Know what? What are you talking about?”

     “You just took off after we got back. I tried to call you, but you wouldn’t answer. That wreck yesterday. Your uncle died in it,” she said, looking down at her lap.

     The words knocked him backward. “Died? What do you mean? I went to see him in Cincinnati. I’m not sure how to even begin to explain it, but—”

     “Cincinnati?” Lilly said. “Jamie, your uncle died on the bridge yesterday. Your aunt called me last night after you took off. She couldn’t get a hold of you.” She started to tear up.

     “My aunt?”

     “We have to go back up there. I took the next few days off. Deshawn said he’d keep an eye on the dog for us, and I already slid a copy of our key under his door.”

     Jamie said nothing. He had no idea what was going on.

     “The way that you acted yesterday, it’s like you knew. How did you know it was T.J. on the bridge?”

     “I didn’t,” Jamie replied.

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This story originally appeared in The Dreadful Objects.


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The Dreadful Objects

When his reclusive uncle commits suicide in a mansion full of curiosities, Jamie Lawson is left to clean up his dusty estate. As Jamie peels back the layers of his uncle’s life as a semi-famous horror author, he discovers an eerie connection between his uncle’s works and real life tragedies. Now, he must uncover the truth behind his uncle’s books while trying to rebuild his life in a new town. But, the bizarre facts he uncovers may just threaten his new life and everyone in it.

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Chris Cooper

Chris writes whimsical supernatural mysteries that blend the best elements of supernatural suspense, cozy mysteries, and horror (yes really).

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