Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author A.F. Stewart @scribe77 @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

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001_MAR_LOHThe Grand Royale
by A.F. Stewart

In its day, the Royale Theater bustled in cinematic decadence and vivid Art Deco style. Gold, black, and crimson glittered in invitation, beckoning to a new world of plush velvet and flickering images. Once, all the great classics lit up the screen, dazzling living silhouettes breathing in the dark; the stage for stars like Valentino, Garbo, and Fairbanks. For the theatre’s patrons, it was an escape, a chance to throw away the drudgery and live a dream.
But dreams sometimes die. Sometimes they burn in fury and flames, in screams and agony, leaving frenzied, whispering echoes behind.
And every now and then, those ruined dreams linger.
Scorched and hollow, the Royale still stands, its glamour covered in grime and ages-old soot. Footsteps quicken as they pass, foreboding and the reverberation of wails swirling in their wake. Charred faces, long dead, press against shattered windows, and the choking fumes of smoke drift in the wind. Pass the Royale if you must, but never go in.
Those that enter now, never come out…
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
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More from A.F. Stewart:


Visions and Nightmares

Tragedy spares no one… and takes no prisoners.
In the twilight shadows, secrets are revealed past the whispers of madness.

Wander into the realm of the old gods with Elenora, where humanity and marriage are a prison.
Step through a looking glass of dark horrors with an Alice you never knew.
Join with Zenna to seek the truth as her death by magic grows closer.
Journey with Olivia as she crosses paths with a monster of the forest and runs for her life.
Watch Isobel summon the faerie to solve her problem of an unwanted husband.
Shiver as Doctor Killbride experiments with corpses to create life from death.
All that and more await within the pages.

Ten stories. Ten women.
Who will survive? Who will fall? And who will succumb to their inner evil?
Find out in Visions and Nightmares.

Warning: This book contains disturbing scenes that may be upsetting to some readers.

Available on Amazon!


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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2 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author A.F. Stewart @scribe77 @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    I love that you made this description in such a way it is the story, indirectly. And that adds a punch! Well done, A.F.!

  2. Such a good read – the imagery of the ruined cinema is so evocative and so creepy.

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