Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

The Beast
by Kathleen McCluskey

The oceans were calm and serene. The small white caps melted into each other as the sun shone in the clear blue sky. There were no sounds floating in the air except for the hypnotizing sound of the delicate wind and the cushiony water.
The apathetic day was disrupted when the beautiful dark water began to split. Bubbling and pulsing the water began to glow with a crimson aura. The sound of the soft waves was replaced with crashing liquid and ripping earth. Rising out of the frigid blackness came forth a mesa of earth from the darkest depths. The cool water rushed over the top and back into its home.
The earth began to throb and quake. A large gash formed as archaic, scaled hands gripped the edges. The claws of the beast made large gouges in the surface. Up and up the creature came, lifting itself out of the mire. The ancient being looked around, perplexed by its surroundings. It looked to the sky, opened it massive jaws and bellowed. The enormous sharp canines dripped with saliva. It took a colossal breath in through its nose, both nostrils flared. The scent of prey was strong and it was famished. The brute threw itself into the water, the hunt had begun.
Peeking only its eyes out of the water it spotted land. Upon the land were beings it had never seen before, delicate long legs and ineffective looking arms. The creature was disappointed at the shallow victory such a meal would represent. It wanted to feed but it also wanted a challenge. It began to turn away and look elsewhere when it noticed a large quantity of these beings beginning to gather. This is just the type of quarry it was yearning for. It stealthily swam to the shore. Katie’s beach birthday party would have an uninvited guest.
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The Long Fall: Book 1: The Inception of Horror

Lucifer always cunning and intelligent challenges father to a battle of wits. Being the angel of light he casts a judgemental eye upon mankind. He begins a war with his fellow archangels and God. Michael, along with his siblings defend their home and mankind from their deranged brother. Broad swords and hand to hand combat drench heaven in blood. The four apocalyptic steeds are released, each having their own destructive power. Betrayal and lust are at biblical levels. Understand the very creation of evil and the consequenses that transpire in the first of THE LONG FALL series.

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Issue #40 of The Sirens Call – As Summer Leaves, Autumn Falls
Stories of disaster influenced by horrific intent.

Whether it be Mother Nature’s wrath or a devilish ghoul, a sprite most wicked or a stumbling fool, tell us a tale of disaster that happens as summer ends and autumn begins.

We are looking for stories, flash fiction and poetry of horrific happenings that take place in the summer months that lead into fall. As long as the piece is primarily horror/dark fiction, we’d love to see it!

Your piece can be creepy, sullen, emotive, freaky, elegant, bizarre, have a dark-humor edge to it, or simply be flat out scary as hell!

Submission Deadline: August 10, 2018
Circulation: Approximately 35,000

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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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    A darkly delightful story.

    • Kathleen says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad that you liked it. I really racked my brain to think of an idea for this picture. Once I started to type it just flowed out, only took me about ten minutes.

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