Cracked glass window


There are monsters in the dark, she said. Tucked in closets and hiding under beds.

There are hundreds of different ones, she said. Some have claws, others have teeth.

The one behind you has fangs, she said. And spins webs of glass.


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56 thoughts on “Lurking

  1. It gave me the shivers. (and we were watching Charlotte’s web last night, so I had spiders on my mind)
    We never really know what form our monsters are going to take do we? So well written.

    1. Thanks Kir! It’s amazing all the shapes that monsters come in.

      I can’t think about Charlotte’s Web without getting a little teary. 🙂

      1. my husband, who incidentally hates spiders, was very teary about Charlotte. He was still talking about it the next day. (Yes, he’s seen the movie many times. It just touches him 🙂 )

  2. Love the almost throw away-ness of the repeated ‘she said’. It only helps to build the fear of the things lurking. Love it.

  3. Shudder. Spiders give me the willies a little bit but I’ve slowly gotten used to them. I love this whole thing though, so many different monsters.

    1. Thanks Jen! I make myself be tolerant of spiders (well, the little ones anyway) because I know they eat things like mosquitoes. But they still make me jump (even the little ones) when I happen on one unexpectedly. 🙂

  4. It’s a creepy, graphic fairy-tale- I love it. I pictured a little girl, telling her mom about the monster behind her in a perfectly calm voice, so it doesn’t even register at first that she’d best turn around 😏

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