Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Lydia Prime @LydiaPrime @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Fill in for Fate
by Lydia Prime

Fragile as rose petals, the tomes must be rewritten, rebound; the lifeblood of those who’ve gone before, wasted. Their scent causes my eyes to water, the text itself brings on a feeling of burning within my soul. Who began these works? I wonder while I glance at the shelves surrounding me. My tears stain the sheet as they drop from my face. Another page I must rewrite, Why does this ache so much?
As the night wears on and the candles fade, I do too; my chest heaves deeply. Who else would willingly take on such a task? My mind wanders to all those who’d ventured this chamber before. “Work quickly,” words slither through my ears as venom does my veins; the only advice received from the other.
I carefully ink the final page and feel my soul slowly fading from my body. I chose this, I know, but to parade as one of the fates seemed much more glamorous than how this wretched task feels.
Shallow breaths, my pulse in my ears; one word left, I don’t wish to do this. A language that has flown so freely through my mind to my hand, one I will never speak, yet I have written so clearly. Shedding tears for myself, I scribble the last of it, breathing has become a chore; the warmth grows deep from within.
Wailing, my fingers twitch and I can feel my body shutting down. My skin feels as through it’s slipping off my bones; my spirit ready to escape. As I lay down the scribe, through shimmering vision I see another tome claiming its form.
Fiction © Copyright Lydia Prime
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More about Lydia Prime:

Lydia grew up in a small, ‘Mayberry,’ sort of town, in New Jersey. She thoroughly enjoys gummy bears and laughing through the darkest depths of life. More often than not, she writes about demons and monsters, however, being a recovering addict tends to turn inner demons into fearsome foes to be fought beyond the constraints of the mind. ‘Sometimes,’ she states, ‘what’s inside, is scarier than anything reality throws at you.’

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Christina Sng @ChristinaSng @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Found Footage

by Christina Sng

There goes our last wrench

Tumbling away into space,
And now our engineer with it.

That was how our space ark failed
And how humans became extinct.

Fiction © Copyright Christina Sng
Image courtesy of Nina D’Arcangela
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from Christina Sng:

A Collection of Nightmares

Hold your screams and enter a world of seasonal creatures, dreams of bones, and confessions modeled from open eyes and endless insomnia. Christina Sng’s A Collection of Nightmares is a poetic feast of sleeplessness and shadows, an exquisite exhibition of fear and things better left unsaid. Here are ramblings at the end of the world and a path that leads to a thousand paper cuts at the hands of a skin carver. There are crawlspace whispers, and fresh sheets gently washed with sacrifice and poison, and if you’re careful in this ghost month, these poems will call upon the succubus to tend to your flesh wounds and scars.
These nightmares are sweeping fantasies that electrocute the senses as much as they dull the ache of loneliness by showing you what’s hiding under your bed, in the back of your closet, and inside your head. Sng’s poems dissect and flower, her autopsies are delicate blooms dressed with blood and syntax. Her words are charcoal and cotton, safe yet dressed in an executioner’s garb.
Dream carefully.
You’ve already made your bed.
The nightmares you have now will not be kind.
And you have no one to blame but yourself.

Available on Amazon!

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

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She Waits
by Angela Yuriko Smith

She waits
soaking in myth
at the fountain of youth
for ambitious pilgrims
that seek salad days
without wilt.
She ponders
the hypocrisy of epochs
that promise permanece
but dish out on argent platters
an evanescent present.
She savors
the pungent meat
of self-inflicted calamity
briny with weeping
fresh on the bone.
Nothing is wasted.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

The Bitter Suites

Book a stay at the Bitter Suites, a hotel that specializes in renewable death experiences. Whether you schedule your demise as therapy, to bond with a loved one or for pure recreation, your death is sure to give you a new lease on life. Renewable death is always beneficial… at least to someone.

Available on Amazon!

 

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Ela Lourenco @ElaLourenco @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Sanity
by Ela Lourenco

When I was a little girl skipping through the woods, I saw a white rabbit leap down a hole. Young and carefree I followed it in and fell into a world of marvels, Mad hatters and tea parties. I spoke to a crazy cat, stood up to the Queen of Hearts… I lived a lifetime in that short moment in time. Sweet memories and a kaleidoscope of wonders in my heart when I returned breathless to tell my parents what I had seen.
At first they smiled, then they frowned. I was sent to bed without my tea. Urgent harsh whispers filled the house that night and come morning only blank faces met me. “We are off on an outing,” I was told and I did up my coat. And we drove down dreary country lanes to a village remote. An imposing stone building appeared round the bend, colourless, lifeless, many shades of grey.
I was pushed through the doors and met by the tallest, thinnest, dourest-faced woman I had ever seen. That was when I first heard the blood-curdling screams.
“Come along child, you will be here awhile,” the spindly giant said to me as I was abandoned there by my own family.
They did things to me. Asked the same questions over and over again. I was punished severely every time I mentioned Wonderland. I was tied to a bed, then tied to a chair. Days turned to weeks, weeks to years, until my once blonde head was now all grey hair.
“Recant, admit the truth. Wonderland is not real.” I must have heard this a million times. I never gave up. Never. I would not deny the truth. My life is now almost spent but still I persist. The memories of that magical place were all that kept me from going insane.
Fiction © Copyright Ela Lourenco
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from Ela Lourenco:

Essence

Katra is a Fae Hunter in a world once ravaged by a terrible war. Having lost all memory of her childhood and rightful identity, her duty is now to protect the tentative peace brokered by the varying races of the supernatural world. When an evil darkness begins to spread, draining young witches of their power, Katra must find a way back to her true past in order to save the future.

Enduring many trials as ever-increasing powers awaken within her, Katra must also struggle with the mixed emotions her new partner, Blade – a Black Dragon – is rousing within her. Together they must battle the shadows that plan to devour the world they know and prevent its decent into another thousand-year war.

Can Katra hold onto her strength as the truth of her very being begins to unravel? Can she bear the weight that ancient prophecy has placed on her young shoulders? Or is her destiny to regain her true self, only to lose the world she is sworn to protect?

Available on Amazon!

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Rie Sheridan Rose @RieSheridanRose @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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Ashes of Roses
by Rie Sheridan Rose

She bit her lip when she walked into the study and saw it there…the daily rose placed like an offering on the book she had been reading last evening. So thoughtful of him. Every day, without fail, like a talisman against the dark, a single rose.
She sank down in her desk chair, lifting the flower and twirling it between her fingertips. A dozen thousand days…nearly thirty three years, and every day a rose. She didn’t even like roses. It was one of the reasons…
With a sigh, she pushed to her feet and walked across the room to the fireplace, stirring up the coals to reignite the flames. When their warmth kissed her cheeks, she tossed the blossom into the heart of them. Ashes of roses. Like all the others.
At least it was the last of them. Now that she’d dug up the bush and buried him in its place.
Fiction © Copyright Rie Sheridan Rose
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from Author Rie Sheridan Rose:

Skellyman

“I have always preferred the supernatural in tales of horror, the knot between life and death. Rie Sheridan Rose’s Skellyman is cool and creepy. Her first horror novel is a chilling read.” — Charlee Jacob – Stoker winner, Best novel, “Dread in the Beast”

Brenda Barnett is trying to cope with raising her four-year-old daughter all alone after an accident tore her family in half. As she and Daisy go for a much-needed treat, the little girl spots a Skellyman on the corner.

This pivotal encounter leads to a wave of mounting terror as Brenda’s life begins to come undone around her. Who is the Skellyman? Why does he keep appearing? Can the sympathetic policeman Brenda turns to stop the madness before it is too late?

And why does Daisy insist that her dead brother is trying to tell them something important?

Available on Amazon!

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Angela Yuriko Smith @AngelaYSmith @Sotet_Angyal #LoH

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Sepia
by Angela Yuriko Smith

Finding the camera was the key.
They came across it inside a dysfunctional metal box, all aluminum angles and twisted array. Inside were two golden discs they discarded immediately. The shining platters were reminiscent of an imploding sun—something they were too familiar with. The camera was what they needed.
Scientists pulled it apart, exploring the primitive gears and pulleys that made it function. The long, celluloid strip provided them with all they needed to communicate. From it, they put together welcome ambassadors to make first contact.
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Mary Ann was sitting in her recently deceased mother’s room feeling a mixture of guilt and relief. The cruel woman was gone—Mary Ann was now free of her damaging words forever. She was her own woman now, with a small inheritance to begin again.
On the side of the bed, a glowing orb winked into existence. Mary Ann watched as the sepia light stained the shadow, elongating into the smudged and distorted figure of a woman. It was her mother, waving one transparent hand in greeting. Her face broke into a shimmering grin.
Mary Ann would never be free. She screamed.
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The initiative to contact the alien species was put down as a failure and discontinued. The humanoid species were deemed too temperamental. There was a 100% rejection to the projections of their own kind. The technicians tried several ways to make contact with no success. Whether the communication was visual, audible or simple environmental manipulation, the reaction was always fear. The species was put on the galactic do-not-call list.
All further attempts for further contact were postponed indefinitely.
Fiction © Copyright Angela Yuriko Smith
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com

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More from Angela Yuriko Smith:

The Bitter Suites

Book a stay at the Bitter Suites, a hotel that specializes in renewable death experiences. Whether you schedule your demise as therapy, to bond with a loved one or for pure recreation, your death is sure to give you a new lease on life. Renewable death is always beneficial… at least to someone.

Available on Amazon!

 

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Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Melissa R. Mendelson @melissmendelson @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

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A Chilling Thrill
by Melissa R. Mendelson

I blinded them with illusion,
luring them to stay.
I tempted their hearts,
whispering that love would never fade away.
I fed their dreams
until their dreams would burst,
and I granted their every desire,
their every thirst.
I ran calm across their minds,
quieting their storms
until little dolls they became,
cattle for my farms.
Then, I marched them into the water
and shuddered at their drowning cry.
Oh, how that sound completed me,
such ecstasy as they died.
Fiction © Copyright Melissa R. Mendelson
Image courtesy of Pixabay.com
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More from Melissa R. Mendelson:

Better Off Here 

We always look to the greener pastures, thinking our lives would be so much better over there, but if we were over there, what if all we wanted was to go back? Instead, we found ourselves trapped with the darker side to our fears.

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