He sits me on his lap. He clutches my neck.
His fingers strum my ribs.
My body shivers and sings, spurred into life by his sorrow.
I tell myself I’m his instrument… bought, kept… the sounds that I make—of pleasure and pain—fine-tuned to his every mood.
He tugs at my damaged strings and inside my hollow chest, my stifled screams echo for as long as we’ve been together.
His hands tighten around my throat while he convulses in sadistic satisfaction.
Sometimes, I dream of black body bags… of finding reprieve when he zips the world away from me.
I’m late! Sooo late. But I have a legit reason for that. I’ve just released an eBook! yep. 100 Nightmares is now live at Amazon.com, Lulu.com and Smashwords. I created a blog post yesterday, right here A reblog of that post would be wonderful 🙂
Thank you so much to those who supported me from the very start of this project. If you like horror/ my writing, it would be awesome if you could grab a copy and leave a review. 🙂 A fair warning though, most of the stories in the book are way darker than the ones I usually write for FF. (less than 20% of the stories there were from FF– the rest, all new) 🙂
Thanks again! xo K.Z. ❤
Anthropomorphic horror at it’s very best. Congratulations on the book. I am sure it’s horrible…er..that did not come right.
that really was a person haha guess that didn’t come out right. in truth, the photo really makes me feel depressed. thank you so much 🙂 if you ever decide to get a copy, please please, pretty please write a review thank you!! 🙂 🙂
Just’s just me taking the wimp’s way out. Lot more chilling when it’s a person.
i was just telling Björn by the way that this was the most challenging photo that I’ve ever encountered in FF. haha i don’t know why.
Beautifully, horrifically done. I’m not a fan of anthropomorphic stories, but this is very chilling.
thank you Sandra 🙂
It very neararly went erotic in the opening bars! Suitably horrific kz…
Ha.. yes how you can create horror out of the most tender picture amaze me.. the body-bag is such a horrific relief.
Congrats on the book.. a review is upcoming during the weekend.
Björn thank you so much for reviewing my book at Goodreads 🙂 i appreciate the kind words.
Love the point of view here… so erotic and horrific at the same time, Great Job!
I didn’t find this horrific at all, really, just amazingly metaphorical. You hit all the right notes on that one. 😉
I remember my guitar probably feeling the same way after a few concerts, sing-alongs, you name it! We really DO express ourselves through inanimate objects.
Nice work, KZ! Do you play any instruments?
you’re right. i wasn’t aiming for horror.. just dark 🙂 thanks kent. nope, i don’t play. i just write. haha 🙂
First of all, kz, congratulations on the book, which isn’t something at all my style. But I wish you all success with it. Secondly, I like the way you turned the expected on its head, using the anthropomorphic idea that wasn’t, but was instead, just what I expected, a horrific story about real people (or hopefully not real people.) You’re a wonderful writer, but each week I have to gird my loins to read your story, as they’re not at all what I enjoy.
I loved the double meaning that wove through the whole thing, another magical piece 🙂
one of the best I’d read from you.
this one is a bit special. I love the way you can’t entirely tell if it’s a guitar or a girl. I want it to be a guitar because if it’s a girl, it’s really really horrific (so, as it’s you, I’m guessing it’s a girl!!!)
I saw in the other comments that you found this week’s prompt hard – me too – and I’ve no idea why, because it looks like it should produce a thousand tales.
Once again you’ve managed to turn quite a pleasant picture into a gruesome horror! Nice one 🙂
Ali, thank you so much for the generous review at Smashwords 🙂 really appreciate it 🙂
Great metaphor. I real life, I’m sure my guitar is anxious to get back in her case after being forced to play sour notes by my unskilled fingers.
No doubt there are musicians who would scream in terror at this story. Love the metaphor. Good one.
CONGRATULATIONS on your book! 🙂 I guess it’s all been said. I just want to say that you do this type of writing so very well. It isn’t the kind of horror I enjoy though. I’ve found I’m more interested in ghosts, not real but fictional. Well written. 🙂
Wow. Congratulations on the book! Cheers
On that note, I am a fan of these kinds of stories. I really like your take on the prompt. Well done. 🙂
God, this is horrifying, yet there’s something really delicate and beautiful about the imagery. its super amazing how you manage to combine these elements together!
Nicely done. Good story from the guitars point of view. I never thought about how the instrument might feel. And the body bag – just an instrument case?
K.Z. I love your story – it was a little scary and then I figured it out that it was a guitar you were talking about. So clever! Well written and really, really good! Also, Congratulations on your book! You certainly have enough talent! Thanks, Nan 🙂
You have created distinct imagery with your words.
such a fine line on what really is going on here. you truly have a gift that toys with the imagination. a million congratulations on your recent “literary birth”. 🙂 a labor of love! ♥
Alas, you turned this into a horrific tale, K.Z. Well done! I just couldn’t. I thought it was way too pretty. Chilling.
That made me feel a bit dizzy, thinking about it being a person.
On good form as ever. It was’t quite as horrific as I thought it was going to be – thank you for that – your writing is so good I have to read your stories in spite of myself.
How is the book going?
thank you, Dee. fine, i suppose. got a few positive reviews 🙂 thanks for asking 🙂
I’ve never sympathized with a guitar before. Awesome job at crafting a chilling relationship between the instrument and player with slightly sexual undertones. The description was wonderfully vivid, and I could truly feel its pain.
I find myself wanting to write ‘yuk’ again – never very useful or constructive I admit. Wonderful unsettling descriptions, and what a dream to have. I hope she gets her reprieve soon.
Couldn’t wait to see what you did with this. As wonderfully twisted as ever.
Congratulations on your book! You always manage to write beautiful horror, which seems a contradiction. I look forward to your vivid creepiness each week. 🙂