ANNOUNCING: I’m posting all contributors, one-a-day, to reveal the Table of Contents for +Horror Library+ Volume 7, to be published by Dark Moon Books on March 1, 2022!
DAY 25 OF 30: TREVOR JAMES ZAPLE
25. Trevor James Zaple presents “Like Old Rope”
24. Suki Litchfield presents “The Kid in the Ambulance”
23. Liam Hogan presents “In the Devil’s Footsteps”
22. Brady Golden presents “Neon Showgirl”
21. Darren O. Godfrey presents “Discovery of Blanks”
20. Zoe Kaplan presents “The Test”
19. Colin Leonard presents “The Burning Heart”
18. David Afsharirad presents “just keep walking”
17. William Meikle presents “Gateway to Oblivion”
16. Valya Dudycz Lupescu presents “The Tooth Butcher”
15. Gene O’Neill presents “Ring Rust”
14. H. Pueyo presents “Death Republic”
13. Scotty Milder presents “Giant and Child: A Fugue”
12. Lucy Taylor presents “If You Touch Me, I Can Cry”
11. Terry Dowling presents “The Key to Mabella”
10. Christi Nogle presents “The Apartment”
9. Baba Jide Low presents “Pretties / Serpent”
8. Kristi Petersen Schoonover presents “February Thaw”
7. Bentley Little presents “In the Valley”
6. Rex Burrows presents “Skandalopetra”
5. Alex Woodroe presents “Abandon”
4. Cody Goodfellow presents “Hand of Glory”
3. Natalia Theodoridou presents “The Mouth”
2. Jo Kaplan presents “Her. House.”
1. Michael Harris Cohen presents “Never Better”
In “Like Old Rope,” an antique store owner finds a mysterious ring and is met by two people asking for its return.
In the back corner
of the antique store he found a miniature mid-Century American dresser, stained
with an expert hand and distressed organically. It was a lovely piece that was
likely worth a great deal; Stevie was unsure exactly how much as he realized
that he’d never seen it before. He ran a finger along the side; the grain of
the wood was exquisite, such that he had no other piece in his collection that
he could compare it to. He went back to his desk, found the binder that the
piece should have been in, and found that there was no record of it. His heart
felt enveloped by a cold tornado. What else did he not have a record of? How
accurate were his inventory lists?
Was any of it right? He panicked but
remembered that he’d just gone through a good chunk of his inventory and this
was the first piece that he’d found out of place. Just breathe, Stevie. Everything will be fine. Well, as fine as it
was the day before.
He carefully drew out the top drawer of the mysterious dresser and was oddly unsurprised to find a beaten copper ring sitting in its exact middle . . .
—Like Old Rope by TREVOR JAMES ZAPLE
ABOUT: TREVOR JAMES ZAPLE
Trevor Zaple is a Canadian with an M.A. in Political Science whose work has appeared in Across The Margin, Five on the Fifth, Trigger Warning, and Pif Magazine. His debut novel, Disappearance, was published in 2018 and in that same year he won the Marguerite R. Dow Prize. He currently lives in the second-best London with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, a cat, and a stuffed moose.
Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html
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