Kelli's flash fiction short, “Death is Just a Tick Away” appeared in Dark Moon Digest’s e-magazine (Issue #1) in July 2011. It also appears in the Frightmares: A Fistful of Flash Fiction Horrorpaperback anthology published by Dark Moon Books. The story is based on a real superstition!
An Excerpt From Death is Just a Tick Away
Dave couldn’t sleep. The ticking echoed through the house. Even at 35 years old, the damn thing still spooked him. Lots of families passed down stories to scare kids, but most of them didn’t involve cursed objects that could kill.
He was seven when Dad had told him about the clock. His great-great grandfather had severely beaten a servant who had forgotten to wind the clock, and the old lady had cast the curse on them. If ever the clock was allowed to wind down to a stop, one of his family members would die...