The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Marge Simon
Their celebratory champagne overflows its welcome. The wedding guests escape to their cars,
leaving the raging pair to it.
spilled drinks & broken glass,
He selects a grapefruit spoon, (the one with roses in relief, a wedding gift), and uses it to gouge her eyes.
A stream of bloodied tears
god what he did to her face
would pleasure a fiend
He brushes her hair over to cover the mess, ignoring her screams. Then he takes his penknife, carves his name upon her breasts, puncturing her lungs when he is done. He hadn’t meant to go that far, claims it was an accident, a lover’s quarrel.
In his prison cell, she comes to visit. Visible to him alone, a wraith with ruined eyes. Accusing.
everywhere he goes, she’s there,
no doors can keep her out.
And now he is afraid to die.
Fiction © Copyright Marge Simon
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
More from Marge Simon:
The Demeter Diaries
‘The Demeter Diaries’ is a record of love and longing and the inevitable horror that arises between the minds of Mina Harker and Vlad Dracula as they court one another in waking dreams. The dialogue, written in both poetry and prose, imagines a psychic connection that develops between the two even before Dracula arrives in England. As Dracula makes his way from Transylvania to Whitby on the doomed ship Demeter, the two would-be lovers transmit their thoughts across the waves and lands that separate them, alternately wooing and terrifying one another with the idea of love eternal and all the dark delicacies necessary to ensure it. Front cover art by Wendy Saber Core, interior illustrations by Luke Spooner.