Where do nightmares come from?
Do they come from our thoughts and fears? Perhaps memories or experiences, both real and imagined, supply the fodder.
Or perhaps there is something far more sinister at work than base reality and chemistry.
On February 21, 1939, the citizens of Cross found a possible answer.
It came in the form of an abandoned building, one they had never seen before, and which sprang into existence on an island in Blood Lake.
Lead by Duncan Blood, a group of twenty men and women crossed the lake on foot, climbing up the steep sides of the island’s bank. Each was armed with a rifle and a handgun, and no one knew what to expect.
Cross, as they all knew, had a way of surprising everyone.
The building they explored did not disappoint them.
It had once housed a mail order business, although from what concurrent timeline they did not know. But what they discovered was that the business supplied nightmares. A sample catalog found in a foreman’s office listed nightmares from the mundane to the terrifying, ‘a nightmare for every price range,’ as the advertisement went.
Children could buy nightmares to terrorize classmates and peers. Adults could assail their enemies with sleepless nights and thoughts of suicide.
Deep within the storerooms of the business, the group from Cross found some of the nightmares. These boxed terrors were carried outside and burned, and upon the group’s return, the town kept watch on the building.
The abandoned business remains, and somehow nightmares continue to appear in their neat, cellophane wrapped boxes.
Not all the nightmares are destroyed, and not all who suffer from them survive.
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