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This free read is fresh meat. An early version of today’s free read once made honorable mention in a long ago Apex Magazine Halloween contest. However, since then this free read has been nipped and tweaked. It’s a PG-13 free read. I say that only because I’m paranoid of irate parents emailing me. Anyway, on with the shiny new fiction.

Midsummer Nightmare

by Louise Bohmer

Before Holloway ripped his lover’s eyes out and feasted on her essence, he wanted to give her a night to remember. Her last memory before death should be pleasant–a token to carry her over to the other side, something to comfort her during the transition.

Her murder would be as quick and painless as possible. Sure, he didn’t care for humans, but Holloway didn’t wish to make them suffer needlessly. He was smart enough to recognize the glorified homo-erectus was a necessary evil in the grander scheme of the universe.

He lit two cigarettes and passed her one. “What do you picture when I say ‘extraterrestrial’? Little grey men with wraparound eyes and egg-shaped heads?”

They’d been going at it hot and heavy, but before Holloway fucked this one to death he craved some philosophical talk. Soon enough, he’d bring her to climax as he ripped off the mask and showed her his true countenance. A face that would make her heart explode as she came. The combination of pure terror and pleasure would boil her essence to the surface, where it would bleed through her porcelain skin.

Holloway would lap it up from her cheeks, using it to steal her form, absorb her being, for cover in tonight’s scheduled mischief making. He had a date set for some genetic manipulation that was long overdue, and absorbing a human mask would save him the wasted time and effort of constant shapeshifting. He needed all the extra time he could get.

The plum-haired goth shrugged. “Never thought much about aliens.”

Holloway leaned in close to her. “Those little grey bastards get all the credit, but there are thousands of other inter-dimensional and extraterrestrial life forms mixing and mating with you humans on a regular basis.” He rolled his eyes at her. “You have no idea.”

Her intense stare burned into him with electric-blue fire, and in the dim light of their cheap motel room he could see fear beginning its dance inside her. Holloway grew hard with desire and his mask–this one stolen from a pedophile who posed as the pillar of his community–slipped just a bit, his true face eager to burst through its seams.

Guilt filled him too. The thick scent of her fear, heavy and meaty, was intoxicating. While part of him nursed remorse for her slaughter, so much of him basked in the primal rush to follow.

“What are you talking about?” She backed away from him, her tiny feet skittering and slipping on the sheets.

“Did you like mythology, folklore, when you were a child?” He kissed her forehead, as his arms split open at the wrists and tore a ragged seam up to his shoulders. He grabbed her by the throat and pinned her to the headboard. Birch-bark pale biceps, near thick as tree trunks and of wooden flesh, ruined the businessman mask as they ripped through.

She managed shaky words between sobs. “What do you mean? Like Greek gods?”

“Not exactly, love.” His fingers of root and bone trailed up her thighs. His tongue of moss slipped down her throat. She struggled weakly beneath his eight foot frame, as he entered her and pumped hard. Holloway felt a pang of pity for the goth, deep in his heartcore. When she climaxed, his jagged fangs clamped through her tongue, cleaving it clean off its root. The first sweet nectar of her essence flooded his mouth, and he groaned.

He worked his magicks on her to make her death satisfying, but still shocking enough to the psyche to give him what he needed. Alien witchcraft, Holloway liked to call it. Adrenaline was a marvelous and curious thing, and it worked to his advantage when it came to the necessary combination of titillation and terror. Endorphins worked in conjunction with his whispered sex incantations to bring the essence of his lover-prey within reach. He could smell more of her spirit flowing strong, crawling up from her belly. Boiling just behind the eye sockets, where it was easiest to pluck out by the roots and let flow free.

“We helped create your race. We’re partly responsible for the thing you call a ‘soul’ or ‘spirit’, and you don’t even know it.” He smoothed a hand over her sweaty brow as she thrashed and screamed silent screams. For a moment, he regretted robbing her the comfort of her shrieks. Everyone deserved release.

Holloway yanked her baby blues from their sockets and her essence–the same color as that piercing sapphire gaze she wore in life–gushed out and down her cheeks. He clamped his furry mouth over one seeping hole in her face. His tongue burrowed deep into her brain, sucking in this biological coating she would no longer need. He groaned in satisfaction.

* * * *

Holloway checked his new female form in the cracked mirror taped to the wall beside the closet. He examined his lush curves and creamy skin. He tweaked his nipples through the sheer, black shirt and smiled. Nice boobs.

Lifting his nose as he opened the door, he sniffed the night air for the scent of the Mother of Evolution. She’d just returned to her motel room, three doors down from his. It was time to move, take care of the task he’d been sent here to complete.

Together, he and Gaia would birth the rebels: offspring who would help bring this mixed up human race to the next step in their evolution. He and the Mother would have to save humanity’s sorry mortal asses before it was too late, thus saving their own dimensions a shitload of natural and political disaster.

Humans had a way of messing with space and time when they didn’t know enough about it to be playing around, and it was creating havoc with the natural equilibrium of other worlds. All their messing with nuclear bombs and the hadron collider wasn’t just causing blips in Earth’s space-time continuum. It was messing up harmony throughout existence.

The fae and snake people, part of a coalition of beings who created the human ‘spirit,’ were suffering the brunt of the Inter-Dimensional Diplomacy Senate’s wrath for conducting the experiment of boosting the ape-creature’s psyche, with just a small injection of their combined bio-ethers, so many millennia ago.

This is your mess, Holloway, and you and that runaway bitch can clean it up. Concordia Discord, son. Chaos in one realm causes a ripple of turmoil throughout realities.” The Highest Elder’s shrill scream pierced his third eye, and Holloway almost fell on his ass as he tried to maneuver the six inch platforms the goth had been wearing.

He reflected over recent instructions from the Highest Elder:

You need to be covert. I don’t want Gaia to remember who she is before you can corner her. She mustn’t recognize you. She’s buried deep within the human mask, our sources tell us. Don’t spook her or she may bolt.

“Go in wearing the mask of a woman. A small, vulnerable woman preferably. That will let her guard down.

He fished a cigarette out of the goth’s purse and lit it, mumbling a reply to the Highest Elder around the filter. “How the hell do I impregnate her while I’m in the skin of a woman, smart guy?”

Don’t worry about the details of inseminating the human mask. Just get in there, you idiot.”

One of them needed to be in human skin for this fertilization to work. But would the mask survive? Would Gaia let it? Inter-dimensional kinds had long ago left behind the need for crude reproductive methods.

Holloway knocked at her door, and checked the parking lot over. Deserted. He was just about to kick at the door with his monster shoes when the entrance opened a crack.

A woman, shorter than the waif mask he wore, peered out at him. Her hair was as dark as the room engulfing her and it was bobbed beneath a tiny, pointed chin that made her look like a china doll. All she needed was a pink bow clipped at each temple.

Gaia’s mask looked nothing like the forceful beast within. The one he remembered so well. There wasn’t a trace of sleek scales or her ancient lizard eyes. Holloway winced at her façade of fragility, and at his own. They looked so like frightened children, searching for their mothers on a playground, rather than the great, inter-dimensional beings they were, who’d mastered arts far beyond homo sapien’s comprehension.

“H-hello there?” The mask frowned at him, and then gave a rapid barely-there smile. “Can I help you?”

“Ummm, yes. I mean, I hope so.” Holloway swallowed, and cursed himself for not thinking up an excuse for all this sooner. “See, my boyfriend kicked me out of our motel room.” He faked a few tears. “Asshole. Could I come in and call for a ride home?”

Gaia back up and looked like she was going to close the door.

“You can totally search my purse,” Holloway added desperately. “If you’re still afraid I’m carrying anything or whatever,” this he said seductively, leaning against the concrete wall to show off his stunning breasts, “you can search me.”

Gaia’s mask blushed, and Holloway wondered if the show of bashfulness was a ruse. Or was Gaia buried so deep within the skin she truly didn’t smell his inter-dimensional heat coming through his stolen flesh? He wouldn’t let his guard down.

Smiling, but dropping her wide-eyed gaze to the worn carpet, Gaia opened the door and gestured for him to enter. “Would you like a drink while you wait for your ride?”

He sighed and rubbed his eyes, smudging his mascara down his cheeks. It was time to get this over with. He’d have to do this quick if he wanted the mask to survive the insemination. There was still a chance Gaia would try to sabotage the pregnancy by destroying the mask. Really, Holloway couldn’t blame her. What higher level being wanted to find itself stuck in the skin of a hairless monkey for nine months, carrying around a half-human brat? The idea made him shudder.

He walked up behind her, stealthy and silent, while his true self broke through the dainty female form he wore. He wrapped his long fingers around the mask’s waist as he whispered frantic incantations and threw out psychic, sealing glamours, trying to trap Gaia in the human shell before she could set herself free.

“Don’t struggle, love. I know you’re in there, and I know you can hear me. You know why I’m here, and what we must do. Do you remember? I know you do.”

He heard the ripping of soft tissue, and Holloway smelled the perfume of inner meat and blood. He was too late. The dying mask twitched in his grasp as Gaia broke free from within. Holloway had failed.

The shredded mask fell to the carpet and the Mother of Evolution rose, like a phoenix, from the remains. “Oh yes, I remember all of it Holloway. Indeed, I remember, but do you? Obviously you don’t. The Highest Elder lied to get you here.

“Why do you think I’ve been running for so long, protecting you for all these centuries? I can run no longer. You’ve had your time to adjust. Our time has come.”

Oily black writhed and turned to forest green. Holloway watched her scales plump and take on a solid yet fluid shape. His heartcore did a strange flutter-beat.

Supple reptile fingers wrapped around his cock. “Come into me, love. Come into me.”

He couldn’t hold back the moan at her slippery touch. Visions, aeons gone, wafted into empty rooms in his mind.

* * * *

“You want me to what?”

“I’m sorry, Holloway, but I have the better temperament for taking lead in this mission. You’re more maternal, I’m more feral. You know that, even if you won’t admit it.”

“Not more feral,” he narrowed his eyes at her, and crossed thick arms over his wooden chest, “just crueler.”

She bit her serpentine lips, and shook her head at him. “That’s not fair.”

Holloway hadn’t experienced pain in quite some time, so when it ripped him apart and sucked him into Gaia’s bio-ether, smashing his own dense bio-ether to bits like a sledgehammer taken in the teeth, the odd sensation pleased him greatly. He remembered what it was to feel again.

He saw Gaia’s hypnotic green eyes in a dream, and it was then he recalled the fine print on that Treaty of Inter-Dimensional Diplomacy they’d signed so long ago. She talked him into it, with those bewitching lizard eyes and promises of great sex. Without much argument, he’d agreed to work as a melded partnership, on this millennia long mission. They’d play the role as one, rather than two, and he’d take the backseat. He’d be the mother, this time, and she’d be the protector.

* * * *

Gaia woke up with her face mashed into the soiled carpet, drenched in sweat and the afterbirth of her transformative mating with Holloway.

She moved to the full-length mirror hanging by the closet. The mixture of Holloway’s fae essence and her reptilian features made for a striking contrast in this temporary human-looking mask they’d created. Beautiful in an odd way, with exaggerated green eyes and a too-small nose.

Shapeshifting was necessary at this point, but before they went out to find themselves a sturdy, 100 percent human male mate, they’d need to find some sex kitten mask to steal for the insemination. They had to be in a human body for the pregnancy to take. And, they needed a pure human mate.

“Where should we start looking for a suitable mask, Holloway? We’re running out of daylight, and time.” She looked at the weak sunlight pouring in the curtains. They might have to send time back six months, a year or two, even though it was frowned on by the Elder Council and the Inter-Dimensional Senate. But, if they were going to complete this mission, it might mean breaking a few rules. They’d already wasted a handful of years.

Holloway found a comfortable place in the back of Gaia’s mind and settled there. “I still don’t see why we have to share a body on this one, or why I have to bare the brunt of these pregnancies.” He pouted.

She chuckled at her reflection and grabbed their purse off the nightstand. Then, she cooed soft words to him, trying to soothe his broken ego. “We’ve discussed it all before. If someone needs to separate, defend or go out and hunt, I’ve the hunter instincts. Let’s face it, you’re more nurturing, babe. You’re the brains, I’m the brawn.”

Holloway snorted, and it tickled her brain something fierce. She knew he was disgruntled about the combination of their bio-ethers, and the fact that her essence was taking the helm in this mission. But they needed a stronger female bio-ether mixed with just the right combination of male bio-ether, to combine with pure human DNA–nothing too diluted with offworld bio-ethers would do–for this conception to take. And for the children born to successfully receive the next genetic code that would give human’s another step up. Worlds within worlds were demanding the chaos infecting their existences be settled, and she and her partner only had 485 years left to finish the job.

“Don’t be sore, sweetheart.” She slid into the seat of their Corvette. “Aren’t you just happy to be back with me? I did try to save you from this for as long as I possibly could. That’s why I ran. I knew you weren’t happy with the Treaty conditions, and I was worried how it would affect our results. You needed time to forget, to adjust, to soften to the idea.”

“I’m sorry I snapped, hon.” Holloway sounded genuine. “I’ll keep my third eye peeled for a man-killer mask in thigh high boots, while you grab me a pack of smokes in that club over there.”

Gaia chuckled and sighed. “You won’t be able to smoke once we’re knocked up.”

Holloway grumbled something she couldn’t quite make out.

Acquiescing to his request, she guided the Corvette toward the club he’d pointed out.


Copyright © 2011 Louise Bohmer. All rights reserved. No part of this short story may be distributed, shared, or posted online without the author’s written permission.


Want more horrifying Louise fiction? Why not check out Old School? Fourteen short tales offered by David Dunwoody, Jackie Gamber, R. Scott McCoy,Natalie L. Sin, Horace James, Gregory L. Hall, and Louise Bohmer, all tied together by selected poems from Zombie Zak – Old School reminds one of terrors best not forgotten.

Within these pages, evil children terrorize, witches gather the teeth of the young, cosmic blobs eat the world, while creepy crawlies ruin a man’s life and a headless ghost seeks revenge. Wander down this spooky path with poems and stories that revive our nightmares about golems, harpies, and other creatures.

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Old School – Book Trailer and Kindle Edition

Guess what is available for your Kindle? The brand new, shiny Old School anthology! You can grab Old School for the Kindle here. And it’s only $2.99. You can also grab a copy via Smashwords here.

Plus, here’s the official Old School book trailer, made by a strange wood nymph who I claim no association with. She just dumped the trailer on my doorstep a few days back, thumbed her nose at me, and then ran off into the night. Typical.


Guest Blog at Zoe Whitten’s Place and The Black Act News

The dear Ms. Zoe Whitten has been kind enough to host a guest blog from yours truly on “Sex in Horror.” Much thanks to Zoe for putting up my thoughts. Please check it out here. While you’re there, be sure to check out Zoe’s homepage, which you’ll find in the side bio with her cute picture. I highly recommend reading Zombie Punter and Confessions of a Zombie Lover, if you are looking for something different and thought-provoking in the zombie sub-genre.

The Black Act News

And an update on my novel, The Black Act. My publisher has been an absolutely great guy, and I can’t complain, as it’s been a great two years with Library of Horror. As my contract comes to a close, I’ve decided to take the book in a different direction.

If you are still interested in a print copy of the novel, I may have a special offer for readers in the near future. Alternatively, feel free to give me a shout at blackfaery ‘at’ yahoo ‘dot’ ca if you would like a print copy. Looks like you can still grab the Kindle edition here.

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Old School is Available

Old School is now available from Belfire Press. Many thanks go out to Jodi Lee for taking the collection on, and to Greg Hall and R. Scott McCoy, the masterminds behind Old School, who were kind enough to include me in this project. Details below. Click on the book cover to grab a copy now.


Old School
Edited by Louise Bohmer, introduction by Bob Freeman

Print ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-19-6
Editor: Louise Bohmer
Publisher: Belfire Press
Pages: 180
Dimensions: 6″x9″
Cover Price: $11.99
E-book ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-20-2 Coming Soon
Formats: html, js, mobi, epub, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt
Price: $2.99
Kindle ISBN-13: 978-1-926912-21-9

Old School, a traditional horror collection born of seven twisted minds, invites you back to a time when vampires and werewolves were monsters who made humans quiver in terror. Fourteen short tales offered by David Dunwoody, Jackie Gamber, R. Scott McCoy,Natalie L. Sin, Horace James, Gregory L. Hall, and Louise Bohmer, all tied together by selected poems from Zombie Zak – Old School reminds one of terrors best not forgotten.

Within these pages, evil children terrorize, witches gather the teeth of the young, cosmic blobs eat the world, while creepy crawlies ruin a man’s life and a headless ghost seeks revenge. Wander down this spooky path with poems and stories that revive our nightmares about golems, harpies, and other forgotten creatures.

And who better to introduce the collection than our own master of the occult mysteries – Bob Freeman.

Visit the Old School page to read an excerpt from David Dunwoody’s The Missionary.

Table of Contents

The Missionary – David Dunwoody
House of Dagon – David Dunwoody
Heart of Stone – Jackie Gamber
The Closest Thing – Jackie Gamber
The Find – R. Scott McCoy
Play Time – R. Scott McCoy
Runaway – Natalie L. Sin
New Human – Natalie L. Sin
The Witch of Chili Gulch – Horace James
Mummies of the Caribbean – Horace James
Creepy Crawlies – Gregory L. Hall
The Gorgeous Undead – Gregory L. Hall
The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 – Louise Bohmer
When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us – Louise Bohmer

I’m pleased to be a part of this creepy and fun anthology, with my contribution of headless specters . The Legend of Pierson Point, 1979 is my attempt at a modern twist on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Instead of a Hessian after a hapless school teacher, the story is told of a teenager who, on her first night of legal driving, gets into a lethal accident with one of her teachers. Teresa doesn’t hit the brakes fast enough, as Mr. Harrison comes screaming up the treacherous Pierson Point. Somewhere in the background, Deep Purple blares.

When Tylwyth Teg Walk Among Us takes you on a trip to 1800s England, near Glastonbury Tor, where we meet two spiritualist shysters about to embark on the heist of all heists, when they seek to smuggle the head of a Fair Folk out of the ancient rath. Perplexed sheep and a curmudgeonly but lovable old gran are included.


More Reviews for The Black Act

I’d also like to extend a big ‘thank you’ to Ben Eads and Kate Jonez for their recent reviews of my novel. Here’s a look at what they thought of The Black Act.

From Shroud Book Reviews:

“The Black Act is epic in scope. Bohmer digs deep and immerses us into a world that is fantastical, yet tangible. The use of allegory in history is done very well and is put to good use. The people we come to know along the way are just as human as we are. What truly makes this a gem—aside from creating an entirely believable and fantastical world, unique and rich—is Bohmer’s powerful voice and delivery. All of this coalesces into a tale that haunts you long after finishing it. The Black Act heralds the presence of a formidable story-teller.”

–Bed Eads, writer and reviewer

Check out the full review here.

A snippet of what Kate had to say:

” The characters are well-drawn and we sympathize with them as their loyalties are torn between two worlds. Because the story spans such a great deal of time and introduces so many characters from different generations I did at times forget the genealogy, but the threat to the characters was always high. Often the effects of the curse were gruesomely described. I would recommend The Black Act to readers who enjoy epic fantasy. I’m looking forward to the next book from this author.”

-Kate Jonez, Dark Fantasy author

Check out the full review on Goodreads.


Gef Fox Reviews Courting Morpheus

Much thanks to Gef Fox for his review of Courting Morpheus, which includes my contribution Night Terrors Revisited. Check out the contributors and a snippet of Gef’s review below.
With contributions by M.R. Sellars, Geoffrey Girard, Angela Gray, Ann Tupek, Louise Bohmer, Brandon Layng, Bruce Barber, Camille Alexa, Jeff Parish, Kevin J. Hurtack, Donna Shelton, and David de Beer, Case Files by Rhada McKai and Jodi Lee with an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author, Alethea Kontis.

Rabid Reads Review of Courting Morpheus

“Insomnia is the other shared theme in this anthology, and the disturbing dreams and imaginations of the writers holding influence on the real world. Hence the title “Courting Morpheus”. It’s a cool concept and varied widely by the stories Jodi Lee has selected for the book. There’s some atmospheric stuff with Jeff Parrish’s “Like Father, Like Daughter”, some more eccentric style with Ann Tupek’s “Aldevouring Chesterfield”, and some stomach-turning horror with Brandon Layng’s “Can of Worms.” There’s definitely something for everyone.”

Gef Fox – Wag the Fox website

Read the full review here.


Tabloid Terrors 3 Review

Much thanks to Velvet at vvb32 reads for giving TT3 4 out of 5 stars. Glad you enjoyed it, Velvet! You can check out the full review here. Grab a copy of TT3 by clicking on the book cover.


Death In Common Now Available

Death In Common is now available from Needfire Press. My poem Rebecca’s Game is included. Here’s some information on this poetry collection to refresh your memory. Click the cover above to grab your copy now.

Serial killer Charles Lee Eaton left behind a lot of victims in Monmouthside. Each of the victims had wadded up sheets of paper stuffed into their mouths. These contained writing, but the similarities end there. Each had a different set of handwriting, some were typed, and others printed out. Some were written in the first person, while others seemed to tell stories about other people. Unlikely evidence, from unlikely victims.

Includes selections from Jerrod Balzer, SD Hintz, Vince Liaguno, Steve Vernon, Martel Sardina, Christopher Conlon, Marge Simon, Wrath James White, Joel Arnold, Robert Brouhard, Michael Arnzen, Kurt Newton, Barry Napier, Bob Freeman, LL Soares, Laura Cooney, Monica O’Rourke, Floyd Regan Jr., JG Faherty, Terrie Lee Relf, Todd Hanks, Marie Vibbert, Mark McLaughlin, Joe Nazare, Scott Colbert, Louise Bohmer, and Rich Ristow.


The Black Act News

The Black Act on Kindle — Only $2.99!

Grab a copy now!

The Black Act – Kindle Edition

I also want to thank everyone who entered The Black Act Choose Your Own Character contest for their great reviews. I didn’t get a ton of entries, but every one made me smile. The winner of the contest was KV Taylor, and you should go pay Ms. Taylor a visit (because she’s a talented writer). Much appreciation extended to Rick Friedman, Gef Fox, and KV for their reviews and support. You rock!

“The Black Act offers a solid debut effort from an author with an inarguable passion and deft talent at making fairy tales more tangible than what I’m used to. And I think it speaks to the potential of her future work when the biggest gripe I have about the book is the choice of font–Courier was an odd choice for a dark fantasy. If you’re into reading fantasies with a darker bent than most, you might want to consider this one.” –Gef Fox, writer/reviewer

“THE BLACK ACT is one of those rare books that transports the reader- mind and body- into a world like no other. Populated by a list of characters so unique and original, peppered with folklore and rivalry and a plot that is quite simply addicting…”
–Rick Friedman, James Mason Classic British Book Club

Winning entry:

“It’s one of those books that gives the intensity and long-term involvement of a family epic, but does the unthinkable: it combines it with a kind of intimacy and immediacy that grabbed me by the throat. It starts with several stories at different times and braids them together so deftly, and with such satisfying results, that I just kept turning the pages to see what the hell was going to happen next. All this in a richly created, but very manageable world that any love of the fae, Celtic legends, and/or magic of any kind will fully appreciate.”
–K.V. Taylor, Spec Fic Author

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