Pup

PUP by Pen of the Damned’s Nina D’Arcangela

I scrambled through the woods at break-neck speed. I had no idea which direction I ran, I only knew I had to escape the beast that attacked me. A clearing in the trees ahead revealed the flicker of a fire’s glow. As I stumbled into the mudded tract, I realized I’d come upon a gypsy encampment. Two men immediately rose in defense, but a hunched old woman shushed them away. She guided me to a rough-hewn bench. I sat in the brisk night air, chest heaving, lungs still gasping for breath as the crone examined my scratched torso, the gouges left upon my arm by the beast’s maw.

Heavy drapes at the rear of a nearby caravan parted. Concealed behind a voile sheath loomed a tourmaline eyed creature of exquisite beauty. She held my gaze for but a moment before her eyes crept down toward my bare chest and further…

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A Slithering Offer

A SLITHERING OFFER by Pen of the Damned’s Lee Forman

My body and soul—the feast on which it would satisfy its cold, unbiased nature. It would make me a brittle husk in no less than six months. I contemplated the Kevorkian way, but could never garnish the result with enough good reason to commit suicide. Besides, I didn’t want to die.

I received the news only three weeks ago. Considering the good doctor’s estimate, it was a significant portion of my remaining life. But not enough time to come to terms. Fantasies of futures never to come, crushed repeatedly by the forceful hammer of reality. The dreamer could dream, but ultimately his awakening was inevitable.

I wondered how I’d face the reaper alone. Would I possess the courage? Without Eileen’s warm touch, without her kind words, I was devoid of human nourishment. My inner-self was bad company.

Our marriage had once been a vibrant green leaf on a tree…

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Fated

FATED by Joseph Pinto

Joseph A. Pinto

FATED

 

whispers into

her ear:

you kill

me with

need.

~Joseph A. Pinto

© Copyright 2017 Joseph A. Pinto. All Rights Reserved.

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Unfortunate Legacy

UNFORTUNATE LEGACY by Pen of the Damned’s Jon Olson

The demon stood in the snow.

Fergus saw it standing in the knee-deep powder through the small window of his front door.

“Don’t try to do too much out there,” his wife Nancy called from the kitchen. “Just take your time.”

“I won’t, don’t worry,” he answered distractedly.

“Amber might join you out there in a little bit if that’s okay.”

Fergus could hear his daughter playing upstairs and nodded.

With his winter jacket, boots and gloves already on, Fergus pulled his toque down over his ears and with a deep breath opened the front door.

It wasn’t very cold although the wind packed a sharp bite as Fergus grabbed the shovel leaning against the house. Ignoring the demon, he began tossing snow from the driveway onto his lawn.

Not much time had elapsed when a burning sensation erupted in his chest.  Damn acid reflux.

The demon spoke. “It hurts, doesn’t it?”

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The Container of Sorrows

THE CONTAINER OF SORROWS by Pen of the Damned’s Mercedes M. Yardley

There was a girl. She sat at a white desk in a white room with her hands folded neatly in her lap.

Peter stood before her with his pockets turned out.

“I don’t have anything to give you,” he said. He spoke very quietly. Shame does that.

She didn’t move, but he thought she shook her head.

“I don’t need anything like that,” she told him. “I do not desire your buttons or baubles, although I am sure that they are quite lovely.”

He thought she smiled, but she did not actually do that, either.

“I don’t understand,” he confessed. He shifted from foot to foot. She really did smile then, but only in her eyes. He bit his lip and continued. “I thought…that you wanted something from me. In exchange for your help.”

“Oh, but I do.” Her skin was white, and her hair even whiter, but only…

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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Natasha Henstridge @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @AuthorMarkStein @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films – Day 27 Mark Steinwachs

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A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 27 – Mark Steinwachs:

Species
Leading Lady: Natasha Henstridge

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Synopsis:

A group of scientists try to track down and trap a killer alien seductress before she successfully mates with a human.

Mark’s opinion:

“This movie has an interesting twist – the main character is not the heroine of the film, which is a nice change of pace. Sil (played by Natasha Henstridge) is created in a lab after scientists receive messages from an alien species. After they realize Sil is dangerous, they try to kill her, but of course she escapes. Sil is on Earth to breed so her species can populate the…

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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Emmanuelle Escourrou @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @LeeAndrewForman @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films – Day 26 Lee A. Forman

The Road to Nowhere...

A Damned Take on Women in Horror Films
The Guy’s Point of View!

In honor of Women in Horror Month 2017, I asked six male horror writers for their top-five favorite horror films staring strong leading ladies and why they loved them so much. So, without further ado…

Day 26 – Lee A. Forman:

Baby Blood
Leading Lady: Emmanuelle Escourrou

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Synopsis:

When a strange creature crawls into a woman’s uterus she becomes a killer in order to feed the tiny terror growing within her.

Lee’s opinion:

“The creature in Baby Blood and the way its relationship evolves with its unwilling surrogate mother (Emmanuelle Escourrou) enthralled me when I first saw this gem. It begins as an invasive entity making its home inside her womb and progresses to become almost symbiotic, building an unusual bond with Yanka, the main character. And although the creature is almost never seen, its voice alone is…

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