Christie Stratos is an award-winning writer who holds a degree in English Literature. She is the author of Anatomy of a Darkened Heart and Brotherhood of Secrets, the first two books in the Dark Victoriana Collection. Christie has had short stories and poetry published in Ginosko Literary Journal, Andromedae Review, 99Fiction, and various anthologies. An avid reader of all genres and world literature, Christie reads everything from bestsellers to classics to indies.
At 1,950 words, this horror short story is a 10-minute read or less.
It's the quietest evils that are the most horrifying—their persistence, constant presence, and unyielding terror. Real horror flourishes in its perpetual infliction of fear.
"Brothers in the art of keeping secrets" is the mantra Mr. Locke's carefully chosen five employees must repeat together every day before starting work. Day by day, each of these young, alone-in-the-world workers is being molded into the family they crave. A family in which each member has his use toward an end he doesn't know exists. How do the brotherhood and the town's secrets interlock?
Father’s wretched secret coincides with Abigail Delilah’s birth. Mother will make Abigail suffer because someone must take the blame. But do these cruelties breed a shadowed soul or is redemption within reach? Multi-layered and rife with psychological depth, this riveting novel appeals to the literary reader and the leisure reader alike, combining key facets of several popular genres.