Tagged Horror

The Dyodedra

An ancient lowland wood full of life, yet not. A pool hidden, with secrets! A silent, secret pool in the deepest part of the woodland. An ordinary stretch of forest in a lowland plain in the north of England. The Vale of York, a huge flat expanse of land nestled between hills and moors forty miles apart. The modern age is all around planes overhead, railways and roads dissect the land. Yet here in the heart of the forest is something  so bizarre, as old as time. In this pool there is nothing modern, nothing clean or fresh. As we are made of elements…

The MV Lyubov Orlava

A rotten rusting hulk losing its balky battle twixt water, air and iron plate drawn day by day ever closer toward the briny deep. The string quartet plays a mournful tune echoing around the listing listless ship, broken furniture and shards of glass litter the wretched cabaret lounge. The swimming pool rocks and rolls with stinking green Adams ale, cabins are cold dark desolate rat holes. The cruise to nowhere never ending drifting, lost forever to the eyes of man. From the maelstrom of Antarctica to peace in a Newfoundland harbour tethered to a quiet dock awaiting annihilation at the hands…

Listen To Your Wife

I hated those dolls, hundreds of them all over the house. Some small, others as big as a child. We’d been married for ten years my wife loved them, she had collected them all of her life. They were everywhere. On chairs, shelves, even the bed. Quaintly dressed china dolls. I found it hard to even set foot in my home. I had enough one day and just put them all into boxes. She went ballistic. “Where are my babies what have you done with them”? Her babies! We argued for hours, the dolls came back out. Their mean little…

A Leap of Faith

As Cecilia Vanderbank passed from this life, a small team of medics moved into action. She had no family, was fabulously wealthy and about to die. She believed in nothing except money, business and science. Despite her fame and fortune her destiny was to be the same as everyone else’s on the planet. In recent years’ great advances had been made with anti-aging drugs, treatments and cryogenics. The old lady had considered them all and tried quite a few to try to her retain youth. In the end she had put all of her hopes and most of her money with the company that a young student, Molly Bradford had just…

Carousel

“Help I can’t get off” A child’s voice was calling outside in the darkness. It was early and the morning was cold with a veil of mist all around, autumn was setting in. The voice had woken Bob, surely someone else could hear it. The cries for help persisted. Bob quickly dressed and left his room in a hurry, concerned. By now the cries for help seemed further away, further down the street, Bob followed the sound peering through the early morning half-light until he reached a small park. He never expected what he saw, the strangest thing. A carousel,…

Dom Woke Later Than Usual

It was as if some other worldly force was holding him in place. Pinned flat, he opened his eyes and breathed sharply inhaling as he looked around the room. He tried to lift his arms and legs but they wouldn’t move, each limb felt a hundred times its weight. Was he cold or hot he couldn’t be sure. Fear and confusion were racing through his mind. He tried to make sense of his surroundings, to work out where he was, what was happening. Dom’s inability to move was the thing that scared him the most. His initial confusion began to…

Rob

“Rob wake up, you have to be at college in 20 minutes,” Rob’s mother knew what teenage boys were like. He was the last of three sons she still had at home. She loved him as mothers do and knew he would make a fine hard working member of society once he was a little older. At the moment though it was fair to say he was a bit of a slob and this daily toil to get him out of bed and on the way to college was hard work. “OK Mum stop shouting I have plenty of time…

Foraging

Leaving the city was always a risky thing to do but there was always food available at this time of the year. Lenny just had to be patient, something he had become good at in recent years. His favourite foraging spot was just outside the city boundary, way down a lane that ended at the edge of one of the towns old parks. There were fruits and nuts at this time of the year. today Lenny was after something more substantial for his friends and family. He knew he might have to wait a few days but it would be…

‘I Think I’ve Just Seen Bob’

“The strangest thing happened on my way here, I thought I saw Bob,” said Pat “You can’t have he’s dead, we all went to his funeral,” said Harry. The three men were best friends, worked together and at weekends were drinking buddies. Until recently Bob Dixon had been part of their little group. Each Friday after work they had a night out, pubs, bands and a curry. “I know but that’s the fourth time I’ve seen him this month. Only from the back, I could have sworn it was him,” said Pat “It was a car crash wasn’t it,” said…

Did They Just Say My Name?

Sit quietly in a park, a school, a town centre. Well almost anywhere in truth and a rat or two or will not be far away. Night or day they are always there skulking and scurrying. I was among the haters for most of my life. The only good rat being a dead one as far as I was concerned. Poison, trapping, shooting, setting dogs on them. It’s all acceptable they are of course vermin a creature to be destroyed. We try tp wipe them from the face of the earth. The trouble is I think they know. They sense our…