February is Women in Horror Recognition Month, a movement that was founded to support and assist female genre artists in gaining opportunities, exposure and networking. In honour of the event, Sirens Call Publications devotes its February issue of The Sirens Call to supporting the cause and featuring the excellent talent displayed by ladies writing horror.
First up todays is ‘Inside Out’ a short by Marjie Myers starting on page 147…
“The sun was up and as such, so was I.
62 years 10 months 1 week and 3 days of training and I was about to graduate. I had thought about this day for a long time.
My trainer had been quiet and unpredictable as a child and I had adopted a similar nature.
I recall the many times we spent out in the woods, catching small creatures and toying with them, toying until it was no longer toying, teasing until it was no longer teasing, tormenting until it was no longer tormenting, torturing until it was death.
Once we peaked at death we would begin again, carefully selecting which creature would be next as we worked our way up the food chain. It was a slow process. The first guest we had was a frog; whose demise was brought about by a boot thwacked down on his head…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Marjie Myers, grew up in Buckinghamshire, England. She has been creating stories since she learnt to read although its only in the last couple of years that she has been writing them down. Having lived in Africa and now returned to the UK she still enjoys the occasional adventure. Not tied to any genre she prefers to follow where her characters take her.
Next up we have Candy Burke’s ‘Wretched’ gracing the pages on 151…
“This is fucked up.”
Mel shifted on the bench. “I know, Harry.”
“We get no choice in which jobs we take, have no benefits… Hell, I haven’t had a vacation in forever.”
Mel sighed and nodded. “I know, Harry.”
“I had half a mind to quit. Just march in and tell the boss I’ve had enough. Maybe retire to Hawaii.”
Mel rolled his eyes. “You’re not going to quit.”
“We’re never welcomed. Nobody wants to see us coming in the door. They’d rather have a visit from the IRS.”
Mel tightened his grip on his wooden staff. “The old man in Cincinnati last week was glad to see us.”
“Yeah? Well, he’s the exception.” Harry brushed the back of his hand under his nose. “I really don’t want to be here.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Candy Burke writes contemporary romance; stories that are sometimes sweet, sometimes steamy, and almost always spiked with suspense. She weaves her fiction in the wee hours, has a love of flavored coffee, and indulges her dark side in flash fiction and tales of horror.
Candy resides in North Carolina with her true life hero, three dogs, a cat and a goat.
And finishing up this feature is ‘Watch It Weep’ by Selena Kenworthy beginning on page 153…
“Good morning Father, are you here to see Alice Beesley?” the nurse asked him as he stepped through the double doors to Ward A3.
“Yes err… Nurse Hallet is it?” he was looking at her badge to discern her name as she greeted him. A short, stout, motherly looking woman with a kind smile. “She’s in a single room up this way Father. Very poorly, she collapsed at the supermarket on Bridge Street and was brought in here. She’s desperate to see a priest before it was too late. She must want to put a few things right in case of the worst. She’s a tough old thing managed out there on her own on that farm until into her eighties. Pretty good going if you ask me.”
Father Christie smiled and nodded as the nurse chatted. It was one of his most satisfying duties making people near death feel a little happier by listening to their worries or confessions, whatever they wanted to say. He felt it made the passing into the next realm easier for them…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - I am a busy mum of three using writing as an outlet for my strange imagination. I am striving to finish that elusive novel and also want to continue writing short stories. I used to be a nurse in what seems another life. I love reading fiction of all kinds but I am definitely drawn to stories about the darker side of life or death.
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