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Conjuring Danny Squires

By Sam Weller at 8:06pm ET

(Artwork by Jenna Stempel)

Last week, on this very blog, I mentioned a short story I wrote about a trio of young friends who try to contact a deceased loved one by using a Quija Board. I must say I’m feeling mighty chuffed at the moment, as the story has just been published in the Chicago Reader’s prestigious annual “Pure Fiction” issue.

I wrote four stories that I considered using in Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. At this point, all four stories have been published. “Night Summons” appeared in Rosebud #52; “The Shadows Behind the Trees” was made available on this website as a free PDF download (and it was also published on; and “The Girl in the Funeral Parlor” ran in Shadow Show.

Now, the fourth and final tale is out there. I hope you enjoy it.


  1. My students Loved this.

    So did I.

    Since you mention “Night Summons” here, I also read that story to them today and as I revisited it I was reminded of “Ylla.”

    Comment by Andy Burnside-Weaver — January 9, 2013 @ 5:43pm
  2. You’ve done another good one, Sam. I can almost taste the Kool-Aid. Thanks!

    Comment by Mary H — January 17, 2013 @ 6:51pm
  3. I enjoyed this vey much -it brought back memories of spooky ouija board encounters with childhood friends and I could almost taste the Kool Aid! Well done, Sam.

    Comment by Mary H — January 31, 2013 @ 6:53pm
  4. That’s great Sam! Congratulations!!!!!

    Comment by Angela W-B — March 31, 2013 @ 5:29pm

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