Darkening Air by DJ Tyrer

It’s in me. I can feel it in me as I drive down the darkening highway.

It’s in me – and, it wants to get out. Growling, howling, demanding me to let it free.

I can feel the ripple of it beneath my skin. It wants to get out.

I wince. My head hurts. My sinuses feel like they’re about to explode.

Need to stop. Need to stop.

Please, just leave me alone.

There’s a motel.

I flick the indicator, turn. Stop in the parking lot.

The wind picks up as I step out of the car.

They’re here. In me. Around me.

Leave me alone! Leave me alone!

But, they won’t.

They continue to demand their freedom, continue to struggle within me.

I stumble towards the motel.

I can’t hold it in any longer.

I thought I could, but I can’t.

Overhead, the sky is darkening.

I can’t.

I’m sorry.




DJ Tyrer is the person behind Atlantean Publishing and has been widely published in anthologies and magazines around the world, such as Chilling Horror Short Stories (Flame Tree), All The Petty Myths (18th Wall), Steampunk Cthulhu (Chaosium), What Dwells Below(Sirens Call), The Mad Visions of al-Hazred (Alban Lake), and EOM:Equal Opportunity Madness(Otter Libris), and issues of Sirens Call, Hinnom Magazine, Ravenwood Quarterly, and Weirdbook, and in addition, has a novella available in paperback and on the Kindle, The Yellow House(Dunhams Manor).


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