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The Dark Playground
by Duane Barton   

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Publisher:  Publish America ISBN-10:  160836755X


Copyright:  May 23, 2009 ISBN-13:  9781608367559

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Imagine a playground in the daytime. Usually there are children playing, laughing, and having fun. Maybe families are having picnics or are just spending quality time together. Everyone is happy. Now picture that same playground at night. It’s like a whole different place. It’s the same playground, except now that darkness is added, it becomes foreboding and maybe even scary. With almost anything in life, if even a little darkness is added, the same holds true. These 13 stories demonstrate just how scary things can be when darkness in different forms is added to the most normal of things. And also how quickly things can turn for the worst and be totally unexpected when you think you have everything figured out.

Here is a brief description of each story that is in The Dark Playground:
Adam’s Room: Something evil has happened in Adam’s room. Something deadly that will change Adam and his family forever. But is it too late to stop the evil from happening again?
Stark Naked: Workaholic Frank Neesly has finally landed the promotion of a lifetime. But on his way home to tell the good news to his wife, he finds out that it might be too little too late.
Please Drive Through: Allison and her coworkers are stuck working the graveyard shift at the local drive through. But the boredom soon disappears when employees begin to die. And who is the sinister voice driving the mysterious black pickup truck?
Paper Cuts: 13-year-old Lanny loves to write. When he finally gets a typewriter of his own he can really let his imagination go. But sometimes there are grave consequences when imagination is put onto paper.
Oliver’s Freedom: Highway Patrolman Rob Peterson knows the mysterious deaths on a certain stretch of the interstate aren’t just coincidence. He just can’t figure out what evil is at work here. And how does a little boy named Oliver fit in? Could he be the solution?
Not Guilty: Defense attorney Frank Bostle has just convinced a jury that his client didn’t rape and kill a young woman. Even though he was just doing his job, will justice find its way to prevail anyway?
Molly: Molly is a caring young woman who has been through hell dealing with the apparent suicide of her husband and the loss of their unborn baby. She seemed to be back on her way to recovery and a normal life. But then an innocent, harmless prank is played on her. Will Molly be able to control the evil that awakes inside of her?
Death Beckons: People of different ages and genders are all dying in a small town. Each sees an evil figure of some sort right before they die. What is this mysterious, horrible figure that is taking these lives?
Deadbolt: Roger and Ben are supernatural investigators. But this certain case is unlike any others that they have had. Can they unravel the deadly secrets of the Embry family before it’s too late?
Crackerjacks: Five teenagers find themselves at the long closed down and abandoned Weeping Woods Insane Asylum one dark night. The asylum has a grisly past of pain, anguish, torture and even murder. The teenagers know about the legend of the murderous patient named Crackerjacks who still roams the asylum. But what they don’t know is what is causing people to appear bound in straitjackets with bleeding eyes? Is it the work of Crackerjacks; or something much more evil?
Blackout: Tom and Kelly seem to be experiencing a normal blackout. But when their 7-year-old daughter Candice is nowhere to be found, they realize that this blackout is anything but normal. What evil forces are at work here?
Big Bad Wolf: 10-year-old Cassidy idolized her big brother Darren. But when Darren suddenly committed suicide, her world is shattered. But is Darren really gone for good? And if not, will he be the same big brother she’s known and loved all of her life?
A New Hello: Someone is killing a group of teenage friends one by one and leaving a cryptic note with each dead body. Will the remaining friends be able to figure out who the killer is and unravel the meaning behind the notes before nobody is left alive?
From Oliver's Freedom: "...someone else appeared out of the darkness of the woods. It was a man dressed in a black suit. He had a short black beard with short black hair. Frank was frozen with fright. The man introduced himself as Satan."

From Death Beckons: "Eyes bulged and mouth agape, he was not able to make neither a move nor a sound. With everything he had, he tried to get up, scream, anything; but it was to no use. He was paralyzed. The figure’s mouth then opened. Directly face to face with Paul, the figure then let out a horrific blood curdling shriek."

From Deadbolt: "But something was wrong with her. One of her legs was contorted to make it look like part of it was almost ready to fall off! Then her face; it was extremely bloody, and her
eyes were dark and lifeless. Her mouth gaped open as she struggled to creep down the hallway."

From Crackerjacks: "Still with shock on his face, Aaron shook his head. He couldn’t understand what was going on. As Tommy began to get closer and closer, Aaron actually began to back away from him. He didn’t go very far, because he suddenly backed into something. Fear had a hold of him. He didn’t want to turn around, but had to find out what was behind him. As he turned, he saw a that a tall figure was behind him. Aaron shook so bad he could hardly control his flashlight. The tears continued to stream down his face. He finally managed to shine the light into the figure’s face. Ultimate horror took over as he dropped his flashlight and uncontrollably urinated through his pants."

From Big Bad Wolf: "Still trembling a little, she slowly made her way up and began to go toward the ladder. But as she turned, she was horrified to see the same evil monster from her dream directly face to face. “Hey, kiddo,” was all it sneered..."

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