Rohan Quine, “The Host in the Attic” – chapter IX “Nemesis” – second sample – video
Down the narrow straight beginning of the corridor he goes; and then around those several corner-turnings, his eyes wide and glassy.
The corridor is too long, of course. And far too quiet. And the walls press in, too much. But there can be no wavering in him now.
At last he reaches the point where he can see down to the fire-door at the end, and stops.
There is no repeat of that vision, which he has never stopped fearing since it happened so very long ago, of the corridor walls and ceiling and floor being wet-breathing grey meat stuck with carving-knives … but his scanning gaze is grabbed by the silhouette of a single, real knife, which has been stabbed savagely into the wall.
Yes. Halfway down the corridor, there it is: a long, lethal, red-handled carving-knife, at chest-height…
With growing terror he creeps onwards, surprised and suspicious to be perceiving things this time from his natural eye-height, rather than from eyeballs peeping out from in between his sawn-off ribs.
He stops in front of the knife and advances his fingers softly towards it, wary lest it zing out of the wall and slice his hand off, to be cooked.
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