The Monster is Loose

by Adam J. Whitlatch

Gnashing teeth and ripping claws signal its arrival; the Beast that lives inside each and every one of us. The monster that usually only comes out when you drink, forget to take your pills, or when you've had a particularly bad day at work. He's really pissed off today, the pulsing of my beating heart against his skull sending him into heightened fits of murderous rage. Call him what you will – Mr. Hyde, Freddy Krueger, The Boogey Man, Willy-Fucking-Wonka for all I give a shit. His growling rants are growing louder inside my head as he claws closer and closer to the surface; he has only one word on his lips... your name, my dear. I'm losing control, succumbing to the same murderous beast that consumed men like Ted Bundy and Jack the Ripper, but the thing that scares me the most of all... is I think I like it.


Adam J. Whitlatch is the author of numerous horror and science fiction short stories. He lives with his wife and two sons in southern Iowa where he continues to work on his second novel "E.R.A. – Earth Realm Army." His work has also appeared in New Voices in Horror Magazine. (Adam's full 6S catalog can be found here.)


Anonymous said...

Love this.

Joe said...

Great story, expertly imagined-or is it? Loved the ending, nice twist. Mr. Whitlatch has hit another one out of the park. The demented crowd cheers.

Kevin Michaels said...

Love this also! Scary good, especially how we can all identify with those feelings bubbling just below the surface. Another AJW masterpiece.

Terry said...


Baby Island said...

Very glad there are several states seperating us my dear Adam..


Evil and creepy, just what i love from you!

Madam Z said...

Sometimes I "forget" to take my pills on purpose, just to give Z-Beast free rein. You have described him/her/it perfectly, and I like it too.

Blurry said...

Very creepy! Another great one!

Anonymous said...

You Rock Adam J.
My fav is willy fucking wonka.
Now, excuse me while I go find my pills.
Caroline W

Catherine said...

Wow - powerful 6.