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Miranda says: I like this little snippet, it made me want to read more. I wanted to know what the howling things were. I definitely could feel a sense of urgency in this piece.
Mark A. Morris
Miranda says: Not only was this topical with Krampus, and a female one at that, it oozed the type of darkness I love to read. One of the scariest movies I've seen is The Ring and this was like an ode to it. Loved it. It was also a complete little tale in itself.
“Trust me,” she said, placing her hand against the screen. “I know you. I know everything you do. I know everything you care about.” She crouched closer, bringing her face up to the lens, her eyes peering through the glass. She seemed older than I’d expected, the makeup thicker, the creases and blemishes of her skin more pronounced than I’d imagined. She appeared real and as human as anyone I’d ever seen. Not refined, just different.
When she stepped through into my living room, I took it as though it was normal, as though I was used to her using my television to reach out. She stood tall in her ermine, blocking my view, although I knew still more people were coming through too, assembling in line behind her, the shape of their helmets identifying them as her guards.
“Relax,” she commanded, her features realigning themselves into a smile. “You have your doubts. Worries. You find all this disturbing.” She turned about, looking around the room and at the same time giving me the opportunity to see she was truly here, standing in my home. “Believe me, I know it. I’d be surprised if you weren’t a little afraid. If you didn’t feel a frisson of fear.”
She looked backward, nodding to the guards, pulling a list from her pocket as she did. It was a long list, with thousands of names on it, headed with a single word – ‘Naughty’.
She never said goodbye.
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