Unholy Trinity: Holy Diving: Drabbles Inspired by Dio by Patrick Winters
Our church worships at the altar of the Unholy Trinity. Its gospels are delivered as a trio of dark drabbles, linked so that Three become One. All hail the power of the Three.
I Speed at Night
I got out, and I ain’t goin’ back.
My blood was on fire in life. My soul was on fire in death, burnin’ hotter than the flames that claimed me in the crash. But now I’m free and ridin’ again. I keep the sun to my back and stick to the shadows, barrelin’ across the country in my phantom GTO. So long as the light don’t hit me, I’ll keep drivin’ as long as I want.
Twenty-seven. That’s how many I’ve ran over so far. So, if you hear my engine roarin’, get outta the way.
I brake for nothin’.
King of Rock and Roll
He’d been a king among men before the apocalypse, playing for the millions.
Now, he had to send his groupies and adoring fans (those that’d survived) out into the wastes, ordering them to round up other survivors just to manage a crowd.
He’d stand on the stage of his run-down arena, watching as scroungers were brought in and chained up on the floor before him. Then he’d start his show, rocking and rolling through the nights, playing loud enough to drown out the pleas of the restrained, imagining they were cheering, instead.
And, through his music, he ruled once more.
Faces in the Window
The world outside his home had disappeared six days ago. He’d woken up, glanced out the window, and there was nothing there. Just utter darkness and the shapes that moved within it–vague shadows against the rest of the blackness.
Then the shapes started getting closer. Looking in at him. Sneering. Laughing. He’d closed the curtains after that, but still, he could hear them out there, taunting him.
He cowered in his bed, hiding from the eternal night around him–until clarity came. He got out of bed, went to his front door, and stepped outside.
The darkness welcomed him.
Patrick Winters is a graduate of Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL, where he earned a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. His work has now been featured throughout several magazines and anthologies. A full list of his previous publications may be found at his author’s site, if you are so inclined to know: http://wintersauthor.
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Stephanie Ellis writes dark speculative prose and poetry and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. Her longer work includes the folk horror novels, The Five Turns of the Wheel, Reborn, and The Woodcutter, and the novellas, Bottled and Paused (all via Brigids Gate Press). Her dark poetry has been published in her collections Lilith Rising (co-authored with Shane Douglas Keene), Foundlings (co-authored with Cindy O’Quinn) and Metallurgy, as well as the HWA Poetry Showcase Volumes VI, VII, VIII, and IX and Black Spot Books Under Her Skin. She can be found supporting indie authors at HorrorTree.com via the weekly Indie Bookshelf Releases. She can be found at https://stephanieellis.org and on Blue Sky as stephellis.bsky.social.