Nightmares"Daniel."Nightmares5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
He'd failed, utterly failed. Alexander's mock praise and cruel laughter still echoed in his broken mind, accompanied by the wails of their long dead victims and the Shadow's nightmare howls.
The acid burning and cold terror was suffocating him, eating him alive as memories poured into the once empty darkness: a woman having her eyes burned out, a man having his legs twisted like corkscrews, a little girl having her bones broken one by one
The Inner Sanctum was coated in the bloody slime, pulsating like something come alive, and he was trapped in the middle of it all, like when the nightmare had first started seemingly eons ago.
It was the Shadow eating him, not just sounds and phantasms. He stumbled about as though drunk, bleeding from anywhere that the caustic substance reached over. Faces blurred and faded in and out of his vision and he found himself scrabbling at the door, trying to tear away the thick flesh that had grown over the wood.