Every single culture has its own words for the world that exists beyond our own humble understanding. Every one has their own theories on what lies outside of the normal, and where our own baseline reality sits among all of that.
If you want it enough, it’s possible to find ways onto the strands of space where reality stops making sense. Simple but non-trivial steps can be carried out to reach so-called gateways into the unknown, where the comfort and safety of normal begin to warp and twist away. For most of human history access to these ‘roads’, long spiralling fibers that branch off of reality, was restricted to the lucky and the few. Then something called the Internet came along, and all it took was for one of those few to make a passing comment or a blogpost about a strange technique to get to a ghostly road…
Graham Vise had written numerous books on the subject of ghosts and hauntings in the city he called home. He’d seen a spectre or two himself, but never up close. The rest of his tales were stories, once-in-a-lifetime moments that he could never experience for himself. So, when an opportunity to investigate a phenomenon was offered to him, the decision to accept was obvious. An email, then a meeting over coffee, he listened to a strange man explain the Roads that lead out of the city, and into the unknown. The same afternoon, the pair set out along the predefined path that would be the key to entering this secret world. After an hour, he passed under an impossible bridge that spanned nothing, and found himself beyond his imagination. The stranger stopped there and looked at Graham with a stare more serious than he’d ever seen.
“There is only one firm rule of this road - you can only go forward or backward. You must not diverge from the path it sets for you, and if you must leave, you must go the way you came”.
The first taste was enough, and Graham quickly became obsessed with this Road. He began to carefully and cautiously map it out, and learnt the rules of the Road. The stranger that had told him slowly began to stop responding to his emails, and with only a dummy email address, there was no way he would find him again. The secret of the Road was now his alone, but an author like himself could never keep such a massive secret for long.
He put out a call on a forum for fanatics and hunters to join him on a unique trip onto this otherworldy path, an expedition into territory unknown, to solve the mystery of the Road.
Hosted and narrated by:
Fred L (papaya)
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License: Community License