Honored Guest, by Christopher Liccardi on @PenoftheDamned @CLiccardiAuthor

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Honored Guest

by Christopher Liccardi

The light hurt and his head swam. He wanted to cover his eyes.

A hand floated in the corner of his view; it belonged to a woman.

“Nobody ever hears about us, the quiet ones; the little ones. The slight ones.” The owner of the voice caressed his neck. He shivered and tried to crawl back into the darkness that kept all the bright pain away. The voice and the hand moved off to his right.

The blackness crept up, this time without much of a fight. He faded away to the sound of her voice going on about being invisible in society.

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“Awake again? I’m pleased to see you’re back. Can I get you something, water perhaps?” The voice purred with conviviality that wasn’t quite real.

He heard a sound so distinct that it couldn’t be anything other than what it was; a set of high heels walking across wood. She kept talking to him but it was nothing more than background noise.

“You’re going to be groggy for a bit longer I’m afraid.” The voice was close now. Something cold caressed his lips. She rubbed it around his mouth, and when he opened she slid the ice chip in. Too numb to miss the bitter cold on his tongue, his thirst was as painful as the ache that was developing around his chest and gut.

He was fading again, spittle drooled out of his mouth and into his lap.

“Oops.” She said.

Blackness…

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Death Should Be Remembered, by A.F. Stewart on @PenoftheDamned @scribe77

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Death Should Be Remembered

by A.F. Stewart

When I arrived, the gate to the graveyard was open, wrought iron swinging on its hinges. I hesitated. I didn’t like company when I visited. I preferred to be alone, to stand at the headstones in the silence.

Should I go in?

I looked over my shoulder, back down the road.

I could go home. Come back another day.

No. I needed this. Needed to remember death, relive what happened, hear the screams again. It would help ease the pressure until…

Yeah. Take a chance. Could be someone just forgot to fasten the latch properly. You can always lie if you meet someone.

I passed through the gate, shutting it behind me. I decided to visit Patricia today. Her family buried her in a secluded spot on the east side of the graveyard.

Less chance of being seen.

A silence settled on the place, and the crunch of my feet on the gravel roadway sound like the crack of bone. A familiar sound, but I shivered. It unnerved me for some reason and I was glad when I turned off onto the dirt path. Nothing but the crunch of the occasional leaf there. Not even the chirping of the birds, or the swish of the wind.

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Pup by Nina D’Arcangela on @PenoftheDamned @Sotet_Angyal

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Pup

by 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 still to the ruined forearm. The old gypsy woman tending my torn flesh immediately bowed her head and began to back away.

As the black veil unfurled, I saw the illusion for what it was; the alluring countenance of the creature’s face belied the grotesque malformation of its body. A withered arm snaked its way forward, grasping the rail along the stairs in its elongated hand. The exposed flesh covering it resembled nothing more than flaking mica. The body that followed was near indescribable. Multiple legs, in varying size and stage of abortion, dangled beneath the tattered rag it wore around its distorted midsection. One hip jutted upward and away from its body while its engorged abdomen bucked in sway with something yet unseen. I tried to avert my eyes, to look away from this aberration, but fear and revulsion would not allow it.

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A Slithering Offer by Lee A. Forman on @PenoftheDamned @LeeAndrewForman

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A Slithering Offer

by Lee A. 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, swaying gently in the breeze, taking in the sun’s light. I played the parts of autumn and winter; the leaf fell, all color disappeared, and its surface became pockmarked with decay.

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Unfortunate Legacy, by Jon Olson on @PenoftheDamned @JonOlsonAuthor

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Unfortunate Legacy

by 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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HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…Clockwork Wonderland – An Anthology @EmzBox

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HorrorAddicts.net Press presents…
Clockwork Wonderland

Clockwork Wonderland contains stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of murderous clockworks, insane creations, serial killers, zombies, and a blood thirsty jabberclocky. Prepare to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.

Edited by Emerian Rich
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Featuring authors:

Trinity Adler
Ezra Barany
Jaap Boekestein
Dustin Coffman
Stephanie Ellis
Jonathan Fortin
Laurel Anne Hill
N. McGuire
Jeremy Megargee
James Pyne
Michele Roger
H.E. Roulo
Sumiko Saulson
K.L. Wallis

Foreword by David Watson

 

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Behind the Scenes on Anderson Wake – Cast, Crew and Production Stills @DemonAuthor

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Behind the scenes on the short film, Anderson Wake
written and directed by Dan Dillard.

Anderson Wake goes home to settle his mother’s estate and reasons behind their rocky relationship. The answers he finds will haunt him for the rest of his life.

 

The Cast:

Hauke Bahr – Anderson Wake

Ever since he saw his first movie in the movie theater at the age of 8 – Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” – Hauke fell in love with movies and knew he wanted to be on the silver screen some day. It only took him a measly 25 years to get serious about it and pursue his passion of acting. In 2012, he landed his first small gig in a car commercial in Los Angeles. He then moved to Germany for a few months, where he guest starred in an episode of a daytime TV soap opera. In 2013, life took him back to the United States, this time to Bloomington, Indiana. Since then, he has starred in several independent productions and commercials all over the Midwest, steadily building his portfolio and regional presence.

 

Gabrielle Bousum – Georgia Wake

Gabrielle Bousum has been in love with acting since she was a child.  Between plays at school and writing/performing her own plays for her parents–which she really appreciates them tolerating–she found a love for the arts that became a passion and obsession throughout the years.  She quit acting for a few years because she was told “she needed to get her head out of the clouds.”  She has tried a million jobs but always came back to the thing that made her heart beat faster. She couldn’t be happier that she told the negative people to get out of her way and really decided to go for it.

Annalese Poorman – Ruth Wake

A daughter of fine artist parents in northern Indiana, Annalese moved to Bloomington, Indiana as a young woman to study photography and journalism at Indiana University. With her degree in photojournalism, she worked many years as the chief photographer for IU.

She then started her own business, Poorman Photo, shooting portraits, events and scenes for many different publications and slideshow productions. Her great love of travel, and a British travel-embracing husband, took her many places in the world, capturing artistic images around the globe, keeping her fine arts background alive.

Raising two beautiful children has been the highlight of Annalese’s life, and not quite an empty nester, but close, she now takes time to revive a long-standing passion for acting AND holistic healthcare.

Now, Annalese works on BOTH sides of the camera, shooting still pictures, and is acting in films and commercials.

And after a long career as photographer and mom, she is once again a student, pursuing a healthcare degree while also student teaching in Anatomy & Physiology at the Bloomington Ivy Tech college.

Additionally, being the anchor person for Bloomington Community Access Television, delivering the weekly community news is a real focal point to feeling part of her local Bloomington life.

And introducing Ben Allender as Young Anderson Wake and G. Hooie as A.J.

Production Stills 

 

Behind the Scenes with the Cast & Crew 

 

Anderson Wake, a short #film written and directed by Dan Dillard @DemonAuthor

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DEADLIGHT FILMS ™ presents

Anderson Wake

Anderson Wake follows its namesake as he returns to his childhood home after his mother’s death. Anderson is looking for answers to questions about his upbringing, why he was shut out by his own mother, and clues about his father who he never knew.

Shot in Bloomington, Indiana over five non-consecutive days in the fall of 2016, the film was a volunteer project written and directed by Dan Dillard with cinematography by Brett Pittman. It stars Hauke Bahr in the title role. Gabrielle Bousum and Annalese Poorman play the supporting roles of Anderson’s wife and mother, respectfully, and Ben Allender and G. Hooie make their debuts. Musical score was composed and performed by Josh Beck and Sean Campbell. All cast and crew are Indiana residents.

 


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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Sigourney Weaver @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @BrianMoreland @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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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 28 – Brian Moreland:

Alien/Aliens
Leading Lady: Sigourney Weaver

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Synopsis:

Alien:

Alien: After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Aliens:

The moon from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

Brian’s opinion:

“I’d be surprised if Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) doesn’t make everyone’s list. In Alien, she proves she’s the toughest space-trucker on board a spaceship when she plays cat and mouse with a giant xenomorph with acid for blood and snapping, metallic teeth. Trapped in space, no one can hear a trucker scream, or a woman roar. This alien hears Ellen Ripley and she outsmarts it, all while saving her ginger tomcat Jonsey. In Aliens, Ellen faces a whole hive of the spiny xeno-creatures. Ellen warned the space marines, but did they listen? By the end, Ellen taps into the mother-protecting-her-young mode as she fights to protect a young girl named “Newt” and rescue her from the hive. Determined, tough, and resourceful, Ellen Ripley represents the poster woman for the heroic female.”

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About Brian:

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Brian Moreland writes horror novels and short stories that get your heart pumpin’. He’s published eight books, including Dead of Winter, Shadows in the Mist, and Darkness Rising. Brian lives in Dallas, Texas where he wrangles monsters from other worlds. He’s dealt with his share of ghosts and serial killers too. For fun, Brian loves watching Dallas Cowboys football, world travel, and exploring caves.

Brian is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Twitter: @BrianMoreland

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Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
Spreading the Writer’s Word – A new Horror Flash-Fiction from a different female author daily in February!

And don’t forget to visit the Women in Horror Month official web site
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A Damned Take on Women in #Horror #Films: Natasha Henstridge @WiHMonth @Sotet_Angyal @AuthorMarkStein @PenoftheDamned #WiHM8

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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 planet. Throughout the movie she destroys anything in her path in the most gruesome ways while trying to complete her mission. Natasha balances the seductress and killer sides of herself in the film with great skill without either side of it feeling forced.”

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About Mark:

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Mark writes horror with a supernatural leaning, in many cases mixing old world with new. Over a decade traveling in tour buses as a roadie plus time as a United States Marine, and a rave DJ/promoter has given him a unique set of experiences to pull from for his stories.

Mark is an active member of the horror writer’s group Pen of the Damned.

Twitter: @AuthorMarkStein

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Stop by my other blogs for more Women in Horror Month content!
Sotet Angyal, The Dark Angel – Dark emotive flash fiction written by me.
Spreading the Writer’s Word – A new Horror Flash-Fiction from a different female author daily in February!

And don’t forget to visit the Women in Horror Month official web site
for more great 
WiHM8 events and posts!