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Deadly Throbs

by Olivia Arieti


“Hey, that’s Eve!” cried the zombie who immediately recognised the figure prostrated on her husband’s tomb.

Never would he have imagined to find his ex-fiancée alone in the graveyard on the night of Halloween. She was crying desperately, unaware or careless of the impendent arrival of his other uncanny buddies, and of their howls that were already breaking the ghastly silence.

Wrath stirred the decomposed remains so vehemently that the creature’s sockets reddened with a rabid glow and the drooping jaws opened wide. No better way to celebrate the eerie feast than feeding on her deceitful flesh!

The bride-to-be had cheated on him with his best friend just a few days before the wedding. Devastated, the rejected lover went mad and took his life.

The bastard’s sudden death hadn’t been enough to sooth the thirst for revenge.

Eve’s lacerating sobs increased the jealousy dripping like livid bile from the monster’s shattered limbs and also his appetite.

As the zombie got closer to the prey, his heart started throbbing rapidly … inexplicably, it was intact, and still treasured his love.

The beats resounded so loudly that the girl turned round, and terrified, ran away before she became his Halloween dinner.




Author Bio

Olivia Arieti lives in Torre del Lago Puccini, Italy, with her family. Her stories have appeared in several magazines and anthologies, including Enchanted Conversations, Enchanted Tales Literary Magazine, Fantasia Divinity Magazine, Cliterature, Forgotten Tomb Press, Horrified Press, Thirteen O’Clock Press, Infective Ink, Pandemonium Press, Sirens Call Publications, Blood Song Books, Black Hare Press, Pussy Magic Magazine, Stormy Island Publishing, Breaking Rules Publishing, and Scarlet Leaf Review.


Julie · November 1, 2020 at 1:44 am

Oh, the deceitful heart giving a warning!!

Kelly Matsuura · November 1, 2020 at 10:00 am

great ending!

    Olivia Arieti · December 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you!

Dawn DeBraal · November 1, 2020 at 10:50 pm

I can’t believe she got away!!! I thought for sure the ending was in my sight. But a twist and a win! Nice job Olivia!!!

    Olivia Arieti · December 17, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you!

    Olivia Arieti · December 17, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Thank you

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