The Horror in Gretchen's Cafe
Agent Max Chance of the Paranormal Affairs Division has come to a small coffee shop to stop the arrival in our reality of one of the Old Ones made popular by H.P. Lovecraft. But the real Old Ones aren't oozy monsters; they're more like living ideas whose presence taints reality. To stop it, Max must spot the person who looks like they're having an idea...then blow their brains out. 3,000 words. More
The Old Ones, made popular in H. P. Lovecraft’s horror fiction, are very real, though nothing like the way Lovecraft imagined them. Instead of palpably oozy grotesqueries, they’re completely non-material, able to enter our plane of existence only as fictional ideas. The problem is, once here, they wreak untold havoc, distorting reality by their alien presence and making things go wrong everywhere (many periods of war and unrest are directly attributable to them).
Now, psychics working for the U. S. government’s way-beyond-top-secret Paranormal Affairs Division have determined that an Old One is about to manifest in a coffee shop in Ohio. The Division has sent its best agent, Max Chance, to put an end to the problem before it begins by using his expertly trained eye to spot the person who looks like they’re suddenly having an idea, and then blowing that person’s brains out...
A 3,000-word short story.