Adrian Ludens

A woman wakes up to discover her body entombed inside a spider’s web.

“Put me down!” she yells at the giant, long-legged arachnid.

“I’m still hungry.” The spider rubs two legs together like utensils. “You’ll satisfy my appetite for days.”

The woman wiggles her fleshy body, but it’s no use. She can’t shimmy out of the tight net.

“I’ll find you a squirrel to devour. There’s plenty of those in the yard.”

“Nah. Don’t care much for squirrels. Too gamy.” The spider opens her mouth, saliva dripping out. “I prefer humans; they have a savory, sweet taste.”

The woman adjusts her pink nightgown and kicks her feet against the web. Nothing in the self-defense class she took at the YMCA prepared her for such an intruder. “My husband will be home later. He’ll save me. And when he sees what you’ve done—he’ll squash you with his baseball bat. Just wait.”

The spider lifts a pair of glasses with two legs, then dangles the silver frames in front of the woman’s eyes in a sadistic way. She winces at the freakish, distorted image of the vile arachnid.

“Wouldn’t count on that rescue. By the way, he was quite delicious. Near-sighted, yet delicious.”

About the Author

Adrian Ludens’ fiction has been published in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and several dozen anthologies, the newest of which is Violent Vixens (Dark Peninsula Press). A Murder of Storytellers LLC published his short story collection, Ant Farm Necropolis, and his newest collection, Bottled Spirits, is forthcoming from Dark Owl Publishing. Professional sales include Blood Lite III: Aftertaste (Pocket Books), The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories (Running Press), and Gothic Fantasy Science Fiction Short Stories (Flame Tree Publishing), among others. Adrian lives with his family in the Black Hills of South Dakota where he works as a rock radio host.