Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter VI “Horror beneath glamour” – second sample – video
A dim, cloudy green glow suffuses the square of black inside the hatch. He starts climbing the ladder, rung by rung, his feet weak and slippy on the cold metal, his entire body streaming sweat and shivering.
Hanging open just beneath the ceiling, the hatch-door swings away from the ladder by itself, right in front of his face, then continues to swing back and forth on its hinges, for longer than it should. He puts his hand out to stay it—but just before his hand can reach it, it stops swinging, more abruptly than it should.
He pushes himself onwards, upwards. The cloudy green glow reaches down at him. His head rises level with the hatch…
And over the edge of the hatch, at last, it is visible, up there on the table-top.
It is too far away to be seen in great detail. But even from here, it’s clear that things have changed quite a lot now. The situation has evidently reached some other level altogether.
He scuttles up the remaining steps, half-falls into the attic, rises again, shuffles down the central aisle of the attic with his head lowered, and approaches the hologram’s table with his eyes lowered, like a murderer approaching an altar.
At last he looks up at it.
The hologram is pure evil.
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