The Ladies of Horror
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One, Two, Three
by Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
The battles didn’t last long in the end, did they? Their unstable Grand Poohbah lost his temper with ours – or maybe it was the other way around – who knows and who cares anymore? – and the skies lit up with death. A few of us legged it to the wilderness, trying to outrun the fires, the sickness, the ever-encroaching doom.
I’m leaving this letter in case anyone besides our group survived to read it. The others are all gone now. I saved three bullets for my Granddad’s old Colt service revolver for, well, you know. Last stands make for good reading in history books, but what happens when history ends?
My wife started sickening a week ago. Yesterday, she looked at me with love and death in her eyes. My heart broke. My will broke.
I carried her out to see the sunset. God, her body was like a bundle of sticks in my arms. I held her till darkness covered us, hiding my actions.
Then I shot her.
Two bullets left.
I buried her there and piled rocks on top of the grave.
Today, a lesion showed on the face of our little girl. Tonight, we’ll go see the sunset. I’ll bury her beside her mother, the only woman I ever loved.
I’ll lie down between the two loves of my life and use the third, last, bullet on myself.
Fiction © Copyright Mary Ann Peden-Coviello
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More from Mary Ann Peden-Coviello:
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.