ride on the wind. Distant childlike voices, gleeful, as if they’re on a
playground, swirl around the crone. The soft voices become louder until it
sounds like the children are playing right beneath Rachel’s bedroom window. The
Black Annis’ cloak suddenly shoots open and spreads out farther. Impossibly, it
somehow fills Rachel’s entire line of vision, revealing a collection of
ghostlike faces stacked one upon the other and side by side. Chubby-cheeked
cherubs avert their hollow gazes to stare at the Black Annis, forced smiles
twisting their features horrendously. The cloak continues unfurling to the
sides and the tally keeps climbing as new faces appear. Even if Rachel wanted
to study each collected child, in search of the missing children of Shadow
Grove, there are simply too many to count.
About the Author
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.
Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.
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