The Ladies of Horror
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by A.F. Stewart
Serenity. A small hidden lagoon, far past the maddening world. Green and lush, a beckoning oasis of quiet calm. The chance of a new life heralded by their leader. He preached salvation from disintegrating society, an escape from the slow, inevitable death awaiting them.
“We must flee this life. I will offer you escape. Listen to my words and live.”
They arrived in the morning hours, broken and desperate, yet in the landscape they found hope and peace. Yet even in the promised utopia, darkness thrives.
The creature spoke to him in the sweet night air, as the balmy wind blew the scent of the water and the heady floral perfumes. Spoke in whispers of blood and power, of ancient rites and a world lost to the evolution of civilization. He never questioned the veracity, only revelled in the spinning undercurrent of control it dangled.
Soon promises become lies, followers become sacrifices.
It began with the altar on the riverbank; a stone monument as thanks, he claimed. Then the day the sun rose above the rocky arch and he lured the children there to pray. A smashing rock, a slashing knife, spraying blood and the stones soaked in red, seeping slowly into the water. Three betrayed of innocence to feed the creature.
“Take these offerings and rise! Give me my reward!”
Only then did he understand his mistake.
She rose from the depths of time and dimension, tentacles grasping, teeth gnashing, hungry for more. He was the first to be eaten, and then the screams of his followers, shredded and dismembered until the beast had her fill of flesh and blood.
Fiction © Copyright A.F. Stewart
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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.