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

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The Beast
by Kathleen McCluskey

The Beast was ravenous. It stalked its prey with no mercy. It fed upon the unsuspecting children of the town. It had to ensure its own survival. It would wound and capture more prey to feast upon at its leisure.
Cages with straw floors lined the back of the Beast’s lair. In three of the five cages were children, two boys and a girl. The boys had been there for some time until the girl arrived. The boys were dirty and scrawny, they begged the girl to help them escape. She only stood at the back of her crate and hummed a soft song. She had been captured with her beloved teddy bear in tow. Her bear now hung out of her hand and swayed slowly back and forth to the rhythm of her songs. She finally stopped humming and looked at the boys, “This Beast has no idea what he is dealing with. I am not like other girls.” The boys only scoffed at her boast.
Days passed and the Beast finally took one of the boys out of his cage. The Beast’s talons dug into the boys arm as he shrieked in agony. The monstrosity only smiled and began to feed. The boy’s cries became softer and softer as the blood flowed out of him. The girl only stood and watched. The other boy fainted at the sight and sound of the butchery. She began to hum again. The Beast ran at the wrought iron gate of her cage. She didn’t flinch. She only looked at her teddy bear and rubbed the top of its ears. Confused the Beast opened the door. She was still unfazed and turned her back on the monster. The Beast lunged for her. She turned revealing a mouth filled with sharp teeth and a jaw that unhinged like a snake. She went after the Beast, throwing it to the floor. “You killed my baby step-brother, now you will pay.” In one giant bite the Beast was gone. She emerged into the sunlight of the forest and found her way home.
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More from Kathleen McCluskey:

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

  1. afstewart says:

    A terrific story.

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