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Beneath the Mask

Beneath the Mask

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Published by Kyle Downes
A collection of short stories written by Kyle Downes
A collection of short stories written by Kyle Downes

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Published by: Kyle Downes on Oct 04, 2009
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It’s interesting how the mind can fool the body;like when you wake up in yourbed, only to realize that you’ve been dreaming. The terror was not in the fall, oh no.As real as that may seem, some part of you knowsyou are dreaming. The real terror iswhenyou open your eyes and for a fleeting instant, you see yourself smashed againstthe pavement. You
 feel
the impact, the bones breaking, you
hear 
the screams, andthen you are awake. Perhaps you have never experienced this; perhaps you’ve beenspared the horror. But surely you have felt the knife in your skin, as the killer plungesit deep into your breast. Perhaps you have felt the spider’s bite, the wasps sting. And,against everything you know, you
believe
that you are dying. Your heart beats faster,you writhe in agony, and you wake up, covered in sweat. People have died fromdisease that does not exist, symptoms that only their mind creates. A man has a rashon the plane, and suddenly everyone is scratching. Then he has a heart attack and dies.Here, perhaps, the mind draws a line, but for a few…This collection is like the mind, and you, the readers, are the body. If I have donemy job correctly, perhaps I can fool you into believing the impossible. But then again,perhaps you’re just too smart for little old me. Either way, I do hope you enjoy thesestories, compiled from early works, with some new ones thrown in. Terror is a fickleemotion. What scares one man may not scare another. I have not covered all phobias,but I feel that I may cause a start.Well, fingers crossed anyway…Alas, I bid you farewell
Kyle Downes
 
Beneath The Mask
A
COLLECTION OF SHORTSTORIES
,
WRITTEN AND COMPILEDBY
K
YLE
D
OWNES
EAR AND PAIN 
,
ALWAYS TOGETHER 
EVER FEAR AND JOY  
,
OR FEAR AND LOVE 
ERHAPS THEY ARE THE SAME 
,
FEARAND PAIN 
IAMESE TWINS 
,
JOINED TOGETHER 
R PERHAPS 
,
TWO NAMES FOR THE SAME THING 
ONSIDER THIS AS YOU READ 
,
FOR FEAR AND PAIN ONE AND THE SAME 
,
OR TWO COMPLETELY DIFFERENTTHINGS 
,
FEAR AND PAIN 
,
AWAITYOU 
,
DEAR READERS 
” 
K D 
 
T
RACK
L
IST
:
T
HE
B
EAST
O
F
N
EVERMORE
~ 4
L
ES
H
OMBRES
D
E
N
EGROS
~6
H
OME
B
Y
T
HE
S
EA
~10
T
ERROR
H
AS
W
INGS
~18
F
ISSURE
~27
C
ONFESSIONS OF A
D
YING
R
ACE
~45

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