CeeCee Sanchez has penned a deep dark sequel to Hansel and Gretel.
Now grown to adulthood, Hansel and Gretel are forced to confront a new monster in their forest.
"It was late autumn when the tenor of the woods changed. The animals were subdued. Her traps lay untouched in the South and West and were stuffed in the North and East, littered with animals foamed in terror-sweat. Something in her recoiled at the idea of venturing far from the house, from its heated glow and the fire she could see safely flickering through the expensive, distorted glass of their one window.
But she had to go out anyway. They needed food, and she wouldn’t be cowed by some ghost in the trees. They were better off knowing and she wouldn’t put that burden on Hansel’s shoulders.
She went in the morning, early with the crisp chill bite of the air draining the hazy sunlight of any lingering autumnal warmth. The winter sun brought the damp into the leaves on the ground and into her bones, and the birds and small animals were quiet around her, waking up but holding their voices in.
But they were all quiet the next day, when she found the first human victim."
If you like your horror with lyricism and build, this is the story for you. I got all goosebumpy editing it.
Check it out at http://www.inkstainedsuccubus.com