Sunday, October 28, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 10, Mitzi Flyte

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 10 of the 13 Days of Halloween, when the authors of the Tales of the Mist anthology go trick or treatin'! Our treat: 13 days of fun guest posts by each author of the just released TALES FROM THE MIST anthology. Ready to go? Yes? Here we go, then... :)

Before I start, I'd like to share that TALES FROM THE MIST is currently on sale at $4.99 through October 31st. After this date, the regular price of $5.99 will apply. The book can be purchased from the following retailers:

Amazon US (in digital and print versions)
Amazon UK (in digital and print versions)
Barnes and Noble

TALES FROM THE MIST is already gathering some pretty neat endorsements, including the following one:

"One of those rare anthologies that gets it right from the first story to the last."
~ Joe McKinney, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Flesh Eaters and Mutated

So on this note, I leave the floor to ... Mitzi Flyte :) 

Horror and Me and Susie Spence
Mitzi Flyte

I’m a horror fan because of Susie Spence.

Susie was one of my friends when I was in Junior High—what we called Middle School in the 1960s. Back then the local movie theater would have a horror/action double feature on Saturday afternoon. Many of those Saturday matinees were produced by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, starred Vincent Price and “written” by Edgar Allan Poe. Well, the titles were written by Poe. I discovered that every Monday when Susie would tell me about the movie.

My parents wouldn’t allow me to see scary movies; however, they never said I couldn’t read scary stories. By the time I was twelve I’d read most of Poe’s stories and was working my way through his poems. AIP’s “The Pit and the Pendulum” (as told to me by Susie Spence) bore little resemblance to the story I’d read several times. The Fall of the House of Usher movie plotline was scary but not as scary as the story I’d read. Maybe, I thought in my twelve-year old wisdom, Susie was not telling the story right.

No—Susie’s retellings were true to the movies. The movies just weren’t true to the stories—Poe’s stories. The movies were a reflection of the time period, the innocence of the early 1960s, when “scary” meant a skeleton that could move across a room, just as Poe’s stories reflected his time, the mid-Victorian era and its fascination with death.

At the time I wrote “To E.A.Poe” there was discussion in the news about the cause and effect relationship of art (i.e. The Dark Knight Rises) and crime (the cinema massacre). Could a movie, a book, a song, a story cause someone to commit a horrific crime? Could one of Poe’s works have caused someone to do the unthinkable?

And so the story grew from that question.

I hope Susie Spence likes it, since she really got me started.


TALES FROM THE MIST will take you on a journey into the dark world of the paranormal. These twelve stories vary in their degree of horror, yet all reach across the boundaries of their genres into the chilling realms of the macabre. Witches, ghosts, shape-shifters and vampire rats are some of the creatures that reign within these pages.

About Mitzi's story, TO E. A. POE:

In 1845 a grieving brother writes to the author, blaming Poe for his sister's death. Could one of Poe's short stories lead someone to do the unspeakable?

~ Natalie G. Owens ~
No Rules. No Formulas. 

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Mitzi-your story totally entranced me when I read it. I'm glad your parents let you at least read scary books to lay the foundation. :)

Mitzi said...

Thank you, Stacy.
I find that I can slip into that Victorian voice easily. Maybe I was a repressed Victorian woman in my previous life. Oh, drat! I just got a new story idea!

Kathy Kulig said...

Great post Mitzi. I read lots of creepy things when I was a kid too. Loved ghost stories especially. I just downloaded Tales From the Mist. Can't wait to start the stories. I may be reading them if I'm stuck at home with this storm. A great time to read scary stories.

Catie Rhodes said...

I loved your story, Mitzi. The build up had me scrambling to figure out what was coming. I did not really figure it out until the very last.

I liked your "Victorian voice." I sincerely do believe in reincarnation. An odd experience made me wonder who I was in a past life. It's totally believable to me that you were a Victorian woman. LOL

Mitzi said...

To Kathy:
You may want to make sure the lights work before you start reading.
Just sayin'...Bawhahahahaha
To Catie:
That is a wonderful compliment - that I had you "scrambling" - that was my intent.


Rhonda Hopkins said...

I loved your story, Mitzi. I got my love of horror from my grandmother. She and I would watch all the old horror shows on TV every weekend when I was little.

Cate Dean said...

Hi Mitzi! As a huge Poe fan, I was excited to read your story - and it was absorbing. I thoroughly enjoyed it - from the voice to the ending. Thanks for being part of the anthology!

Natalie G. Owens said...

It was such a pleasure hosting you, Mitzi. I remember E. A. Poe as the first author of horror my parents let me read as a child. The Pit and the Pendulum was my first story.