The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Mary Ann Peden-Coviello @MAPedenCoviello @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Ring of Fire
by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

“You light a fire in my heart,” he said. That was how it started. And, oh, it was good. Gentle kisses, flowers, and romantic strolls.
“You’re my burning desire,” he said. And, oh, it was better. Hot, crushing kisses, rumpled sheets, and hotels in distant cities.
“You’re cold as dead ashes,” he said. And, oh, my heart shriveled.
“You’re a cheating, lying slut,” he said. “You’re cold to me, but you lie down for every guy on the street.” The words hurt more than the fists that followed them.
The handcuffs were easy to locate and buy, the gasoline even easier. I waited till he was sound asleep, drunk and sedated – he shouldn’t have let me make his drinks that night, not with my fresh bottle of sleeping pills close at hand. I’d spent a few minutes during the afternoon grinding the pills to a fine powder. When he was snoring, I poured the gasoline all over the bed. I joined him there and used the cigarette lighter I’d given him for our first anniversary to light the fire.
Flames leapt up like lapping tongues, kissing his hands, his lips, his face. His screams echoed my own as the cuffs that bound us together, hooked through the bars of the headboard, heated and twisted, as my hair caught fire.
My love was a flame, raging out of control. My hatred raged even higher. And it was best of all.
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Women write horror and have written it since before Mary Shelley wrote FRANKENSTEIN. This anthology is to highlight the fact women write great horror and to kill the fallacy that they aren’t in some way up to standard. They are. Read here stories by Elizabeth Massie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lucy Taylor, and a plethora of other great writers as they work on your nerves, get inside your head, and bang out some of the scariest tales written today. I’m proud to present these women for your consideration, as Rod Serling might say, as I ask you to step into FRIGHT MARE. Lock the door and windows, put on a light, and remember, it’s not real. It’s not real. Midnight awaits, monsters scheme to take you away, the strange and weird wait in the shadows, but it’s not real. Is it?

Edited by Billie Sue Mosiman, the author who brought you the SINISTER-TALES OF DREAD collections and her latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER.

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About Nina D'Arcangela

Nina D’Arcangela is a quirky horror writer who likes to spin soul rending snippets of despair. She reads anything from splatter matter to dark matter. She's an UrbEx adventurer who suffers from unquenchable wanderlust. She loves to photograph abandoned places, bits of decay and old grave yards. Nina is a co-owner of Sirens Call Publications, a co-founder of the horror writer's group 'Pen of the Damned', and if that isn't enough, put a check mark in the box next to owner and resident nut-job of Dark Angel Photography.
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3 Responses to The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Mary Ann Peden-Coviello @MAPedenCoviello @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Loved it.

  2. Incredibly well written, terrifying, and will give you a million things to think about. It’s amazing how someone can say so much with so little. Excellent story.

  3. Carol Roan says:

    Loved the handcuffs bit. Suggest that the magazine print t-shirts with some of their great covers.

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