I’ve decided to kick off the holiday season by giving you two free gifts for Halloween.
First, my novel A Taste of Honey will be available for FREE next Monday and Tuesday (November 3rd and 4th)
The Shadow Dancer
Part 1: Torment
I choked on a thousand razor blades as calloused and clawed hands held me down on a bed of glass.
I drowned in boiling stew made up of vomit and feces.
I lay helpless on a bed of spikes, watching my organs ripped out and devoured by insatiable cannibals.
I was raped from the inside out, violated by a fetus or a virus so hurtful that his come spat molten lava through my body and out from my eyes when he was done with me.
And then my torment repeated from the beginning, with a dozen hands holding me down and forcing razors into my mouth.
Was I in Hell? How do I know? Organized religion uses the ideas of eternal damnation to maintain power over their flocks. Hell represents the punishment that awaits the sinner after death. But I didn’t die. I crossed over into the shadows trying to save my husband. What sin did I commit? Is it a sin to fight for love in the face of Darkness? And how could my lover open a passage to eternal damnation in the first place? How could I escape something that’s supposed to be forever? Based on what I’ve read since my Release, my suffering sounds more similar to the traditional Chinese versions of Hell than the Christian, but I’m not Chinese and my suffering wasn’t nearly as poetic as their descriptions.
How did I escape? I seized a fleeting moment of opportunity. I think someone else paved the way and opened the door. Maybe a lot of some ones tore down the walls that oppressed us. Who knows? I never saw anyone else during my torment beyond my faceless cannibals. All I know is at some point my reality tilted and I caught a whiff of cheap whiskey and stale cigarettes. My cannibals abandoned me, so I slithered, crawled and ran towards the scent, not knowing or caring where it led me. Considering where I was, what could possibly have been worse?