Title: The Path Into Darkness
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Spiders skittered around the periphery of his vision. Everything was
shrouded in deep shadow; all he could see and hear were the spiders.
There were hundreds of them, maybe thousands--crawling over him, on his
face, through his hair.
Something loomed into his vision; a large bloated shape, a
glistening black that allowed him to see his own reflection. Small
spiders moved over his body, leaving wisps of white silk webbing all
After a few moments, his eyes adjusted to the darkness, allowing him
to see that the shape hovering above him was a giant spider; its thorax
was over him and it was spinning thick strands of webbing. He struggled
against the webs, but they were already over his legs and trapped his
arms to his sides.
He threw his head side to side, getting a glimpse of his
surroundings. It looked like a hospital ward; beds lined the wall he was
against as well as the wall opposite him. Other large spiders could be
seen, hanging on thick strands of web over the other beds or encasing
other forms--patients he supposed, it was a hospital after all. The
chattering sound of mandibles and the clicking of the spiders filled his
Before each bed, a person stood; each was watching the process, some
made notes on clipboards. They were all dressed as doctors, but what
sort of doctor would stand by idly and watch what was happening?