Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 25 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #25: The Abandoned House!


Short Blurb:
A group of kids dare the new kid to spend Halloween night in a supposed haunted house...with dire consequences.

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Fun Fact!  
The song featured in this story is called "The Ghost of John" (sometimes called "The Ghost of Tom") and is an old American folk song. The origins of it are a bit of a mystery, but it's a very creepy song that, for some reason, kids like me learned in elementary school. The original song consists of one verse, often sung in a round. I added a couple extra lyrics to suit my story.

Original Lyrics:
Have you seen the ghost of John?
Long white bones and the rest all gone.
Ooo ooo ooo...OOOooo ooo oo.
Wouldn't it be chilly with no skin on?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 24 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #24: Trick or Treat!


Short Blurb:
A school teacher receives visits from a series of strange trick-or-treaters who seem to know her deepest, darkest secrets.

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Fun Fact!
This is another story like "Something Different About Them" that was originally planned as a novel. Years ago in 2000, I started a book called "Lizzie The Great" that was basically about a middle-aged woman who was beloved in her community, until a dark secret from her past reared its ugly head and everyone turns on her. It was originally supposed to be written as a drama and as a commentary for how society judges certain issues and how anyone can become ostracized. The novel never really got off the ground however, and I no longer had an interest in writing it as it was originally planned. I retooled it as a short, psychological horror story, and again, I think it stands as a stronger story this way.

I think sometimes it's easier to deal with certain issues within the horror genre, as opposed to more "realistic" fiction genres, because there's an element of fantasy that distances it from the horrors of reality. In fact, I think part of the appeal of horror in general, is that it helps us face and reconcile frightening issues within our minds in a "safe" way. The horrors in fiction aren't real, even if they sometimes mirror or mimic the horrors of real life.

Unexpected Delay on Halloween Street #24

Well, things were just going too smoothly apparently. I published the next installment of my Halloween Street series last night around midnight, like I always do, and Amazon hasn't published it yet. Now, it typically takes under 12 hours for them to publish my stories, so I don't know what the problem is. It's now 17 hours and counting. I sent them an email and hopefully it'll get sorted out before the end of the day. Just wanted to keep everyone up to speed, especially those of you who are reading the entire series! Halloween Street #24 is coming! It's out of my hands at the moment though.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 23 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #23: Candy Skulls!


Short Blurb:
Four children are given mysterious Day of the Dead candy skulls that carry a terrible side effect. 

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 22 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #22: Caller!


Short Blurb:

A woman caring for her father begins receiving strange phone calls on Halloween night.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #21: Haunted Garage!


Short Blurb:
A young boy explores a neighbor's homemade haunted garage attraction, only to discover the horrors inside are real.

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Fun Fact!  
One Halloween when my sister and I were out trick or treating, we were walking down the street to the next house when a cop car pulled up alongside us. We were good kids, but of course our first thought was that we were in trouble for something (probably for being too old to trick or treat :P). Of all the strange things, he stopped us to tell us about a neighbor who had a "haunted garage" attraction that we should check out. He also gave us some candy from a bag on his front passenger seat and then went on his merry way. Probably one of the oddest Halloween memories I have because it just seemed so random. My sister and I did end up checking out the "haunted garage" and it was very cool. Well worth the moment of panic of having a cop stop us on the street. This little memory served as the inspiration for this story.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Street - Day 20 of 31 Days of Halloween

31 Days of Halloween continues with Halloween Street #20: Boo!


Short Blurb:
A cruel nurse who neglects and abuses the elderly patients at a nursing home, gets her comeuppance on Halloween night.


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