Dark Offerings

I’ve been writing quite a few short stories of late and I thought, given it’s been a while between posts, that I’d share a few lines from them….


He realised he was telling himself the same thing he told his patients. Grief was no more than an addiction you had to let go of.

His crying woke me up in the middle of the night. I went to wake Mummy to try and tell her, but she was too asleep. The man was standing in the backyard, crying and singing, but his singing sounded a lot like moaning. I heard the word Allah again and wondered if he wanted his God.

Melissa saw Josie Miller’s smiling face inside her head. She seemed so nice, so happy; until she came to this place. Now Melissa would join her in madness.

The cries were a symphony to Doctor Edgar Harding, a howling song that struck the soul with the certainty of a tuning fork.

The witches visited her more frequently, sometimes three times a night. The women were little more than shadows, their gowns loose shrouds barely keeping their dark souls together. 

Share some lines from your work (or works) in progress in the comments. 🙂

About darkscrybe

Two-time international Bram Stoker Award-nominee®*, Greg Chapman is a horror author and artist based in Queensland, Australia. Greg is the author of several novels, novellas and short stories, including his award-nominated debut novel, Hollow House (Omnium Gatherum) and collections, Vaudeville and Other Nightmares (Specul8 Publishing) and This Sublime Darkness and Other Dark Stories (Things in the Well Publications). He is also a horror artist and his first graphic novel Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, (McFarland & Company) written by authors Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton, won the Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel category at the Bram Stoker Awards® in 2013. He is also the current President of the Australasian Horror Writers Association. Greg lives in Rockhampton with his wife and their two daughters. * Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hollow House (2016) and Superior Achievement in Short Fiction, for “The Book of Last Words” (2019)
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