Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Mary Ann Peden-Coviello @MAPedenCoviello @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

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Birds of a Feather
by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello

“What’s this piece of crap?” I toss the stupid doll thing from hand to hand. “It creeps me out.” It does, too, with its bird skull head and human body. I hold it close to my face ’cause ain’t nothin’ stupid like this thing gonna scare me, y’know. I stare into the holes where its eyes oughta be. 
“Oh, please don’t break it. It’s precious to me,” the old bag whines at me from the corner of the bedroom where she’s crouching in a puddle of her own piss. 
I laugh. “Yeah? Precious is it?” 
The other guys are crashin’ around in the apartment, whoopin’ when they come across somethin’ good and cussin’ when they don’t. A lot more cussin’ than whoopin’ tonight.
I yank out a couple of the feathers from the back of the bird skull. 
The old bitch screeches like I stuck her with my knife. 
“Shut up.”. 
I drop the bird thing on the floor. The old biddy reaches for it. I stomp the bird skull with my bootheel. 
A million black birds bust outta nowhere. Wings beat on my head. Claws and beaks tear me up like the worst knife attack ever. The stink of blood is in my nose. I fall to the floor, covered with man-eating birds. I’m screamin’. All my guys are screamin’, too. 
The old woman stands in front of me, only she don’t look so scared and piss-stained no more. She looks like that bird skull doll thing.
The last thing I hear is that old woman laughing. Her laughter sounds like some big old crow cawing. God, it hurts.
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Women write horror and have written it since before Mary Shelley wrote FRANKENSTEIN. This anthology is to highlight the fact women write great horror and to kill the fallacy that they aren’t in some way up to standard. They are. Read here stories by Elizabeth Massie, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Lucy Taylor, and a plethora of other great writers as they work on your nerves, get inside your head, and bang out some of the scariest tales written today. I’m proud to present these women for your consideration, as Rod Serling might say, as I ask you to step into FRIGHT MARE. Lock the door and windows, put on a light, and remember, it’s not real. It’s not real. Midnight awaits, monsters scheme to take you away, the strange and weird wait in the shadows, but it’s not real. Is it?

Edited by Billie Sue Mosiman, the author who brought you the SINISTER-TALES OF DREAD collections and her latest suspense novel, THE GREY MATTER.

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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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