The letters swam, spilling into different words, which I read as they appeared.
“The crowning achievement of the Greatest and Best was Universal Discovery. Our voyagers found the outermost edge of the universe. Do you understand? The absolute end of everything. We found the answers we were looking for, and the answers you are looking for. We built this monument afterwards. Come and see.”
Performed by Amaka Umeh, and featuring Chris Vergara and Anthony Botelho.
I never thought a hospital could be so pleasant. It began to feel like a home and besides the healing, visits from friends, and watching some of the trashiest daytime TV you can imagine, it was a pretty uneventful winter for me.
Except for that one night of course.
Performed by Hugh Ritchie.
Not long after Thomas’ return, I started noticing strange things in and around the house. Noises at first, at night. Something like the sound of distant thunder. Boom… boom… boom… off in the distance, in the middle of the night. Oddly, at around the same time Thomas would leave bed.
Performed by Rachel Hart.
The chill wind blows and carries the smell of pumpkin rot. Creatures and bones and things peer from every home. The doorbell rings in the dead of night on a dark street. Do you dare answer? It must be time for more snips, and it must be time for Halloween.
Featuring, in order of appearance, Anthony Botelho, Rachel Hart, Jacob Duarte Spiel, Alexander Saxton, Hugh Ritchie, Liz Der, Chris Vergara, Margaret Rose, and Jada Rifkin.
Now, that all sounds a bit dispassionate and business-minded when I listen to myself. This isn’t supposed to be a sales pitch. No… please don’t mistake me as being blase, this work really is my passion. As are the pigs.
The sun was right overhead. It was so hot I thought the plastic wheels of my travel bag would melt to the pavement. As I turned from the parking lot down the side of the highway, the fresh dose of codeine washed over me, like white surf on a sunlit beach. The pills made everything even brighter and hazier. I felt like I was floating on the thick humid air, floating down the road like a raft down a warm stream.
Performed by Liz Der.
"It’s dangerous to face them alone. You must have others with you, others you trust, even if it puts them in danger." That's what Laudens told me when I first became the Catcher. It was the soundest of advice. And yet, sometimes we do not have the luxury of following sound advice.
Featuring Thomas Gough.
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Featuring Alexander Saxton, Jada Rifkin, and Anthony Botelho.
She would stand in purple darkness, back pressed against one of the marble pillars supporting the window’s arch, and strain her ears to catch scraps of conversation as they drifted up through the purple leaves and white flowers of the citrus trees. In Constantinople, somebody was always listening.
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And then, some strange, lingering sense of wrongness resolved itself into a realization. The people at this party were strange. They were all slightly too long and slender in the limbs and body. They all moved the same way, with the same liquid nonchalance.
Featuring Alexander Saxton, Mirka Loiselle, and Louis-Alexandre Boulet.
But on one night – it was late in the fall, I think – a foreign sound leaked into my father’s left ear, the one with the hearing aid. He took out the device and shook it, a habit that seemed to help, like the way you might hit an old radio to get it back to its senses. But when he put it back in, the sound didn’t disappear; if anything, it became a little clearer.
She looked down at her drink, and tilted it to watch the fluid stick to the sides of the glass. She wrinkled her nose. He’d said it was “Bessenjenniver,” a specialty, and the bartender had poured her a thick shot in a yellowed tumbler, after unscrewing the cap and tearing open a crust of old sugar. For this, he had charged the absurd sum of 35 cents.
Featuring Frances Loiselle and Alexander Saxton
Another collection of stories, tales of strange beasts and far-flung places. None of them a beginning or an ending, all of them short.
Featuring Arun Varma, Kevin Matthew Wong, and Rachel Hart.
Tell me, what draws you to that place? Were you raised here as child, wandering to the cliffs in your youth to throw rocks at the crumbling caves past the inlet? Did your elders tell you never to go near it, and you’ve just never shaken the childish want to disobey? Or have you passed by it in the middle of the night, and seen a dim pale light shining through the water and shining through the cracks in the rock face?
Featuring Louis-Alexandre Boulet.
I was mesmerized by the building, looking up and up at its titanic height. Near this end, it had a tower which soared to a height nearly double that of the bell tower at St. Mark’s. At the peak of the spire was a golden weather vane. Unlike St. Mark’s, the figure on that weather vane was not an angel.
Featuring Mirka Loiselle, Arun Varma, and Rachel Hart.
You know, I’ve seen the video. There was a good six months where she watched it almost every day, desperately searching for a clue, any kind of hint. All for nothing, obviously. I think we all knew that, the neighbours. But we’d sit with her while she did it, so she wouldn’t have to be alone.
Performed by Sarah Marchand, and featuring Kevin Matthew Wong and Frances Loiselle.
You see, the people who lived here choose to do so for a very specific reason. In spite of the fact that, until their being here, no humans who had ever set foot in this place wanted any part of it.
My old man turned to me, and he said, Jimmy, it’s a bad stretch of road along here. If you can avoid it, never drive it after dark. It’s a bad stretch, and bad strange things happen to folks along here after dark.
Now I’d been in that camp fer 'bout six months, an' Jack’d been there fer 'bout four, an' it was me'n'im together what found the Frenchman, floatin’ facedown in that swamp. An' we thought for sure that he was dead. But he wasn't.
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I’ve never felt at home with my wife’s family, and neither has Alison for that matter. But this time I had this special, sick feeling. There was something about this dinner, and the awful people at it, that felt like a disaster waiting to happen.
Featuring, in order of appearance, Emma Burns, Hannah Wilkinson, Alexander Saxton, and Rachel Hart.
I must say that I was surprised when I received your call. Not many people are very interested in learning the fine details of my work, given the nature of it. Yet here you are, the Brabant River Funeral Home.
I went through sort of a rough patch when I was younger, and one summer I ended up in one of those outdoor education programs so I wouldn't have to redo a year. I thought I'd be okay when they left me alone on one of those little islands. But I wasn't okay, and I wasn't alone. Featuring Eric Synnott.
Not every story has an end, or a beginning. Every day we glean half-stories, based on half-memories of half-facts. Catharsis is a rare treat for those who hear these tales, and for those who experience them.
Featuring, in order of appearance, Emma Burns, Chai Valladares, Alexander Saxton, Ilan Tzitrin, and Rachel Hart.