Daemon Manx receives the Baba Yaga Award from the Horror Authors Guild in the category of Best Short Story of the Year (runner-up) for his story The Dead Girl. The story also came in third place earlier this year at the Green Shoe Sanctuary’s summer writing prompt contest.
The story The Dead Girl touches upon a subject that I happen to know a great deal about, addiction. I struggled with the nightmare of addiction for years and never thought I would be where I am today. This past October I celebrated nine years free from active addiction and must say that life is so much better on this side. There was a time where I couldn't imagine nine days sober, let alone nine years. Sadly, this malady rarely has a happy ending. The characters Mark and Lizzy are two examples of the way this monster usually attacks. It is cunning, it baffling, and it is powerful.
“There is a saying, a closed mouth does not get fed. If you or someone you know is battling addiction, speak up, ask for help. Your life is worth too much to starve to death.”
You don't have to go it alone, there are people out there who are willing to help.