The fabulous Fantastic Books publishers chose Halloween as the launch date of their latest anthology: a collection of 32 horror stories, all of which are exactly 666 words long. It was quite a challenge to write and must have been even more of a challenge to edit! My story is called 'The Number of the Beast', and to get you in the mood, I'm giving you a taster...
The Number of the Beast
We all have a number. Me? I’m one in a hundred, according to psychologists. Those who are born like me have a capacity for extreme violence without conscience. Of course, you can’t tell who I am just by looking at me. I walk unnoticed among all the other statistics: the seven in 100,000 who will suffer a brain tumour, the eight people who will drown in a garden pond this year.
Who shall I be for you? The Grim Reaper, Kali, the Devil? I like to think I’m just a person doing what I was born to do. I know my purpose; there’s not many who can say that. I like to think that I do my job well.
These Auckland summers are something else when the weather is so warm and close, the air just hanging there, making people sticky. That’s how it is this morning. I checked the forecast – there’s an 80 per cent chance of a storm. When it’s so hot and humid, people sleep with their windows open. Even though they heard about me on the evening news; even though they know I strike at night...
If you want to read more of this, plus stories by Michael Brookes, Stuart Aken, Linda Acaster, Nathan Robinson, Regina Puckett, John Scotcher, Chris Chambers and more, then head over to Amazon, where you can pick up a paperback or Kindle edition.