The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Marge Simon
Here she comes again carrying that dreadful purse she had made from my skin. Dumps it out in front of me. Yes, same crappy dime a dozen tea lights. Rude, classless crone. As usual on holidays, she sets them in two rows before my countenance and leaves.
I suppose tonight it’ll be another gaggle of her fellow hags show up with their inane chanting and carrying on. Flabby arms flapping around, stomping on the floor and disturbing the sleep of the dead, me included. Disgusting. I’ll never forget that night they all got bloody soused and did the Hokey Pokey –totally bare ass, mind you –oi!! Had I a stomach, I’d have retched.
Oh oh. I hear them downstairs whooping and carrying on. Now she comes in and lights the candles. Goes back out. In a bit, footsteps thudding up the stairs, cackling and hiccupping –though the door they come! But what’s this? They’ve got ropes of tinsel and gaudy bobbles –no, NO! Draping my bones with this crap, singing “Deck the Halls”.
It won’t do, I tell you! It simply won’t DO!
And now that harridan, once my bride, holds a bit of mistletoe over my skull and beckons them to come forward, one by one, to give me a kiss.
Fiction © Copyright Marge Simon
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The Demeter Diaries
‘The Demeter Diaries’ is a record of love and longing and the inevitable horror that arises between the minds of Mina Harker and Vlad Dracula as they court one another in waking dreams. The dialogue, written in both poetry and prose, imagines a psychic connection that develops between the two even before Dracula arrives in England. As Dracula makes his way from Transylvania to Whitby on the doomed ship Demeter, the two would-be lovers transmit their thoughts across the waves and lands that separate them, alternately wooing and terrifying one another with the idea of love eternal and all the dark delicacies necessary to ensure it. Front cover art by Wendy Saber Core, interior illustrations by Luke Spooner.