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The Dreadful Objects - Chapter 40 - The End

By Chris Cooper
455 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.


     Sarah lay flat on the massage table. The masseur was a thin muscular Italian man who was also shirtless for some reason. He worked his hands up and down Sarah's back. As he worked up to her shoulders, he leaned in and kissed her ear. Actually, it was more of a lick. He was licking her ear, but his tongue was small and sandpaper-like.

     Theo barely escaped with his life as Sarah swung wildly to get the cat off her back. She pulled the covers off herself and slunk out of bed and into her house slippers. She flipped through the news headlines on her phone at the kitchen table while the coffee pot sputtered to life. The doorbell broke her concentration.

     A delivery man held a small brown package out for her. Sarah thanked him and closed the door behind her. After pouring herself a cup of coffee, she sat back down at the kitchen table to open the box. She cut the packaging tape with her car key and lifted the flaps. It appeared to be a book, or at least a draft of a book. The pages were loosely bound together, and Sarah accidentally tore the first page while unwrapping it. She turned the stack over to read the title page.

    

Correction Tape

by

T.J. Lawson

    

     What is this? A note had been handwritten at the bottom of the cover page.

 

Sarah,

Debated on whether or not to send this to you. Found this in my uncle's house after his death. Do with it what you will, but thought that you should have the chance to read it.

Hope all is well in Cincinnati.

Jamie Lawson

 

Sarah flipped through to the dedication page of the manuscript.

 

Grief is a powerful thing. It can cause us to turn away from those we love, even from love itself. It can cause us to seek refuge in the safety of objects. Objects are harmless and predictable. They can’t die, won’t leave us, and can be tucked away on a shelf when we don’t need them. But without love and the resilience that can come from inevitable losses, we’ll become just like an object on a shelf, coated with dust and slowly rotting into irrelevance.

 

This book is dedicated to the unwitting participants in an ill-conceived experiment.

Hi there,

I hope you enjoyed The Dreadful Objects. Did you know I've been working on a new book? Oliver Crum and the Briarwood Witch is now available on Kickstarter. If you liked The Dreadful Objects, you're going to love Oliver Crum.

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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