Crescendo of Darkness from HorrorAddicts.net Press.
“Last Lullaby” by Emerian Rich
An opera diva is haunted by a dangerous secret which threatens to end her career and her life.
Emerian shares her thoughts about her story with us below.
I have a confession to make. I’m a choir geek. Yeah, before Glee and Pitch Perfect made it “cool” to be in choir (But did they really?), I was a nerdy choir chick. It went way beyond just taking it as an elective. No, I was a Jazz Choir, harmonizing, Sinatra-adoring, music dork. Still am if I’m being completely honest although my dream of being a singer has faded into a vicarious, middle-age musical adoration.
I remember the first time I heard The Phantom of the Opera lyrics. It’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t a music fan. With great music, the melody plunges into your ears and creates a sort of euphoric experience. It spirals down your spine and into your legs. It raises goosebumps on your arms and—at times—brings tears to your eyes. That’s how I felt listening to “The Music of the Night” for the first time. In that moment, I knew what great music was.
In my short story “Last Lullaby,” Claire encounters her own “Phantom” of the opera. She is an opera chorus girl when fate—or perhaps something more sinister—rockets her into diva-hood. For a girl such as her, who loves music with her whole being, what will happen when the gift is ripped from her? Will she survive? Or will she put her life at stake to sing one last time?
Find out by reading “Last Lullaby” in Crescendo of Darkness. Sometimes, it’s better to travel the hard road to gain respect than to make a deal with a demon.
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Edited by Jeremiah Donaldson
Cover by Carmen Masloski
Let music unlock your fear within.