Author: Various Authors
Pub. Date: September 14, 2015
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Even the lightest hearts have shaded corners to hide the black thoughts that come at night. Experience the darker side of YA as 13 authors explore the places that others prefer to leave among the shadows.
Such a Lovely Monster
I have a monster under my bed.
He’s always been there, as long as I can remember. When I was a little kid I’d wake in the middle of the night and see odd shadows dancing on the wall, a sure sign of some otherworldly creature in my room. I would clutch my covers to my chest and scream out for my mom, huddling on my bed like it was an island of safety. She would come running down the hall, eyes bleary, hair wrapped up in a brightly colored scarf for the night.
“Damn, girl, what’s your problem?” she’d ask, standing in the doorway, yawning widely.
“There’s a monster under my bed,” I’d whisper, staring at the edge of my mattress, waiting for a scaled hand to reach up for me at any moment.
“Well, stay in bed. He can’t get you as long as you stay in your bed,” she’d answer. Which, in hindsight, was not the most encouraging thing to say.
“Now go back to sleep. I don’t want to hear anymore nonsense.” Then my momma would go back to bed, the light from the hallway filtering into my room and casting shadows that looked like grasping hands and malevolent, hulking figures.
Justina Ireland enjoys dark chocolate, dark humor, and is not too proud to admit that she’s still afraid of the dark. She lives with her husband, kid, and dog in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vengeance Bound and Promise of Shadows.
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