DAY 11 OF 30: TERRY DOWLING
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 “The Key to Mabella,” a cemetery groundskeeper discovers a mysterious vault key held by his predecessor and investigates what it unlocks.
He located the Agostino key, fitted it, and felt the door release, swing outward. Another quick glance up and down Third Street and he stepped inside, leaving the door open behind him, suddenly uneasy at the thought of it being even partly closed. There was the safety release latch and the kick-down door stirrup for keeping it open, and he had taken the key from the lock (another of Arthur’s rules). No mere wind would ever close it unassisted, but . . .
On this unravelling day, the hesitation said it all.
Barry regarded the dry square interior with its sixteen niches in four lots of four, noted the seven caskets already in place, three on the back wall, four to the left, three with marble facings shutting them away. The rest stood empty, awaiting what time would bring . . .
—The Key to Mabella by TERRY DOWLING
ABOUT: TERRY DOWLING
Terry Dowling has been called “Australia’s finest writer of horror” by Locus magazine, its “premier writer of dark fantasy” by All Hallows, and its “most acclaimed writer of the dark fantastic” by Cemetery Dance magazine. The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror series featured more horror stories by Terry in its 21-year run than by any other writer.
Dowling’s horror collections are Basic Black: Tales of Appropriate Fear (International Horror Guild Award winner for Best Collection 2007), Aurealis Award-winning An Intimate Knowledge of the Night, the World Fantasy Award nominated Blackwater Days, and The Night Shop: Tales for the Lonely Hours. Other publications include his debut novel, Clowns at Midnight, which London’s Guardian called “an exceptional work that bears comparison to John Fowles’s The Magus,” and The Complete Rynosseros in three volumes. His homepage can be found at www.terrydowling.com.
Publisher’s Page: http://www.darkmoonbooks.com/Horror_Library_7.html