It’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!
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(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
(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.
(n: angel pl angels) 1. A messenger or attendant of God. 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?
(adj: angelic) Like an angel. 4000
(n: devil pl devils) The most powerful spirit of evil; The ruler of Hell; Satan. 3000
(adj: devilish) Looking or acting like a devil; wicked, evil.
(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) 1. Very bad or unpleasant; terrible. The music was awful. 2. A large amount. It costs an awful lot of money.
(adv: awfully) 1. In a bad or unpleasant way. 2. Very; to a high degree. 1000
(n: beast pl beasts) 1. Any animal other than man, especially a large, four-footed one. 2. A very cruel, hurtful person or creature. 5000
(adj: cruel, crueler, cruelest) Used to describe: 1. someone who hurts others and does not feel sorry about it; 2. something that causes or helps to cause pain or suffering.
(n: cruelty pl cruelties) 1. Something which causes pain or suffering. 2. The quality or state of being cruel. 3000
(n: evil pl evils) 1. [noncount] The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil. 2. [plural] Something that is harmful or causes injury to someone. They were talking about the evils of alcohol.
(adj: evil, eviler, evilest) Very bad; wicked; sinful. 3000
(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. 2000
(n: fear plural fears) 1. A feeling of being scared or worried about something dangerous or unpleasant that could happen. Unable to walk the streets without fear of being robbed. Employees expressed fears that the company would go out of business. 2. [noncount] A feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. Fear of God. 2000
(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. 2000
(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
(n: murder pl murders) The crime of deliberately killing a person. (การฆาตกรรม) 2000
(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
(n: pain pl pains) The physical feeling caused by sickness, injury, or mental or emotional hurt. He felt a sharp pain in his back. It caused him pain to talk about his wife's death. (ความเจ็บปวด)
(adj: painful; painless) Causing pain. A painful injury. (ซึ่งก่อให้เกิดความเจ็บปวด) Without pain. Painless childbirth. (ซึ่งไม่เจ็บปวด) 2000
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(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
(n: article pl articles) A piece of writing about something in a newspaper, magazine, on the Internet, etc. 2000
(n: capacity pl capacities) 1. The ability to understand or do something. 2. (n) The quantity or volume that something can hold. 2000
(v: chill, chills, chilled, chilling) To make cold without freezing.
(adj: chilly, chillier, chilliest) Cold. A chilly day. 4000
(n: flesh, noncount) 1. The soft parts (meat, fat etc.) of the body of an animal or person. 2. The soft part of a fruit that is eaten.
(adj: fleshy) 1. Large or fat (having a lot of flesh). A fleshy nose. 2. Soft and thick. A fleshy fruit. 4000
(n: jackal pl jackals) A wild animal similar to a dog, found in Africa and Asia. (หมาใน) 13000
(n: liquor, noncount) A strong alcoholic drink. (สุรา) 7000
(n: predator pl predators) An animal that lives by killing and eating other animals. (ผู้ล่า) 7000
(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
(adj: terrified) Very scared or afraid; filled with terror. (ทำให้น่ากลัวมาก) 3000
(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
(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
(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