New Flash Fiction Piece: The List

Posted: 09/30/2011 in Horror, Writing
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It’s my favorite day of the week, Flash Fiction Friday!  Today I would like to share with you my 176 word short story, The List.  This tale is a bit on the periphery of my normal subject matter, but hopefully infused with a healthy dose of creepiness for these rainy autumn nights.  Is that a knock I hear at the door?  Enjoy!

Thunder rattled the panes of glass in the window frame, while lightning strobed across the black backdrop of night.  He wrote by candlelight, which flickered in the draft and cast misshapen and contorted shadows on the walls.  His letters were even and precise, chiseled into the creamy parchment by the sharp nib of his pen.  He studied the list of names to ensure it was complete, closed his eyes, and willed himself to shift.  He screamed, first with agony, then with ecstasy, as his muscles spasmed wickedly and his joints contracted.  The flesh on his face first tingled, then burned before it peeled away and fell to the floor in long streamers of macabre confetti.  He opened his eyes, once brown, now sapphire blue, and gazed at his reflection in the mirror over the fireplace mantle.  A petite young woman gazed back, eyes wide and innocent, long blonde hair in slight disarray.  A desperate woman in need of shelter.  She glanced once again at the list, licked her lips hungrily, and stepped out into the storm. 


  1. Neeks says:

    Wow, how creepy and compelling! Fantastic, leaves me dying for more!

    • blackalchemy says:

      Thank you, I am very glad you enjoyed it! You are a marvelous writer, very evocative, descriptive, and creative. I especially enjoy how you can take such disparate word sets and craft them into a tale…very cool!

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