14 Oct


(^ For creepier effect turn on sound-effect)

Hey everyone! Continuing my efforts to completely creep you out this month I will begin with a hair-raising quote by the master of horror: Stephen King. Enjoy the story. Oh! If you’d like to heighten the creep-factor, press play on the sound player just below the picture of the strange doll. Enjoy!

The 3 types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of a severed head tumbling down a flight of stairs, it’s when the lights go out and something green and slimy splatters against your arm. The Horror: the unnatural, spiders the size of bears, the dead walking around, it’s when the lights go out and something with claws grabs you by the arm. And the last and worse one: Terror, when you come home and notice everything you own had been taken away and replaced by an exact substitute. It’s when the lights go out and you feel something behind you, you hear it, you feel its breath against your ear, but when you turn around, there’s nothing there…

~Stephen King


 by Vashti Q

He touched me. His cold fingers lay upon my bare shoulder and made me shudder. His breath, icy, lingered on the hairs standing on end at the back of my neck.


I turned quickly.


No one.


My eyes flickered in every direction searching for his likeness. I was alone in my room.


This is not the first time this has happened to me. He still torments me. It was not enough to do so while he was still among the living. He visits me now as he did then . . . only at midnight.


At first it was only a touch, and he was gone—back to the place where phantoms dwell. Cold and piercing as was his contact, I preferred it to the unspeakable things he now does to me. I can’t get away so I lie awake, waiting for him, as I did not too long ago when he was still alive.


Alive, in the dead of night, he used to leave my mother in a drunken sleep and sneak inside my bedroom. He’d put a hand over my mouth and threaten to kill me if I spoke a word to anyone of the vile acts he would perform on my teenage body. Back then my mind would escape, leaving my body to suffer the terror and pain. I escaped to a faraway place to be by myself. Being alone then was a blessing. When he was finished with me for the night, I’d lie writhing in pain, bleeding and sobbing against my pillow as he once more made threats to end me before departing my room.


There is no escaping him now. He haunts my mind, my very soul, and being alone now is synonymous with hell. How do you rid yourself of a ghoul—an evil spirit that plagues your slumber? I wish I knew. Night after night, he tortures me. My shrieks and howls go unheard. I am on my own.


Tonight I will put an end to my suffering. I can no longer endure the hurt and anguish he inflicts on me. I should have done this long ago. Perhaps this would have been a better solution to ending the agony, rather than the one I ultimately chose.
Uggh! As I run a piece of glass along my wrist to the point of bleeding, I tell myself the excruciating pain is only temporary. My hand shakes uncontrollably, making it difficult to finish what I began, but I am determined to end this nightmare. I will be rid of him once and for all.


Argh! The agony! It is as if I just forced white-hot pokers into my arms. My fingers cramp and seize into claws. Slitting one’s wrists is not the painless, glamorous death the movies make it out to be. It is repulsive, foul, excruciating. I watch the blood gush out of me like geysers. There is gore everywhere. The smell of metal and fear assaults my nostrils. My chest feels tight. I scream. I cannot prevent myself from screaming in anguish. The pain. Oh God, the pain!


I feel a chill in my bones. I have an obscure sensation like something is expanding inside of me, filling me with haze. I . . .  I–––




The doctor bent over, hands on knees, panting after running from the other side of the hospital. “Nurse, how could she do this with your station right outside the room?”


“I heard nothing—only silence—but when I entered the room to administer the nightly medications, I found her like this.”


“Did you . . . ” deep breath, “move the body?”


“I found her just as you see her.”


“In all my years tending the mentally insane, I have never seen anything like this.” The doctor pulled a small tape recorder out of his lab coat and pressed the record button. “The patient is nude and covered in blood from head to toe. Her eyes are open and they gaze at me as if they could see me. Her arms are extended, her hands together, one over the other, palms up, resting on her thighs proximate to her knees. Her legs are crossed at the ankles.” He paused and took another deep breath. “The only visible wound on her body is a large laceration on her chest. It begins inferior to her sternum and extends to the left. It appears to be self-inflicted, although I have not been able to locate the instrument used.” The doctor gulped and continued. “Lying on the palm of her hand appears to be–––her heart.” He switched off the recorder.


“Do we have to move her?”


“Call the police.”




“This is how they found her?” one of the orderlies asked.


“Yes. Neither the doctor nor the police wanted to move her,” the other hospital assistant said.


“Strange. She looks like she’s just sitting comfortably in the chair, waiting for someone. Her dainty hands offering her heart as if on a platter. She should be slumped over, but she’s sitting upright and alert. Her open eyes look aware, and her face has an innocent tranquil quality. She looks as if at any moment she would break words. I don’t believe she was capable of doing this.”


“Of course she was capable! Both the doctor and police confirmed it. One of the CSI police noticed a large piece of glass jutting out slightly from the gash on her chest. She used it to cut herself open. I don’t understand how she could have that expression on her face after all that pain. Her faint smile and serene expression are unnerving. Besides, no one that ends up in this place is innocent. She murdered her stepfather in cold blood while he slept. Her mother awoke to find her straddling him, dressed only in his blood and gore. She stabbed him seventy-eight times. Her mother said she saw a demon in her eyes that night.”


“Why did she do it?”


“She claimed her stepfather abused her sexually.”


“Surely that must have driven her to it.”


“No, it would have been impossible for her stepfather to abuse her since he was paralyzed from the waist down.”


“Oh.” The orderly gawked at the young girl’s corpse. “Wow, she must have really been crazy.”


Copyright © 2013 by Vashti Quiroz-Vega. All rights reserved.

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54 Responses to “TERROR”

  1. Frank October 14, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    The Marina-B dolls are cute. I like Mermaid Song.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm #

      Hi Frank! I find this one a bit creepy, which is why I used it for this post. The dolls are definitely artistic and well-made.


  2. Katie Cross October 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    AAAAAAHHHHH, so creepy! I totally turned on the music to get the ‘whole experience’ and now I’m creeping. Awesome, awesome. Starting the story with a touch and no one is there? Amazing.


  3. J.S. Rogers October 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm #

    OK now I am ready for the Thanksgiving holiday to get here!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Hi James! You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer. Ha,ha! I’m having too much fun with this. 😉


  4. Sunni Morris October 14, 2013 at 7:03 pm #


    Wow! Creepy! I loved it! Powerful writing. You should write a ghostly book.



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Thank you very much Sunni! I think I will, right after I’m done with my Fantasy Angel Series. I’m having a lot of fun with these horror shorts for Halloween. 😉


  5. Ben Roach October 14, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    Excellent job at creeping me out Vashti. I loved the twist in the end. Very clever 😀


  6. rcprice October 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Love the twist at the end. Did not know that was going to happen.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Hi Robert! Thank you. Actually, I had a whole other ending in mind when I began writing the story and suddenly it took a turn in an entirely different direction. Ha,ha! You know how these things go. 😉


  7. glenperk October 14, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Great hook. Real horror exists within us, emotionally and physically.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 14, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Thank you Glen. Terror is definitely my favorite type of horror. I felt I was in my element with this story. 🙂


  8. JESS44903 October 15, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    Haha…very creepy…so creative! 🙂

    Again, thanks for joining the Link Up this week?


  9. .MIS. Manhattan Image & Style October 15, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    Love the end! 😉


  10. Yolanda Isabel Regueira Marin October 16, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Wow … good work Vashti I could visualise the whole thing. 🙂


  11. Lorraine Marie Reguly October 16, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    Vashti, how did you get the sounds to be embedded in your blog? I’m a newbie blogger and so far don’t know how to do this. (Ten months old two days ago!)

    I’d appreciate it if you could reveal your “secret”! 🙂 Thanks!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 16, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      Hi Lorraine! It’s no secret sweetie. You have to find royalty-free music online. Some are free, but others do charge. Download the music, add it to your media library, and then copy the music’s URL and paste it to your post. I’ve been blogging for about 7 months. So I’m a newbie blogger also. I experiment and basically it’s all trial and error. It took me a while to figure it out. I’m still trying to figure out how to get the music to come on by itself after a while. 🙂 Good luck!


      • Lorraine Marie Reguly October 18, 2013 at 11:55 am #

        Would you be interested in doing a HOW TO post on this as a guest post for me, with a few screenshots? :You can link back to your blog in your bio, and also include a link for my readers to buy your book…

        As a non-techie, this would be PERFECT for a FEATURED FRIDAY post! Please?


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

        Hi Lorraine! Wow! You have a lot more faith in my abilities than I do. Ha,ha. Remember that if you have a wordpress blog a lot of what you can do depends on how much memory you have. I’ll try to put something simple together for your post. Thank you for asking.


      • Lorraine Marie Reguly October 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

        Yes, I’m aware the memory we are given is limited. Does music take up a lot of memory?

        You know how to do screenshots, right? If not, I can tell you how. They would be helpful. Simple steps that are numbered would be great, too! Email me the html (copy it from your “WP draft in text editor, please) and then I can just copy it into my WP. That’s easiest, I think. 😀



      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

        I believe so Lorraine. Okay, if any questions come up I’ll contact you. I’ll try my best to give you a good post. Thank you. 😀


  12. Doreen Sargente October 18, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Creepy! Maybe I shouldn’t have read that when it’s almost bedtime lol

    Love the twist at the end Vashti. Very unexpected!


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      Hello Doreen. Sorry, maybe I should have written a warning. I’m happy you enjoyed the twist at the end. 🙂


  13. Sunni Morris October 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm #


    I agree with Lorraine on a post about how to put videos on your blog. I was thinking of putting that tidbit on mine and linkng back to your blog. There are many who don’t know how to do that.



    • Lorraine Marie Reguly October 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Thanks for supporting this idea, Sunni! (And nice to see you here, too!) I think we should all rally for Vashti to write this for me! She can write a post on her blog, too, announcing her guest post, and that way more people will know how to do this!

      I’ve written many helpful posts for others, like How to Use Click To Tweet Links in Blog Posts, How to Add Images to Your SIdebar, and How To Manage Google+ Circles.

      I’d love to have a How To guest post… any takers?

      ….Hmm, Vashti? Pretty please?


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

        Ha,ha! Okay Lorraine. I’ll do it. Give me a little time and I’ll get it done for you. 😀 Thanks for the vote of confidence.


      • Lorraine Marie Reguly October 18, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

        You’re welcome. I know you can do it! 🙂 Thanks so much! 😀


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm #



    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

      Hi Sunni! I appreciate the confidence that you and Lorraine have on my abilities. It surpasses my confidence (by far). I’m more of a tinkerer. I try this and that until I manage somehow to work things out. I’ll put something together for adding video and music to your posts. I’ll go over my steps and try to make it easy to understand (the way I would want it). Give me a little time and I’ll be glad to do it. 😀 Thank you!


  14. Sunni Morris October 19, 2013 at 5:00 am #


    I know what you mean about tinkering here and there until you figure things out That’s what I usually do too. If you write a post about adding videos and music later, let me know and I’ll write up a short piece and paste a link to your post. You might keep in mind adding a link where people can find free musc too.



  15. Self Sagacity October 25, 2013 at 3:59 am #

    That doll looks so real for a doll. The Halloween makeup is also fantastic for trauma effect.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 25, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Hello! Yes, the doll is magnificently creepy. I enjoy choosing art for my posts that produce an impact on the viewer. Both the drawings of the redhead and the girl in the painted face gripped me when I saw them for the first time, and so did the doll. 😉


  16. Rosey October 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Some dolls, no matter how artistically cool they are made, do have a tad of the creepy factor in them. I think the one you selected here qualifies in all areas. 🙂


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega October 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

      Ha,ha! Good. Then I’ve achieved what I had intended. Thank you Rosey! 😀


  17. Mrs.AOK November 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Okay… so that doll creeped me out! Porcelain Dolls give me the hibbie jibbies…
    Thanks for linking up to Mommy Monday.


    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 2, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

      Ha,ha! Yes, I’ve gotten that reaction a lot. You’re welcome, it was fun. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂


      • Suzanne Steele November 12, 2013 at 10:29 pm #

        I voted for your book cover.
        I am assuming that liking it is how you vote, is that correct?
        That is what I did. I am on that site under Amber Hawkins, this is a pseudonym for writing.


      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega November 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

        Hi Suzanne! Yes, it’s a strange system, but you’re correct. Thank you so much for voting. This contest has been going on forever now and the longer it goes on the lesser your chances of winning because so many book covers enter it. Oh! I’m going to look you up. Thanks again Suzanne and have a fabulous day! 😀


  18. Ashwin January 18, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    Aww!! A creepy tale and I liked the twist. Interesting read!


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