It’s October, everyone. That means it’s time for our annual Halloween special. This year we’ve gone for a theme, presenting a collection of horror stories about endings, both figurative and literal. The dead and the undying. Spirits sea monsters. Apocalypses writ both large and small. Welcome to The End of the World.
Of Pumpkin Soup and Other Demons
by Natalia Theodoridou
The shutters rattled in their hinges as rainy fists banged against the wood. Katina rubbed her knuckles. They made a creaky noise. “Old bones, what did you expect?” she chuckled. “Old bodies are as good as coffins.”
She stirred the pumpkin soup boiling on the stove and tasted her wooden spoon. “Almost ready.”
The wind pounded on the door with all his might and fury. It almost sounded like knocking.
“Are you set on tearing my house down?” she asked him.
Then, another knock. And another.
Katina looked at the door, her left eyebrow raised.
“Is someone there?” she asked.