Are you spider curious? Or are you a deathly afraid arachnophobe? The Egg is a horror story short in the Scary Stories from the Bayou series. It is a much more all audience friendly tale than some of the others in the series, but none-the-less just as creepy and horrifying.
Classic sibling rivalry between an older prissy sister and her younger bug-geek brother turns the familyâs relationship from humorous to horrific. Amy is much more interested in her friends, her music, and the fact that next year she will be a freshman in high school. Her brother Seth on the other hand is all about life science and in particular insectsâspiders to be exact.
The two live with their mom in Pass Christian, Mississippi on the Gulf Coast. With warm weather mostly year round a boy has lots to explore. His mother does not share his specific interests but does enjoy gardening outdoors. She fully supports her sonâs inquisitive nature. Most of the time.
But when the boy finds what appears to be a large spider nest near his bedroom window and wants to display it in his room their mom has other ideas. In compromise she allows him to take it to school. However, his science teacher wants to cut it open to see whatâs inside. Fearing its destruction the devious youngster has other ideas.
Many of us have had teachers that we adore. They make grand memories that we cherish for the rest of our lives. Siblings on the other hand often do the same just not always in a good way. Perhaps the fondest of our remembrances concerning our brothers and sisters are the ones in which we got even. This story has recalls that are nothing short in that department. As a matter of fact what truly good horror story is short of such demonstrative torture and revengeâeven at the sibling level?
With mild violence and a major creep factor, even for spider enthusiasts, The Egg summons up a visceral fear that most wonât soon forget. It actually has a story within a story that you can tell your siblings on dark, dreary nights while driving down country roads or even more thrilling with lots of traffic on a misty, moonless night. That is actually how the story was invented. And I donât mind telling you that the mom in the car was so creeped out that she demanded that it stopped being told. Too many spider eyes watching I reckon. The children remember it to this day. Kind of like an Addams Family moment etched into their psyche for over 20 years.
Arachnophobes beware. This creepy tale is Halloween horrific. It lightly delves into the world of arachnids and the study thereof. There is more than one spider family that you may learn about in this yarn. And you may even learn something about your family as wellâor yourself. But perhaps you already know that. The dark side we all possess. Donât fool yourself. It lurks behind the wry smile of revenge and deceit. Or maybe yours is hidden away subconsciously by your thirst for harmless mischief. Like scaring the ones you love with rubber snakes or spiders? Just harmless mischiefâthat is according to the beholder, of course.
Read 248-942-2065 before you go trick-or-treatingâor any time after dark. Tell the tale to your kids around the campfire, on the trail at night, or on a drive to Grandmaâs under the waning moonlight while on the interstate. Make it a family affair. And donât worry, no harmless rubber snakes or polymer spiders are hurt in this story. Because there arenât ANY.
Read The Egg on Kindle here