Four Eerily Inspiring Short Stories of Fiction: ANGELA: John Raines fears he is going insane. He hears voices and things that go bump in the night. He’s starting to have conversations with imaginary beings. It’s terrifying to gradually lose one’s grip on reality. But what if there was a good reason for it all, a reason that would make it all worthwhile? Angela has a message. Can John figure it out before he totally loses his mind? THE MERCHANT MARINE: In 1943, World War II compelled America to ship thousands of tons of supplies—bullets, explosives, shells, equipment, soldiers—to Europe in support of the war effort. The Merchant Marine repeatedly braved the cold North Atlantic to accomplish this logistical feat. They lost dozens of ships and hundreds of men to the marauding German U-boats. On one such perilous crossing, a sailor struggles to survive the carnage. THE LATE GREAT KID SLATER: Sometimes you just feel a little off, like you’re not yourself. Well, they do say that the mind can play tricks on you. Kid Slater would certainly agree. You, the reader, might feel a bit confused by this tale, but just imagine how he feels. ANA ELIZABETH: A little girl discovers her heritage, and learns of her namesake, in a dusty old hope chest in a Kansas attic. But did something, or someone, call to her to make this discovery? And why?