The old Juliette factory was said to be haunted.

Over the years, many workers claimed to have seen visions of strange things. Odd noises, apparitions walking the halls, movement in shadowy corners. On the ten year anniversary of its construction, Theonus Lackey climbed to the top of the roof and threw himself off. He landed on the train tracks below.

Speculation ran wild over his death, but one thing everyone agree on; the factory drove him insane. A week later it shut its doors.

Fifty years after, Julie, a forensic scientist, returned to the factory to investigate her father’s suicide. She discovered the enamel used on the floors was the culprit. Exposed to the right temperature and humidity, it would emit a hallucinogenic vapor, which mimicked LSD.

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  1. DWR Ball
    DWR Ball says:

    Interesting concept. Not really any real ghosts or ghouls, but a chemical induced horror. Could be stretched out into a longer tale where Julie begins to go mad the further she investigates still not knowing the cause and blaming the old factory?

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  2. Carson Cole
    Carson Cole says:

    I’ve only read 2 of these “flash fiction” type stories so far but this one is my favorite one. I believe they are a new type of addition to the field of short fiction. But, They only serve to “whet the whistle” in the mind of the reader. So, what are they, exactly? Mere carrots that serve to spark our curiosity, or whispers of the begging of something bigger to come at a later date? Whatever the case, I for one can’t wait for more. Kudos to the writer for a job well done!

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  3. Carson Cole
    Carson Cole says:

    I’ve only read 2 of these “flash fiction” type stories so far but this one is my favorite one. I believe they are a new type of addition to the field of short fiction. But, They only serve to “whet the whistle” in the mind of the reader. So, what are they, exactly? Mere carrots that serve to spark our curiosity, or whispers of the beginning of something bigger to come at a later? Whatever the case I, for one, can’t wait for more.

    Kudos to the writer for a job well done!

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