Nightmare Radio


“He only did one thing well.”

“What was that, Master?”

“He dug the hole deep enough to hide the body.”

“Yes, he did, Master.”

Kayla came awake with a start. What was that buzzing noise? It took her a few moments to clear her head of the dream before she realized that her radio was making that sound. It was caught in between radio stations. That was odd. She could have sworn she had shut off the alarm before going to bed last night.

Her cat must have gotten on the table during the night and pressed one of the buttons. She hated when he did that. The radio always managed to interfere with her dreams.

She shut off the radio and went back to sleep.

The shadowy figures hovered around a body dressed all in white. The closer Kayla got, the more she recognized of the body. It was a woman of approximate middle age with dark brown hair and pale skin. She hadn’t been dead for long, for her cheeks still had a flush to them.

The shadowy figures were talking to each other. She didn’t dare get close enough to hear what they were saying, but it was obvious they were arguing with each other. Finally, the smaller shadow of the two picked up the woman’s body and tossed it into the grave. Both of them began shoveling dirt on top of her. They seemed to be in a hurry to get it over with.

When they were done, they turned in Kayla’s direction. She could see the glowing red of their eyes and the evil grins on their faces. They were coming right for her.

She came awake in her bed again. The buzzing of the radio was heard over the pounding of her heart.

“Do you think she saw us, Master?” she heard a voice on the radio over the buzzing sound.

“Of course she did, you idiot.”

“So what do we do now?”

“We wait. She has to sleep sometime.”

Kayla ripped the radio out of the wall and tossed it into the garbage can. She stayed awake the rest of the night too afraid of the nightmare to go back to sleep.


Inspired by: The Speakeasy

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I am a 43-year-old, single mom of 19-year-old boy/girl twins living in an extremely small town in rural Texas. Currently, I am employed as a Site Supervisor for a prominent corporation that provides security officers for homes and businesses.

17 thoughts on “Nightmare Radio

  1. This is creepy and good. I like how you use that half-awake period to sow terror — that’s always been one of my favorite reality-bending times, when anything can happen!

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