The Ladies of Horror
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Gillian twirled before the mirror, examining the dress from every side. The froth of lace and silk was perfect. She’d waited for this day all her life—the day that she and Tomas would be wed.
The sun was just clearing the mountains, but she had been too excited to sleep. Officially, it was the first of Spring, but the fields were already showing a green haze of seedlings, and the trees bore signs of a bountiful harvest later in the year. But there would be no talk of work today. It was a celebration.
Her union with Tomas was more than a mere wedding. The settlement was relatively new, this place of plenty. The Elders remembered when this place was a barren waste, but little by little they had built it to this plenty. Her wedding would cement the bond between their two great Houses for eternity. She loved him with all her heart, but that was mere luck. The wedding would have proceeded even if she abhorred him.
“Come, daughter, it’s time.” Mother was all smiles today, though her eyes glittered with unshed tears.
Gillian smiled in return. “I’m ready.”
She took her mother’s arm, and they walked together to the place of joining. Tomas stood before the Headman, resplendent in his wedding clothes.. As Gillian took her place beside him, her heart pounded like a drum.
A cloud eclipsed the sun, and Gillian looked up in dismay. A scream burst from her lips—as the foot of a god descended upon them. The wedding was not as blessed as she’d thought…
“What happened, Jon?”
“I stepped on something. I think my foot is bleeding…”
“I told you to put away your things! You haven’t picked up this floor in months. Who knows what’s growing on it? Now clean up this mess at once, or your father will hear about it.”
Rolling his eyes, Jon began scooping up the debris and dumping it back into the toy box.
Fiction © Copyright Rie Sheridan Rose
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More from Author Rie Sheridan Rose:
“I have always preferred the supernatural in tales of horror, the knot between life and death. Rie Sheridan Rose’s Skellyman is cool and creepy. Her first horror novel is a chilling read.” — Charlee Jacob – Stoker winner, Best novel, “Dread in the Beast”
Brenda Barnett is trying to cope with raising her four-year-old daughter all alone after an accident tore her family in half. As she and Daisy go for a much-needed treat, the little girl spots a Skellyman on the corner.
This pivotal encounter leads to a wave of mounting terror as Brenda’s life begins to come undone around her. Who is the Skellyman? Why does he keep appearing? Can the sympathetic policeman Brenda turns to stop the madness before it is too late?
And why does Daisy insist that her dead brother is trying to tell them something important?