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She remembered a time before she lived with the spiders. Before the shadows shifted wherever she moved and the smell of decay lingered everywhere in her wake. It was all as clear as anything else, although it had grown less significant over time. A lie had put her here, but that hadn’t mattered. Even falsehood could become real enough to damn a soul if enough people believed it to be true. He’d painted the demon, and that was what she ultimately became.
A dark shadow had passed over her when she’d drowned in the tub. He’d made it look like a suicide—an intentional overdose of muscle relaxers and tranquilizers. She’d gone from unable to keep her eyes open to watching her body from overhead while medics attempted to revive the gray, bloated thing. And then the ancient shadows threaded across her young soul, bound her to their shroud.
One place after the next, the shadows found their next mark. They compelled her to share her grief, and then a razor would find an artery or another bullet would find a brain. Then the darkness would thread into those souls, the shroud just a little larger, and the shadows would shift again.
Fiction © Copyright Leigh M. Lane
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About the story: When reality and fiction collide, there’s no telling what horrors might ensue.
In the wake of her husband’s haunted death, Karina must sift through the cryptic clues left behind in order to solve the mystery behind his suicide–all of which point back to the elusive author, Edgar Allan Poe.
Karina soon finds that reality, dream, and nightmare have become fused into one as she journeys from a haunted lighthouse in New England to Baltimore, where the only man who might know the answers to her many questions resides.
But will she find her answers before insanity rips her grip on reality for good? Might a man she’s never met hold the only key to a truth more shocking than even she could have imagined?
Finding Poe was a 2013 EPIC Awards finalist in Horror.
“Atmospheric, lush, and lyrical, Leigh M. Lane’s Finding Poe is a haunting Gothic novel which will delight anyone familiar with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, as well as anyone who enjoys an evocative and classic tale of terror.” –horror/mystery author Dana Fredsti.