He stopped the tape and rewound it, the buttons making a loud KA-CHUNK sound in the stillness of the room.
He had let the cassette record for an hour straight, intending to catch some hint of ghostly conversation or howling, or even just any sound that he hadn’t heard during the time of recording. Some proof that the house was haunted.
He pressed Play, eagerly waiting to hear what the tape had recorded. He didn’t have to wait for long before he heard:
“He stopped the tape and rewound it, the buttons making a loud KA-CHUNK sound in the stillness…”
This part also works as a stand-alone piece
Novel: Occult Adventure
“The weather was clear when he went out for wood. We knew the storm was coming and he just needed to top off our supplies. But hours went by and he didn’t come back. The storm swept in and he didn’t come back. So I went out to find him. He was half-buried in the snow. I recognized him by his coat and his hair. Everything else was blood and bone, painted in strokes over the snow. And the wind was just… howling. And I couldn’t scream loud enough over it.
“We had a little funeral. Half the town showed up but that still didn’t make for many people. And it was all ‘Oh poor Faye I’m so sorry’ with all these pitying looks. And they said ‘Damn wolves, they’ll eat anything these days.’ But they didn’t understand. Most of them hadn’t seen the body hidden in that casket. I didn’t know what had done it, but it was no wolf that ate his eyes and left his liver.
Continue reading “The Fallowing – Interlude II, Part II”
Or: Sawicki Gets Writer’s Block and Gives Faye a Cake
Novel: Occult Adventure
I balanced the box in one hand and knocked. Sam’s cautious voice sounded through the door.
“Same one as always,” I answered, taking hold of the box with both hands again.
He opened the door. He was dressed in an oversized sweater, with layers underneath.
“It is not that cold in here.” I brushed past him into his room. We were staying one more night in Scarsdale to recuperate. Me, I was fine; the knife wound was barely a scratch. But I thought Sam might still be a bit woozy.
Continue reading “The Fallowing – Interlude II, Part I”
Flash Fiction: Horror
It’s one in the morning, cold, ink-dark. I don’t feel the chill, but I do feel the blackness of the house, creeping into what was once my bones. I drift through the rooms, searching for you, aware of your heartbeat and your warm breaths. I sense them everywhere – all the easier for having neither myself – but can’t place them. It infuriates me, makes me heavy with impatience. My footsteps begin to echo the halls. Can you hear me, like I hear your breaths? Your life? There’s residue in every room: the sweat, the smell of you. I can’t stand it. I can’t stand you in this house. My house. Another door opens before me, squealing on unoiled hinges, and there you are. You’re sitting upright in bed, knuckles tight where they grip the sheets. Gasping for breath, that same hot breath, every breath scraping against my mind. Red hot. Burning. Can you see me? Or are your eyes as empty as ever in the dark?
I scream, I leap, I claw at you. But nothing connects; you don’t move and my hands pass through you. Your breaths cover me and your heart beats around my arm in your chest. I can’t touch you. You only shiver from the cold, from the air or from my own touch I can’t tell. I scream again, this time in defeat, and run from the room, the door creaking shut behind me.