At 1,950 words, this horror short story is a 10-minute read or less.
It's the quietest evils that are the most horrifying—their persistence, constant presence, and unyielding terror. Real horror flourishes in its perpetual infliction of fear.
What readers are saying about Christie Stratos's other works
Brotherhood of Secrets:
"I couldn't put the book down and finished it within 24 hours!"
--Anais Chartschenko, author of Bright Needles and other poetry collections
"This book was so powerful I finished it in two days. If it hadn't been for the need to sleep, I would've finished it in one."
--Michael J. Elliott, author of Portraits of Dread and other horror books
Anatomy of a Darkened Heart:
"Psychologically compelling and full of depth, intelligent, beautifully written, literary but easily accessible, Anatomy of a Darkened Heart may well begin a new era of dark Victorian-era fiction."
--Jason Greensides, author of The Distant Sound of Violence
"The attention to detail in this book must be highlighted. Textures, symbolism, and words. Every word is placed where it has to be placed and sometimes a sentence can make you shiver or gasp."
--J.D. Estrada, author of Only Human and many other works
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About the Author
Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of the psychological suspense novels Anatomy of a Darkened Heartand Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Also a poet and short story writer, Christie has been published in anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. Christie has been featured on the radio, in magazines, and on podcasts, and she has given presentations for writing organizations and at writing conferences. She owns her own editing company, Proof Positive, where she works one-on-one with authors as well as with small presses as a freelance editor, and she has enjoyed working with a rising press as an acquisitions editor. Christie hosts the well-received podcast Writers Showcaseon the Authors on the Air Radio Network. She has interviewed New York Timesbestsellers, publishers, and major award-winning authors, including Hugo Award winner Robert J. Sawyer, BBC correspondent Humphrey Hawksley, and Mary Higgins Clark Award winner Hank Phillippi Ryan.
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