Midnight Choices by Kathryn Ridall

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Good horror stories always leave you unsettled, but more than that they reflect sincere human flaws and frailties. This one, by Kathryn Ridall, is among the best.

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Kathryn Ridall

Midnight Choices

I startled awake and she was there
crouched in the corner of my room,

hair yellow and frizzed
her eyes hungry crows.

One mole rose from her chin
like a dab of tar.

I was three, her cackle echoed
with black intent.

Small twitching girl
I scanned my choices,

slid bare feet to the floor
and crept toward mother’s bed,

a place already known,
cold as ice.

Toast was a weekly email newsletter that ran from July 2018 to March 2019. All of the pieces from Toast’s run and more can be read in Solo Novo 5/6.

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