Chance of surviving encounters with community-dwelling witches increases from “doubtful” to
“a slither” with application of four rules:
- Be vigilant. Witches are shifty, often swapping forms. Spot them by their lopsided bodies, facial disgustingness, and rotting odours.
- Understand your enemy. Witches despise children. Always carry one for distraction.
- Run. Escaping before they change genitals into maggots is easier than reversing it.
- Never cry. Witches like eyeballs. A lot. Crying provides helpful lubrication for
removal. If you’re going to die, at least you see it coming.
No liability accepted for loss of life, limb, or infliction of incurable curses.
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Claire L Marsh
Claire writes short stories and poems, mainly in the horror or dark fantasy genres. She lives in the Cotswolds, UK with her husband and Phoenix (don’t tell him he’s a kitten. He thinks he’s a mountain lion). She currently works for an organisation that assists police forces nationally, providing support for evidence-based practice. Her background is in forensic psychology, including over nine years lecturing it at postgraduate level. Psychology often creeps into her stories; it could be how someone reacts to trauma or why people don’t intervene if they see violence.