Readers on Deadline is a new Deadline Dame monthly feature. Each month, we’ll post an intriguing image and invite readers to be inspired and share the results in up to 250 words right here in the comments. The Dames will pick the one that most intrigues us, post that entry in the next ROD day along with a link to that writer/reader’s site. And you get a prize!
The first ROD last month was such a success! We were thrilled, absolutely thrilled with the response and I must say that narrowing down the finalists was difficult. Took a little while. You guys have serious talent. In the end, we found ourselves very intrigued by Edward G. Talbot’s 1st person vampire feeding on catatonics at an insane asylum. Just what would catatonic blood do to a vampire???
Very cool. Congrats Edward! Email your address to our contact email in the right sidebar to claim Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs and Eternal Lover by our own Dame Jackie!
Edward G. Talbot (website)
Only one way out. That’s what they told me. Serene Meadows Hospital for the Criminally Insane might look like some highbrow university, but the security rivals Attica. As Jim Morrison once crooned, no one here gets out alive.
I’m Randolph Givens, and I’ve been here three years. I shouldn’t be here. Don’t get me wrong, I did bite those eight people, and a bunch of others. But I’m not insane. They just didn’t believe that my fangs only come out when I’m hungry. Those assholes in the press started calling me the Count of Death.
Anyway, until today, I was stuck here. Transforming into mist to seep under the doors takes serious energy, and jugulars have been short supply. I couldn’t just chow down and expect it to go unnoticed. But last month I moved to the ward with the catatonics. Five meals later, I was ready to fly.
The problems started near the road. My shape wouldn’t come back. I leaned against a tree, gasping with the effort. I staggered forward and fell to one knee. I guess I couldn’t undo three years of starving in a month. I needed to sleep. But if I slept now, I’d wake up burning death with the morning sun.
I managed a few more steps. Maybe I could get it together. I felt solid pavement under my feet. And then a loud honk. I looked up into two blinding lights, almost on top of me. And then nothing.
And here is the next ROD image! I embedded it like this so you can pull up a much larger version. It has a lot of fascinating detail to explore. Click on it to see it on the Deviant Art website and click once more to enlarge.
f l o o d by =inception8 on deviantART
The Dames were happy to get permission from Darren M. Boudreau, the artist, for our April ROD! (website) I know we have steampunk fans here and there are some great images in that genre, too, so check out his website.
Deadline for your entries is next Wednesday, April 15th and the winner along with the new ROD image will be posted on the second Wednesday next month. Put your entries into the comments. This month’s prize is one of these two version of the Mmm….Brains cap! For wearing on those days you’re dead on your feet, have a deadline and don’t want to mess with your hair.