The cover of the VHS tape on the shelf at Lloyd’s video rental department beckoned him. Julian stared at the art— a skull with wide bulging eyes still in their sockets and some roses resting beneath it. The eyes excitedly stared back into Julian’s, saying pick me up, watch me, you’ll enjoy it.
As he lifted the case from the shelf, a cold hand rested on his shoulder. It was not the loving palm of his mother; this was too big, too heavy.
“Excellent choice,” the stranger said. “I’ve seen it ten times.”
“I never saw it. I don’t even know what it’s about,” Julian replied, his back still turned to whoever wielded the massive hand gripping his shoulder. “But I like the cover.”
“Oh.” The man tightened his long fingers. “It’s a good one. You’ll like it, I assure you. Scary as anything you’ve seen.”
When Julian turned around he found himself alone. He looked back to the video tape. Undo the Living read the title in a bloody font.
“Julian!” his mother called. “Did you pick out a movie?”
“Yeah, I got one.”
“Well let’s go!” she demanded.
When Julian got home he went to his room and put the tape in the VCR. The screen filled with lines and pixels, while the sound warped, slowed, distorted. He mashed the tracking buttons until the picture became clear.
His breath stopped when he saw himself on the screen, in his own room. Only, behind him stood a man with large hands.
∼ Lee Andrew Forman
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