HorrorAddicts.net Press presents… Clockwork Wonderland.
Clockwork Wonderland contains stories from authors that see Wonderland as a place of horror where anything can happen and time runs amok. In this book you’ll find tales of murderous clockworks, insane creations, serial killers, zombies, and a blood thirsty jabberclocky. Prepare to see Wonderland as a place where all your worst nightmares come true. You may never look at classic children’s literature the same way again.
Edited by Emerian Rich
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Laurel Anne Hill
With Foreword by David Watson
King of Hearts
by Dustin Coffman
“What honey?” Lenny Poland yawned as he flicked on the lights to his daughter’s room.
“There’s a monster in my room.”
Lenny was about to tell his little girl there weren’t any monsters in her bedroom when he heard a noise coming from the small crawlspace that ran along the back wall. The Poland family had just moved into the old farm house. Sick of city life, and wanting a better, safer life for his daughter, Lenny had taken a new job so they could move.
“Daddy!” she cried out once more when the thump came again.
It was definitely a thump, not a creak like old houses usually make. Lenny walked over to his daughter’s bed and picked up the little pink flashlight she kept on her nightstand.
“Everything is all right, Alice. It’s just an old house making noise.” He kissed her on the head to assure her.
Lenny didn’t have a clue what the sound really was. Maybe a wild animal like a raccoon had somehow sneaked in? Lenny was a little unsure of himself when he grabbed the knob on the crawlspace door, but he had to look brave for his kid.
With a deep breath in, he turned the handle and opened it.
Nothing came out. Lenny shined the light around the unfinished crawlspace. He didn’t see anything but insulation.
“Nothing in he—” Lenny stopped when he heard the noise again. He followed the sound with his light until it came to a pair of yellow eyes. He crawled in to see what animal had gotten into the house. When he got close, Lenny was relieved to see it was only a cat. “Here, kitty-kitty.”
“A kitty?” Lenny’s daughter squealed from her bed. “Can I keep it?”
“Gotcha!” he said as he leapt for the cat, but his hands grabbed nothing. He had no time to think about what had just happened, because the beams underneath him gave way. He saw the flashlight falling ahead of him, twisting and turning, casting its light down an endless black hole. Lenny fell and spun at the same time, a sickening ride he wasn’t ready for. The darkness of the crawlspace went away, filling with a blinding light, a light that gave off a blue glow. Colors danced in the tunnel, like it was a living thing. Lenny spun out of control for what felt like forever until he passed out.
Lenny awoke on what felt like solid ground, his head pounding. He blinked a couple of times before his vision became clear again. A giant white rabbit in a business suit stood over him.
I must have hit my head pretty bad.
The rabbit turned his head from side to side as he took in Lenny. Lenny fought his pounding head to sit up and try to get ahold of things. The rabbit raised its right arm and shoved a watch in Lenny’s face.
“You’re late,” he said in a calm tone. “Very, late indeed.”
“Wait…what?” Lenny shook his head in disbelief.
“You are late,” the rabbit repeated like he was speaking to a child.
“Late for what?”
“No time, no time,” the strange creature said as he pulled Lenny to his feet. “She’s waiting for you.”
“Who is waiting?” Lenny pushed away from the rabbit and stood his ground. “What the hell is going on here?”
“The Queen,” the well-dressed bunny answered.
“The Queen…” Lenny repeated under his breath. “The Queen of what? And why does she want to see me?”
“The Queen of Hearts dumb, dumb, what other queen is there?”
Lenny ran his hands over his face.
“Please come,” the rabbit said as he turned to leave. “Her majesty won’t be happy if her date never shows.”
“Tick, tock,” he said without turning around.
Lenny stared at the giant bunny for a moment before following. He landed in a whole new world where the sky was light purple and the clouds looked to be alive. Hell, even the trees and grass seemed odd.
I feel like I’m on drugs. This is just a dream. And since it was a dream, he didn’t see any harm in looking around.
To read the full story and more Clock-inspired, Alice Horror, check out Clockwork Wonderland.