Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

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The High Price of Art
by Angela Yuriko Smith

The trick she told him
is to stay in your seat and write.
Only when you type
The End can you stop.
He could only blame himself.
He wanted a book.
She promised results.
Life Editor, her card said.
to keep you on task.
Guaranteed results—
I will kill all your darlings.
She had been upfront.
And her process worked.
Fueled by coffee and terror
he wrote for three days.
Her knife at his back…
she was his terrible muse.
The pages stacked up
with his excitement.
The sacrifice was worth it—
a book finally done.
The last page rolled in.
The last paragraph typed out.
His book, accomplished.
He smiled and tapped out
The En . The ink failed! The En .
Then, she ended him.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
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More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author and co-publisher of Space and Time magazine, a publication that has been printing speculative fiction, art and poetry since 1966. Together we build a poem as a community each month. Visit “Exquisite Corpse” at to submit.

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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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3 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @darc_nina #LoH

  1. Marge Simon says:

    If only he’d left out the “THE”, he might still be with us and a successful up-and-coming author! Nice one, Angela!!

  2. Love this – really rich imagery and the haiku form really builds the tension. One less adverb or superfluous adjective and he would have finished – caution for us all there maybe 😀

  3. afstewart says:

    The analog version of a computer crash, with deadly results. Loved it.

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