Meet Laura. She's the tall girl holding two stray cats.
Laura loves caring for animals. But, lately, the animals in the forest near her home have been acting strange. Bats swarm and attack in broad daylight. On her walks, Laura hears eerie howls and inhuman cries. And now, she is about to meet another animal.
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February 05, 2001
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Excerpt from The Nightmare Room #6: They Call Me Creature by R.L. Stine
They call me Creature.
But I'm not. I'm a human being. I'm a person.
I was born human. I lived most of my life as a human. I am still a human.
I act like a person. I think like a person.
I am not a creature!
Yes, sometimes I get urges. I get such powerful cravings.
When the feeling comes over me, I can't help myself. I can't control myself.
I get so hungry. So hungry... as if my whole body needs to feed. And feed and feed.
As I prowl the woods, I must kill for food. I must slash and tear and chew. I fill my belly and keep on feeding. I let the warm juices run down my chin.
Afterward, I force myself to look in a mirror. And I cry out in pain, in sorrow. In shame.
Creature... you ugly creature....
I wasn't always like this. I didn't always have to hide my face.
Now I live in the shadows. I have no friends. No one I can trust.
I am so lonely.
I am so tempted to talk to someone. So eager to tell my story to someone who will listen.
But I cannot let my guard down. No one must know. No one must ever know what I am.
That's why I force myself to look in the mirror.
I stare at my face and then I remember.
I remember. I remember.
I remember why they call me Creature.