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“The Children of Hamelin” by Dale Bailey

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All over the world, when nobody is looking, all children unexplainably disappear at the same time. Parents are left with no answers and little hope of seeing their kids again. These men and women just want answers, but they know it is unlikely. As one father takes his daily walk to escape the silence plaguing he and his wife, he meets another parent of a missing child. Is there any comfort to be found in the shared of heartache of loss with a stranger?

The Children of Hamelin

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About the Author
A winner of both the Shirley Jackson Award and the International Horror Guild Award, Dale Bailey is the author of The End of the End of Everything: Stories and The Subterranean Season, both out in 2015, as well as The Fallen, House of Bones, Sleeping Policemen (with Jack Slay, Jr.), and The Resurrection Man's Legacy and Other Stories. His work has twice been a finalist for the Nebula Award and once for the Bram Stoker Award, and has been adapted for Showtime Television's Masters of Horror. He lives in North Carolina with his family.
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