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Ushers of Darkness

She separated from the shadows and beams of occasional streetlights, a waif with smudged eyeliner and fading painted lips. A lacy top with spaghetti straps, a black skirt whispering from thighs to ankles, feet bare despite the cold, shoes grasped casually in one hand, a cigarette smoldering in the other, she moved with the deliberate focus of a cheetah slinking across an open plain. Michael did his best to recall her recent past—greater innocence, self-conscious smiles, blushing cheeks, fingers curling, playing with her then dark blonde hair. Before this version had emerged. Before she’d gone mad.


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Greg F. Gifune
Greg F. Gifune
Greg F. Gifune is a best-selling, internationally-published author of several acclaimed novels, novellas and two short story collections. Working predominantly in the horror and crime genres, Greg has been called, “The best writer of horror and thrillers at work today” by New York Times best-selling author Christopher Rice, “One of the best writers of his generation” by both The Roswell Literary Review and horror grand master Brian Keene, and “Among the finest dark suspense writers of our time” by legendary best-selling author Ed Gorman.