Well, I just glanced at the date of my last post, and great is my shame. So much for my New Year’s resolution. But hey, those are made to be broken, right? Sure.
But I’m back with a post today because I’ve got some exciting news: the Whispers in the Shadows anthology comes out on October 13th (yes, that is Friday the thirteenth, for those who were wondering). Just in time for the most delightfully creepy time of year, you can check out this anthology with ten fun and spooky stories.
How would I describe the book? Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
Even when we think we’re safe, our biggest fears can be revealed, our worst nightmares brought to life.
For some, death is inevitable: a suspended detective and killer play a bloody game of cat and mouse; a girl risks her life to save her friends from an urban legend; a doctor’s daughter works to uncover the curse on their wayward ship; and an old lady’s cats are hungry…very hungry.
For others, death would have been an easier fate: a reflection isn’t meant to talk, let alone free itself; a priestess must renew her people’s magic, but that ritual carries a terrible price; and a famous boy rejects a lovesick girl…and lives to regret it.
Through life and death, the only constant is our fear of the unknown: bloody footprints continue to walk around a lighthouse; Grandma’s warnings of the Autumn People are finally heard loud and clear; and a girl moves into a new house to find a bloodstained carpet…that no one else can see.
Keep the lights on and brace yourself for ten creepy tales of horror and misfortune.
Sounds excellent, if you ask me. And, yes, I’m a little biased because I have a story in it. My short story “Beware the Autumn People” is an homage to Ray Bradbury and it gestated in my brain during a dream I had one night after I’d been reading Something Wicked This Way Comes. Bradbury is one of the great legends of speculative fiction, and I had a lot of fun letting his style of writing infuse my story.
My story is, I’ll be honest, the least creepy in the group. A mix of fantasy and the weird, it’s meant to delight more than to terrify. But the nine other stories? Creepy stuff. But they’re the hauntingly creepy, not the “I’ll-never-sleep-again-you-jerk” horrifying.
If you’re looking for a fun book to read as the nights grow darker and the jack-o-lanterns flicker in the shadows, I think you’ll find this collection of stories will keep you entertained.
I’ll update again closer to the release date of October 13th, but I’m excited about this collaborative project I’ve gotten to be part of, and I wanted to share.