Sinister Countdown: The Darkest Night- Fanni Suto

This is the darkest night of the year for us; the night of dead souls, screams and dancing will o’ wisps: All Hallow’s Eve. The unpronounceable fear descends on us and in the cold night we mourn our lost ones. We murmur the ancient prayer of our kind as the darkness draws closer:

“Save us from the grinning death

Keep us from the flashing knives

Let our soul not turn to light.

Hold us through this fateful night.”

And we shudder in our warm beds, cuddling together as much as we can. We can hear their footsteps, they’re coming to reap us. They don’t need our flesh – they rip us apart because an ancient tradition demands so. Also for the fun of it. We can’t escape. If you’re picked, you’re damned. The rest of us can do nothing to save you. We are taught to think of the taken as a sacrifice, they give their souls to save the rest of us. The monsters tear their souls out and throw it away. Why? Because they want to replace it with a feeble flame, a candle shining its treacherous light through the mutilated faces of our brothers. Their horrible grimaces cast a shadow over our huddling forms and we tremble, fearing the next Halloween.

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Bio: Fanni Sütő writer, poet, translator and the proud owner of a growing number of novels-in-progress. She publishes in English and Hungarian and finds inspiration in reading, paintings and music. She writes about everything which comes in her way or goes bump in the night. She tries to find the magical in the everyday and likes to spy on the secret life of cities and their inhabitants.
Previous publications include: The Casket of Fictional Delights, Tincture Journal, Enchanted Conversation. Paris Lit Up 5.
Website: www.inkmapsandmacarons.com
Twitter: @Fanni_Pumpkin

Sinister Countdown: The Preserve by L. Stevens

The Preserve

Sarah planted both hands on the railing of the boardwalk and peered down at the murky water and ferns. The signs for the preserve had advised to look down at the water as well as out at the trees to spot wildlife. So far, she had only spotted a tangle of wilting pink balloons ensnared in a cypress tree.

She sighed, hoping to spot an alligator, or at least a wading bird before leaving. When she spotted the small, pink sneaker sticking out the mud instead, she leaned closer, fearing the worst. It wasn’t until the little girl sat up from the muck, a crimson gash contrasting with her grey, sallow skin, that Sarah began to scream in earnest.

Author Bio:

L. Stevens lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two dogs. When she isn’t writing, she is exploring local sites for inspiration and watching morbid amounts of true crime documentaries.

You can read more from L. Stevens here.

Halloween Stories Needed!

Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

October Guest Writer’s Needed

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Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

 

Reminder: Guest Bloggers Needed!

Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

Guest Bloggers Needed!

Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

Halloween Stories Needed!

Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

October Guest Writer’s Needed

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Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl

October Guest Writer’s Needed

snapseed-52
Photo by Michael Erickson

Hello All!

This is a call to all writers who would like to be featured on The Ink Owl during the month of October! I am looking for guest writers who love to create terrifying short stories and poems, also those bloggers out there who like to cook!

In keeping with the Ink Owl’s Halloween theme tradition throughout the month of October submissions must have a Halloween theme, feel, or presence.

Submission requirements are as follows:

Short Story submissions: must be between 50 to 700 words long, and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Poetry submissions: Poems must be 1 to 100 lines long and can be horror, suspense, thriller, or mystery themed.

Food/recipe submissions: Please no posts with a million pictures per recipe step. That being said I do love pairing pictures to recipes, so submit up to three per recipe.

For each submission an author bio and picture are encouraged for readers to learn and enjoy more about those submitting. Please leave a link to your website or blog to link submissions back to you.

Please submit poems, short stories, or recipes to michael.erickson512@gmail.com by September 30th through the contact page. if you’d like to read more Halloween type posts, check out the Sinister Countdown page.

-M.E. Inkowl