Someone posted an ominous statement generator (birth month, eye color, birth order, hair color matched to a phrase) and I tried it. It reminded me of my favorite creepy podcast, Welcome to Night Vale, so I decided to write a few snippets to share.

Image from WikiMedia by John Bayes.

The trees are not what they seem. Sleep well: they, too, have teeth.

Be wary of the woods. Monsters lurk there. They prowl on the ground, and perch on the branches, and soar overhead, and burrow under your feet. You’ll never hear most of them until it’s too late. Others are big and loud, with rustles and creaks and groans. But that’s a trick, too. All monsters use tricks to catch the unwise, and if you run from the noises–or the flash of glowing eyes, or the dark shadow through the leaves–you will run into something much worse.

It’s best to stay out of the woods if you can, but if you must go into them, travel in a group, and keep watch. The monsters prefer easy prey. Be dangerous, and they will pass you by.

Be thankful for our blessings. We’re safe here, in the village. We no longer need fear losing sleeping children to the darkness. The monsters cannot pass the guardian trees, that we tamed long ago. A ring of three, they watch and wait, and any monster fool enough to try to sneak past our guardians learns that monsters aren’t the only thing with teeth.





About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

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