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WEEKEND WRITING WARRIORS: Love Scenes From the Black Market (Carnivore)

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This week I share the fifth of sixteen stories from my next release Love Scenes From the Black Marketa dark anthology.

This week’s snippet is one I shared before back in 2015, the opening 8 lines from Carnivore, a chronicle of the end of the world as seen through the eyes of a survivor named Lena.  After an uprising of Cthulu-like undead creatures, survivors like Lena are forced to band together in the ruins of the old world just to stay alive.  Unfortunately, their time is running out…

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Blood on the glass, frosted and dark.  She struggled to stand, struggled to breathe, but the cut in her neck was deep.  Fluid trickled down her throat and painted her chest.  

The world loomed close.  Smoke clung to the ground.  Writhing black forms hung just at the edge of sight, chaotic and blurred, vagrant edges floating in the murk.  The ruins of the city stretched away, torn streets, time-blasted hovels, twisted jags of rusted steel and grease-stained doors.  Bloody sunlight sliced through the half-decayed structures like molten swords.  

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12 Comments

  1. Kim Magennis

    Your descriptions are masterful, Steven.
    Every single sentence has its gem!

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    • Steven

      Thanks so much, Kim!

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  2. Peter Vialls

    I love the “molten swords” and “time-blasted hovels” descriptions – the whole sequence is very atmospheric. Lena’s in trouble – let’s hope she can find something to bandage the injury!

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Peter! And yeah, Lena’s in trouble, but not as much as the rest of her crew…

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  3. amybraunauthor

    Oh man, this is amazing. Absolutely amazing. Like… there are no words for how gorgeous this is.

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    • Steven

      Awww, thanks Amy, you’re too kind!

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  4. Christina Ochs

    Incredible writing, and a great opening line!

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    • Steven

      Thanks, Christina!

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  5. Botanist

    Vivid and atmospheric!

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  6. Ed Hoornaert

    Another great description, Steven. You have a real talent for making a scene become visceral.

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  7. Dana Renelt

    Powerful and gripping. What a fantastic opening!

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