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 copy left
You can read our best books
Warlord_F would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

The Stalker in the Swamp

By Warlord_F All Rights Reserved ©

Horror

The Stalker in the Swamp

The Stalker in the Swamp

I feel the mud under my feet. The ooze squelches under my boots as strange things move underneath the surface. A thousand cuts and bites sting on my body as they are reopened by my movement.

The smell pervades the air and perverts the nose, a rancid odor piercing the nostril and playing with the mind. It's scent was a mix of gas and rot, of sweat and death.

My eyes are clouded, though not by age. Instead, the very air has grown thick with a rolling fog. In the billowing whiteness, I can see jagged trees arching up, like bony hands reaching for the heavens in a final act of despair.

Strange noises invade my ears as the unchanging landscape stretches far into the shroud of fog. The sound of insects, thousands upon thousands of teeming, crawling insects, is magnified through the murk and countless echoes make themselves known. The sound of a snake's hiss stands out among the monotonous chirping of crickets in their hollows under the wet, foul earth.

The air is thick and moist. My throat is sore from the humid climate. The taste of the marsh and rotting things sits heavily in my mouth, as if a toad had taken shelter on my tongue. I gasp for air as I trudge along the foul murk.

The mud grabs at my legs as I force my way through. With great effort, I tear my foot out of the muddy jaws of the festering earth. I put my boot down onto something firm at last.

I stand straight for the first time in a long while and take a deep breath. Then my footing moves of it's own accord.

I lose balance, my arms flail like windmills, and my body enters the swamp's brackish depths.

As the horrible water pours into my mouth, nose and eyes, I struggle all the more. I feel the creatures of the deep react to this new presence in their home. Frogs dart away from my erratic movement, bugs fly away to their nests, and snakes slither into the reeds. My flailing arm touches something in the murky deep around me. It moves away before I get a good feel, but it is large.

My panicking, air-deprived mind thinks of lizards, giant gators and crocodiles left behind from a long ago era.

With monumental effort, I push up on my hands as my face pierces through the surface. My body breaks free from the clinging grasp of the swamp so it can resume it's long trek.

As my eyes clear, I see something move in the surface of the swamp. Or did I? It's so hard to tell. Am I finally going mad? Or was that a fin?

My eyes then see something my brain refuses to believe. Out of the brackish tar emerges a head. Or at least I think it's a head. Several eyes unfold from protective lenses to look at me. A foul mouth opens, exposing jagged, black teeth and a long tongue that tastes the air.

With barely a ripple, the monstrous head submerges under the dark water.

I cannot see it, but I know it is there.

The thing is watching me. It has been this whole time.

It is waiting for me.

I grit my teeth, spit out the tepid brew remaining, and begin to walk.

I cannot trip again. If I do, I will never come back up for air.

It wouldn't let me.

I resume my march through this god-forsaken swamp.

There is no end in sight. I walk on in fading hope.

I cannot see it, but I know it is there.

The stalker in the swamp won't let its prey go that easily.

It will always be there, waiting for that one false step.

Just one step...

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

harry142018: This story was gripping and very professionally written. With lots of twists and slight of hand tricks, the author deceives the reader until finally showing their cards at the end. With several subplots all intertwining to create the main plot, this really is an interesting and engaging read.

Pam Lobato Ceja: The plot is interesting although for me the ending feels a bit rushed, since a lot happens in very few pages. I did notice a few grammar mistakes here & there, but nothing too noticeable.Overall, I enjoyed this greatly.

Alex Rushmer: I read the first chapter, and I'm not sure I can handle anymore, but I certainly liked what I read. The idea of the drug, Fortis, was very interesting, and I enjoyed how you conveyed its effects. The beginning is very intriguing. I think I'd like to see you do a little more with the main characte...

Jason78: Be careful, once you open this book you won't want to put it down. A dark comedy horror that has plenty of twists and turns that Keeps you guessing. Fantastic book from start to finish, loved the story and can't wait to read the next one.

Dina Husseini: To be honest I never knew you could make a fantasy this scary. I really enjoyed reading your story. At first to be honest, it was a bit boring but then it got so interesting and fun and (also you even scared me at times). I would really love to see this story on the big screen. It does deserve sc...

skippybash12: This story has engaging characters that you care about and a plot that is unpredictable and exciting. It is well written with a believable voice. Great weekend escape and if there was a sequel available I would buy it today -

Marimar Amieva: Although I found the vampire thing a bit too much, I couldn't stop reading it. The story had a bit of everything: mystery, romance, a huge plot twist and relatable characters. I congratulate the author for this story and hope to read more of whatever he writes.

Hemanth Thiyagarajan: MA'AM the story was really good as well as the plot and your catchy writing style.Would i were give a rating it would 9 out of 10A few drawbacks were that you hinted about the upocoming danger in the nd of each chapter of the beginning i felt that it was not necessary only once you could have put...

ChristianHooks: D'graive is the conduit the whoooole time. Can you believe that? DAMN NATURE YOU SCARY! WHAT IN TARNATION

More Recommendations

ritafullerton: This book had me hooked at the beginning. I loved the premise of the book. The grammar was a bit off. But the book was overall good. I am not sure if this is the authors first book but I look forward to seeing more from this author.

shotgundriver: As with all horror fiction, the reader must be able to suspend disbelief to digest this story. Fortunately, the first-person style of the story is so casual, and the protagonist, Ashley, so familiar on many levels, that I found myself sacrificing sleep to stay up and read, as if I was anxiousl...

lopezmariana97: I loved everything about this book. I read it in a weekend because it was so hard to put down. I real liked that it wasn't a typical demon story and that It didn't involve vampires. I pictured the cast for this book if it ever becomes a movie. 100% love