Unholy Trinity: The Blind Guy by G.A. Miller
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.
The blind guy.
I think his name is Diego, but I’m not sure. Everyone calls him the blind guy, so let’s just go with that.
He lives across the street, in the first-floor apartment of the triple decker over there, and often steps out onto the front steps to smoke a cigarette. I guess he’s not allowed to smoke in the apartment, but I’m not sure about that either.
What I am sure about is that he’s watching me. He’s blind, my curtains are closed, but every time I look out, he’s staring right at me, which is more than unsettling.
Ever read Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”? The narrator describes how the old man’s “vulture” eye was what drove him to madness and ultimately to kill him. Being stared at by a blind man is a lot like that, even though he’s too far away for me to see the details of his eyes beneath his heavy brows.
It sounds completely crazy, I know. I get that. But I also know what I see every time I part the curtains far enough to look across the street or open the door to fetch my mail. Quietly standing, smoking… and staring.
It was a miserable day today, so I decided to turn in early. I woke some hours later, choking and gasping for air. I sat up in bed, my chest drenched in blood that looked black by the moonlight coming in through the window.
I reached up and realized my throat had been cut ear to ear. I fell back on my pillow and glanced to the right, where I saw the open door, the backlit silhouette of a man standing perfectly still.
I could see the dripping knife in his right hand… and the white cane in his left.
G.A. Miller takes his ideas from every day, commonplace events that take unforeseen turns down dark corridors, often with horrific consequences. His lifelong bond with horror began in the late 1950s watching Shock Theater on TV and grew from there. When he picked up the first paperback edition of Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot” in 1976, there was no turning back.
Once he began committing his own demons to paper, he’s had numerous stories published in a variety of publications. His latest novella is “The Shopkeeper: Curios, Curiosities and Rarities.
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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.