Excerpt from “The 13 Tales of Macabre”


It has been nearly a month since my last post. I’ve been super, super busy, but I promise I’ve got some nice treats for you this week. I’ll even be sharing some exciting previews in my upcoming newsletter.

This week I’ve got a couple of excerpts from promising tales of horror. We’re going to take a peek at a few of “The 13: Tales of Macabre” by Stephanie Ayers.

Are you ready to get your scare on?

From Off to Never Neverland.

I eye the child again, suspended in the air. She’s waiting. She has not crossed the threshold yet. The Sandman has yet to claim her. There’s still time.

“Take me instead!”

Laughter answers my plea. “You cannot take her place. No one can. She was mine long before she existed.”

Care for her intrudes a silent plea from the black depths. “I care for her. I will take her place. I am ready.” I tremble, but my voice holds firm. I am not ready, but how do you prepare for Death in the first place? “You’ve had me longer.”

“I’ll have you both. This you do not understand. You cannot take her place. Your place here is already determined as is hers.”

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“Then take me first. Let her live.” Pressure against my windpipe chokes me. I swallow my words. The pressure eases, and I breathe once more.

“It’s not your time. You must finish your journey. You’ve yet to reach Never Neverland.” This comes softly, remorsefully.

“My journey? Is it not enough I am always here?”


The stench fades. The child disappears. I am alone in the darkness. A light appears in the far distance, an invitation I refuse to accept. I turn my back to the light and walk in the opposite direction. Something squishes beneath my feet, but I cannot see. I step aside only to smash something else.

“Please stop.”

No one stands before me.

“Look down.”

Nothing. I close my eyes and wait for them to adjust.

“Please don’t step on me.”

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