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Wade ‘Walkaway’ Clark

Wade "Walkaway" Clark

Photo found in the wooden box of pilot Wade “Walkaway” Clark. The date of the photograph is not listed. This appears to be a formal photograph taken at a studio rather than a snapshot taken by either Beau Jackson or Nellie Thompson.

A mysterious crate left at my door

Early in June I woke at dawn to let my dog out and found a wooden crate, the type used decades ago by a tea importer, outside the back door. The box was nearly identical to one I had found in an old barn in Ohio years earlier. The Ohio crate had contained diaries and journals of several people as well as newspapers and photographs – all from the 1890s – and a previously unknown story from author William Hope Hodgson that appeared to have been written in 1913 shortly before he left for the war that claimed his life. I had published several of the diary entries and the Hodgson story online as The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire.

My dog sniffed the box outside the back porch door with a suspicious air before she walked off to do her business under the trees.

I looked around, but did not see anyone. On top of the crate was an envelope with a handwritten note inside. The writer claimed to have tracked me down and left the chest to me because of my previous interest in the contents of the other crate. I carried the crate inside with my dog following at my heels. I set it on the kitchen table. Inside I found letters, notebooks, folders holding sheaths of yellowed, typewritten manuscripts, and a photo album containing dozens of images from the 1920s and 1930s.

As my morning coffee brewed, I glanced through the contents of the folder on top. It appeared to have been a manuscript written in the style of a 1930s pulp magazine story. My first guess was, of course, that the story was fictional. But as I went through the box and read the notebooks and what appeared to be investigation reports I began to wonder. I now suspect the story referred to actual events and the unknown author wrote up the account as a fictional story. I do not know if the author ever attempted to publish his or her stories, but I suspect from the writing style they were intended for Weird Tales or another pulp horror or adventure magazine such as Weird Spicy Tales.

In the initial story, with chapters posted on Fridays (photos on Wednesdays), and in other stories, there are references to other investigations, hidden pasts, dark deeds referenced only in passing, and secret organizations. I shall do my best to fill in the blanks where possible, but those secrets might be hidden away in other crates, perhaps to be unveiled at a later date.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

The Howl of the Werewolf, Chapter 15

Chapter 15

The Howl of the Werewolf, Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Next project underway

As I mentioned earlier, I finished the last chapter of The Howl of the Werewolf. Chapter 14 will go up Friday and Chapter 15 on October 3rd. I took a brief break from writing on the train to catch up on some of my podcast subscriptions (I find it nearly impossible to listen to a story on the headphones and write my own story at the same time). I’ve finished one chapter and am about halfway through the second with a third mapped out. This will probably (hopefully?) be a shorter story (The Howl of the Werewolf ended up being 22,806 words long). I don’t know when I’ll begin posting the still unnamed next story. But I will say this: it is much scarier.

The Howl of the Werewolf, Chapter 13

Chapter 13

A London hospital ward, 1938

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The Howl of the Werewolf, Chapter 12

Chapter 12

The Howl of the Werewolf news

For those of you following The Howl of the Werewolf, I finished this morning the work on Chapter 15, the last and final chapter. So the story should carry the site through the 3rd of October.

Rollercoaster thrills, 1938

Young women after riding a rollercoaster in Essex.

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