I went through a little phase of reading horror stories as I reached the end of writing my gothic novel. Perhaps it was a form of procrastinating, or recharging. One source was an anthology called Demons (ed. John Skipp, 2011). It was very mixed in terms of the stories, some good some … not so good. And then there was Livia Llewellyn, whose story ‘And Love Shall Have No Dominion’ came like a bolt from the blue.
The editor writes, ‘I was genuinely concerned that it might be just too intense to make the final cut’. Sounded promising.
I always love realism in fantastic fiction. Here is an author who has actually thought, well what would it be like to have a demon lover? And her answer seems convincing.
She’s also written the entire story from the demon’s point of view and makes you believe it, no mean feat:
‘i clear the path like a maelstrom–books and crockery dashed to ur floors, chairs swept aside, food flyblown with my single breath. un-lights explode, and in the darkness i expand like disease, driving friends / family / lovers / life from ur world.’
It’s a very, very scary story. Yay to Livia for writing so bravely.