Welcome to the first of many Creepy Samples Offerings. Around the first and fifteenth of each month, you will be presented with an interesting segment from each of my stories for your entertainment.
comes from the first tale appearing in the book entitled Tales of Dark
Romance and Horror. The name of the story is Raven. Enjoy!
was nearing sunset when I reached the cemetery. Upon entering, a crow
called to me. Ah yes, the crow, I think to myself, messenger of death,
and harbinger of magick. “What is it that you are trying to tell me?” I
Often the cawing of a crow is not directed at a
human being; after all, crows have their own social systems and
communicate with one another often. Still, there are other times when
one must listen – respect the wisdom and await the manifestation of the
crow’s message. At that moment I felt that this must be one of those
times. An omen had been delivered to me. This wasn’t the first time that
such a thing occurred in my life.
The crow cawed again. Looking
up, I could see her sitting high in a tree branch. She was looking down
at me. Realizing that my arrival home would be delayed somewhat; I sat
under the old oak tree that stood next to the church. Then, I waited for
something to happen.
With the setting of the sun came the
twilight; which in turn, deepened as if in some mad rush to bring about
total darkness. I looked toward the east and noted the rise of the
Then, upon gazing back to the opposite end of the cemetery
from which I sat, I saw a woman walking past the further-most grave
markers – a beautiful woman! It was hard to see her well in the
deepening darkness, but I could discern that she had dark hair – long
flowing black hair, and I could see that she was wearing a full black
dress, which perfectly accentuated the curves of her body.
did she come in here without me seeing her? I asked myself. Did she come
in through the woods instead of through one of the entrances? Why would
she walk through the woods with it getting so dark?
she paused and looked in my direction. Her gaze was electrifying!
Suddenly, I was overcome with a need to meet this woman – this woman
whose face I could not see, but whose spirit and essence I felt like I
had known for ages. My rational mind struggled to keep up with this
sudden turn of events: Why am I so affected by simply seeing a woman in
the cemetery? Besides, who is she? I’ve never seen her before, so why
should I get so bent out of shape simply because she looks my way?
The answers were not forthcoming; I responded to her gaze with a simple
wave – a wave that somehow did not seem to be an appropriate response
to the electrifying jolt that she had just sent me. Then, turning toward
the nearby woods, she continued her slow walk and then…she disappeared
from my sight, just as quickly as she first appeared to me.
Above Photo: Author unknown.
Source: Gothic Pictures Gallery