Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Bailey Hunter @DarkRecesses @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!


Leave a Light On
by Bailey Hunter

“You should know. It’s tradition,” my sister Elise muttered under her breath.
“I can’t believe you forgot,” my brother Jonah said, scowling at me.
My other brother Davis just stared right through me with cold eyes that reflected the lights off the tree.
“It’s not my fault,” I hiss back. “What were you thinking giving the responsibility to me anyway?” 
Seriously though, how was I to know that not putting the candle lantern in the window for our ancestors this Christmas was going to be such a big deal?  I mean, it’s not like I forgot on purpose or anything. It’s the 21st century for chrissakes. Who does that kind of thing anymore, anyway? 
Apparently WE do.  Or at least we’re supposed to. Meaning I was supposed to…
I did eventually light the candle, but it was too little, too late. Over a half dozen long deceased relatives have broken into the house. They took out mom and dad first. Davis bit it next trying to save them while screaming at me for being an idiot, until they ripped out his throat, that is.  The house is decorated in blood splatter. The hearth is draped in a shiny, slick bough of their intestines.  
The worst part— aside from the whole ancestors descending upon us in a mindless killing horde thing— is that now my mom, dad, and my brother Davis will become one of them, and they’re inside the house.  I really don’t want to kill them twice. I don’t even know if we can kill them once they turn to be honest.
My remaining siblings are really pissed off at me, but we’re working together.  It helps that they can’t yell at me right now without giving away our position. All we gotta do is make it to Christmas morning and not be torn open like the presents under the tree. If we make it, it’s going to be the best and the worst Christmas ever. 
Other families may not like having extended family over for the holiday, but they’ve got nothing on us.
Fiction © Copyright Bailey Hunter
Image courtesy of

More from Bailey Hunter:
Bailey is a publisher with Dark Recesses Press.

DeadWomenInLoveCover_FrontDead Women in Love

Harvey Drago, Intangible Private Eye, is back in DEAD WOMEN IN LOVE.

Join him as he investigates the brutal death of a history professor, as well as the disappearances of several ladies of the evening. Both cases turn out to be related to the mysterious human-shaped piles of ashes being left around Nashville, and the decades-old theft of priceless Egyptian relics, including the mummy of a nefarious pharaoh. Supernatural Investigations Bureau agent Amy Marten weaves a seductive spell over our hero, as does the oddly rejuvenated Pam, his long-time occasional paramour. Is it his body they’re after, or his heart? Maybe his soul? Or is it something even more intimate than that?


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.
This entry was posted in Authors, Dark Fiction, flash fiction, FREE, Horror, Ladies of Horror, Writing Project and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Bailey Hunter @DarkRecesses @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    Delightfully dysfunctional and a great story.

  2. Bailey Hunter says:

    Thank you.😊

  3. Sheri White says:

    Oh, this is a very cool story!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.