Where does fear find you? Eerie entities from beyond our waking world are hardly limited to decrepit mansions or forlorn cemeteries. These fourteen tales of the paranormal will usher you into unexpected settings such as the homes of young couples, a corporate office, a Christmas gathering, a yard that needs raking, and more – places you’d least expect to find ghosts, demons, angels, or exotic gods stalking the living. Some tales will leave you laughing, such as “Purgatory’s Price,” in which recently deceased souls must play a game show to get into Heaven. Others conjure fear of the dark, like “Rabbit Cry,” in which a young mother and her child are pitted against a murderous teen next door, arousing the attention of supernatural forces. Prepare yourself for a paranormal roller coaster that satisfies your cravings for both horror and humor by sending you around the corner from sanity.
Targeted Age Group:: adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I grew up in a real haunted house, surrounded by woods that grew increasingly eerie. Needless to say, I've always been fascinated with the supernatural, and it has come through in my writing.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
There are 14 stories, with vary different characters. But I think of characters after I consider the plot and its needs. Often I am inspired by people I have known in real life, like anyone else, and then mold them to fit the story as someone new.
Then, from the corner of his eye, Alex saw it again – the shadow creature. It was more humanoid this time, moving across the room toward them, stopping at each of the employees along the way. This time he could make out the torso, head, arms and legs, albeit still smoky in appearance. Each time it moved near an employee, it seemed to extract some wisp of smoke from them as if pulling off a veil.
Alex rubbed his eyes, thinking he was seeing things again. A trick of the fluorescent lighting, perhaps? No, he thought, I'm losing my mind.
No one else seemed to see it. Tracy was still talking. "And when a customer does sign up, it's their sales rep who gets a commission. We don't get anything at all! They keep talking about changing that, but…."
Something about that last comment attracted the shadow creature. It quickly stepped over to Tracy.
Alex felt his eyes widen. His heart raced. He raised an arm and pointed at the shadow as it leaned over Tracy, its head only a few inches from her, its arm raised over her chest.
"Tracy…" he muttered. His voice had gone hoarse. "A shadow…."
Tracy and Patel looked at him quizzically. Patel turned the way Alex was pointing. "What shadow?"
The shadow creature was taking on more form, becoming less translucent. The veil of dark 'smoke' seemed to shed from Tracy's body and coagulate into the shadow creature, and Tracy reacted with an eye roll and momentary nod, yet she seemed not to notice the creature.
"Honestly, Alex," she said, her words slurring. "Sometimes you creep me out."
But Alex hardly heard her. The creature turned what could only be described as a head and seemed to look at him. The room grew cold as it stared, its "eyes" a darker shade of black, then it took two more steps over to Patel.
Alex leaped up, finally finding his courage. "Patel, watch out!" He lunged toward the shadow.
"What?" Patel yelped, jumping back from him.
Alex threw his arm into the shadow. Tried to push it away. His hand passed through. Only cold air met him.
"Have you gone mad?" Patel asked, wielding a piece of hummus-covered pita bread in front of him as if it were a weapon.
The shadow flitted away toward the other end of the room, then out through the door, leaving Alex standing there in shock.
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