The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Stacey Turner @Spot_Speaks @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror

The Reading Chair
by Stacey Turner

Rachel’s Nana died when she was ten. Nana had been the only stable thing in her short life, so losing her felt much like the end of the world. The only comfort she could find was in Nana’s reading chair. She begged her mother until they moved it into their cramped trailer where, even outdated, it looked regal compared to the other furnishings. No cigarette burns, no broken springs, and it retained the faint scent of Nana’s house. Rachel took refuge in the chair, where she could curl up with a book, press her face to the cushion, and escape.
 “The Reading Chair is always there,” became the mantra that got her through her days. At the end of every day, every desolate episode of Rachel’s life, the chair sat in its spot, the corner of the living room, waiting to enfold her, to comfort. Her ownership was never disputed. The ever changing stream of her mother’s boyfriends seemed to avoid Rachel’s chair, as though they sensed it was intrinsically hers. All of them, that is, until Arthur.
Arthur lacked any kind of intuition, any tidbit of self-preservation swallowed up by his enormous ego. After three weeks of teasing her to the point of tears, then taunting her with threats of violence, Arthur finally crossed the line. He backhanded her as soon as she’d shut the front door and she went down hard, hitting her head as she fell. Through bleary eyes, she watched him laugh. “The reading chair is always there,” she whispered to herself, focusing her gaze.
“Do you hear yourself?” Arthur asked, hands on his hips. “What is with you and that fucking chair anyway? You going to hide out there for the rest of your damn life? Make me and your mama support you while you read your life away?” She continued repeating the mantra quietly to herself. “Fuck this,” Arthur gave her a lazy kick. “It’s a chair. See?”
“Don’t!” she cried as he turned his back and settled his ass on the edge of her chair. Rachel was never sure exactly what happened afterwards as she shut her eyes tightly the moment he started to sit, not wanting to watch him claim her only safe space. When she opened her eyes, the reading chair was still there, but Arthur was not. Nor was he ever seen again.
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About Author Stacey Turner:

Stacey Turner lives in West Central Illinois with her husband. Three wonderful, adult children call her “Mom,” and three beautiful little boys call her “Mimi” (Grandma). She is owned by cats. She spends her days writing and editing, but still finds time to review books & interview authors, as well as blog about her absolutely ridiculous family and other adventures.
She edits for Siren’s Call Publications, as well as freelance. She is the editor of several anthologies, including Final Masquerade, as well as many novels & novellas for a variety of authors. To contact her about editing, you can email her at
She has been published in several anthologies and online magazines, most recently in Morbid Metamorphosis by Lycan Valley Press. Her short story collection, The Night Air and Other Stories, is forthcoming. When not working, she enjoys photographing cemeteries, playing “what if,” and discussing the imminent zombie apocalypse. She does not enjoy scarecrows, creepy dolls, birds (of any sort), snakes, clowns, or garden gnomes.

Visit Stacey on her Amazon Author page!


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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1 Response to The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Stacey Turner @Spot_Speaks @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. adeleulnais says:

    I love this story.

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