Darren J. Dalton

Writer, Actor & Creative Consultant

New EPOCH Chapter!

New EPOCH Chapter!

He was calling Christopher and Grace was running up the stairs and into a sudden nightmare. Jacob was on his knees. On the floor before him was Christopher. The boy’s eyes were open, shining with a numb emptiness. Blood covered his small head, flowing from a deep gash over his eye. Jacob was screaming, his face shocked and mouth trailing spittle.

Above them, the newly installed ceiling fan turned. One of its blades listed off-kilter, broken and bloody.

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Outsiders Way & Curtis Brothers Lane

Outsiders Way & Curtis Brothers Lane

I had been to Tulsa before, of course. My last visit was 34 years ago when I stepped off the plane as a 17-year-old. My return was one of those surreal moments where the new and the old were superimposed over one another.

This wasn’t just a visit to a location. It was a look back at the dreams of a 17-year-old with his entire life ahead of him.

This was “gold.”

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SNEAK PEEK!

“The Hand of Glory”

“The Hand of Glory”

The girl withdrew a rectangular tin box. It had once been painted an olive green but the paint was worn and chipped, reducing the color to a mottled gray.

“Tell me if you’ve seen one of these before.”

Opening the lid revealed a human hand. The flesh had dried over time, becoming the shriveled color of a raisin. The area around the nails had retracted, giving them the appearance of being long and claw-like. The girl, without reservation, lifted the severed hand from the box and placed it on the glass counter…

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