A spanking ghost story
A single glimpse was enough to doom me.
Yet all I did was tiptoe across the drifts of yellow fallen leaves, towards the inviting glow of hospitable light, and peek through a house’s window.
My glimpse lasted no longer than a heartbeat.
I saw her standing beside a roaring fireplace, her hair braided in golden plaits, glimmering in the fire light, tumbling over the shoulders of her loose white nightshirt.
I glimpsed her bare bottom; captivating, beautiful, pert pink globes – with a crook-handled cane wedged between her cheeks, hitching up her nightie, exposing her to my prying eyes.
It was only the merest glance. Sudden movement drew my eye: a menacing black blur, advancing quickly. Startled, I recoiled from the window, acutely conscious I’d just seen something I was not supposed to see.
Instinctively, I turned and ran.
Glimpse is one of my personal favourite stories. Those familiar with the Gothic style will recognise the tropes, the
pained reminiscences of a narrator, haunted by visions and tormented by
their own desires. A warning though, this is no story of cartoon ghosts,
this is a true Halloween story, as dark and disturbing as a bottomless pit…
What readers have said about this story:
“This is absolutely incredible. A wonderfully written, extremely
imaginative horror story, reminiscent of The Twilight Zone. A very creative
horror story, that just happens to feature spanking.”
“This is so original, so clever, so evocative, so beyond anything that I
could write myself, that I barely know how to make a rational comment.“
“This is perhaps one of the most richly descriptive stories I’ve ever
read. And how uniquely imaginative in a very
Kafkaesque sort of way, too. It is the narrator’s own mind which sets
the trap, which is then easily and willingly fallen into; much like a
black widow spider slowly, step by step drawing in its prey until
eventually there is no escape.“
“That is a wonderfully evocative horror story, with just the right amount of hope at the end. Dark and beautiful!“
“This story has me frozen. This is a very well written horror story that
immoblizes time as well as this reader.“
“Beautifully written and utterly terrifying.“
“A wonderfully well written ghost story in the great tradition of the
master M R James. How appropriate for this time of year when the custom
used to be to tell each other ghost stories on a winter’s night.“
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