NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET: INNOCENT DEMON
Chapter VIII: "The Devil's Price"
Written by Diane N. Tran
Forty-five years ago.
During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless night of the coldest winter, on the Vigil of the Nativity, on the eve of Christmas, when the clouds hung oppressively low and heavy in the Heavens, the ethereal shadow of St. Dymphna's Psychiatric Hospital stood isolated and alone on a stark, stern landscape under a pall of desolate white, spattered alongside a few rank sedges and trunks of decayed trees. Yet despite the insufferable gloom and the deathly stillness of the snow and ice outside, there was no stillness within its bleak walls and its black turrets, for the barred windows of East Wing Tower, which housed one hundred of the most violent and most dangerous wards, betrayed a rabble of activity.
Sister Mary Helena's eyes darted feverishly about at th