Doug contributes to the popular horror anthology Demonic Visions 50 Horror Tales. Also Doug’s poetry is featured in Poetry Quarterly and was an editor’s choice in a New England Poetry Publication.
The teddy bear sat on the edge of her bed; his eyes stared silently, straight ahead. ”Had I imagined the whole thing,” Alice thought to herself.
”No definitely not; this teddy bear is definitely alive.”
Alice walked over to the dresser and blew out the candle. She tossed the teddy bear into her bedroom closet and retired to her bed. She laid her head to her Alice was perhaps thirteen years old when she first summoned a demon. A single black candle sat in front of a mirror. The flame turned blue and a teddy bear sat up on the bed and let out a roar of rage. He bared his fangs and hissed at Alice. The frightened teen raced over to her light switch and clicked it oncool pillow and slowly drifted off to sleep. When she awoke, the next day, Alice saw the teddy bear sitting on her chest and just staring, silently at her. ”How’d you get here,” Alice muttered under her breath.
She tossed the teddy bear and he landed on his stomach when he hit the floor. Alice showered and dressed quickly. Red and yellow leaves stuck to the wet sidewalk as Alice walked to school. Alice sat at the back of Mr. Powell’s classroom during morning announcements. Mr. Burr’s voice droned over the p.a. system. Mr. Burr was the principal at Gothic Ridge Middle School.
”Student’s don’t forget the Halloween dance is tonight and that will be held in the gymnasium.”
Alice caught her enemy June Snyder leering at her. Alice stuck her tongue out at June and June just rolled her eyes. After homeroom let out Ronnie James approached Alice who was still seated at her desk, and fiddling with her book bag. Ronnie peered deep into Alice’s eyes and Alice smiled back. ”Will you go to the dance with me tonight,” Ronnie asked.
Alice’s mouth hung open. ”You’re asking me to the dance?”
”Well yeah,” Ronnie replied.
”Unless you think dances are totally lame or something.”
”No I’d love to go with you; what time are you going to pick me up?”
”Is 7:30 ok?”
”7:30 will be perfect I still have to pick out a costume for the dance anyway.”
”Great see you tonight.”
Ronnie grabbed Alice’s hand and kissed the back of it. Alice blushed. When she got home Alice, whistled as she climbed up the steps. When she opened her bedroom door she was met with chaos. The lights in her bedroom flickered rapidly on and then off. The teddy bear floated in the air, the bed thrashed violently up and down and books flew off their shelves.
Blood poured out of the teddy bear’s mouth. He hissed as he bared his fangs. He stuck out his claws and flew through the air and floated towards Alice’s face. She grabbed a pillow off of her bed and swung it with all her might. The pillow connected with the teddy bear and he crashed hard into the wall. The possessed teddy bear climbed to his feet, shaking his head.
”You’ll die at that dance tonight,” the bear threatened.
Alice’s mouth dropped open. ”What did you say?”
The bear let out an animal like roar and charged at Alice. She stuck out her foot and tripped the teddy bear. The teddy bear landed on his stomach. Alice stepped on the back of the stuffed animal’s neck. The teddy bear spun his head backwards. The teddy bear spit venom into the teen girl’s eyes. She fell to the floor and felt her soul leave her body and the demon inside the teddy bear, enter Alice’s body. At the dance the demon in Alice’s body danced cheek to cheek in Gothic Ridge’s with the boy of Alice’s dreams while poor Alice the real Alice lied in total darkness wanting to weep but was unable to weep because she was just an inanimate thing without emotion or a soul or so everyone thought at least.