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#SpookyShowcase: Less Than Ashes by Nina Nouwens

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! Less Than Ashes by Nina Nouwens Less than Ashes It had been three weeks since they burned Eris at the stake.  Just long enough for people to stop talking about it; for my baby sister’s name to fall out of the mouths of the kingdom, the horrifying townspeople that condemned her, spit on her, came to watch her die and laug[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: Sing Sweet by Tiffany Sanerd

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! Sing Sweet by Tiffany Sanerd “Sing sweet,” Ma would say, and I’d stand from my stool in the corner and sing ethereal through the gaps in my teeth. Ma would look for the man that would cry, sit on his lap, and dry his tears with her bosom. “Sentimental gents is generous gents,” she’d tell me afterward, blowing smoke out a[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: Time by Kathleen Palm

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! Time by Kathleen Palm I fixed it. I think. I hope. Because my Emily will love it. She needs it. Something bright and happy in a world of chemo and doctors and dark and pain. My black fingernails tap on the trunk as it pops open, adding to the evening song, the happy crickets and cicadas melding with the happy cries of kids[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: Saturn’s Ring by Lindz McLeod

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! Saturn's Ring by Lindz McLeod Small towns tend to have the same kinds of stores—grocery, hardware, dry cleaner, library, and at least one curio shop. Some sell antiques, some are simply fronts for money laundering. Mine, however, sells cursed objects.  It’s not a secret. For years, I scraped by, relying on popular occasi[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: The Two-Faced Woman by Kayla Joy

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! The TWo-faced woman by Kayla Joy You might say it was love at first sight, when George laid eyes on Henrietta Hindley at the New Year's Eve party, ringing in the new decade. The masks had been around for a couple of years already and fulfilled their purpose of stopping the Great Influenza, although they did make finding lasting love[...]

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#Spookyshowcase: Guardian of Shale Creek by Madelyn Knecht

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! GUARDIAN OF SHALE CREEK BY MADELYN KNECHT There is a crossroads in Shale Creek that only the lost pass through. No one can find it if they’re looking for it. They have to be completely, utterly lost in the misty moors and dare to leave behind the town covered in fog. The town itself winds in an unending clump of identical wooden[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: The Bad Penny by M.I. Milliman

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! The Bad Penny by M.I. Milliman He was running up the beach as fast as he could get his spent legs to move, his feet pushing through the soft cool sand, still dripping wet and coughing up sea water, calling after the man in the red swim trunks with a thick black head of hair.  “Hey. I know what you did. I know it’s you.”[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: A Frightening Thought by Elizabeth Perry

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! A Frightening Thought by Elizabeth Perry Real people are born from need and I was no different. People seek each other to satisfy an inescapable imperative. They make children that way. I’m still a child of humanity, but I was never born and I’ll never die. I perform violent death and rebirth each night. I am a creature created b[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: Ella’s Curse (Bippity Boppity Burnt) by S.P. McConnell

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! Ella's Curse (Bippity Boppity Burnt) by S.P. McConnell About the Author Sean McConnell is a creator caught in a perpetual tug-of-war between the literary and the visual. A professional artist, designer and word-smith, Sean is constantly painting images with either prose or brush. His mural creations have graced num[...]

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#SpookyShowcase: Fabergé by J.J. Menna

Welcome to the 9th annual #SpookyShowcase, a Halloween artist and author showcase. A full schedule of submissions can be found here so you don't miss a single entry for THESE DEADLY CURSES. Now, on to today's submission! FABERGÉ by J.J. Menna “What do you think? Isn’t it pretty?” There were a number of words which came to mind, but pretty wasn’t one of them. Alicia wasn’t even sure what she was looking at. It looked like a Fabergé egg, but she had never seen one so macabre-looking. Macabre? I guess so. “Where did you get it?[...]