The Nightstalker

A fiction short story

Caitlin McColl
Inkslinger Magazine
13 min readJan 3, 2022
Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash

Annie’s eyes shot open, and she stared at her bedroom ceiling in the pitch dark of night, the image of a barn owl tattoo still floating in front of her eyes as if it were seared in her brain. She blinked rapidly a few times and the image slowly faded. Like when you accidentally stare straight at the sun and have the brightness etched in your vision until it



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Caitlin McColl
Inkslinger Magazine

I write about mental health, the future, grief & loss, mindfulness, general life musings (+ fiction and poetry!). ❤️coffee & dogs. 🇨🇦