The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
The sunset cast the glow of fire over the standing stones, the last warmth of the day before the cold embrace of the night. The air quivered, a twitch of breeze felt by no one. At least no one human.
Within the stone came an answering tremor, a soft rumble of the earth that reverberated along the surface of the rock. An ancient call, breaking past millennia of deathly slumber and snaking downward to a long forgotten source of power. Lingering dormant magic ascended from the bowels of Hell to infuse the stone, and a visceral hatred shuddered throughout the ground.
Something screamed beyond the ken of human ears, a primeval pain voice for the first time in eons.
And the mother of monsters stirred, her dreams filled with images of flames and death. By sunrise, the dragon encased within the stone fully awakened and the sky erupted in a display of true fire…
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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Visions and Nightmares
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In the twilight shadows, secrets are revealed past the whispers of madness.
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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.
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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.
At first I thought “The Ancient Ones” — as per HPL, but I prefer dragons much more! Good one!
What a great use of the prompts – I didn’t see the dragon in teh stones until you pointed it out and now it’s all I can see. Great work.