Supernatural Stories

The Future

A Spooky West Virginia Folktale

by S.E. Schlosser

She was nervous and excited as she approached the psychic's store.  Normally, she didn't go in for fortune telling.  But her best friend had visited the psychic a few months ago, and everything the woman had predicted came true.  Everything!  The new boyfriend, the new job, the marriage proposal, a small win in the local lottery.  Obviously, the psychic was a genius! 

The room she entered was surprisingly open and pleasant.  She smelled coffee in the air, and fresh flowers were on a stand by the window.  She smiled to herself.  Somehow, she had pictured an old gypsy caravan and a dark-haired woman in flowing robes.  But the pert, crisp woman approaching her did not look psychic at all. 

They sat down at the table, and the woman did a reading of her palm.  The psychic frowned a bit in concentration.  Then the psychic asked if she would like a Tarot card reading too -- free of charge.  That was different from what had happened to her best friend.  For a moment she felt a trace of unease.  Then she shrugged and said okay. 

The psychic studied the cards carefully.  Then she looked at her palm one more time.  Finally, the psychic looked up into her eyes, realized that she was feeling nervous, and said soothingly:  "Your future is very clear, my dear.  I've recently changed my policies, and now put my predictions in a sealed envelope for my customers to read in the privacy of their homes.  It is to show customers my credibility in the psychic arts -- that I am not "reading their expressions", but have truly seen something in the palm and cards."

She blinked a bit, but was impressed.  It made sense, after a fashion.  The psychic had asked her no questions at all, just read her palm and the cards.  So any prediction she put in the envelope would be proof of her powers.  The psychic hurried into a back room, where she could hear the faint sound of pen and paper.  Then the woman returned with an envelope.

"Thank you," she said to the psychic, and shook her hand.   Then she hurried out to the car, eager to get home and read the predictions in the envelope.  What would they be?  A rich husband?  A career change?  Travel to exotic places? 

She had just pulled out into the fast lane on the highway when a semi-truck swerved to miss a careless sedan that pulled into the lane right in front of it.  She had a single glimpse of a massive shape coming toward her when the truck slammed into her car, crushing it completely against the cement divider. 

When the girl's body was removed from the wreckage, the envelope was found lying beside her.  It was presented to her grieving parents, who opened it.  The note inside contained four words:  "You have no future."

Story contributed by Jim Harold from the Paranormal Podcast.  Listen to his interview with S.E. Schlosser in which he tells his own version of "The Future". 



omg its a little scary well i got to go


it was unexpected but it was ok

that was a creepy cool story! I love it! defintielt the surprise twist in the end and when it said you have no future!

OMG that was freaki and unexpected.

it was really unexpected and really cool i love scary stories lol it wasnt that scary


omg wtf it is so omg i know dude lmao that is so wierd omg ahhhhhhhhh

It was ok. This story wasnt scary but it was interesting!!!

When she didn't open the envelope I was really curious to what was written inside, but then, it was really unexcepted! Cool Story!

the girl in the story is a complete dumb*** and doesnt know how to drive

Dude that is like totaly awesome!!!! very unexpected

omys that was a good story but a bit long


storie so cool might go back on it one day anyway watch out it is almost halloween

wow that was very interesting and not so scary.....

due this is the kooliest story eva what was i talkin bout again???

I really like the story. I like that it seemed really thought out when you read it. It was more freaky than scary.

its not really scary but its also wierd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i dont think its that scary

this story was so sad but it was also very realistic!!!!!!!

There should've been more to it! But it was gooood

not scary just weird

OMG.........that was kind of scary saing *you have no future*o_O........

That was creepe!its okay

THAT WAS REALY SCARY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:@


That was pretty spooky, I shivered when they found out that the envelope said 'You have no future.' :)

lol you have no future mean but obviously true kina sad..;DD

that was cool...............

i wish i had something more misterious but it was still good.

omg i had no idea that was gonna happen!!! i thought it was gonna say something like you will get into a car crash or somethin but that was awesome!!!

This sotire spooks me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

it was ok i guuuuuuess :\

I love these endings! When the people die and somone finds something. It just makes you want to hear more, but your left wondering what happened!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i could see that comeing

so scary!

interesting, but short.

A very good story. The context is well put and above average than some stories here. The build up was pleasant and just perfect; not too long and not too short. I imagined the letter saying "You will die by ____" or something along those lines but what you had written was nothing short of brilliant. This story is definitely one of my favorites.

nice story but the ending isnt the best no offence maybe u can change it a little but it was still good

Great Miss Sandy! Great!!


coooool! she had no future. why?she died!

diisss Storyy wzz nice....i luvved it :) :) :)


that was a sweet story , I LOVED IT!!!!!!! the build up was perfect , it made the story even MORE! interesting! & it wasn't to long OR! to short!!!! Email me more of your storie's!

Very Scary!

HOLY SH**T, that just f**ed up my mind right now... omg

well i wouldve read it right in the physic's shop

it's ok

this wasnt scary, but it was creepy!! i loved the ending, very interesting!

how amazing!

oh shoot .

what ever i hirdt scarier

wow....not scary at all!

I liked it! Just wish there was more to the story.

y didnt she just warn her n it wouldnt happen.

ummm OMG that was so Wierd How she just knew that she was going to die like that....YOU HAVE NO FUTURE WOWZERZ

Will, I saw that coming unlike the semi-truck that the girl DIDN'T see coming hahahahahaaaaaaha

wow that was cool

excellent story....... i love it......... :D

kindof expected... but still really good

Well even if she read the letter or had been warned it wouldn't of done a bit of good. It was her fate to die it would of just been worse cuz she would be scared and tried to avoid dying and could of suffered a worse death like a slow and painful 1 instead of an almost instant death which she probably died of.

and thats why you dont do things while your driving. :D

jwoiww wouldn't have seen this cumming

ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i get it you have no future because she died

wow, idk if thats scary or not. hmm at first i thought she would've had just a bad future, but she has no future dam...

I'm pity of her. I won't go for a psychic if I want to know my future. It is better to be a secret ;)

its not that scary except the end

That was cool.

Good story :)
but not in like a happy way.. haha

I heard this story growing up. And I always wondered...why didnt the psychic keep her there awhile. Then she would have lived.


thats cool i want my fortune read to me :Dxd

I'm sorry to say that made me laugh. But it's a good story. Not scary, but good.


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About the Author: S.E. Schlosser

S.E. Schlosser is the author of the Spooky Series by Globe Pequot Press, as well as the Ghost Stories deck by Random House.  She has been telling stories since she was a child, when games of "let's pretend" quickly built themselves into full-length tales acted out with friends. A graduate of both Houghton College and the Institute of Children's Literature, Sandy received her MLS from Rutgers University while working as a full-time music teacher and a freelance author. Read more

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