Free Reads

Ladies of Horror Flash Challenges:

A Long Forgotten Memory

The day the boats came back by themselves was the day the whole village stopped going into the water. It was a hardship, of course, but not totally unexpected. Things happen, after all, especially when things are going well and the causes for that going well decide they want to be remembered and appreciated.


An artist wants to be stretched, after all, and she was more than willing to stretch them to their limits.

A Mermaid’s Wait

The rains bring life, the rains bring damage. It’s always been that way. Sometimes, though, the rains bring other things, too, things besides debris and mud and property damage.

Wonderful Listener

She’d done the right thing. There was no reason for her to be stuck here, waiting for the principal, her teacher, her parents. She’d done what she’d been told.


It was the rule of solitary desert travel: don’t leave the vehicle. Still, he couldn’t resist. It was there, larger than life, beckoning. Not it. She. She was there. The only green in a thirsty, lonely world. The only living thing for miles.

The Bridge

It was going to rain soon and the bridge kept going. Callie felt like she’d been driving forever, though surely it hadn’t been that long.

Put to Bed

The flashlight’s glow seemed to push away the dark as little as possible, as if the darkness itself was part of the building and was pissed off at being infiltrated. If our lights go out, the darkness will come for us. It was a horrible, intrusive thought, but Shelly couldn’t deny that it felt all too correct.

Through the Veil

It wasn’t supposed to storm – It wasn’t storming, was it? Then why was there lightning…

Night Terrors

A normal man. A dream that’s followed him his whole life. One night, things change. A story in less than 600 words.

The Sale

In an unnerving hotel lobby, an exhausted realtor just has to close the sale to be on his way. But is there something more to his client? A story in 300 words.

Little Nightmare

A woman with a dragon. A transition. A scheme. A story in 300 words.

Please check out Nina’s blog for more on the Ladies of Horror Flash Project and her other work!

Other shorts:


Because sometimes you just need to step back, take a breath, and look yourself eye to eye in the mirror.
Or maybe not.

Published April 2021 at Underland Arcana.


A woman. A wall with a curse. Less than 500 words to tell a story. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty…for her.

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You Are More

I wish you could look into the mirror and see beyond your face, way past the surface to see more. More than what the world sees, more than what your friends see, more than I or even you can see. That is what you are. You are more than any label or stereotype, bigger than any first glance or expectation. You are more.

Please check out the Operation Beautiful webpage! It’s an amazing project dedicated to changing how we view beauty and empowering girls and women.

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