Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter VI “Horror beneath glamour” – first sample – video
As soon as he reaches the point where he has a straight view down to the fire-door, he is hit by a vision of terror: with a grating rush, the corridor walls and ceiling and floor are all made of wet-breathing grey meat, bellowing in vicious pain, impaled by a dozen twitching meat-knives—
The vision slams away, echoes down and is sucked into silence in an instant.
Quiet and still again, the remaining half of the corridor stretches ahead, from Jaymi’s feet, just as close and thickly-aired as before, and dim-lit from nowhere.
And now he has to carry on down it, as he knows very well.
He waits a moment longer, but it’s really no use: for there go his feet, yes, stepping forward, down there underneath him…
While he goes, he next becomes aware that he is seeing every slanted ceiling angle, every leaning wall and object, with an odd kind of floatiness. And he’s also seeing all of these things from a little bit lower than his usual eye-height, as if he’s looking out of eyeballs that are embedded in the front and the sides of his neck, instead of embedded in his face.
The walls’ sallow flickering is hopeless and queasier than ever now: churning, aslant, darkly founded on an alien discomfort and disjunction…
He slows, as he draws near the fire-door and clenches his teeth between the two dark doorways yawning on either side of him.
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