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 today we have ‘The Threshold’ by E. F. Schraeder which begins on page 61…
“Darin’s chair creaked as he leaned back to look behind the cubicle wall. He felt like the last person on campus. It was only ten. Felt like midnight.
Fluorescent lights hummed in the hallway, but they were too dim to see very far. He’d been pulling late nights running biochemistry tests on a sample the biology students picked up at the lake. The organism was unlike the other forms of algae they’d found. The standard analysis at the lab yielded no results. It behaved like a parasite, consuming the algae and changing form. It multiplied by an insane rate once it achieved a foothold. At least that’s what the centrifugation process suggested.
Like an infection, a cancer. Darin squinted at the tube, shook it, and watched it swirl. Strange work, but spinning samples was easy cash…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – E.F. Schraeder’s creative work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Darkness Internal, The Kennedy Curse, Dark Gothic Magazine Resurrected, Zombie Jesus and Other True Stories, Carnival of the Damned, Corvus Magazine, and elsewhere. Her poetry chapbook The Hunger Tree was released in 2013. She struggles with three dimensional tasks, plays the banjo, and is considerably interested in manifesting telekinetic abilities.
Next up is L.A. More’s tale ‘I Am Darkness’ which starts on page 66…
“I am darkness. I am the black swirling through the room. I am everywhere. I am nowhere. A haunting piano melody glides through my mind. Keys twinkling off tune. A gray sky opens above me, and chains hold me to the ground—mottled earth, decay. Bodies surround me, dead eyes upon dead eyes upon dead eyes staring at me. Mouths are pried open, and massive crows slither out, eating their way through pale lips. They cover me, embalm me. They screech.
They’re all dead because of you.
You killed them.
You should kill yourself too.
Vomit rushes out of me, turns to puke-stained butterflies. Swarm. Swarm. Wings in my face.
You did it. You did it…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – L.A. More has been a horror enthusiast since before she can remember. She is a writer, a dreamer of the macabre, and prefers movies alone in the dark. When she isn’t researching terrifying things, she is an editor and artist.
And from E.A. Irwin we have a ‘Frankie’s Day’ which starts on page 68…
“Today the sun shone brightly for Frankie Vaughnstein. Positive each ray slanting through the canopy of trees lining his street spoke with the clarity only the sun’s revelation could provide, he knew with certainty this secret was for him alone. Yes, it would be a wonderful day for another great adventure filled with magic and fascination. That was one of the sunlight’s promises to him.
Frankie wandered the deserted streets of his neighborhood, entranced with the dappled shade on the sidewalks while envisioning stories about each solid piece of shadow being an island he’d conquered during his endless travels. Then the brilliant daylight would peek through to flare on the pavement. Make it waver and sparkle as if the vast oceans between them came alive, luring him beyond those sandy shores…”
And E.A.’s poem ‘Inkwell of Blood’ on page 82…
“Come to me my beloved ~
that I may take delight in you.
Worshipping what you are
through the creation I have become,
encroaching darkness lies upon us,
dissolving to unearthly true night.
My breath is claimed,
my heart unleashed,
knowing your denial of me
exists not within our realm of being…”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR – E. A. Irwin resides in California and crosses genre boundaries to keep life interesting as a dark fiction bender. Author of the short story series, Myth to Life: The Rise of Riley McCabe, she’s currently writing the series’ first full-length novel along with the Shamrock series. Her work appears in various anthologies, along with print and online magazines infiltrating the world wide web.
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