DAY 18 of 27: Jayani C. Senanayake (her first published horror story!)
1. JG Faherty presents “The H Train”
2. Edward M. Erdelac presents “Hear The Eagle Scream”
3. Rebecca J. Allred presents “Mother’s Mouth, Full of Dirt”
4. Jay Caselberg presents “The Ride”
5. John M. Floyd presents “The Red-Eye to Boston”
6. Tom Johnstone presents “Oldstone Gardens”
7. Bentley Little presents “The Plumber”
8. Darren O. Godfrey presents “D.U.I.”
9. Carole Johnstone presents “Better You Believe”
10. David Tallerman presents “Casualty of Peace”
11. Kathryn E. McGee presents “The Creek Keepers’ Lodge”
12. Jeffrey Ford presents “Five Pointed Spell”
13. Sean Eads presents “Predestination’s a Bitch”
14. Dean H. Wild presents “The Gaff”
15. Stephanie Bedwell-Grime presents “The Night Truck”
16. C. Michael Cook presents “The Night Crier”
17. Josh Rountree presents “Snowfather”
18. Jayani C. Senanayake presents “Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince)”
My first memory is of a dark, handsome face gazing down at me in the cradle.
It’s difficult to know if he’d been there even before that moment. I don’t know where he’d come from or, perhaps, he had always been there, and it was me who came along . . .
Yet there he was filling my childhood—smiling from my dreams, crawling on the floor alongside me, holding my hand as I took those first steps in life. Together we built sandcastles on the beach, and he would whisper answers in my ear during our term tests at school. He was slender, tall, and perfectly dark, with gleaming obsidian eyes that rippled quietly with a wisdom seeming more ancient than the world itself. I called him Kalu—the color black.…
— Kalu Kumaraya (My Dark Prince) by Jayani C. Senanayake
ABOUT: Jayani C. Senanayake
First and foremost a dreamer who began scribbling her thoughts on paper at a very young age, Jayani C. Senanayake is a poet and a writer who published her maiden collection of poetry, Scattered, in 2012. Although her other work has been published both locally and internationally, “My Dark Prince” is her first foray into horror, despite a long sustained fascination of the genre.
Jayani C. Senanayake is also a food writer, and is the author of www.peckishme.com. She is currently working on a collection of short stories as well as a second collection of poetry while also cultivating her interests in food and horror.