The Ladies of Horror Flash Project – #Horror #author Naching T. Kassa @NachingKassa @Sotet_Angyal #LoH #fiction

Spreading the Writer's Word

The Ladies of Horror
Picture-Prompt Writing Challenge!

by Naching T. Kassa

Marco Calabrini stood in the shadow of a skeletal tree, squinted down the path between the tombstones, and cursed the full moon. It shone over his cemetery, silvering the marble and revealing every hiding place he haunted. It was hard to hunt on nights like this.
Footsteps announced the approach of his latest victim, one Louisa Luchini. She was twenty-five, with lustrous black hair and brilliant blue eyes. Other men found her beautiful but Marco did not. He was a new breed, far removed from the species he had once been. Louisa was human and human beings were sustenance, nothing more.
Louisa stepped into the moonlight at that moment and the most attractive thing about her came into view. Her large, round belly strained against her coat as she walked by.
Hunger wrenched Marco’s insides. To feast on a…

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Columbia University to Invest $100 Million in Faculty Diversity Programs


Columbia University students at Commencement (


Lee C. Bollinger, president of Columbia University in New York, has announced a major new commitment to increase the diversity of the university’s faculty. Over the next five years, Columbia University will invest $100 million in the effort to support recruitment and career development for professors, doctoral, and postdoctoral students who have traditionally been underrepresented in higher education.

The new program comes on the heels of $85 million invested in similar initiatives since 2005. Some of the funds will be earmarked for faculty retention programs. Additional funding will provide for the recruitment of dual-career couple and for mid-career research grants.

President Bollinger stated that “the aim is to develop new leaders and expand scholarship, initiatives and programming to meet the needs of the University. This is a longstanding initiative inseparable from Columbia’s identity and core values.” Dennis Mitchell, vice provost for…

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Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 9

Reena Saxena

I am unable to get Harvey Weinstein and #MeToo off my mind. He is not the first, nor will he be the last  controversial figure.

Trust is certainly on the decline. Arguments and counter-arguments will follow, and the media will get content without much effort. What and how do we teach our daughters and sons about safe interactions? At what point should they raise an alarm? Should they feel guilty, if there was an initial attraction, but things slided down later? What exactly is the ‘charm offensive?’

How do psychopaths or narcissists conduct themselves at various stages? The inclusion of these two words might raise eyebrows, but I believe that it takes a narcissist to think that s/he is always acceptable to others, and a psychopath to think that s/he need not take the other’s point of view into consideration.

Writers are sensitive and compassionate individuals, who put themselves in…

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