The Darkness beckons in this eerie fable of a night gone wrong. Someone is knocking, from inside the house. From the other side of the cellar door!
What murky fate awaits in the shadows beneath her home? A frightful evening connects to a scary incident from the past, forcing Cynthia Goodwin to accept a painful truth about herself . . . and what lies in the dark down there.
Author of Leery Lane, The Witchhunt, Monstrosities, Samhain, Cornstalker, Old Bogey and other chilling yarns, Lori R. Lopez presents a haunting choice: to flee the house or remain and protect a litter of kittens from an unknown menace. What would you do in her Bunny Slippers?
A blend of suspenseful, humorous and quiet shivers, the Short Story also contains touches of Psychological and Cosmic Horror. It will be featured in Lori’s Spooktacular Tales Ghost Collection, coming soon!
“A sharp knock distracted her from an engrossing narrative. What was that? Brown orbs shifted to the clock, an ugly elaborate Wallflower she’d have junked if it weren’t a gift from her husband. After Midnight. An uncommon hour for visitors.”
Don’t think about it. Suspense could kill, lethal as a finger on a trigger. Authentic in-your-face suspense.
~ from The Dark Down There
A sharp knock distracted her from an engrossing narrative. What was that? Brown orbs shifted to the clock, an ugly elaborate Wallflower she’d have junked if it weren’t a gift from her husband. After Midnight. An uncommon hour for visitors. The tap was so rapid, unannounced, Cynthia Goodwin presumed she imagined it: the product of an anxious mental state. A second tap proved the first was real — with a distinct authority or attitude. A sense of purpose and intent. Had it been a regular knock, from outside her house, she might worry something was wrong, that she was being notified. (If anyone were left to be jittery about.)
Instead, her brain activated another type of fear . . . the kind when you know something is awfully amiss. Nobody should be knocking from inside her cellar.
A profoundly unsettling fact.
Eyelids sagged for a lengthy blink as balance teetered. What would Henry do?
He wouldn’t sit here like a Puppet without a Master!
Nodding, she laid her book on a padded footstool, the pages parted, and unkinked from her chair. With soft furtive steps in fluffy slippers shaped like bunnies she approached the door, then carefully pressed an ear to a cool surface. Panting stifled, posture rigid, she listened.
Honors & Praise
“The Dark Down There is fast-paced and will excite every part of you as you reach the end of the story . . .”
“The Dark Down There by Lori R. Lopez is a well-written short story that will send shivers down your spine. In this thrilling storyline, you follow the main character Cynthia on her quest to find out what haunted her as a child. The monster she believed in has now returned and is awaiting her in the basement. Unfortunately for Cynthia, she is paralyzed with fear and guilty at the thought of cute kittens being trapped down there. She must rescue them, right? Cynthia battles her mind and body, not knowing what's real and what the monster is making her think. Find out what Cynthia chooses to do in her terrifying predicament in The Dark Down There.
Lori R. Lopez has created a truly terrifying story that will give you nightmares or, at the very least, have you wondering what lurks in your basement if you have one. This book showcases how good a writer Lori is. The build-up to the story was excellent. I found myself on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happens next. I loved Lori's choice of the main character Cynthia and I enjoyed getting to know a bit of her back story; it was so simple yet effective for the plot. The Dark Down There is fast-paced and will excite every part of you as you reach the end of the story, where you finally find out what exactly lurks beneath. This book is one to read if you are seeking a quick dose of thrills, so the question is, will you dare to read it?”
Reviewed By Amy Louise Hill for Readers’ Favorite
“Here is a suspense and mystery with a tingling twist.
Any reader of horror has pondered the things that go bump in the night and I cannot think of a single child that has not been afraid of the thing that may be lurking at the bottom of a dark flight of stairs and now Lori R. Lopez gives us a tale that offers a little something new that twists in all the scary ways. Very interesting short that is well worth the read.”