Campfire Fun: Friday Fictioneers

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“That’s not even scary,” Nicky said, leaning back away from the crackling campfire. Tall and thin, he wore his lanky hair in a bun.

“There’s no such thing as werewolves,” Amanda agreed. Comfy in t-shirt and jeans, she had decent meat on her bones..

From their places across the campfire, Rebekah cast her mate Lyon a knowing glance.

“Just in case, we should stick close to the fire,” he said, implying the group would be safer there.

Rebekah knew the truth, though. Soon, the full moon would rise, and Lyon preferred his meals preheated.

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This is my submission for Friday Fictioneers, where every week intrepid adventurers set out to create 100-word flash fiction. Some of it perhaps not so fictional after all….

Hollowed Out

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Hollowed Out

When I woke the first time, I lay on a cold stone slab, incense and smoke thick in the air. Robed figures stood in a circle chanting.

Then, nothingness.

Then, a room with sun-colored walls, a single person in a robe, her hood thrown back to reveal pale green eyes, fiery red hair.

“I don’t even believe in….” I look down at my hands, wrinkled and old. I’m 29. Was 29.

“You’re going to be okay. The exorcism was successful.”

But that’s not true, is it? I don’t know if I will ever be okay again.

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This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers, hosted brilliantly as ever by our fearless leader Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. For more fun stories, click the blue frog!

Cracked

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Cracked

They have the picture perfect life on the surface, all smiles and sweetness.

Then one day, the peace is shattered by footsteps, a tentative tapping on a door. Something cracks. A distant door opens. The homeowners slowly, carefully make their way over. You never know who to trust at times like these.

“Who are you?” one asks.

“My car broke down. I was wondering-”

“Come inside. I’ve got you.”

Into this perfect world, beneath its surface, the visitor disappears, never to be seen again.

“I love it when they come to us, mommy.”

“Yes, honey. Me too. Now eat up.”

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Re-entering the Friday Fictioneers fray after a long absence. For more stories, click the blue frog!

Friday Fictioneers: Vengeance Awaits

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Here’s my entry for Friday Fictioneers where every week people get together to write 100 word stories in response to a picture prompt.

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And now, with no further ado, I present:

Vengeance Awaits

One day, you will regret what you have done to me.

First, you yanked me from my home and then you cracked me open to feast on my insides, on the sweet blood of innocents. Oh, the horrors, the indignity. May you be haunted by a thousand cavities.

Sugar rush. That is how I will punish you. I will make you pay and pay and pay and then….

I’m tired. Nap time.

Okay, but when you wake up I will be waiting.

Later that day….

“No more piñatas, honey. They give me the creeps.”

“Why?”

“They just do.”

………

Yes, pinatas scare me. I don’t know why.

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Maybe it’s because pinatas could be secretly plotting revenge. Just saying.

Spooky Creatures – Spooktacular Seductions Blog Tour

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Welcome to a special stop on the Spooktacular Seductions Blog Tour, complete with exclusive author responses to a spooky question.

Halloween has come and gone, but the days are still getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. What scares you?

Each of the authors in the Spooktacular Seductions anthology was asked the following question:

What is the scariest creature you can think of? (Real or imaginary. Spiders, zombies, one you made up in your head, etc.!) What would you do if a ___ snuck up on you in the middle of the night?

And here is what they said:

Linda Carroll-Bradd, author of Bewitching Gypsy

I hate snakes—all types—and I’m not sure I could be as strong as Indiana Jones and deal with them. If one snuck up on me, first I’d try to get as high and then as far away as possible. Are they scared away by screams? Because I could try that too.

Christy Thomas, author of Where Angels Tread

The scariest creature to me are the Vampires portrayed in Christine Feehan’s, Carpathian series novels. They can appear handsome, luring women to them, but they are ruthless, bloodthirsty, men that only want to kill.

If a Vampire snuck up on me in the middle of the night, I’d expect a visit from Samael, the Angel of Death. (You can read Samael’s story in Where Angel’s Tread.)

Havva Murat, author of Encantado

My story revolves around a mythical creature that I would definitely be afraid of: a giant Amazonian sea snake (or in some versions a dolphin) that can take on human form and seduce/lure humans underwater and even inflict insanity. Snakes send me squealing in general, but supernatural underwater snakes are on another plane entirely.

Michelle Ziegler, author of Garden of Souls

Well, I think spiders win.  Granted I’m afraid of Zombies and do wonder if I should prepare incase the Zombie apocalypse comes.  If a spider snuck up on me in the middle of the night I would scream loud enough to make up the neighbors. I’m not sure that I wouldn’t have a heart attack honestly.

Echo Shea, author of If This Be Madness

This can change at any minute, but for right now I’m going to go with zombie. The idea of someone coming up behind me, rotting flesh clinging to sinew and bone, reaching out with softened, bloated hands, rancid breath at back–makes me a tad bit squeamish. First instinct says, I’d grab a frying pan and whack him with it–though I don’t know what it says about my cooking that the undead would obviously sneak up on me in the kitchen or why I’d be cooking in the middle of the night. I guess it’s just a heck of a lot better than having that thing creep up on me in bed–in which case I would pull that iron clad cover over my head. After all, nothing can get to me beneath linen.

Lisa A. Adams, author of Spooky Hollow Cafe

The absolute scariest thing I can even possibly imagine is a GIANT cockroach. You know, like the size of the spiders in the forbidden forest of the Harry Potter series. If ever a cockroach of that size even existed, I’d probably die. But, having one sneak up behind me in the middle of the night? Let’s just say, I wouldn’t handle it quite as well as Ron did.

Lily Carlyle, author of Ghost of a Chance

Zombies scare the crap out of me. I’m pretty sure that if one snuck up on me in the middle of the night, I would react like I do when I have nightmares: try really hard to scream but only a whisper comes out, with my feet rooted to the ground so all I can do is stand there wordlessly, watching the zombie creep up on me…

As for me? I agree with Lily and Echo, that zombies are definitely the worst.

What about you? What scary creatures frighten you the most? And what would you do if you saw one? Let us know in the comments below. Oh, and sweet dreams. Don’t let the vampires bite…. (Unless they ask nicely first.)

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Release Day! Spooktacular Seductions Is Here!

Just a quick note to say that it is NOW the official release date for Spooktacular Seductions, featuring my story, “Do You Believe in Ghosts?” along with 7 other spine-tingling tales!

Happy Book Birthday Spooktacular Seductions!

Genre: Romance Anthology
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Publisher: Roane Publishing

 

Keywords: Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal

 

Falling in love can be terrifying.
Eight tales of spooky romance brought to you just in time for Halloween.

Bewitching Gypsy by Linda Carroll-Bradd
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
If This Be Madness by Echo Shea
Encantado by Havva Murat
Do You Believe in Ghosts by Anne Higa
Ghost of a Chance by Lily Carlyle
Where Angels Tread by Christy Thomas
Spooky Hollow Café by Lisa A. Adams


Book Blitz & tour-wide giveaway: paperback copy of Spooktacular Seductions and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing’s marketing department.

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Friday Fictioneers: Two Steps Forward

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Some days he knows he will make it. Other days he wants to give in.

The Maze is endless, miles of hedge and stone, but at the end waits a prize beyond all imagining.

At last. A white sign reads, “Two more steps until you claim the prize.”

Tentatively, he puts one foot forward. The ground gives way beneath his feet: quicksand, the final trap. He steps back, circles around, and enters the hidden door. On the other side

He enters the Maze. He remembers only that the Maze is endless. At the end, a prize beyond all imagining waits.

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Okay skipped a week, mostly due to burnout from juggling several flaming swords at once. Sort of. This is my weekly entry for Friday Fictioneers, where every week we get together and write 100 word stories. To join in, click the link above!