Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

If the barn could talk…  
by Alex Grehy

Before the developers came to demolish, burn and build,

a local reporter asked, “If the barn could talk, what stories

might it tell?”


Conservationists picked up the theme, “What if,” they said,

“Our past has seeped into the red cedar walls, greying shingles

and hard dirt floor?”


The archaeologists came up with a plan, “If it has to come down,

let us take it apart nail by nail, learning with love and respect

over the next ten years.


The realtors replied, “The past is not held in this heap of junk,

reminisce with the farmer, but let us get on, the people need

our new homes.” 


But the farmer was dead, his city children moved on with the

cash from the sale; the interested parties came up with a plan,

called in a spirit guide.


The shaman arrived under glowering skies, told everyone to go

back to town, “Most spirits are shy and will not talk when there

are strangers around.”


He pulled open the door and coughed as chaff flew in the breeze,

the spirit of corn, reaped over the years, overwhelmed him with

dreams of the sun.


He stumbled out to the fields and listened, appalled, as the 

barn told its tales to the sky, which roiled and churned with

its evil intent.


“I am made of dead trees; do you think they were pleased

to be felled? Do you think the clay of my shingles asked to

be torn from the earth?”


“Do you think that the animals slaughtered here gave their

lives voluntarily? Do you think that the farmer was ignorant

of his wife’s infidelity?”


“Do you think that this story, as old as mankind, of lust and

betrayal and cold, hard revenge, was not enacted within

my walls?”


The shaman convulsed on the ground, clapped his hands 

on his ears, not wanting to hear more malevolent tales, but

the pitiless barn talked on.


“She brought her lover here to roll in the hay, their sin was

delicious but I wanted more; the ploughshare that fell put

an end to his fun.”


“She screamed so loud her husband came by, saw the scene

and imagined the rest, I put the pitchfork within reach of his

vengeful hand.”


“With blood seeping into my floor, my spirit grew bold; I 

offered a beam and a coil of rough rope, and so

the farmer hung.”


“There have been many more, this jinx springs from

deep in the earth. Demolish, destroy me and build on my

roots – it will not banish the bane.”


The shaman crawled towards town, but lightning ignited the 

stubble, burned the barn then his body to ash, and his warnings 

went untold.


The last I heard, they’d built a road, mall and houses, though 

construction fatalities were high, they named this cute modern

village “The Old Barn.”


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More from author Alex Grehy:


After a lifetime of writing technical non-fiction, Alex Grey is fulfilling her dream of writing poems and stories that engage the reader’s emotions. Her work has been featured by a wide range of publications including Siren’s Call, Raconteur, Bookends Review, and Toasted Cheese. One of her comic poems is also available via a worldwide network of public fiction dispensers managed by French publisher, Short Edition. Her ingredients for contentment are narrow boating, greyhounds, singing and chocolate. It is a sweet life, yet Alex’ original view of the world has led to her best friend to say ‘For someone so lovely, you’re very twisted!

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5 Responses to Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Alex Grehy @indigodreamers @darc_nina #LoH #fiction

  1. Marge Simon says:

    Enjoyed this so much, folk-talesy as its tone, a feeling of dread and finality as you read. You’re so talented!

  2. Melissa R. Mendelson says:

    I love the title, If the barn could talk, and maybe those realtors were right. Maybe, it’s best to move on because if you stop to dig, peel away at the past, you might be sorry, releasing horrors that were waiting to return.

  3. Pingback: Publication News: Ladies of Horror Flash Project: If the barn could talk (horror) – Alex Grehy Fiction

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