Thomas Grey is an Albuquerque-based writer that grew up consuming horror novels from classic to obscure. He focuses on horror but wants to make your skin crawl more than anything. Visit r/readThomasGrey or his Vocal page for more.
The things you do for money.
You ever see those ads online, sometimes on craigslist, sometimes in the newspaper, where you can sign up for college psychology experiments? Of course, they aren't as common anymore; laws, rules, or whatever don't seem to allow them as much, but they still happen if you keep your eye out. And you can still even get paid for some. Sometimes even as much as $500.00.
What do you do when you just can't stand it?
How many excuses had I already made up to this point? Trees scraping against wood siding, creaking boards in an already older house still aging, animals sneaking in through gaps in insulation, wind shaking the top levels of your home. All of them said to ease my mind from the strange sounds I kept hearing.
I met the other me today.
Shaking my head did little to relieve the grogginess I felt. A bad combination of late night, poor diet, and other destructive decisions led to an even worse morning. Even so, I still had to force myself awake, using the annoyance of my blaring morning reminder that I would likely be late to work.
The darkness in my eye switched from the right to the left.
There was this crazy itching feeling in the corner of my eye…an incessant twitching that refused to stop bothering me, no matter how much my curled pointer finger rammed and twisted into it. Honestly, the more I rubbed it, the more it bothered me. It was even to the point where this strange black smudge was permanently stuck in the edge of my field of vision. A blob that, no matter how much I glared at the edge of my eye, I could not catch it.