Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
"Mrs. Rahlo's Closet": It was a simple request, really. All the aged
landlady asked of the young medical student who rented a room in her
decaying home was to refrain from opening the closet door. Yes, a
simple request. And an impossible one...