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Ron Capshaw: Castle

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Art by Sophia Wiseman-Rose 2023

Castle

 

by Ron Capshaw

 

They had left without any celebration. They felt strangely unsatisfied, even though their mission was fulfilled. The Nosferatu was no more; literally reduced to dust and his castle exploded. Harker had slashed the Count’s throat, but it was Quincy who dealt the killing blow, stabbing the Wampyr in the heart with his trusty Bowie knife.

But at the cost of Quincy’s life. With his corpse on the train now leaving the dark countries that science and rationality had never penetrated, they would arrive in London, and then take a ship to America, and finally to Texas to bury Quincy on his native soil.

The Professor was strangely quiet. For some reason, he began to reread the ancient texts he brought with him about the vampire.

Then, suddenly, he said, “We have to go back.”

After he left to consult the conductor, we looked at the books the Professor had been reading.

Underlined in one of them was how the vampire could only be fatally stabbed in the heart with a silver blade or a wooden stake.

Then in another book, the Professor had underlined a passage that told of how the vampire could transform himself into dust under a full moon.

Quincy’s knife was made of steel.

We hoped the authors of the texts had gotten it wrong, but that was dashed when we saw that the castle had reconstructed itself.

 

 

 

Ron Capshaw is a writer based in Florida.  His debut horror novel, The Stage Mother's Club, came out in June from Dark Edge Press.

https://www.amazon.com/Stage-Mothers-Club-Ron-Capshaw/dp/B0BWPN4GP8/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28E2C73KBSH1F&keywords=the+stage+mother%27s+club&qid=1680278727&s=books&sprefix=the+stage+mother%27s%2Cstripbooks%2C139&sr=1-1

Sophia Wiseman-Rose is a Paramedic and an Episcopalian nun. Both careers have provided a great deal of exposure to the extremes in life and have provided great inspiration for her.  

 She is currently spending time with her four lovely grown children and making plans to move back to her home in the UK in the Autumn.  

 In addition, Sophia had a few poems in the last edition of Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine

 

https://www.artstation.com/sophiaw-r6

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2023