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The Harvester: A Tale of Terror in Ashville

Every Twenty Years, the Malevolent Spirit Returns to Claim Its Victims

By Mike LundgreenPublished 2 months ago 4 min read

In the small town of Ashville, nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, there was a dark secret that few knew about. It was said that every twenty years, the town was visited by a malevolent spirit that brought with it a wave of death and destruction. The locals called it the Harvester, and it was said to be responsible for the disappearance of dozens of people over the years.

No one knew exactly where the Harvester came from or what it wanted, but everyone in town feared it. People locked their doors at night and kept their children close. But no matter how hard they tried, the Harvester always seemed to find a way in.

It was the year 1983, and the Harvester was due to arrive again. The townspeople were on edge, and rumors swirled about who would be the next victim. Some believed that the Harvester only targeted those who had done wrong, while others thought that it was completely random.

One night, a young woman named Emily was walking home from her job at the local diner. She had heard the rumors about the Harvester, but she didn't believe in ghosts or spirits. As she walked along the dark, deserted street, she suddenly heard a strange rustling noise behind her. She turned around to see nothing but shadows.

Emily quickened her pace, her heart pounding in her chest. The rustling grew louder and she could feel something cold and clammy on the back of her neck. She broke into a run, sprinting towards her house. When she finally reached the safety of her front porch, she collapsed against the door, gasping for breath.

As she fumbled for her keys, she heard a low, guttural growl coming from behind her. She turned around and saw a dark figure looming in the shadows. It was the Harvester, and it had come for her.

Emily screamed and fumbled with her keys, trying to unlock the door. The Harvester slowly approached, its eyes glowing in the darkness. Emily could feel its cold breath on her neck as it reached out to grab her.

Suddenly, the front door swung open and Emily tumbled inside. She slammed the door shut and locked it, breathing heavily. She looked through the peephole and saw the Harvester standing on the porch, its eyes fixed on her. Emily shuddered and backed away, knowing that she had narrowly escaped its grasp.

Over the next few weeks, more and more people in Ashville went missing. No one knew what had happened to them, but everyone suspected that the Harvester was responsible. The town was thrown into a state of panic, and people started to take extreme measures to protect themselves.

One night, a group of men decided to take matters into their own hands. They armed themselves with guns and set out into the woods to hunt the Harvester. They searched for hours, but they couldn't find anything.

As they were making their way back to town, they heard a strange noise behind them. They turned around and saw a dark figure approaching. It was the Harvester, and it was angry.

The men opened fire, but their bullets had no effect. The Harvester continued to advance, its eyes burning with a cold, malevolent fury. The men tried to run, but it was too late. The Harvester was upon them, and it was hungry.

In the end, the Harvester claimed more victims than ever before. The people of Ashville were never able to rid themselves of the malevolent spirit, and every twenty years it returned to claim more lives. The town became a place of fear and despair, haunted by the memories of those who had been lost to the Harvester. And to this day, no one knows where it came from or what itwanted. Some believe it was a vengeful spirit, seeking retribution for past wrongs. Others think it was a manifestation of the town's collective fear and guilt, punishing them for their sins.

But one thing was certain - the Harvester was real, and it would return again in twenty years' time. The people of Ashville knew that they would never truly be safe, no matter how hard they tried to protect themselves.

And so, the town remained a place of darkness and dread, haunted by the malevolent spirit that had claimed so many lives. The Harvester had become a part of the town's mythology, a warning to future generations of the dangers that lurked in the shadows.

But for those who had lived through the horror of the Harvester's visit, it was a reminder of the fragility of life, and the darkness that could lurk in even the smallest and most seemingly innocent of places. And so they lived on, always looking over their shoulders, always waiting for the Harvester to return once more.


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Mike Lundgreen

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