Fantasy Horror Strange


By Alan Baxter
Feb 6, 2019 · 1,036 words · 4 minutes

From the author: This was a short horror story originally published at Daily Science Fiction. It was a finalist for the Best Short Story in the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards.


by Alan Baxter
"I need a volunteer!" Mephisto scanned the crowd, one hand shielding his eyes as if from a bright sun. His red-lined black cape whipped around as he strode from one side of the stage to the other.
Dozens of hands shot up, clamoring to be chosen. Mephisto squinted, heart hammering. He so hated this bit, but had little choice. There's always a choice, a voice whispered in the back of his mind, and he squashed it away into its dark corner.
His gaze fell upon a young...
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