|Vilma reading on a Sofa," T.F. Simon 1898–1925, c. 1912.|
She had never experienced being in a house alone. All through childhood and her teen years, as the other kids in her neighborhood arrived home from school to an empty house, she was greeted daily by her great-grandmother.
Alone finally came one day, after marriage and children. Her husband realized she needed a day to herself and he took the kids on an outing. She excitedly hurried her family out the house, prepared a cup of tea, grabbed a book and settled down into a cozy chair. Taking a sip of tea, she closed her eyes, allowing the quiet to fill her ears. When she opened them she saw the shadow in the corner of the room. "Dammit!" she said in an angry voice, "do you not understand the meaning of the word alone?!"
Alone on the bookshelf!
The main characters in the following books find themselves truly alone! What about you? When was the first time you were home alone? Have you read either of these books?
From award-winning, best-selling horror writer Brian Keene comes this quiet, chilling, supernatural short tale (15,000 words).