The Within

Mark Steinwachs is writing honest-to-goodness-creepy-ass horror on Pen of the Damned. His story this week, “The Within” refuses to let go from the first paragraph and leaves you wanting for more. Only the finest in modern horror at Pen of the Damned.
The demons are almost here… are you ready?

A group of horror writers sworn to their eternal suffering...

It starts with your first cry,” the white-haired gentleman sitting next to me says. “Moments after you are born your demon is as well, a microscopic creature that grows as you do.” He takes a sip from the tumbler of whiskey he got moments ago and sucks in a breath from the burn.

“Melvin, honey, stop scaring the nice young man,” Barb—I think the bartender said her name was Barb—says from the other end of the bar while cleaning glasses.

I look up from my rum and Coke, realizing the two of them are talking about me. “I’m sorry,” I say, looking around the cramped room again. There are two tables with people who look lost in their own worlds. I’m out of place here, a new person trespassing on the regulars’ sanctuary. “Were you talking to me?”

“Sometimes the truth is scary, Barbara, you know that.” Melvin…

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Author: John Potts Jr

What keeps John awake at night? Humans. Our history, condition, and capabilities are a top focus for John as he conjures the terror of what we—be it an individual or a mass—can do. John also has an obsession for comedy and his online series, The Misadventures of Sam and Ghoul, incorporates that love with his past experiences. John will tell you that he prefers Ketchum over King, has played Magic: The Gathering for twenty years (what a nerd), believes that music is just as important as water, and despite being a self-appointed recluse he does enjoy getting out and about. John hails from Maine with his wonderful family and their home is, quite appropriately, in front of a cemetery.

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