Wednesday, October 31, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 13, Stacey Joy Netzel

Hello world!

We made it to the end! Welcome to Day 13 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. This is the last day so take advantage! Tomorrow, 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 ... the last lucky author on the list, Stacey Joy Netzel :) 

“I laugh in the face of Ghouls” 

Okay, I imagine if I ever actually came face to face with a real ghoul or goblin, I’d be screaming like the rest of you. But the fake ones in haunted houses? Those guys crack me up. Can’t help it—they just don’t kick-start my pulse. Scary movies? Oh, please. I can see the scares coming from a mile away. Horror? Grosses me out to the point of nausea so I just don’t watch.

However, I do love Halloween. For the fun and decorations, not the fright-fest. I add ghosts and spider webs and bats all around the house. I love my own ghouls and goblins (or vampire, army psycho, power ranger) and taking them trick-or-treating.

So if Halloween doesn’t scare me, what does?

The unknown. What I can’t see. Specifically, when I go out to feed my horses after dark. Even though my house and the barn are only maybe 30 yards apart, on the way back inside, I have to fight the urge to bolt for the door because I’m terrified something unknown lingers in the shadows, just waiting to pounce the moment my back is turned…

*chilling shiver runs through me*

Yep, that’s scary to me—and sometimes, I admit, I succumb to the panic. Other times I take one of the kids out with me and then race them back to the house so I have an excuse to run. (Oh, relax! I’m not in the best of shape so unless I can manage a head-start they usually beat me.)

Something else that I think would be horrific is drowning. This is something I visit in my story in the TALES FROM THE MIST Anthology.

Beneath Still Waters
(Part I)

An old legend tells of a beautiful witch unjustly persecuted who became a ghost bent on revenge...

The danger lies in not believing. 

“Hey, any of you ever hear the story about that guy who died up here a couple years back?” Johnny asked.
Liz’s eyes widened. “Someone died up here?”
Johnny nodded. “His friends said the Ghost of Still Waters lured him into the wicked currents and he drowned.”
“Ghost?” Megan shifted closer to Johnny.
“He probably fell in and couldn’t swim,” Becca quipped.
Ted scooped up the flashlight at his side and flicked it on to shine the light up from beneath his chin. “The Ghost of Still Waters,” he intoned in a low, spooky voice.
“Ooh—I love scary stories,” Liz said.
“I don’t,” Megan protested.
“Tell us,” Liz urged. “I’ve never heard this one.”
When Megan leaned against him, Johnny put his arm around her. “Come on, it’ll be fun.”
“What do you think, Becca?”
At Liz’s question, Becca shifted her gaze from Megan’s anxious expression, past Johnny’s amusement and Ted’s steady regard, to the hint of a smile tilting the corners of Shane’s mouth upward. Finally she came to Liz’s expectant face, lit only by the fire on this moonless night.
Surprised they’d asked her opinion, she shrugged. “What’s a campfire without a ghost story, right?”
“You say that like you don’t believe in ghosts.”
“I don’t.”
“You haven’t heard this one yet,” Johnny said.
Megan cringed, hunching her shoulders and nervously nibbling on a fingernail even though the story had yet to be told.
Still smarting over their earlier laughter, Becca couldn’t help but scoff. “Oh, Megan, really? Ghost of still waters? Wicked currents? This oughta be good.”
The blond relaxed a bit at Becca’s open cynicism.
“There’s this place along the river where the surface of the water is so still you’d swear you’re looking at glass,” Johnny said in a low, quiet voice. “But the currents beneath the surface are wicked fast.”
The ominous fact was underscored by the sound of rushing water tumbling over the rocks and boulders of the riverbed barely twenty yards from their campsite. Becca never would’ve admitted it out loud, but a shiver shimmied up her spine.


Who gets drawn Beneath Still Waters? Pick up a copy of TALES FROM THE MIST today to find out!

Thanks for reading!  Share with us what scares you, and I’ll pick two lucky winners to receive an ebook copy of my ghost story, IF TOMBSTONES COULD TALK.

About Stacey:

Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. An avid reader and fan of movies with a happily ever after, she lives in her native Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She writes romance and romantic suspense, with a paranormal tossed in every so often just to mix things up. You can out more about Stacey at her Amazon Author Page, or her Blog.


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.

~ Natalie G. Owens ~ 
No Rules. No Formulas. 
Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


PJ Sharon said...

Nice excerpt, and I loved Tales from the Mist. I read each story at midnight, alone in an old farmhouse out in the woods while my husband was away on business. needless to say, i slept with a light on and kept my samurai sword at the bedside:-) Way to go guys!

Lily Silver said...

Happy Halloween, Stacey! I'm lovin' the Beneath Still Waters story and looking forward to more from you in the coming months. If Tombstones Could Talk was my fav short story by you, so don't enter me as I already own it. Keep 'em coming . . . we're waiting breathlessly for the sequel . . .

Merry said...

I love that picture, Stacey! Please tell me that's going to be the cover when your story comes out as a single.
Thanks so much for sharing!

Christine said...

Brilliant excerpt. I loved this story! You guys have done an amazing job with this anthology!

The thought of being unable to breathe is THE thing that scares me the most. My heart pounds just thinking about it.

Greg Carrico said...

Drowning is a good fear to have, Stacey ;-)
I love your Halloween pic. Very cute!

PJ: I used to sleep with katanas at hand, too, but silly me: I moved to a state where it is illegal to possess martial arts weapons. My next book will involve a fourteen year old taking over Manhattan with a rice flail and a six foot pole. ;-)

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Sorry we scared you, PJ...but not really. :) At least you were safe with your sword.

I'm glad you like BSW, Lily. Thanks! RISING ABOVE is done and in the hands of a beta reader as we speak. Release date in about a week or two!

Merry--isn't that pic awesome? You totally guessed it--that is on the cover for when I release the story as a single in April. It's also part of my Paranormal Collection cover that will be out in late Spring.

Christine--totally with you on the not being able to breathe thing. So glad you loved the anthology as much as we do. :)

Greg--I grew up on a lake. I can remember a few instances having dove down too deep and feeling the pressure in my lungs as I swam for the surface. Not a good feeling at all and hard to keep the panic at bay.

This year my cuties are a werewolf (my girl) and a Star Wars Storm Trooper.

Rhonda Hopkins said...

I loved Beneath Still Waters. I think it was my favorite although I enjoyed all the stories immensely. I don't like gore, but the psychological scare that some horror books and movies offer. I just don't think gratuitous gore is scary. However, give me something from Hitchcock and I'll be in horror heaven. :-)

Cate Dean said...

Happy Halloween everyone! I loved Beneath Still Waters, Stacey - and I'm glad it's with betas and coming out soon. I'm already in line to buy. ;)

Mitzi said...

Loved the story and very scary for me since I am deathly (!!) afraid of drowning - a real nonswimmer.


Catie Rhodes said...

I could just imagine you scaring yourself while feeding the horses. It sounded like something I would do. Loved your story in the anthology.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Thanks, Rhonda! I agree with you, gratuitous gore does nothing other than make me sick. Hitchcock is good. :)

Hey Cate! Thanks, and I'll let you know the moment it's out. Congrats on your new release on this Halloween day: Carry On Wayward Son, Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 3.

Mitzi-that's my mom. She almost drowned twice as a little girl and hasn't been swimming since. We can barely get her in a boat on the lake.

Catie--it's goofy, isn't it? Funny how we can psych ourselves out.

Natalie G. Owens said...

Hey Stacey - so nice to have you here! This was totally fun and how apt to end with your post. Your story Beneath Still Waters is fabulous. I live surrounded by water and can't avoid it, really :).

Donna Marie Rogers said...

I LOVED Beneath Still Waters (so proud of you!), but we are very different when it comes to Halloween...LOL I love horror movies and gore and vampires, witches, demons, etc. And though I'm with you on the unknown/unseen, I love that bone-chilling feeling. I had to go out the other night to get my Halloween lights to go on, so there I am in the pitch dark with a flashlight in my mouth trying to get the stupid switch to work...and I LOVED it...LOL Having Sassy out with me helped. I also have a fear of drowning since I almost did when I was 15...I have a story idea I may have told you about that features someone purposely being trapped on the bottom of a lake.

Wishing you all many sales on your anthology!! :-)

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Thanks Donna! I can totally see you loving that. :) I don't think I knew about you almost drowning...

I do remember you telling me about that story idea though. As soon as you're done with Never Let Me Go you can write whatever you want whenever you want. Deal?

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Looks like the C's rule! The two winners of If Tombstones Could Talk are:

Cate and Catie!

Thanks for all the comments!