What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

The Creepy Guy Next Door

It was a Saturday morning, and I awoke to a knocking on my window. Since I lived in the crummy basement studio apartment of the building, anytime anyone in the building had to flip their breaker, they had to come downstairs to the utility room to do it, and I had to let them in. In my blue cloud pajamas (matching button-up shirt and pants, of course) I opened the door to see my neighbor. He was a man of questionable age and ethnicity, usually pleasant, but I also got an eerie feeling when I was around him. He always wanted to talk about things I didn't think were appropriate for a middle-aged man to be saying to a early 20-something girl. He said, "Oh, were you still sleeping?" in a slightly accusatory way. Having just been woken up by the creepy guy next door, I wasn't in the mood to talk so said goodbye and turned to walk down the cobwebbed hall from the utility room back into my apartment. A few seconds later, I heard a knock at my door. I cracked it open slightly to find him standing there. He said, "Oh, hi. I was just wondering if you wanted to come over and hang out. I've got some internet movies..." Internet movies? I didn't even want to know what that meant. I said no thanks, and quickly shut the door, returned to my bed, and avoided him whenever possible from then on.


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As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

About Next-Door Neighbor

No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

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