Creepy Reading with Ladies of Horror Prompts

Bela Lugosi once said “It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.” The Ladies of Horror can agree with that. We’ve produced another line up of dark flash fiction and poetry on Nina D’Arcangela’s Spreading the Writer’s Word blog.

I’m sharing these a little different this month. I thought it would be interesting to compare how each image inspired different work. Rather than list the ladies in order of post, this time I’m grouping them with their image prompt.

Here’s what’s gone up so far in May:

Bitter Ash
by Naching T. Kassa

Monkey Man
by Elaine Pascale

The Coming and Going of It
by Kim Richards

The Gloves
by Terrie Leigh Relf

Abandoned Ritual
by Suzanne Madron

Murder on Rosehill Lane
by Ashley Davis

by Ela Lourenco

Heavens Door
by Marge Simon

by Tawny Kipphorn

Tell Our Story
by K.R. Morrison

Salty Air
by Sonora Taylor

by Scarlett R. Algee

by Rie Sheridan Rose

Sympathy for Monsters
by Angela Yuriko Smith

by Lydia Prime

The Sitting Room
by Lori R. Lopez

Elegy to a Medium
by A.F. Stewart

The Old Man in My Dreams
by Melissa R. Mendelson

Head Trauma
by Bailey Hunter

Tea for Two
by Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi

There will be more posts in early May… we still have:

04/30 – Elizabeth Smith
04/30 – Tiffany Mok
05/01 – Leah McNaughton Lederman
05/01 – Kathleen McClusky
05/02 – Sheri White
05/02 – Lisa Lane
05/03 – Heather Roulo
05/03 – Stacey Turner
05/04 – Asena Lourenco

The Ladies of Horror are a diverse group of women dedicated to writing darker things. Each month we write a story or poem based on a photo Nina sends us. We do it for practice, to share ideas… and because this is how we play.

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher, and author with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She co-publishes Space and Time magazine with author husband Ryan Aussie Smith. For more information visit
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