My short piece starring Krampus has made it onto Horror Scribes’ shortlist of 12 pieces -you can read it below
By Alyson Faye
During December Grunen Baum Platz was a gaudy, glittering bauble. In the grand houses’ massive fir trees laden with hundreds of glowing candles bedecked the hallways.
“Oh Papa,” said Emilie, “my favourite time of year.”
Her father smiled, “St Nicholas will only come for good children.”
“I’ve been a good girl since..” Emilie’s thoughts skittered away from the memory of the day in the orchard, when her twin sister Lucia, had lain among the windfalls. Unmoving.
Later that night in the basement Jans Albrecht laboured on both his dead daughter and the gift for Krampus. He touched the doll lying on his workbench, stroking the silky black hair and the crimson velvet dress. He was especially proud of the eyes and he prayed Krampus would accept this gift instead of taking Emilie. She had not meant to hurt Lucia.
It had been an accident. A game.
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