Elements–An Excerpt from Anne Wagenbrenner
- June 10, 2018
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This week, author Anne Wagenbrenner shares an excerpt from her horror story “Walk Around on Earth, In My Body.” You’ll be able to read it in its entirety later this summer in the anthology Elements: Tales From the Substratum. Enjoy!
AW: My element for this anthology was earth, and I decided to tell a horror story.
I adapted an experience a friend had related to me–of a demonic creature who attaches himself to a human woman visiting New Orleans. She is suckered into “inviting” him in. . .
WALK AROUND ON EARTH, IN MY BODY
The eyes in Alix’s mirror morphed back into the eyes of the goat-man. Alix stared into them, wondering who the being was, and why he was in her mirror. Who are you? She thought at him. Is that you, Pete? Did you die? She was scared, because it was so weird; but the guy in the mirror didn’t seem harmful, just a little sarcastic. And it was probably all a hallucination, anyway, from the humidity. Why are you in that mirror? Can you come out of there?
In her mind, she heard a smiling, slightly mocking voice, “I’m not in the mirror, Alix.”
Her lower intestines became a solid block of ice as Alix realized what this meant. Don’t scream. Don’t scream. She felt him flowing throughout her body, like a slow, gelid river, and the scream ripped from her throat. Then there was nothing.
Next week, Arielle Prose will share an excerpt from her realistic fiction, “A Sea Change.” Come check it out!
Missed last week’s excerpt by R.G. Emanuelle? You can find “Pyromaniac” here.