Joey and Mauler held the handkerchiefs to their faces as the smell of burning flesh seeped into their souls. They chanted the malediction they’d learned from the warlock with muffled voices, hoping they’d remembered it correctly.
That evening, the beast came and corrected them. It breathed in their scent, hungrily.
James Kowalczyk was born and raised in Brooklyn. He now lives in Northern California with his wife, two daughters, and four cats. His work has been published in numerous publications both online and in print. He teaches English at the high school and college level.
“When is the end of the world?” he asked, looking up to ascertain the position of the stars in the cosmos. “Deneb has yet to wink out, while Orion’s lights still burn strong.”
She laughed, saying, “None of that matters—just archaic nonsense. Come, we have a demon to invoke.”
Kevin DeLuca is a writer of weird fiction and fantasy. He was short-listed for the 2014 Fish Flash Fiction Prize, and has been published in Flash Fiction Magazine.
Michael changed the bandage, concerned that his arm wasn’t healing.
He sat at his desk, glancing nervously at the wall clock. Only two hours to prepare himself for the pitch. He hadn’t wanted to call on the daemon with such little time.
He tore a blood-flecked page from the typewriter.
Jeff is a handyman who also writes. When he has time he posts to his blog.