“Have you heard of the Peekers? Mischievous, spiteful little tykes. Once they notice you, they’re always watching. Always. Always. Always. They’re always watching. Peeking around corners, hiding in the closet, sniggering in hushed tones. They’re rather nasty, I tell you! They’re been known to come here to the Asylum occasionally, taking unwary inmates away for some devious purpose. We don’t hear from them again. They haven’t come to me of course, not even the Peekers can outsmart the Hag-Man. I feel no fear.

Nobody knows what they look like. Nobody even knows what they truly are. Demons, monsters or otherwise. They say you just simply feel an unearthly presence. An chill perhaps or maybe a soft wind. A peripheral shadow or the weight of eyes. You just feel them watching. Peeking and peeking and peeking and peeking. You might even hear them if you’re lucky. Chittering and hissing, chuckling and gibbering. You might think you seem them in the corner of your eye. A flash of shadow or a burst of movement. That’s just part of their game though, they won’t take you until you’re scared into utter mindless terror.

They’ll get closer and closer. They’ll grab you and take you away once you’ve finally lost your mind. To where? Who knows. You’ll be lost for good though. I got lost once. They go for the weakest among us. The fools, simpletons and the imbeciles. Sometimes the young and helpless too. Cruel, devilish, gibbering things that they are! Clawing at your mind from just out of sight.


They’re ancient things to be sure, far older than any human civilization. Our forebears told tales of shadow monsters and fey beings that took helpless infants and younglings into the night or into the dark forests. Perhaps the Peekers are they? Even I don’t know for sure. One could even theorize that this is how they grow in numbers. Assuming of course that the Peekers are, in fact, not once singular being. Could they, in fact, be an it? Who’s to know? There have been stranger things in this world. How intriguing, yes?

So next time you are walking out under the moon, whether it be in the city or in the wildness, don’t ignore that feeling of being watched. Who knows? You just might be…”


  1. I enjoyed this one! I, too, have had thoughts on these “peekers”, those things in the corner of your eye…I wrote a script about it. 🙂 Your drawings remind me of the shadow puppets from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (If you ever watched the show…)

    • Osharlequin says:

      I’m very glad that you enjoyed it! 🙂 A script you say? Is it on your blog? I’d be interested in reading it. I’ve never watched Buffy i’m afraid.

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • Never watched Buffy?! That’s an absolute shame. 😉 Unfortunately, as I’m trying to make in Hollywood at the moment, I don’t share my work, just snippets. Maybe I’m a little paranoid. The “peekers” are ghosts in my story that only those who have been close to death can see, almost.

      • Osharlequin says:

        Hehe, should I be ashamed of myself? 😛 Aww, that’s quite alright my friend. I understand completely. I don’t blame you at all. I must say that sounds quite interesting! What are they like? 🙂

        The Oldschool Harlequin

  2. It’s still in the early draft form, but the idea is that life and death are cyclical. The story centers around a couple who have been separated during one of their past lives, and how they meet again when she is near death. I didn’t want it to be a ghost story, so they’re just people, that she eventually has the opportunity to interact with because of her experience.

    What type of shows do you watch?

    • Osharlequin says:

      That sounds very interesting! Also quite original, as far as I know. 🙂

      I’m not a huge TV-Aficionado, but I like watching anything with monsters or ghosts in it. I like Supernatural, for example. 🙂

      The Oldschool Harlequin

      • Well, thanks! Hopefully I execute it properly. 🙂

        Okay, seriously. Go watch Buffy. The first season is a little rough, but from there it’s amazing. I just watched Supernatural, and I like it, but there’s something missing. I don’t know what exactly.

      • Osharlequin says:

        I’m sure that you will my friend! 🙂

        Haha, alright. I’ll give it a shot when I have some free time. Something missing you say?

        The Oldschool Harlequin

      • I think it may have something to do with it being so episodic. They have these great obstacles to overcome, but because it’s 22 episodes, they have too many filler episodes before they get to anything noteworthy. The boys talk about their feelings all the time, and yet never get anywhere in their conversations…Off the top of my head. 🙂

      • Osharlequin says:

        Yes, you have a point about those filler episodes. They tend to drag a bit. Some are alright though. 🙂 Those conversations are the only thing i really dislike about the show. 😛

        The Oldschool Harlequin

  3. Osharlequin says:

    Reblogged this on WorldofHarley and commented:

    The Asylum Mythos: The Peekers

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