Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

by Kathleen McCluskey

Marjorie slowly opened her eyes as consciousness crept back in. The last thing she remembered was leaving the club, then…nothing. She tried to open her eyes but her left eye had been swollen shut. Wincing as she touched it she looked down at her feet. In the muted moonlight, the rusted shackle that was on her ankle came into focus. Large tears began to slide down her face as the distant sound of trotting horse hooves began to move closer. She listened; the hooves didn’t sound right, the rhythm was off. Marjorie screamed as the sliding door to the room slammed open.
   William entered the room; his large frame engulfing the opening. He came at Marjorie, she could only silently sob as he grabbed her and lifted her to his face. “Oh you are a treasure. I will cherish you.” He dropped her onto the filthy floor. She noticed that he had a bloody bandage on his thigh and limped as he walked into the adjourning room. She looked around trying to recognize anything; nothing seemed familiar. She held her breath and listened; crickets and the occasional rustle of leaves is all she heard. Then the noise of the off-beat horse trot entered the still night. She shivered as William once again appeared in the doorway. This time there was a grotesque half human half horse being with him on a leash. Marjorie screamed as her world went black.
   Waking on a metal table, Marjorie began to struggle against the restraints at her wrists and ankles. Her eyes had had their sight taken. Pain shot through her neck as she tried to scream but no sound would come; her vocal cords had been cut.
  William’s hand touched Marjorie’s face, his rough fingers pried her mouth open. “Now eat, my sweet. My flesh will complete your transformation. I will always be a part of you.” He giggled as she swallowed.
   He stroked the head of the creature on the leash, “Isn’t she beautiful? My horsey will soon have a partner. Your transformation will give me such pleasure.” Tears rolled down Marjorie’s face; she knew her fate had been sealed.
Fiction © Copyright Kathleen McCluskey
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More from Kathleen McCluskey:

The Long Fall: Book 1: The Inception of Horror

Lucifer always cunning and intelligent challenges father to a battle of wits. Being the angel of light he casts a judgmental eye upon mankind. He begins a war with his fellow archangels and God. Michael, along with his siblings defend their home and mankind from their deranged brother. Broad swords and hand to hand combat drench heaven in blood. The four apocalyptic steeds are released, each having their own destructive power. Betrayal and lust are at biblical levels. Understand the very creation of evil and the consequences that transpire in the first of THE LONG FALL series.

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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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4 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Kathleen McCluskey @KathleenMcClus4 @Darc_Nina #LoH #fiction

  1. afstewart says:

    A creepy and terrific story.

  2. Marge Simon says:

    How centaurs are made? Creepy is sure right!

  3. Wonderfully creepy – leaves so much to the reader’s imagination and is all the better for it.

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