‘I heard this story from a passing acquaintance, a fellow photographer whom I shall call Lowell. I met Lowell in June of last year at a mountaintop resort in New Hampshire. I had traveled there for my health and was surprised to meet another who shared my profession. The two of us struck up a conversation one evening after supper as we took cigars on the veranda—two old men alone with the wild hills before us. Photographic technique was the object of our discussion, and as I recall, we argued back and forth for some time regarding the utility of the new flash lamp. “I’m not denying that it might be useful,” Lowell conceded. His haggard features were visible only by the pale orange tip of his cigar. “But only up to a point. There are places—interiors, I mean—corners so dark they cannot be lighted.” I shook my head. “I’m afraid I don’t follow you.” He exhaled, releasing a cloud of smoke. His mood was unreadable. Turning from me, he looked out toward the distant mountains, black beneath the hidden moon. A long minute elapsed, a silence spun from the murmur of crickets, the moan of an owl. He sighed. “Perhaps I had better explain.”’
“The Photographer’s Tale” is part of a deliciously creepy collection by Daniel Mills, called The Lord Came at Twilight. Buy it. He is one of my top 5 favorite literary horror / supernatural writers. You won’t regret your purchase. Kindle: 4.99. Paperback version, though, has cover art by a wonderful artist: Daniell Serra. I’m sure it will be collectible.
“The Photographer’s Tale” was also included in Stephen Jones’ annual collection: the Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Volvo. 23. I have all of these…also very collectible and now available as ebooks.
“May the monsters in your nursery be real.” (Guillermo Del Toro)
Daniel Mills Website…
The haunting work of cover artist, Daniele Serra…