Turn Me On, Turn Me On, Mr. Dead Man

by Adam J. Whitlatch

Frank “The Roach” Carson crab-walked away from the ghastly apparition standing silhouetted in the doorway of his low-rent apartment. He gibbered and sobbed as the man slowly stalked toward him, his pale fingers working the bloody pliers open and closed with an agonizing slowness. The dead man sneered as he tossed two bloody fingers onto the dingy carpet and said, “Your friend, Slim Jim, rolled on you, Roach, but to his credit, he didn’t talk until I took the second finger.” “What are you gonna do, man?” asked Roach with girlish sob, eyes locked on the pliers. “The same thing you did to me, Roach,” said the dead man. “Except that I’m going to do it slow.”

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Adam J. Whitlatch, who gave us Hog Tamer, is the author of numerous horror and science fiction short stories, as well as the novel The Blood Raven: Retribution. He lives on a small farm in southern Iowa with his wife, Jessica, and their two children, where he continues to write new short stories and novels.