The old priest muttered a prayer and crossed himself as the wind carried the call of a screech-owl across the valley.

Lying on the riven altar in the deconsecrated church the surrogate mother gave a final push. It was easy. Always easy for this regular client. And she never looked. Didn’t care about the gender, about the number of toes.

The father beamed as he lit a cigar. And turned to the midwife, “Look at that, Lilith, perfect, ain’t it so sweet.”

“And look closely, see the little horns, the tail, the cloven hooves.”

The priest slept fitfully that night.

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38 Responses to Spawn

  1. Sun says:

    an evil birth with a proud father bragging…dark times ahead. intriguing story, Patrick.

  2. Blake says:

    “Always easy for this regular client” – surely the most sinister line in the whole story?

  3. Sarah Ann says:

    I doubt the new parents are prepared for what they’ve taken on. Great how you set the scene with the screech owl – it’s dark, the church lit by flickering candles – just the right environment for such a birth.

  4. Dear Patrick,

    Scary beyond words. Well written and visual. The first line set the tone beautifully. I could see this priest.



  5. Amy Reese says:

    Oh, so creepy, Patrick. I can totally see the whole thing, beginning with the screech owl. This is horror done right. Great details and the whole thing seems effortless. Well done!

  6. It’s Rosemary’s Baby in assembly line production! Nice and spooky!

  7. This leaves a chill in my bones.

  8. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Patrick, OOOOOO, creepy! Made me pull up my feet off the floor – good job! Nan 🙂

  9. Patrick, That’s scary. O_o This gal is like a production line for demons. Good setting for the story. Well written. 🙂 —Susan

  10. Every day a demon is born.. and that priest seems to have a tail in the game ..

  11. Melanie says:

    Ah Lilith…purposefully chosen name, I assume? (That name, for me, conjures images of the heathen “Eve” before Eve became and was tempted.)

  12. Oh my, this is amazing! The atmosphere, jumping effortlessly from one character to another, revealing the big bad…everything works so well.

  13. Sandra says:

    Now that IS a horror story. Well done.

  14. Devilishly good story, Patrick. 🙂


  15. Elizabeth says:

    Wow, it’s a scary story.

  16. Elaine Peters says:

    That makes me shiver!

  17. I don’t think I would have slept at all!

  18. helenmidgley says:

    Creepy. Love it 😉

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