Nightmare in Lake Erie

Nightmare in Lake Erie dedicated to epigramm

Nightmare in Lake Erie

Silhouettes played on the blinds, surely it was just the tree branches stirring but it looked like long fingernails scratching at the white blinds. They were so dark, menacing and sometimes I would just have to hide under the covers.

Weeks went by and I never dreamed the same nightmare, but instead it would be complex scenes that were like a book, chapter after chapter.

Parlayed with fear and my family would come into my room with stockings over their heads to scare me. Of course fear surged through me until I could calm myself to go to sleep again. That is when another chapter would follow, dark cellars and me searching for an exit. That silly movie Pyscho would make me shake with fear when the shower curtain was drawn closed. No there really was that shadow again.

Twisting and hiding under sheets turned each chapter’s page. Nightmares being so deceiving never revealed their source. It took a clever mind to make me sit up in bed gasping for breath, needing to escape the blood circling my feet in the shower, to escape the corpse with the light bulb dangling in the damp basement.

Chapter 30 came to be, the end of the nightmare series. Such clean sheets, crisp almost ironed brushed against my flesh as I turned and tossed in bed. Those same images outside the window floated back and forth like long fingers trying creep into my room..

Paralyzed in fear I sat up holding the white sheet close to my chest and gasped almost screaming in terror.

“Who is there?”

I found my breath coming in gasps and the room’s light dimmed. Finally I was answered, and the voice had a cynical humor in it.

“Submit, this is your beginning with me?”

“Who are you?”

Laughter deafened me, and you answered.

“Death my dear, no remorse here.”

I couldn’t grasp the sheet anymore and instead my fingers found satin on every edge of that small bed?

No it wasn’t a bed after all... as I stare in terror... it was my coffin.

(C) B. A. Williams 2013

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epigramman 3 years ago

Well then you must be the younger kid sister (lol) otherwise known as Barbara Allan Poe.

I must admit you took a clever trademark literary device out of Epi's book with the surprise ending which I never saw coming.

You literally led me down the proverbial garden path and suprised me with that awesome last line and it took my breath away.

Bravo to you Miss B for I would love to be buried alive in your writing and the fact that you wrote it in short story format made your suspenseful words read like a mini-novel and of course a haunting cinematic vignette in my mind.

Thank you so much for this haunting read.

Another challenge my dear? lol

And of course the number one question on my daily mind with you is how are feeling today? lake erie time 2:22pm Just up after nightshift sleep with coffee and two well fed but now sleeping pussycats on a windy day by the lake

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author

Oh Epi you stimulate my mind for sure. I could picture the room, the parents coming in which was a little bit of real life thrown in there. Odd senses of humor they had, and the end was meant to throw you.

I say you set the next challenge since I did two. Waiting to hear what you choose. It is quite fun to take a subject and create a poem or story from it.

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epigramman 3 years ago

Hi Barb and good evening from lake erie time 6:48pm and I am just checking in on you today and wondering how you are feeling. I just shared your fabulous piece here once again on FB and I've taken a little break away from the computer this weekend. As for another subject - how about 'freedom' in any context.

Sending you as always my sincere warmest wishes and good energy from Colin, Tiffy and Gabriel.

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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

A wonderful tribute to a wonderful writer.

Voted up and shared.


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wayne barrett 3 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Now this is my kind of writing! Great story, Barbara. Love the twist!

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Eddy always good to know writing is appreciated and liked.

Wayne, thank you as well, glad you enjoyed it.

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author

Alright the topic is Freedom I may write about this today, thanks so much. What is the site on Facebook, I may join it? Doing about the same health wise but it is better than when I came home.

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onegreenparachute 3 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

Loved it! ALL of it. Delicious.

Voted up and shared

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bearnmom 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Very well written but I don't understand the connection to the title. There is nothing in your article about Lake Erie. I could feel your terror since I have been there and know what you were feeling. Other than the title I find this a very compelling piece. Voted up and interesting.

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks onegreen your vote is appreciate and glad you enjoyed my work.

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author


Thanks for your comment and you caught me, *laughs* you see the topic was a challenge with epigramman and that is why it is titled Nightmare in Lake Eerie, very speculative of you and thank you again.

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bearnmom 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

OIC - well it was a good piece just confused me at first.

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sligobay 3 years ago from east of the equator

Your epigrammic twist does honor to Colin. Great write with great fright.

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B. A. Williams 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks a lot for reading and its very challenging to write on a topic with epi.

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