“Moths and Spiders”

Robert enjoyed watching the insects become ensnared, especially the feisty moths. He realized these arachnids had come to depend on him for sustenance, and he alone determined the fate of these creatures.

Robert had noticed earlier that three spiders had spun webs outside his kitchen window.

Due to some latent morbid streak, Robert stayed up late to flip the kitchen light on and off. This caused various insects to continuously leave and return through the tangle of webs.

Robert enjoyed watching the insects become ensnared, especially the feisty moths. He realized these arachnids had come to depend on him for sustenance, and he alone determined the fate of these creatures.

Robert had become a god with a click.

A light in his garage turned on unexpectedly, so Robert set out to investigate.

The means of Robert’s ascendance – and transcendence. 

Author: joshuajscully

That’s my picture up there. I’m not totally sure why I look so angry. I may be thinking about how much I hated the Crypt Keeper as a child. I grew up faithfully watching reruns of The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Crypt. Unfortunately, I missed the boat in terms of writing for either of those programs. I do consider both to have been wildly influential when I think back to my earliest thoughts about becoming an author and I’m grateful my parents let me watch those shows as a kid (although there were probably some nights early in my childhood my mother wished she hadn’t let me watch those shows). If you’re familiar with either program, then you know what genres are my focus. I thoroughly enjoy science fiction, suspense, the twist ending, and some horror or supernatural elements as well. Honestly, when I was a kid the Crypt Keeper scared the hell out of me. As an adult, I’ve really learned to embrace the puns. Historical fiction is a favorite of mine as well, and the root of that is shared with my profession. I am an educator by trade, and I teach American History. I consider some of the best writing I’ve ever done to be within the realm of historical fiction and I really enjoy saturating my mind in the research end of those projects. I would make the argument that storytelling is in my blood. Even my sister mulled, very briefly (about 45 minutes), launching a career as a screenwriter! My last name is one of those Irish (and, apparently, formally Manx) ones with a wonderfully researched history -“the story-teller’s descendant”. On of the first day of school each year, I do share that “my name is Mr. Scully, and that rhymes with Kelly”, just so I do not hear the myriad of mispronunciations on the first day. Several years ago, I started a blog similar to this one to highlight my middle years as a teacher. If that aspect of my life is of any interest to you at all, you can still find that blog online. During my summers, I really have time to pursue my writing projects and this blog will highlight some of that work. My first attempts to sit down and write extensively occurred when I was 15, but only a few years ago did I make setting time aside to write a priority. I’ve also benefited wildly over the years from many willing readers among my family and friends. The direction and feedback from those individuals has been invaluable. Outside the world of the written word, I am an educator, basketball coach, lecturer, and (very, very occasionally) a landscaper. I have only ever known Western Pennsylvania as my home. Although I love a good novel, I am absolutely unable to resist the power of the short story. The latter is really what I hope to be remembered for one day.

14 thoughts on ““Moths and Spiders””

  1. It always takes me two reads to get it!!! Like I know its there and im waiting for it to click then BAAM, horrifying clarity.
    This was subtly creepy. I dont think he should go to the garage. I cant imagine whats waiting there…

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      1. Right?! XD Ive been in my garage at night and have heard things. Gives me the chills! I try to tell myself it’s just the wind but you never know……And I def need more of these stories please!! :3

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      2. What?! Really?! Omg, totally post them, they are gold!!! And if you have longer ones i’d defnitely read them 🙂 Also sorry if I keep rambling, I love talking to other wirters. I never really get to haha

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      3. Definitely not rambling! I never get to either! It’s refreshing! I really in the process of trying to share some of my writing over the course of the last year. I write all the time but last spring fell out of the habit of getting the finished pieces online.

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      4. Well, a blog is definitely a good place to start. I’m really bad at starting ideas and never finishing at all. I’ve been recently taking beginninges of stories and actually continuing. Its been really fun!

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