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Among the noble flowers that have gathered for the ball, the hopeful young ladies in lavender and spring green and pink, she stands out like a rose, red-black as venous blood.

Sixth in the Monstrous Beauty series of fairy tales done wrong. As with the others, the inspirational music was “Libera Me,” the opening piece from the Interview with the Vampire soundtrack.

“Footprints” was published in issue #9 of Shroud Magazine.


“Footsteps” is a tasty treat, a literary morsel to be savored for its rich sentences, its images, and the way it builds to a chilling conclusion.

Daniel R. Robichaud, Dark Scribe Magazine