Jeff C. Stevenson
Jeff C. Stevenson is a professional member of Pen America, an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and a finalist for the Best Published Midsouth Science Fiction and Fantasy Darrell Award. He is the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling FORTNEY ROAD: The True Story of Life, Death and Deception in a Christian Cult and more than two dozen dark fiction short stories. Jeff’s first novel, the supernatural mystery, THE CHILDREN OF HYDESVILLE, will be published summer 2018 by Hellbound Books. He’s now revising the suspense thriller, I’LL COME BACK TO GET YOU, and he also writes mainstream fiction under the pen name of Mary Saliger.
A Sample of:
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
by Jeff C. Stevenson
There’s one in every town, an old house where an elderly person or couple have lived for years in relative isolation. The neighbors don’t see them much and it doesn’t appear as if they have any family or friends visiting them. On the rare occasions when they are seen in their yard, they may exchange a wave or nod at you as you walk past, but the message is clear: I’d really like to be left alone, thank you very much.
A young mother pushing a baby carriage after an hour in the park may see a worn, gray-haired woman in a tattered bathrobe beckoning feebly from her living room window. What she is saying through the thick glass can’t be heard. There is a jerky, insistent awkwardness about her gesturing that is off-putting, perhaps even violent in its urgency. The young woman thinks dementia as she flashes a smile, nods at the grandmother, then immediately pushes forward in a hurry to be on her way and not miss naptime.
At Halloween, children avoid the dwellings of the old and isolated, as do the Christmas carolers and the high school boys seeking cash to shovel their driveway. When storms knock out electricity, few bother to see if the aged are all right or if they have enough food or need a ride anywhere. During heat waves, no one thinks to check to see if they have air conditioning or enough cold water to drink.