“Dark Corners” by Michael Arruda
Card Picked: Q♠️
From: New Traditions in Terror, edited by Bill Purcell
About the Story
Ann, a lawyer, is on her way to meet with Thomas Sullivan, an old, rich, mysterious client who lives in a rundown apartment building. As Ann is climbing to the sixth floor (the elevator is out), she is attacked by a vampire hiding out in a dark corner of the stairway. The assault is then interrupted by an argument that spills out of the fifth floor on to the stairway. Eric has asked Vicki to marry him, but has also in some way sorely offended her. Vicki storms down the stairs, not noticing the vampire and his potential victim, and bereft Eric goes back into his apartment, intent on killing himself. His actions inadvertently rescue Ann…at least for a little while.
One portion of this story’s climax was fairly surprising; the other not-so-much. In all, though, this story wasn’t very good. It had a EC horror feel to it, but the writing was a little cliched and some of the situations were totally unbelievable. New Traditions in Terror was a self-published anthology and I’m hoping the quality of other stories is better than this one.