Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Ashley Davis @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Dragons in the Sand
by Ashley Davis

The sunrise and sunset always look familiar, but the blue sky of day feels wrong. Am I from a place of perpetual long wavelengths? Am I accustomed to the edge? Night, dusk, and dawn—the only times that feel real. The shadow birds still come then, but they always keep their distance in a darker sky. My memories are filled with splinters from old beach-house porch steps, purple clouds over crashing waves, misty dunes, and a deep desire for something I cannot yet understand. I’ve been there a million times, but I don’t know when or who I was. Invisible feet climb a staircase to a destination just out of reach. What will I do when I reach the end of the concrete steps, where it drops into air? There are ticking clocks among the dunes, but what do they measure? Or maybe the clocks are really dragons, come to take back one of their own. I know they see me. I weave magic with words, see through multiple eyes, and always dance on my toes; am I a witch or a prophet? Sphinx of black quartz, judge my vow. It’s what I know, and it comes from inside, but I don’t know how it got there. I used to know my braids and my house and the dark voice that shadowed me, and the beach never recedes. It’s always a darkening sky. The wind is always full of salt. The tide is always coming in. There are no seashells on this coastline. The perpetual tide brings something else. I know the darkness that calls me must live in the water, though its voice calls from the clouds. Bring me broken boards, broken shells, broken souls, and I will mend or destroy their essence.
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Poetry by Ashley Davis can be found featured in the fall 2017 issue of
The Horror Zine


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', founder and administrator of the Ladies of Horror Picture-prompt Monthly Writing Challenge, 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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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Ashley Davis @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Most intriguing and fascinating.

  2. Lovely words creating a dark and beautiful mood. Love it!

  3. Marge Simon says:


  4. Adele Marie says:

    wow, this story spoke to my heart. I love the words, the descriptive writing. To be fair we are told as writers to use fewer words, sharpen our skills as the public wants fast fiction, but to read words like these is a pleasure.

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