{{ contest.story_page_sticky_bar_text }} Be the first to recommend this story.
Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copies left
You can choose from our best books below
Tears of Reese would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Moon Madness

By Tears of Reese

Horror / Fantasy

Moon Madness

He almost pities the ones who have to face his Labyrinth at night.

Stone walls loom black against a bloody moon, towering over this girl who is brave enough to defy the Goblin King. Winding trails and heavy mists dull the mind and confuse the senses while vines and branches trip feet and snag clothing. In the center of it all is the Castle – a warped and twisted silhouette that reflects its tenants and its king.

The biting faeries still guard the entrance to the great maze – darting will-o-wisps sent to lead their victim into the endless maze of grasping creepers and invisible eyes. Their dwarven antagonist waits with them. His lumpy features stretch into a distorted grin and his eyes gleam with an eerie light.

"Even if you make it to the center, you'll never get back out again!" he cackles as the doors open with a rusty shriek.

Upon finding the hidden path into the inner labyrinth, the runner begins to feel that she has a chance of winning; but the kiss of death is given as soon as the giant doors swing shut, for the worm still watches from his nook in the walls.

"Never go that way!" he cries. His benevolent warning leads the unwary girl further from her goal, ensnaring her in his King's crystalline web.


Rattling machinery and wild howls echo through the tunnels as the runner beats futilely against barred gates and rusted door alike. Behind her, the Cleaners draw swiftly nearer, laughing at the terror that they see in their prey's eyes. What little light trickles through cracks in the stonework reflects off of the cruelly pointed knives and blades that whirl with devastating speed towards her unprotected form.


Maddened giggles fill the hedge-maze. Unseen goblins nip at the runner's heels, grasp at hair, and pinch skin – relentlessly spurring her on in an unending circle.

"The way forward is sometimes the way back!" mocks the Wiseman each time the runner passes him.

Dazed, disoriented, half-crazed from fear, the runner shudders as she stumbles onwards into the dark, her flesh still tormented by remembered swipes from phantom goblin paws.


"Hey! Her head don't come off!" one of the fieries yells, howling with laughter as his hard fingers wrap around her throat and jaw.

Disembodied heads pursue the terrified runner through the dim forest, lit only by the stained light of the crimson moon. Feet slip in the moist loam, ankles catch on protruding roots as whimpered sobs mingle with those grating giggles.

Then he appears. Nonchalant and arrogant, he pulls out a crystal orb and twirls it deftly before the runner's face. She backs away in fear, taut muscles quivering like a horse about to bolt.

"It's a crystal, nothing more," he laughs, slowly moving closer. "But if you turn it this way, it will show you your dreams."

Grimy hands reach out, only to have hope snatched just out of reach.

"Forget about the baby…"

The gleaming crystal is held out once more and is snatched up greedily; the runner sighs of relief as the nightmare ends.

"Live without the sunlight…"

Her eyes snap open.

What?

Too late.


Deep within an abandoned oubliette, she crouches against a dripping stalagmite, cradling the last gift anyone ever gave her. Remnants of clothes hang in wretched tatters on her emaciated frame. Eyes, fever-bright with barely contained insanity, stare fixedly into the crystal clutched in her bony fingers. A muffled giggle breaks the silence as chapped lips part in a demented half-smile.

But if you turn it this way...

She giggles again as she sinks, unresisting, further into the surreal madness of her dreams – warped now, twisted into endless nightmares. She knows that she'll never escape them.


High above his kingdom, a white owl perches on the tallest spire of his castle and screams his delight to the moon.

Another midnight, another victory.


Write a Review Did you enjoy my story? Please let me know what you think by leaving a review! Thanks, Tears of Reese
Continue Reading
Further Recommendations

Bri Hoffer: I couldn't put it down!! The characters are all incredibly likable, and it's so descriptive you can see, smell, and feel thier surroundings. Great story, and very well written. I cannot wait for follow up stories. there were a few grammatical errors, but nothing that I could move right over.

Shweta Somwanshi: I just chose to read this out of nowhere and now I can't stop. Hats off to the author who made the reader swoon away with words so beautifully! I loved how I was able to imagine everything so explicitly because the writing was simple and easily comprehensive with a touch of complexity somewhere b...

Erin Crowley: The concept here is really strong, but the execution is definitely lacking. Tenses, grammar, etc are all off, with at least one or more errors per 'Page' on my phone. The writing style is almost broken- sentences move into each other awkwardly, and are filled with an excess of "filler words", lik...

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

Alkira Joan: I omg I am honestly speechless I couldn't stop cry it's so sad I wish it had a better ending and they would all be happy and the end is their going to be a second book?thanks for the amaZing story xoxox

Marijana1: The melancholy present throughout this story has the power to influence and etch into the minds of the readers, to stay there and refuse to leave even after they have finished reading the story. This is a deep, powerful story, making the readers wonder about everything – about love, about their e...

Laraine Smith: Your story is both sweet and beautiful! You are a true artist! Keep up the great work! I also love the picture that you chose for your book! :)

debmart6901: I could not put this story down. I stayed up reading when I should have been in bed. could not get enough, could not wait to find how it ended. Great story telling. Great detail. Loved it. The characters were very vivid.

Olivia N J Hamel: I want this book. I love it so much. It is so enjoyable to read and to have a copy of this always, I would be very happy, to always be able to come back and look at it again.

More Recommendations

ynez2005: I LOVE THIS BOOK SOOOOO MUCH!!!!Though you really need to make another book,more Princesses!!! Whoooo!!!Girl Power!!!Mabey it could even be Devona's BFF???That would make it even better!!!Plus can you pleeease make Akki come back,together with Thea and Authur amd the whole family is back!Other th...

daneliacapote116: This was one of my favorites! When you start reading you want to continue I can't wait for the rest of the novel!! The characters where awesome! Everything was great. I encourage you to read this novel, your going to love it it and want to read it more and more !!

SPepper: I had a hard time putting this book down even to go to sleep. The story is compelling and beautifully character driven. I hope author will make this a series.

Jade Niday: This book has a really great plot. The author really makes you feel connected to the main character. There are twist around every corner you never see coming.. Great read for sure and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Caryn Moy: Love this series! Very well written, great plot and characters! I love time travel mysteries and this was different from anything I've read in the past! Bring on the sequel!!! I need to see the Compact get squashed!

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.