Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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Blade of Desecration

by Alexis Child

Emerging from his blackout, he shudders to think how
low he has sunk, vicious like an animal from the start,
through a course of wrong and sin. He envisions hovering
above his own funeral, to understand how it came to this;
too dead to die, too numb to feel remorse's scorpion sting.
Secrets and shadows curl about him like snakes in
desert caves coiling through the dark. The blood bell
chimes, birthing the future in lurid colours of carnage.

Cut-throat thoughts, villainous dreams, romance death of
darkest red. To accomplish murder most intimate, sacred
symbols are engraved into the blade's inner edge, and carved
into victims flesh — an act of pagan worship; blood of innocents
spilled, angry gods appeased. Carrying on the legacy in songs
of steel, he grows more proficient and bold, careless in the kill.
Trail of bones at an end, before the bloody gods he bows. A
tumultuous storm lashes the seething sky, lightning's skeletal
fingers rise triumphant, bidding him farewell.

© 2022 Alexis Child. All rights reserved until the bones decompose…

Alexis Child hails from Toronto, Canada; home to dreams and nightmares. Alexis is a former Social Service Worker, befriending the demons that roam freely amongst her writings. Alexis once lived with a Calico-cat child sleuthing all that went bump in the night and is haunted by the memory of her cat. She had a small measure of underground success with her gothic rock and darkwave bands in the past. Besides having rare mystical experiences she hopes are not just short circuits in the brain, she writes dark poetry, starving in the garret with her muse. A starving child is a frightful sight. A starving vampire is even worse. Please donate non-perishable food items and B-negative blood (and make it a double!).

Alexis' fiction has been featured in Danse Macabre, Schlock, Screams of Terror, and U.K.'s Dark of Night Magazine. Her poetry has been featured in numerous online and print publications, including Aphelion, Blood Moon Rising, The Horror Zine, Metaphysical Times, ParABnormal Magazine, The Sirens Call and elsewhere. Her first collection of poetry, Devil in the Clock, a dark and sinister slice of the macabre is available on Amazon. Her second collection of poetry, Singing the Bones, is available on Amazon and from Cyberwit Publishing.

Visit her website: http://www.angelfire.com/poetry/alexischild/ and her YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6S5u4yX73kA1ZWGnKaEBA/videos

Find more by Alexis Child in the Author Index.

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