The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
“I’m ready for my close up.”
The noseless, grey-faced terror grinned, its bloody mouth showing several missing teeth.
With a quick glance at the armed security, the cameraman zoomed in for the shot, his hands trying not to shake. The creature leaned in and gave the viewing audience his best money shot.
In the background a quavering announcer intoned, “Welcome to another edition of Zombie House Survivor!” A pre-recorded scream filled the set, before the voice continued. “The show that pits zombies against humans for the chance to win one million dollars!”
Spooky theme music sounded through the set, and then the telecaster resumed the narration.
“Last episode we saw the evisceration of Zombie Lila as she lost the obstacle course challenge and was thrown to the angry mob by her housemates. We also saw the demise of human fan favourite Ted, as he was unfortunately killed and his brain eaten during the “Flee for Your Life” challenge. That leaves only Sue, Barbara, and James on the human side, with Zombie Mary, Zombie Gary, and Zombie Rachel playing for the undead.”
The cameraman zoomed out for a panorama shot of the scared or growling contestants as the announcer gave one last spiel.
“Who will win? Who will come out alive as the Zombie House Survivor?”
They faded to commercial as two fingers on Zombie Gary’s left hand fell off, and Sue nearly threw up on the sofa.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from A.F. Stewart:
Book I: Creep into the pages to greet terror.
Killers and Demons is a collection of five horror stories where the macabre murderers don’t get caught and evil triumphs.
What happens if you awake, afraid, alone and in complete darkness? If you find someone wants your heart for Valentine’s, literally? Or if you come face to face with evil on the dark streets of historic London? You would end up dead, of course.
Come spend some time with the homicidal and savour their kills, dance with demons as they hunt and watch the blood drip slowly, sweetly from their fingers.
Book II: Evil is back, with a greater appetite for death.
They lurk forever in the shadows, smile at you in the morning, and haunt your dreams at night. You can’t hide, you can’t run, and there’s no escape. You can only scream when they come for you.
Killers and Demons II: They Return is a collection of thirteen tales, blending short stories and flash fiction, tales where the blood lingers on your tongue or spurts quickly from the swift cut.
The Villainous Roster:
Wade, every parent’s nightmare
Hannah and Mr. Greeley. Who is the victim and who is the villain?
Simon and Zoe, a married couple who are dying to be single again.
Norman and his “cookie” of a wife, Mabel.
Millicent and Jane, a delightful duo you shouldn’t invite to your Regency tea party
Amanda, who literally has a skeleton in her closet
Balthazar, the demon bounty hunter on the hunt once more.
Sarah, a young woman going through some changes and craving new tastes
Emmeline, hanged as a witch, now back from the dead for revenge
Gabrielle, a woman haunted by shadows
The Dollmaker, she showers death, and an umbrella won’t help
Nightmare Demons, bent on driving a town insane
And then there’s Alice, a little girl locked in the basement by her Daddy…
Together they form a spine-chilling cadre of predators.