35 by Tim Eagle
Thirty-Five year old Alyssa is tormented by her past, an abusive marriage that she can't flee, and is forced to go on a trip to find film for an obscured camera. Can she talk reason into her husband? Does the old adage "what don't kill you makes you more strong" apply? As the trip progresses, Alyssa is haunted by her past. This is Alyssa's tale, take her hand and join her in a nightmare world as the terror follows her.
An engrossing story revolving around a toxic relationship and a childhood terror. Reminded me of The Twilight Zone or Ray Bradbury’s Theatre. Shades of magic realism which gradually shifts towards fantasy. Recommended for those who like their stories to evoke a subtle, creeping dread.
Great short. Definitely pick this one up!
A Tale of Retribution
Young Alyssa has suffered abuse from her alcoholic father. Her mother is dead and she is a very lonely girl who becomes obsessed by the ramblings of two elderly men who fill her head with small-town tales that may or may not have really happened. Fast forward in her pitiful life when she is married to a piece of shit husband, Derrick. He turns out to be even more abusive than her father was. Alyssa is nothing but a sex toy in his perverted and disgusting role play scenarios. I knew that she wouldn't put up with being his personal punching bag forever. The old 35 mm camera Derrick has turns out to be his greatest nemesis, as it spawns the seed of what will eventually end his horrific treatment of Alyssa. The black blob, otherwise known as The Bruised Man manifests as more than just a shadow in the developed pictures. He not only gives Derrick a bruisin'-he devours him little by little. So long, asshole. Lesson here? Be careful how you treat people because the person you're treating like shit might have a really good entity in their corner.