31 HORROR STORIES — “The Night Wire” (1926)

H.F. Arnold was 24 years old when he published this story in WEIRD TALES magazine. Thankfully, the magazine’s publisher didn’t see the worth of the story, and so didn’t make it a cover story and didn’t assign an illustrator to render it.

Good. Because this is another business-like, completely realistic tale, about a man working the night shift on a news wire. Your brain will burn a few gears imagining what’s only hinted at by the protagonist. He starts receiving reports from a country that doesn’t exist, about…something horrible happening.

Or is the country closer than he thinks?