Dark Mirror

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Horror  |  House: House Of Ten Thousand Exotic Rooms

Featured Review on this writing by Kevin Michael Smith

A book inspired by the images on the 'Dark Mirror' Oracle card deck by Lara Sava and Riccardo Minetti.
Cover design by Booksie member Fatal Exit

Table of Contents

1. The Fog

1. The Fog. Living here, I have become quite used to the fog that will suddenly descend. It seems to appear from nowhere,... Read Chapter

2. I've Never Seen This Place Before

2. I’ve Never Seen This Place Before. Tall wrought-iron gates stand in front of me. Even in the filaments of fog that s... Read Chapter

Triumph Of Lies

  3. Triumph Of Lies. For a moment when I manage to reopen my eyes I don’t remember where I am. Even the fog i... Read Chapter

4. The Temple Of My Body

  4. The Temple Of My Body Time is meaningless in the darkness. Too disorientated to stand, I sit, hugging my knee... Read Chapter

5. Obsession

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Is This Me?

6. Is This Me? The sudden disappearance sends me crashing to the ground. I can’t find the will or the strength to even si... Read Chapter

Gilded Regret

7. Gilded Regret The fire seems to burn for ages in that mirror. I cannot feel its heat but also I cannot silence the screams that ... Read Chapter

Alone In The World

  8. Alone In The World Instead of darkness the room, cell, whatever it is I’m in, is now flooded with bright light. Too... Read Chapter


9. Sacrifice. The sense of isolation intensifies, magnified, maybe, by the fact that here I am indeed alone. Should I call out for he... Read Chapter

The Child I Was Meant To Be

10. The Child I Was Meant To Be. Stunned. There is no other word to describe how I feel. I don’t want to look any more, do not wa... Read Chapter

Envious Gluttony

11. Envious Gluttony Where did she go, the child I was or was meant to be. Lost amongst the scattered wishes and broken dreams, I f... Read Chapter

Colorless Angel

12. Colorless Angel Its hands, or whatever they are, bang against the mirror, the claw-like nails screeching as they scratch against ... Read Chapter


13. Addicted. I would have thought that by now I had become immune to the mirror’s shocks. I’d seen so much, so fast, that my min... Read Chapter

Artificial Heart

14. Artificial Heart The horse picks up speed, pulls on that chain and that decaying angel is pulled by the neck to stumble and try t... Read Chapter

Blinded To Pain

15. Blinded To Pain There is silence for a while, as I crouch down in agony. I try to reason with myself, tell myself it was not real... Read Chapter

Hiding Your True Self

16. Hiding Your True Self Of course it is me in the mirror. Or at least a copy, a fake version. She does not seem to see the flies th... Read Chapter


17. Masquerade I wait for something terrible to happen to the two women in front of me, but the picture seems to have become frozen. ... Read Chapter

Black Flower Fragrance

18. Black Flower Fragrance. “You can’t be crying over him. Don Juan that he is. You are nothing to him other than a toy to amuse ... Read Chapter

Forgetting Oneself

19. Forgetting Oneself “Go Black!” he repeats once more, but this time not shouting but with such force that his words reverberat... Read Chapter

20. Naked Before The Stars

20. Naked Before The Stars. He....it....doesn’t let me plunge over the edge of the abyss but lets me hang on to the numbness. It is... Read Chapter


21. Parasite. He laughs long and loud this time, relishing my reaction to the total ugliness in front of me, beside me, behind me. I ... Read Chapter

Downcast Pride

22. Downcast Pride “How pitiful,” the voice says, without even a hint of compassion. And it is. What I am seeing in the mirro... Read Chapter

Bride In A Cage

22. Bride In A Cage. It takes me a long time to recognize that the grey is darkening. It is a strange grey though, like a cloud tha... Read Chapter

I Won't Cry For You

24. I Won’t Cry For You “You do not weep for her, then. That caged bride.” The voice sounds perplexed, had expected some kind o... Read Chapter


25. Revenge Just before I black out, he, it, loosens his grip and flings me down towards the floor. I was not expecting it, was not p... Read Chapter

Queen Of My World

26. Queen Of My World With a snap of his fingers she is gone, taking her swords with her. For a fleeting moment I had almost hoped th... Read Chapter

Fated To Suffer

27. Fated To Suffer “Of course, that is just on interpretation of the image. You could still be Queen but have become somehow....lo... Read Chapter

Peaceful Among Thorns

28. Peaceful Among Thorns He, it, does not say anything either. It stays completely silent as I stare at that image, trying to decide... Read Chapter


29. Fragmentation It does not take me long to realize quite how right I am with those thoughts. He is going to exert his power and he... Read Chapter

Perchance To Dream

Perchance To Dream Total sadness envelops me as I watch the weeping of the stone face. A single tear at a time runs down to fall, to ... Read Chapter

Anger And Chains

31. Anger And Chains I refuse to open my eyes, to move in any way. Perhaps by staying completely still I’ll be able to re-establish... Read Chapter

Calling The Storm

32. Calling The Storm I can bring a stop to this. I can end this torment right now. To hell with him and his visions, all of his sick... Read Chapter


33. Atonement It comes to me, that storm, answers my call. Lightning slashes it’s way through the chamber, the cell or whatever it ... Read Chapter

Today For Tomorrow

34. Today For Tomorrow I can’t bear it, what I have done. I collapse in on myself, try to make myself vanish. The view of the destr... Read Chapter

The Dark Mirror

35. The Dark Mirror How can he know all this? It makes no sense. He is reading my mind but he could not have met her, my mother, she ... Read Chapter

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Recent Comments


Mike S.

Sounds like me trying to find my car in the bar's parking lot--excellent, Hull!

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 8:05pm


Ha! Thanks, Mike!

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 12:14pm


Jeff Bezaire

Terrific imagery and some great sensory descriptions! I love the idea of walking through a thick fog, though one that smells like eggs and is leading me somewhere unfamiliar doesn't appeal to me. But I love the imagery and the mood it casts. Great work, Hully!

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 8:16pm


Thanks, Jeff.

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 12:30pm


Sue Harris

Very atmospheric and menacing. A great opening chapter, Hully, one which drew me in.

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 8:31pm


Thank you, Sue. This will be a much darker write than 'Mystical Moments', both of which are inspired by oracle card decks. The artwork of these can be phenomenal.

Tue, January 22nd, 2019 12:33pm


Miss Midnight

What a beginning. I've never been fond of fog myself, but this fog seems to be alive in the worst way, lol.
Beautiful descriptions and well paced.
I was starting to feel a little tight chested myself.
Great Chapter!

Wed, January 23rd, 2019 5:22pm


Thanks so much for that, Miss M!

Wed, January 23rd, 2019 9:45am


Markie Bee

There is something quite appealing about this, already I'm taken in. Looking forward to the rest

Thu, January 24th, 2019 7:56am


Thank you, Markie Bee. I hope I can keep your interest!

Thu, January 24th, 2019 5:39am


Keke Serene

A transporting fog perhaps? I'll have to read on to find out! A figured it was a symptom of pollution but perhaps something more or less sinister...

Mon, February 11th, 2019 11:01pm


Oh, a bit more, I think. At least in weirdness.

Tue, February 12th, 2019 2:50am


Kevin Michael Smith

So right away I've got lots of questions, which is of course a good thing. It's a strange mix between modern(the character uses phrases like freaking out) and fantasy (crazy world with fog)
A few things... we don't yet know if this is a girl/boy/human which is fine but kind of sets up an expectation that the answer will be a surprise.
We also have no idea why this entity was walking in the first place. where is it going? what was its original intention.
Knowing you these questions will be answered in a future chapter.

Tue, February 26th, 2019 8:37am


All of that turns out to be somewhat irrelevant as you get further in to the story. I hope you stick with it, but it is not one for everyone.
Thanks so much for giving this a read.

Tue, February 26th, 2019 9:26am

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