There is a Reaper

there is a reaperIt’s month again so today we are bringing you the short horror story “There is a Reaper” by Science Fiction writer Charles de Vet. In English, death is often referred to using the the ““. This name is also given to the or of Death who comes to collect a when someone dies. Our story begins with the following words: Doctors had given him just one month to live. A month to wonder, what comes afterward? There was one way to find out – ask a dead man!

Pre-Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Pre-Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1200 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and .

Intermediate Vocabulary Help / Exercises

The words and expressions in our Intermediate level Simplified English story which are not in our 1800 word list are: , beast, , , cruel, , , , poison, , , , stock market, , , , tunnel, , and .


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halloween(n: Halloween pl Halloweens) A festival celebrated on October 31 each year in the United States, Canada, and the Britain where children go to houses dressed up as ghosts, witches, monsters, etc. and ask for candy. (ตอนเย็นหรือคืนวันที่ 31 ตุลาคม; วันปล่อยผี) 7000

(n: idiom pl idioms) An expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words but has a meaning of its own which is generally understood by the native speakers of a language. It's a piece of cake. [= It's very easy.] It costs an arm and a leg. [= It's very expensive.] He has kicked the bucket. [= He is dead.] (สำนวน) 8000

Grim Reaper(n: Grim Reaper, noncount) [idiom] The representation of death in the form of a cloaked man or skeleton carrying a farm tool used for cutting grass, grain, etc. In English literature, giving human qualities to a general idea like this is called personification.

angel(n: angel pl angels) 1. A messenger or attendant of God. (นางฟ้า; เทวดา) 2. A person (such as a child) who is very good, kind, beautiful, etc. Your son is such an angel! Be an angel and get me a cup of tea, would you? (คนที่ใจดีหรืองดงาม)
(adj: angelic) Like an angel. (เหมือนเทวดา) 4000

devil(n: devil pl devils) The most powerful spirit of evil; The ruler of Hell; Satan. (ซาตาน) 3000
(adj: devilish) Looking or acting like a devil; wicked, evil.

soul(n: soul pl souls) The spirit; the non-physical part of a person that is believed to give life to the body and in many religions is believed to live forever. (วิญญาณ) 3000

(adj: awful) Very bad or unpleasant; terrible. (น่ากลัว)
(adv: awfully) 1. Poorly; horribly; badly. (อย่างเลวร้าย) 2. Very; to a high degree. (มาก) 1000

beast(n: beast pl beasts) 1. Any animal other than man, especially a large, four-footed one. (ติรัจฉาน) 2. A very cruel, hurtful person or creature. (เลวทราม) 5000

cruel(adj: cruel, crueler, cruelest) Used to describe someone who hurts others and does not feel sorry about it (โหดร้าย), or something that causes or helps to cause pain or suffering. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด)
(n: cruelty pl cruelties) 1. Something which causes pain or suffering. 2. The quality or state of being cruel. (การกระทำที่โหดร้าย) 3000

evil(n: evil, evils) 1. (noncount) The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil. (สิ่งที่ชั่วร้าย)
2. Something that is harmful or causes injury to someone. They were talking about the evils of alcohol. (ความเลวร้าย)
(adj: evil, eviler, evilest) Very bad; wicked; sinful. (ชั่วร้าย) 3000

experiment(n: experiment pl experiments) A scientific test done in order to find out something, such as if an idea is correct. Students will carry out simple laboratory experiments as part of the course. (การทดลองทางวิทยาศาสตร์ ) 2000

fear(n: fear plural fears) A feeling of being scared or frightened; a worried feeling caused by being aware of danger or something unpleasant. (ความกลัว) 2000

flow(v: flow, flows, flowed, flowing) To move in a steady and continuous way; to move along in the way that water does. The river flowed into the sea. The traffic was flowing freely. (ไหล) 2000

horror(n: horror pl horrors) 1. A very strong feeling of fear or dislike. (ความหวาดกลัว) 2. A disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror. (คน หรือสิ่งที่คอยขัดแย้ง) 3000
(adj:ˈhorrible) 1. Causing horror; frightening; dreadful. A horrible sight. (น่าเกลียดน่ากลัว) 2. Very bad or unpleasant. What a horrible day! (ไม่น่ายินดี) 2000
(v: horrify, horrifies, horrified, horrifying) To cause (someone) to feel horror or shock; to greatly upset and shock (someone). (ทำให้ น่ากลัว) 4000

murder(n: murder pl murders) The crime of deliberately killing a person. (การฆาตกรรม) 2000

necessary(adj: necessary) So important that you must do it or have it; absolutely needed; essential. Is it really necessary for me to go to hospital? (จำเป็น) 1000

pain(n: pain pl pains) The physical feeling caused by sickness, injury, or mental or emotional hurt. He felt a sharp pain in his back. They didn't want to cause him pain by talking about his wife's death. (ความเจ็บปวด)
(adj: painful; painless) Causing pain. A painful injury. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด) Without pain. Painless childbirth. (ซึ่งไม่เจ็บปวด) 2000

perfect(adj: perfect) 1. Excellent; having no mistakes. He spoke perfect English. (สมบูรณ์แบบ) 2. Exact; accurate. The painting was a perfect copy of the original. (ถูกต้อง) 3. Very great; complete. A perfect stranger. (สมบูรณ์แบบ)
(adv: perfectly) 1. Done without mistakes. She performed the dance perfectly. (อย่างยอดเยี่ยม) 2. Very; completely. He was perfectly happy. (อย่างที่สุด) 1000

poison(n: poison pl poisons) A substance that can cause people or animals to die or to become very sick if it gets into their bodies. (ยาพิษ) 3000

sense(n: sense plural senses) 1. One of the five natural powers of touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. (ประสาทสัมผัส) 2. A physical or emotional feeling that you experience. A sense of hunger/pain. A sense that something isn't right. (ความรู้สึก) 3. The ability to think clearly and show good judgement. Common sense (การวินิจฉัยที่ดี) 1000

shock(n: shock pl shocks) A sudden usually unpleasant or upsetting feeling caused by something unexpected. (อาการตกใจสุดขีด) 2000

(n: spirit pl spirits) 1. The inner quality or nature of a person. She has a kind and loving spirit. (น้ำใจ) 2. The force within a person that is believed to give the body life, energy, and power. Often thought of as not part of the body and to remain alive (eg as a ghost or able to be born again) when the body dies. He may be dead, but his spirit still lives on. 2. A similar force which some cultures believe to exist in all non-human entities (animals, plants, rivers, mountains, etc.). (จิตใจ) 2000

soul rising spirit house

stock market(n: stock market pl stock markets) A place where stocks and shares in companies are bought and sold. (ตลาดหุ้น) 8000
Here the words 'stock' and 'share' mean certificates that make the people who buy them part owners of a company and which can be bought, sold, or traded as an investment. (หุ้น) 2000

suffer(v: suffer, suffers, suffered, suffering) 1. To experience pain, illness, or injury. He died instantly and did not suffer. (ทนทุกข์ทรมาน) 2. To experience something unpleasant such as defeat, loss, or damage. Our country suffered a great deal during the war. (ประสบความทุกข์) 2000

tunnel(n: tunnel pl tunnels) An underground passage, especially a man made one cut through a mountain or hill or under a river, etc. (อุโมงค์) 3000

violence(n: violence, noncount) The use of physical force to harm someone, to damage property, etc. They spoke out against the use of violence against women. (ความรุนแรง) 2000

article(n: article pl articles) A piece of writing about something in a newspaper, magazine, on the Internet, etc. (บทความ) 2000

capacity(n: capacity pl capacities) 1. The ability to understand or do something. (ความสามารถ) 2. (n) The quantity or volume that something can hold (ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้) 2000

chill(v: chill, chills, chilled, chilling) To make cold without freezing. (ทำให้เย็น)
(adj: chilly, chillier, chilliest) Cold. A chilly day. (ซึ่งหนาวเย็น) 4000

flesh(n: flesh, noncount) The soft parts (meat, fat etc.) of the body of an animal or person. (เนื้อสัตว์)
(adj: fleshy) 1. Large or fat (having a lot of flesh). A fleshy nose. 2. Soft and thick. A fleshy fruit. (เจ้าเนื้อ) 4000

jackal(n: jackal pl jackals) A wild animal similar to a dog, found in Africa and Asia. (หมาใน) 13000

liquor(n: liquor, noncount) A strong alcoholic drink. (สุรา) 7000

predator(n: predator pl predators) An animal that lives by killing and eating other animals. (ผู้ล่า) 7000

primitive(adj: primitive) 1. Belonging to an early time in the very ancient past. 2. Living in the same way as in the very ancient past. (ซึ่งเป็นยุคแรก) 5000

(adj: stiff, stiffer, stiffest) Not easy to bend, fold, move etc. (แข็ง) 3000

terrified(adj: terrified) Very scared or afraid; filled with terror. (ทำให้น่ากลัวมาก) 3000

terror(n: terror, noncount) A very strong feeling of fear. The sound of guns being fired fills me with terror. There was a look of terror on her face. (ความหวาดกลัว) 4000
(adj: terrified) Very scared or afraid; filled with terror. (ทำให้น่ากลัวมาก) 3000

tribe(n: tribe pl tribes) A group of people that includes many families and relatives who have the same language, customs, and beliefs. (เผ่า เผ่าพันธุ์) 6000

(n: universe, noncount) All of space and everything in it that exists anywhere, including stars, planets, galaxies, etc. (จักรวาล) 4000

wicked(adj: wicked) 1. Morally bad; evil; sinful. A wicked witch. (ชั่วร้าย) 2. (informal) Having or showing slightly bad thoughts in a way that is funny or not serious. She wore a wicked smile after beating me at tennis. 3. (informal) Very bad or unpleasant. She had a wicked case of food poisoning. 4. (informal) Very good. He is a wicked dancer. 3000