Popsy, by Stephen King, is a horror story. Itâs horrifying even before the vampire part of it is introduced. The narrator, Sheridan, is a bad man who kidnaps children from shopping malls. This time though, the tables are turned on him.
Sheridan continuously tries to convince himself that heâs not a bad man. Heâs a gambler who got himself in a whole lot of debt, and very large men would come âadd some more elbow-bends to his armsâ if he didnât come up with some money fast. Mr. Reggie, the man Sheridan owes all this money to, hooked Sheridan up with a man named âMr. Wizard.â Mr. Wizard pays off Sheridanâs gambling debts in exchange for the children. When Sheridan asked once what happened to the children, Mr. Wizard only said, âThey go on a boat ride.â
And so Sheridan claims that heâs not a bad man, but just someone whoâs in a bit of a jam. See? No vampires yet, and itâs horrifying already.
Thatâs when the little boy comes in. Sheridan picks up a green-eyed pale little boy, who looks about five or six, at a shopping mall. The boy, crying pinkish-tinged tears, has lost his Popsy. Sheridan comforts the kid and takes him into his van, claiming that heâs going to take him to his Popsy.
Sheridan then drives the van behind a McDonaldâs near the dumpster, and handcuffs the boy to a metal strut next to the passenger seat that Sheridan welded into place himself. The boy fights, and manages to bite Sheridan in the struggle. The boy also starts pulling apart the metal strut. Sheridan starts to realize that this is no ordinary little boy. He notices that his canines are extraordinarily long, more like fangs. He manages to quiet the terrified boy by threatening to sedate him with a needle he pulls out of the glove compartment.
âYouâll be sorry,â the boy tells him. âWhen my Popsy finds you, youâll be sorry.â
The ending is deliciously gruesome. The story is found in Stephen Kingâs book of short stories, Nightmares and Dreamscapes, and it is definitely worth a read.
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