#BlogFlash2013 Day 13 – Darkness

When I saw today’s prompt, my Muse took me on a different journey into darkness – that of the psyche. Some people believe there is good in everyone, if you just dig deep enough, but there are some individuals who are so far past redemption it’s frightening.



The psychiatrist reviewed the file. The man had begun by pulling legs off crane flies before moving on to torturing and killing pets. The doctor was repulsed by the way his patient had proudly described his imaginative methods.

Soon after, the madman had expanded his repertoire to include children and young women. What he did to them was so disgusting the doctor’s hands shook as he read the details.

There was darkness in the man’s soul, something festering, malevolent and evil; Satan had surely invaded this foul creature. His dark eyes, like death personified, pierced deeply as he grinned.



17 thoughts on “#BlogFlash2013 Day 13 – Darkness

  1. Pingback: #BlogFlash2013- Day 13- Darkness- Haiku | Donna L Sadd

  2. This scared the heck out of me! When I was small, my best friend had a brother who would rip wings off bumble bees, torture frogs, even a pet cat disappeared. I always wondered if he made it to prison for the mentally insane. At least your guy did. :0(

  3. Something I don’t like to contemplate, but yes, I agree. My first year of teaching I taught eighth grade English. One of my students had been held back twice so he was turning 16 (most of the kids in 8th grade are 14). He had also been expelled from five school districts stretching from Southern California to San Jose. When he looked at me, there was nothing human in his eyes. No fear, no excitement, no shame, no pride. It was truly terrifying. In 17 years of teaching, I can honestly say he is the only student I was really scared of.

    • Ooo, I can understand you being frightened of him, Linda. I would have been too. I went to school with a boy like that; his eyes were dark and dead and he scared the living daylights out of me. A few years later he murdered someone in a vicious manner and got caught. He was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.

  4. One of the scariest parts of our reality are the psychopaths & sociopaths – people who are just incapable of empathy and connection, so they remain distanced and often act in ways we find truly horrible. Personally, I find those people significantly more horrifying than those whose (equally?) horrible actions stem from an inciting event, because at least that cycle of trauma to lashing out can be intellectually understood.

    I really like your final sentence!

    • You’re absolutely right, Aria. So called ‘crimes of passion’ and their ilk, while abhorrent are understandable up to a point, whereas psychopaths et al perform actions which are completely incomprehensible and ultimately more terrifying.

      Thank you for your comments.

  5. The worst part may be how well these people frequently blend into society – they are distinguished partially by their ability to read the people around them and then offer up the emotion or reaction those people would most like to see. You’re right, absolutely terrifying.

  6. Great post, Carlie.

    I do agree that there are some individuals who go beyond the reach of goodness. There have been some terrible crimes in human history and sadly I know there will be many more for centuries to come 😦

    • Thank you, David.

      Yes, there have been some awful crimes committed in the past, and what’s worse, many more victims are created every single day that the authorities no nothing about – yet. 😦

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