Dave Jenkins, Flayed
The art museum night guardsman, Dave Jenkins, flashed his
light down the dark corridor. Something fell in the new “Madman Marcus”
exhibit. Madman Marcus was the trendy new painter who seemingly captured the
final moments of supposed murdered victims in his paintings.
The shadows danced along the walls
the flashlight shook in Jenkins’ sweaty fist. The paintings were unnerving to
say the least.
“Hey, friend.” a voice
The light exploded in a blue flash
when it hit the floor.
The next day, a new exquisite painting
titled Dave Jenkins, Flayed was displayed in the gallery.
Barnett is the author of the middle grade novellas
Graveyard Scavenger Hunt and Chaos at the Carnival. He has over three hundred
publishing credits in dozens of magazines and anthologies such as the Lovecraft eZine,
Spaceports & Spidersilk, Blood
Bound Books, and Scifaikuest.