I absolutely loved this short paranormal story. We find
Jeremy Brogan starting his first night as a security guard at St. Michael’s
Hospital, which just so happens to be rumored as being the most haunted
hospital in the country. The evening starts out normal for Jeremy, or so it
seems that everything is normal, until things begin getting very busy with
endless amounts of visitors and he easily becomes overwhelmed. I just loved
this story and I was totally pulled into the storyline from the very first
page. The characters were very believable and the story flowed seamlessly for
me. I also loved the eerie feeling I felt as I was turning the pages. You’ll find
that it’s an extremely short story so you won’t have a problem fitting it into
your hectic schedule. I highly recommend it and can’t wait to read more from
this talented author!
Jeremy Brogan thinks the only thing he’s afraid of is the
nervous anticipation of starting a new job. Then again, he is working at the
most haunted hospital in the country – or so it’s rumored to be. Once his shift
starts, it gets extremely busy for him and he just can’t seem to help all the
visitors he comes in contact with. The question remains are those visitors
really people needing his help or could they be from another realm trying to
scare the daylights out of him?
“Is this your first night?” The
old man stood up from his seat. Where he’d been sitting, he could barely see—or
be seen—over the counter in front of the desk. He walked around the counter
“Yes, it is.” Jeremy
fidgeted with the buttons on his jacket. “I suppose it’s obvious. Isn’t it?” Pressing
his lips into a grin, he tried to smile. “Actually, I’ve never done anything
like this before.”
The old man paused, as
though sizing Jeremy up, and then patted him on the shoulder. “You’ll be fine.”
He went back behind the counter and retrieved his metal lunch pail.
“By the way, my name is
Jeremy Brogan.” Jeremy reached over the counter, offering his hand.
The old man grasped Jeremy’s
hand and gave it a firm shake. “Jake Edwards.”
“Say, do you mind me asking
how long you’ve been working here?”
“It’ll be forty-two years,
Jeremy’s brows rose sharply.
“Yep.” Jake nodded. “And not
once did I miss a day of work.”
Jeremy rested his elbows on
the counter. “That’s incredible.”
“Yeah, I guess it is.” Jake
shrugged. “Never really thought about it.” He slid his hand over the smooth,
worn surface of the counter, as he walked back around to the front. “I can
honestly say, I’m going to miss it.”
“I’m retiring next week.” His
brow furrowed, his gaze growing distant. “I’ll tell ya, I’ve been looking
forward to this my whole life. Waiting and dreaming about what I’d do when the
day came. But now that it’s here…It’s going to feel strange, not coming in here
every night.” He shook his head and sighed.
“But, I guess it’s not the
end of the world.” Jake grinned. “Tell ya what—” he patted Jeremy on the chest
with the back of his hand “—I’ll come back and visit ya. How does that sound?”
He stepped to the middle of the hall. “So, have they shown ya everything?”
“Yep. Keep an eye on the
security monitors, and once an hour walk the upper floors. I have my
walkie-talkie, in case I need to communicate with the main security room
downstairs. If a situation does arise, I don’t think I can handle alone, call
for additional security.” Jeremy laughed self-consciously. “God, that sounded like
I memorized the security manual, didn’t it?”
Jake peered at him over his
glasses. “I take it you think you look like a fool, right about now?”
Jeremy smiled. “Pretty
“Hey, it’s the fool that
doesn’t prepare. Especially in a job like this.”
“I guess I’m a little
nervous.” Jeremy tugged at his collar. “This is the first real job I’ve had.”
“I haven’t met a night
watchmen yet, who wasn’t nervous his first night.” Jake smirked. “Well, the
good ones, that is.”
“Thanks, I needed to hear
“Don’t thank me.” Jake held
up his palm. “When it comes down to it, it will be you and the night.”
Jeremy Brogan thought being a night watchman at a hospital would be easy, wandering long, dark, empty halls late at night. It might even get kind of boring, after a while...Except Jeremy is working at St. Michael's; the most haunted hospital in the country.
It's a good thing Jeremy doesn't believe in ghosts. Everything he sees and hears must have some kind of and explanation, right?
That he had to patrol the fifth floor was bad enough, but never in his wildest dreams did he think he would end up in the basement. Now all he wants is out...only the hospital, and its inhabitants, have other plans.
This is yet another short story by E. H. James that I
absolutely loved. We find Amy a patient in a psych ward who is having strange
things happen to her and she doesn’t know why. One minute something is one way
like a bed being messed up and the next minute the bed is made and perfectly
neat. She wants answers, but it seems no one cares to give them to her. But
something is very odd about Amy that she hasn’t even realized yet herself. James knows how to pack just enough horror and mystery in her short pages to
keep her readers on the edge of their seats. I love her writing style and I
immediately get pulled into her storylines no matter what story I read of hers.
She has a way of giving her readers a hook in the first sentence and she grabs
your attention until the very last word. I have a new favorite horror author
I’m definitely going to follow now!
All Amy wants to know is why some things keep changing in
her psych ward room. She asks questions, but continually she doesn’t get
answers. She wonders why things keep occurring and no one seems to care about
it. But as time quickly elapses, she comes to a realization that’s beyond
shocking to her. Why do things keep changing around her without notice? Why
can’t she get the answers she’s looking for? What is Amy’s shocking realization
that changes her life?