Phantom Visions

“Phantom Visions” features Davey, who hates to go out in public. Mostly because those that know him always ask this one question whenever they see him: “Why did you cut off your hand?”

Davey knows why but he won’t tell. But on the anniversary of his wife’s death, he relives that tragic day, and what he did with that same hand that’s now missing.

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“Davey, I’m glad I caught you!”

It’s Susan. My late-wife’s sister.

“What do you need today?”

“First off, how are you doing?”

I loathe this question. It’s the reason I don’t talk on phones anymore. People want to know how I’m doing and I tell them that I’m fine but they don’t believe me.

“Susan, we go through this every time you call. Just tell me what you want.”

“Do you know what today is?”

“The sixteenth.”

“No. I can’t believe you forgot.”

“Forgot what?”

“It’s been a year since Elizabeth’s death.”

I really did forget. I wasn’t counting the days to this sad anniversary.

What Made Me Write Phantom Visions?

I wrote “Phantom Visions” a long, long time ago. Probably a good 11 or 12 years ago as this story was part of my prior writing career. (If you’re not sure what I mean about “prior writing career” please check out my About page.)

Because of that, I can’t remember the exact inspiration behind this story. My notes from that period in my life are gone. But this story was part of a short story collection I self-published on Amazon years.

I came across this story last year when I published a book on Amazon. The company still had the file of my writing (among others)! It took me some time to figure out how to obtain the file, but I did. Turns out I got the HTML file and converted it to read it.

Out of all the story stories in that book, I felt a connection to “Phantom Visions.” My other stories weren’t bad, but I felt nothing reading them. So after reworking some parts of the story, it’s now available to read! The flow of the story remains unchanged.

Where Can You Find This Story?

You can download a sample of the short story below (in PDF format). The full story is in the “Seven Short Stories” collection on Amazon for $2.99.