Seeking refuge from the rain, I came across an ancient, crumbling church. The north-facing ‘Devil’s door’ hung open on rusted hinges. 

I  squeezed through the gap, escaping the deluge, only to be welcomed by the mouldering odour of wood, rotting beneath the broken roof. Cobwebs hung from beams. Tentatively, I crept across the sandstone flags, past broken pews.

With a squeal the Devil’s door slammed. Old organ pipes wheezed to life as a ray of light burst through cracked stained glass. 

An ethereal glow illuminated the figure over the altar. “Welcome, we’ve been waiting for blood to help us renew.”

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Voice-Team (@voice-team)
5 months ago

A wonderful interweaving of actual history and fantasy, spooky and enthralling. Great writing!

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
6 months ago

I love this site. I learn so much. I just read your story and got intrigued. Looked up “Devil’s Door” and found a wealth of information. Your story is a door to another time, another world. Great writing!

Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
6 months ago

Full of tension and suspense Carrie and opening a door to history. Loved all the descriptions and the ‘creepy’ last paragraph. Really well written.

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Juma
Juma (@juma)
6 months ago

Wonderful story, Carrie. How old are some of those churches? Do you have a Devil’s Door close to where you live? Your part of the world seems so rich in history, so much inspiration for a talented writer. Thanks for sharing it!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
6 months ago

I like Fuji had to look up the ‘Devils Door’ and coming from the North Carrie, you have me worried now. Thanks!

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Dipayan Chakrabarti
Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago

Hi Carrie,
An exceptional story. Your capacity to tell a tale is extraordinary.

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Dipayan Chakrabarti (@dipayan-chakrabarti)
6 months ago
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You’re welcome.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

This is nice. I see vividly ancient churches with a full of tension theme. I feel that the place in your story is very historic.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago
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I wish and I hope that you write more about historical churches here in Voice club.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
6 months ago

I am one of those who never had heard of “Devil’s doors” before. The details in your story are carefully chosen and the reader can clearly sense the presence of something unknown and scary. I hope that you will be able to finish the expanded work on this fascinating theme.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
5 months ago

Wow! So much tension, fright and horror in this story. Can’t wait to have the full-paged story.

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Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
5 months ago

Wonderful story, Carrie! I’m fascinated by ancient churches, especially those in the British Isles. I have often wished I could spend a summer, year or lifetime on your island. ?

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