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Flash Fiction – Desperately Seeking Kayla

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Where the hell was she? Shivers of silent panic swept through my body. My heart thumped. Harder. Faster. Adrenaline surged through my veins, senses on high alert. I’d been searching for more than three hours without success. We were on our way to the drive-in to watch American Graffiti when my truck crapped out. Pissed, she got out of the cab. She’d vanished before I’d even gotten around to the passenger side. “What the…” I tried calling her on my cell phone. Nothing. No goddamned signal. I waved the phone above my head like a madman swatting a swarm of angry bees as I tried to get a signal. Nothing. Nada. No bars. Click here to read Desperately Seeking Kayla in full. Original link
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Open Invitation for Guest Blog Posts

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Are you a writer?Do you have a blog?Do you need help sharing your flash fiction, short story, novella or novel with more people?Do you have new work you want to promote?Are you looking for another stop on your blog tour? Are you looking to increase your author platform? Why does this guy ask so many questions? The answer is real easy. I’m looking to host more guest-written, writing-related blog posts. I write horror and thrillers, but the subject matter could be anything related to the writing craft, not just my chosen genres, such as: Character developmentUsing multiple points of viewWriting a bad-ass antagonistMaking every word countHow you organize a manuscriptAuthor interviewsTips for pr...
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Author Interview – C.J. Tudor

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Welcome to “The Third Degree.” This month, C.J. Tudor – author of “The Chalk Man” – has agreed to be the next victim to take the hot seat for a grueling interrogation about her published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the beverages are chilled and the spotlight is turned on, so let the inquisition commence. Enjoy! Hello C.J., thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Let’s see – I’m 46, I live in Nottingham with my partner, little girl and Labrador pup. I’ve had many, many, many jobs over the years – waitress, copywriter, local newspaper reporter, radio scriptwriter, voiceover, dog-walker. I also did some TV presenti...
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Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge

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“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Who am I to argue with the master? I agree with this statement 100% and have taken his advice to heart. Thanks to my parents, I love to read. I normally have a couple of hard-copy books I’m reading simultaneously and sometimes a third on the Kindle as well. When I read a book, I step into someone else’s shoes and see life through someone else’s eyes. Books open doors in my mind. They allow me to live an alternate life without leaving the comfort of my couch or chair (other th...
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The Supernatural Fear of Mirrors

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This article, entitled “Spirit Reflections in Haunted Mirrors” by Helen Murphy Howell, was originally posted on https://exemplore.com . The original feature can be found HERE Ever since human beings became aware of their own image, there has been fascination and fear of reflective surfaces. Folklore and legend have hundreds of stories relating to magic and haunted mirrors. Most, needless to say, tend to be warnings about the dangers of mirrors having negative, supernatural qualities. In relation to this, mirrors are believed by many to be portals to the spirit realm and even other dimensions. Below is a few of the beliefs about mirrors that have been around for hundreds of years: Mirrors hav...
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Author Interview – Tarn Richardson

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Welcome to the second edition of The Third Degree. This month, Salisbury, England’s Tarn Richardson – author of The Darkest Hand fantasy horror trilogy – has agreed to be in the hot seat to undertake a grueling interrogation about his published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the spotlight is turned on, so let the grilling commence. Enjoy! Hello Tarn, thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hi Dave! Thanks for having me on your blog! Right, deep breath! I am the author of the fantasy horror trilogy, The Darkest Hand, published by Duckworth Overlook in the UK and Overlook in the US and Canada. I live in a village...
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Author Interview – Tarn Richardson

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Welcome to the second edition of The Third Degree. This month, Salisbury, England’s Tarn Richardson – author of The Darkest Hand fantasy horror trilogy – has agreed to be in the hot seat to undertake a grueling interrogation about his published work and writing techniques. The chair is ready, the spotlight is turned on, so let the grilling commence. Enjoy! Hello Tarn, thanks for agreeing to be subjected to The Third Degree. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself? Hi Dave! Thanks for having me on your blog! Right, deep breath! I am the author of the fantasy horror trilogy, The Darkest Hand, published by Duckworth Overlook in the UK and Overlook in the US and Canada. I live in a village...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part Two

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There are myriad experiences that occur within the realm of the paranormal. The following list is a broad overview of some of the many supernatural phenomena, entities, and activity said to exist. Animal Spirit Guide Native Americans believe that when you are born an animal spirit enters your soul and protects you throughout your life. When connecting with an animal spirit guide, always remember their survival and predatory characteristics – they will help a person grow, make decisions and determine their life path. There are four basic types of animal guides, and some people may have more than one type: Messenger Guide (Totem) – This guide usually appears to guide or warn of a specific situ...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part Two

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There are myriad experiences that occur within the realm of the paranormal. The following list is a broad overview of some of the many supernatural phenomena, entities, and activity said to exist. Animal Spirit Guide Native Americans believe that when you are born an animal spirit enters your soul and protects you throughout your life. When connecting with an animal spirit guide, always remember their survival and predatory characteristics – they will help a person grow, make decisions and determine their life path. There are four basic types of animal guides, and some people may have more than one type: Messenger Guide (Totem) – This guide usually appears to guide or warn of a specific situ...
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Ghosts – Part One

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Do you believe in ghosts? Yes? You are not alone. Ghosts are among the most widely believed paranormal phenomenon, and many cultures worldwide believe in spirits surviving death to live on in another realm. Sometimes called an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook, or wraith, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to living beings. Spiritualists believe that a person’s personality traits – such as ego and intellect – carry on in another plane of existence after death. This is what is commonly referred to when talking about ghosts. Descriptions of ghosts vary from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible nebulous...
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The Haunted Pen’s Guide to Ghosts – Part One

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Do you believe in ghosts? Yes? You are not alone. Ghosts are among the most widely believed paranormal phenomenon, and many cultures worldwide believe in spirits surviving death to live on in another realm. Sometimes called an apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter, spirit, spook, or wraith, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to living beings. Spiritualists believe that a person’s personality traits – such as ego and intellect – carry on in another plane of existence after death. This is what is commonly referred to when talking about ghosts. Descriptions of ghosts vary from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible nebulous...
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Aichmophobia

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Aichmophobia is a form of specific (or isolated) phobia where the sufferer has an intense irrational or unnecessary fear of sharp objects. Specific phobias tend to have a previous trauma – frequently occurring in childhood, and often leading to physical injury – as a root cause. The word is derived from the Greek aichmē, meaning (point) and phobos meaning (fear). The phobia can be set off by anything pointed, such as pencils, pins and needles, knives, a pointing finger, protruding corners or sharp edges on furniture and building constructions or materials, or even the spiked end of an umbrella. If left untreated, aichmophobia can worsen over time. The phobia can also hinder normal everyday a...
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Aichmophobia

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Aichmophobia is a form of specific (or isolated) phobia where the sufferer has an intense irrational or unnecessary fear of sharp objects. Specific phobias tend to have a previous trauma – frequently occurring in childhood, and often leading to physical injury – as a root cause. The word is derived from the Greek aichmē, meaning (point) and phobos meaning (fear). The phobia can be set off by anything pointed, such as pencils, pins and needles, knives, a pointing finger, protruding corners or sharp edges on furniture and building constructions or materials, or even the spiked end of an umbrella. If left untreated, aichmophobia can worsen over time. The phobia can also hinder normal everyday a...
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Blog Share – Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

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Stephen King’s books have sold over 350 million copies. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit that’s impressive. King’s manual “On Writing” reveals that he’s relentlessly dedicated to his craft. He admits that not even The King himself always sticks to his rules – but trying to follow them is a good start. The Barnes & Noble blog recently featured its favorite pieces of Stephen King advice for aspiring writers: 1. First Write for Yourself, And Then Worry About the Audience “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.” 2. Don...
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Blog Share – Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules For Writers

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Stephen King’s books have sold over 350 million copies. Like them or loathe them, you have to admit that’s impressive. King’s manual “On Writing” reveals that he’s relentlessly dedicated to his craft. He admits that not even The King himself always sticks to his rules – but trying to follow them is a good start. The Barnes & Noble blog recently featured its favorite pieces of Stephen King advice for aspiring writers: 1. First Write for Yourself, And Then Worry About the Audience “When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story. When you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. Your stuff starts out being just for you, but then it goes out.” 2. Don...
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Author Interview – J.H. Moncrieff

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Today, I’m pleased to bring you the first edition of “The Third Degree” where I’ll be subjecting authors to grueling interrogations in an effort to discover more about their writing techniques and published work. My first victim guest is J.H. Moncrieff, author of the “GhostWriters” series of supernatural suspense books featuring “City of Ghosts,” “The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts,” and “Temple of Ghosts.” Let the grilling commence. Enjoy the interview! When did you first start writing and what led to your love of writing? Every writer tends to say this in interviews now, so it’s probably a cliché, but I started writing as soon as I could pick up a crayon and string a sentence together. My first ...
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Author Interview – J.H. Moncrieff

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Today, I’m pleased to bring you the first edition of “The Third Degree” where I’ll be subjecting authors to grueling interrogations in an effort to discover more about their writing techniques and published work. My first victim guest is J.H. Moncrieff, author of the “GhostWriters” series of supernatural suspense books featuring “City of Ghosts,” “The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts,” and “Temple of Ghosts.” Let the grilling commence. Enjoy the interview! When did you first start writing and what led to your love of writing? Every writer tends to say this in interviews now, so it’s probably a cliché, but I started writing as soon as I could pick up a crayon and string a sentence together. My first ...
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The Winchester Mystery House

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For nearly 100 years, the Winchester Mystery House located in San Jose, California has been Mecca for paranormal investigators, ghost hunters, mediums, and even non- paranormal believers. On February 2, 2018, the house and its chilling past will be attracting increased interest when the supernatural horror movie “Winchester,” starring the wonderful Dame Helen Mirren in the lead role, is released. The Oscar-winning actress plays Sarah Winchester, a grieving, reclusive and tormented heiress to a firearms fortune, has a supernatural compulsion to build a house that to the outsider looks like a “monstrous monument to a disturbed woman’s madness.” The house is a prison, an asylum for hundreds of ...
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Blog Share – The History of Creepy Dolls


While researching the information for my blog post “ The Dread Files – Pediophobia ,” I discovered this superb feature on the Smithsonian website written by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on July 15th, 2015. In my humble opinion, this feature is too interesting not to share with you as a companion to my “Dread Files” feature. Photo – http://smithsonianmag.com The History of Creepy Dolls Pollock’s Toy Museum is one of London’s loveliest small museums, a creaking Dickensian warren of wooden floors, low ceilings, threadbare carpets, and steep, winding stairs, housed in two connected townhouses. Its small rooms house a large, haphazard collection of antique and vintage toys – tin cars and trains; boar...
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The Dread Files – Pediophobia

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Pediophobia is the perpetual fear or worry of dolls, such as walking/talking dolls or porcelain and china dolls. Despite being safe, seeing a doll makes the phobic person believe that he or she is in some sort of danger. Dolls have been a source of entertainment for children for many years. They often talk to their dolls, name them, sleep with them, groom them, play with them, and some children even share secrets with these imaginary friends. Some children are scared of dolls, so much that they run away at the sight of one. While most childhood cases of pediophobia dissipate as the child grows up, this fear can persist into adulthood. Pediophobia originates from the Greek ‘Paidion’ meaning l...
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