The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!
by A.F. Stewart
The sadness in her eyes caught my attention first; her mask framed the dark, sorrowful orbs perfectly. She stood at the edge of the party by the terrace door, not dressed in the garish Venetian finery of the other guests, but in a more stark costume, almost funerary. Everything about her screamed of a dark mortality.
That drew me to her side.
Death always fascinated me, from a childhood flirtation to now, where I openly courted it. This shadowy lady personified my love and would make a perfect addition to my recent collection of… projects.
I handed her a drink and whispered hello. To my surprise, she smiled and leaned in with her own whisper.
“I know what you’ve been doing.”
Then those eyes, those lovely sad eyes, turned cold black and dripped obsidian ichor down her cheeks like tears. In a moment, my heart froze and I knew. My love, Death herself, had come for me at last.
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.
Beautiful work – so atmospheric and such a strong sense of place in so few words.
Death wasn’t playing around! Good one, Anita!
Nicely written with great description. 🙂