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!

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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. 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.] 8000

Grim Reaper(idiom: Grim Reaper) 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. 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

devil(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.

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

awful(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

beast(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

cruel(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

evil(n: evil, noncount) The force of things that are morally bad. He believed that the world was full of evil.
(n: evil pl evils) 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

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. 2000

fear(n: fear pl fears) 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.
(n: fear, noncount) A feeling of respect and wonder for something very powerful. Fear of God. 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. 2000

horror(n: horror pl horrors) 1. A very strong feeling of fear or dislike. 2. A disagreeable person or thing. Her little boy is an absolute horror. 3000
(adj:ˈhorrible) 1. Causing horror; frightening; dreadful. A horrible sight. 2. Very bad or unpleasant. What a horrible day! 2000

murder(n: murder pl murders) The crime of deliberately killing a person. 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? 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. It caused him pain to talk about his wife's death.)
(adj: painful; painless) Causing pain. A painful injury.; Without pain. Painless childbirth. 2000

perfect(adj: perfect) 1. Excellent; having no mistakes. He spoke perfect English. 2. Exact; accurate. The painting was a perfect copy of the original. 3. Very great; complete. A perfect stranger.
(adv: perfectly) 1. Done without mistakes. She performed the dance perfectly. 2. Very; completely. He was perfectly happy. 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. 3000

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

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