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The Vampire Ball
by Marge Simon
Tonight, a celebration such as Machiavelli himself might have planned, with elite victims of high social standing. Dashing and dapper, the Monsignor descends the stairs, flourishing a polished cane. The shine on his shoes would put the moon to shame. Midway, he readjusts his ascot, sets the brim of his top hat at a jaunty angle. Maurice, his faithful Grenville, bows low to present his Master’s chosen escort, Ramona of the raven locks. She wears a low-cut dress to match his tie. How the lady trembles, half-paralyzed with fear, her long, pale neck at his command! Once, a woman of her class would have scorned his presence, before he joined the ranks of the Undead. He may well take his vengeance now, for Ramona knows her lover hangs by his ankles in the Pit of the Pendulum below stairs. Distressed, she begs him for mercy, but he flashes her a smile, “Please me, and your man may be spared.”
Among their many talents, it is no secret that vampires know how to party. Locked in waltz position, they begin to dance with tiny nips, like kisses on their partner’s necks. Much like a punch bowl, they take in more as the night progresses. Graceful movements continue to the music, orchestrated with attention to the draining of the blood. Come dawn, they leave in drunken disarray –all but Monsignor. A soft rain has begun falling when his coach returns. He carries fair Ramona in his arms. The Pendulum has long been done; chunks of scattered skin and bone, bloody pools on the basement floor. Holding her head to witness this, he drains her dry. Typically, he’s saved the best for last.
Fiction © Copyright Marge Simon
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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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.