Thursday, September 20, 2012

Thrilling Chilling Thursday
When an unidentified noise sets off a series of unexplained events within his home, Allan is at first excited by the idea of a ghostly visitor. But his enthusiasm quickly turns to dread when it becomes apparent that his phantom guest has also begun to notice Allan. 

This tale is from the short story collection, BURIED IN THE BASEMENT, by the author of The Temple of the Blind series. 9200 words
I could hardly believe I had let my girlfriends convince me to join them for the weekend at the Bear Creek Lodge—the site of the Bradley Massacre. Eight years ago, some crazy guy gunned down six hikers in the woods near the lodge before a forest ranger shot and killed him. And now the place has become a playground for urban legends. 

My girlfriends had thought it would be fun to stay at the lodge on the anniversary of the massacre, sharing ghost stories and trying to give each other nightmares. And now, here I was, stranded and alone in an allegedly accursed forest. Just my luck.
First Fall is a short story and prequel to Shadowed Souls.

Not all destinies are planned.

As a guardian, Issa has one focus— to keep Robert Tannery alive. When Robert is brutally murdered, Issa’s world shatters. He soon learns he is more than a guardian angel, and he is willing to fall.
Sarah Roberts has spent the last four years helping people stay alive through the messages she receives from the dead.

She receives a daunting communication from the Other Side regarding her sister's murderer, and where she can find him, but the message is not clear enough to confirm the man's identity.

Then she receives The Warning, a message that tells her to stand down - let it go. She refuses and enters a complex where the odds are stacked heavily against her. The tables turn, and Sarah becomes the hunted rather than the hunter.

How many people have to die to catch one murderer? How far will Sarah go? 

Sarah must face the absolute horror and reality that has become her life as an Automatic Writer. The Warning begins as a flame, ignites to a fire and explodes in an inferno of violence over a girl who receives messages from the dead to help the living.
The first in a series of short stories about the experiences of people who meet Stella Eschte, the Swamp Witch. Stella, the primary character in the Swamp Witch Series - The Inheritance of a Swamp Witch touches the lives of everyone she meets in one way or another. 

With the unique Cajun flavor of Southern Louisiana, these stories, some good, some not so happy will touch your heart.
When I became a Vaun, I lost my father. It was a day of horror that I will never forget. I was only eight years old, but I made a promise to myself. I was going to find a way to travel to their world, I was going to find my parents. It is this day that motivates me, and nothing will stop me.
Latina Horror embarks on a journey to find out if the legendary vampires her Grandmother once told her about are real. 
Entering directly into their domain, the spooky public house, she finds the answers she is seeking and much more. Latina’s story starts here in Locum, with the deadly public house and the mysterious air that surrounds her own life. Will she find out the truth or is she doomed to co-exist with their secret in any way they choose?
Bestselling author Laurie Bowler brings you another digital short story series starting with Locum where vampire intrigue is at its all time high. This hilarious digital short is sure to keep you intrigued and hunting for more!
Other titles by Laurie Bowler include: Moon Rising, Sunrise to Sunset, Serena Embracing Darkness, Depths of Darkness, Across the City series, Golden Horizons, Volcan Knights, Fangs Inc
This collection of ghost hunting diaries is a selection from those T. M. Simmons kept during her twenty years of adventures in the paranormal world. As a writer, she felt compelled to keep records of her encounters, and until now, she has only shared these with a few friends and relatives. Encouraged by their interest, and the awe and sometimes apprehension on their faces, she is editing some of the dozens upon dozens of diaries in her files. Volume I contains Down the Ghost Trail, which chronicles the start of T. M. Simmons’ ghost hunting career at the haunted Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Crossing Over explains how she learned to help lost souls cross into The Light. In Midnight Ferry, a late-night phone call sends her into a confrontation with a nasty ghost-witch who meant horrific harm. The other three stories are ones she chose as some of her favorites. She has also included a few definitions of her beliefs and the rules by which anyone whom she allows into her ghost hunting life must abide. These stories are true, and each new volume will be offered as a prelude to the upcoming fictional Dead Man mystery series. Dead Man Talking, which should be available as an ebook within a few days of this first volume, will be a fun, scary romp in the paranormal world. Part of the first chapter is included at the end.
In this short story, Vincent Pels struggles to save his daughter in life and death.
A vivid waking dream of giant cypress trees dripping with Spanish moss haunts Anna St. Thais. The trees sit on a black lake that resembles a dark Louisiana bayou with an evocative aura. The dream includes the presence of a man who seems to know Anna all too well and a group of people with strange telepathic powers, sometimes called veiled eyes. An orphan from Texas, she is on her way east to help out a friend when she encounters two terrifying things. Psychically, she begins to see and hear things through the eyes of an unknown individual, a man who knows more about her than she ever would have imagined. The second thing is that she has been kidnapped by a sociopathic trucker intent on making her his latest victim. When she is rescued by Gabriel Bergeron, a member of the elusive Lake People in Northwestern Louisiana, Anna doesn’t realize that he is her psychic counterpart and she has been inexplicably pulled to the area. She shares their strange colored gold eyes and their distinctive mental powers. They are a reclusive lot and know that Anna is one of them, but has been isolated by unknown circumstances. She is drawn into their incomparable world, something between that of the Creoles and Cajuns, and much in addition to those. There Anna finds a romantic link with Gabriel and the spine-tingling fear of not knowing who to trust. Her return has disturbed the inner workings of the group and threatens to expose secrets long concealed in the murky Louisiana bayous. There are secrets to be divulged about her past and why she was spirited away as an infant. Anna isn’t safe until she discovers the answers she so desperately requires.
An isolated cottage near a windswept lake - an attic full of sinister, faceless portraits - a mysterious teenager who nobody else seems to notice: suddenly this is everyday life for 17-year old Londoner Esther after she is sent to live with her reclusive painter aunt in a rainy Cornish village.

Life in the village is dull and repetitive, until unsettling news from home and the appearance of an enigmatic local boy brings excitement and mystery into her boring routine. 

Little does Esther know that this boy hides a dark past and a shocking secret that plunges her into a dangerous world, one from which the only chance of escape means facing up to her deepest fears.
Adeline Beal, is a successful author who aspires to make all of her dreams come true. But when cancer takes hold of her and gives her little time left, she becomes determined to leave behind her best novel yet. Only when Adeline faces writers block and a money hungry husband, her past characters come alive to help her battle through her toughest moments and give her inspiration for a whole new world and a new love.
The mystery of the Bermuda Triangle has often been denounced as an exaggeration. Even I believe it to be so.

However, the Triangle is imbued with tasty story ingredients so much that I cannot deny my fascination with it. Often, I ask myself the following questions:

Did the missing vessels and aircraft sink to unexplorable parts of the sea floor? Did they vanish into non-existence? Or did the Triangle take them somewhere–to the so-called Atlantis or an extraterrestrial realm, perhap? Whichever the case is, what happened to the people aboard the vessels and aircraft?

Most people, if not everyone, that know of the Devil’s Triangle are, of course, saddled with the same questions. So I came up with the tale ‘Beyond Bermuda’, not to satisfy their curiosity, but to entertain, to give them something to hold on to while they seek answers. 

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