The Ladies of Horror
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by Lisa Lane
It calls to her,
the threshold waiting.
She resists its selfish pull,
sensing the event horizon,
the point of no return.
She’d crossed a door
much like this one before.
When she woke in a hospital room,
and she thought she’d survived.
It took her some time to understand.
All was not the same.
She’d fallen, like Lucifer to Hell,
slipped into a darker place
of her own design.
She knows it had to be.
That when she woke,
it was on the other side.
She’d made her choice
with the slice of a razor blade.
Lengthwise, to the morgue.
But life continues on,
even if somewhere else
she lay six feet in the ground.
The illusion remains.
Yes, she knows where she has gone.
This place looks just like the last.
It continues right where she left off,
just a little worse than before.
And as much as she wants to end it again,
she knows there are deeper doors than this one.
Fiction © Copyright Lisa Lane
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Lisa Lane:
This four-part collection includes the first three novellas to the dark, dramatic horror series, Jane the Hippie Vampire, as well as an exclusive novelette:
Love Beads: Jane crosses paths with a middle-aged man who’s encountered her kind before–but he seems happy just to have the company. Of course, appearances can be deceiving, and his secret might just prove to be the end of her.
Flashbacks: Jane must face demons from her past when she encounters a long-lost friend and a homeless Vietnam veteran with lingering demons of his own.
Hair: Jane goes south for the winter, hoping to find reprieve in the forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A supernatural stalker of the shape-shifting variety has different plans, however. Will her new-found ally–a park ranger with a painful secret–be enough to help her avoid a fate worse than undeath?
Flower Power: Jane teams up with an astral traveler in order to banish a dreamwalker from her past–and in the process, she must confront her greatest nightmare.
About the series: Jane has had one hell of a time ever since she happened upon the wrong guy during the Summer of Love, but she’s taken it all in stride. Wandering from town to town, she seeks out the needy and the broken in hopes of breaking the curse that’s left her bloodthirsty and forever seventeen.