The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by Nina D’Arcangela
From the chasm it rose, wings beating a false current. With a slap of its tail, limestone soldiers gave way to shards that matched the armor it wore. Fuel is what it sought. Evidenced by the dull gleam of cobalt eyes, it had been far too long since it last fed. Pitching to the left, it scented the vein. It grasped the granite facing with clawed foot, began to rip metamorphic rock from the range in chunks. A snort assured its failing eyes: the raw mineral reeked of potency. Slower now, with a delicacy not undue the task, it scraped and scratched with more finesse. As it extracted the raw sapphire needed for its survival, it calmed knowing it would soon sup again.
Fiction © Copyright Nina D’Arcangela
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Mental Ward: EXPERIMENTS
A dank basement, shadow filled hallways, the deep echo of a metal latch being thrown while faint screams are heard… These are the things you might experience in a place where the unspeakable happens, where conscientious action and moral turpitude turn a blind eye in the interest of advancing one’s own personal pursuits in the most deranged and unjustifiable manner. The type of place where power corrupts, and depravity runs rampant among those imbued with it. A place where the unfortunate are abandoned to the devices of those who convince themselves their actions are in the best interest of science.
Mental Ward: Experiments is a collection of ten short stories that demonstrate the worst of humanity’s ambition in the interest of ‘civilized’ advancement. Step into a world where sanity is left behind, and horror is what the doctor ordered!
A great story.
A bit of a geology lesson along with a bow to the great Fire Lizards’ history is always welcome. As usual, a win for Ms. D’Arcangela!
Love it – not a word wasted and a fascinating mythology.