Tuesday, October 23, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 5, Cate Dean

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 5 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 ... Cate Dean :) 

The experience I had – the experience that inspired my story, The Messenger, began on a cold May morning, in the Necropolis, an evocative cemetery sitting on the hill above Glasgow’s ancient cathedral.

I climbed the hill to the Necropolis, stopping to take a photo of an interesting headstone. I was alone when I reached the top of the hill, walked through the open wrought iron gates. Alone in the city of the dead.

It was so quiet I could have heard a whisper. The sky was heavy with low hanging clouds, and a murder of crows roosted on a long, low hedge just behind me.

Walking around, I took a few photos – very few. I felt as if I were intruding.

I returned to that hedge, looking at the stone monuments to death, when a breathless voice whispered in my ear. A female voice, speaking the lyrical Gaelic I had been hearing since my arrival in Glasgow.

I spun, and the cold presence whirled away from me as if it were dancing.

A second later, the crows flew up, cawing wildly, into the still, silent sky.

I took a fast walk back down that hill, cooled my heels and my hammering heart in the cathedral for a good long while.

When I returned home, I processed the photos from my trip, and began to look through them. The single shot I took of that headstone sunk into the side of the hill grabbed my attention.

And it has grabbed attention ever since. Everyone I show it to has seen – something, in the photo. Something that wasn’t there when I took it on that cold day.

Now it’s your turn. What do you see in the photo?

Happy Halloween. :) Until next time – keep looking over your shoulder.


About Cate:

Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she's not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

Website: http://catedeanwrites.com

Facebook page: http://facebook.com/catedeanwrites.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/catedeanwrites.com

Amazon Author Central:  http://amazon.com/author/catedean


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 Cate's story, THE MESSENGER:

Sarah escapes her tour group, hoping to find some much needed alone time in the local cemetery. What she finds instead casts her in the unwanted role of savior, and forces her to make a life or death choice.

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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


PJ Sharon said...

I loved this story, Cate! It was one of my favorites in the Anthology. How much creepier does it get than a walk through an old cemetery, en encounter with a hot ghost from the past, and a trip to hell and back. Very cool, indeed:-)Great job!

Tamara Ward said...

Fantastic story, thanks so much for sharing it. What are we supposed to see in the photograph? The word Gerry? The weird angel on the left? Something to do with the odd coloring at the base of the monument? You've got to tell me! Ack! The suspense!

Cate Dean said...

Thank, PJ - I loved writing it!

Thanks, Tmara! And what you're supposed to see - for some people it takes a while. Come back later and I may reveal all. Mwahaha!

Man, I love Halloween. :)

Thanks for hosting me today, Nat!


Tamara Ward said...

Okay, Cate, I can be patient! But I will check back... and I will continue to study the photo some more! Thanks! :D

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Creepy experience, Cate! I loved The Messenger. It was one of my favorites. I'll be checking back later on to see what everyone sees in the photo. :-)

Natalie G. Owens said...

I see something on the base stone below the angel to the right. It looks like a very angry spirit and it's giving me shivers. Am I on the right track? Oh my...I want to know who/what that is...

Tamara Ward said...

And I suppose the stone itself looks like a passageway...

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

I can definitely see how that would inspire a story. And a great one at that. I see a couple things that look a bit odd in the picture, but not sure which is of the paranormal kind. The picture itself is all-around spooky. :)

Cate Dean said...

Okay - I've kept you all in suspense long enough. :)

If you look at the headstone, there is an image of a woman, in a black dress. Her head is right behind the Gerry graffiti. All the light and dark shading was NOT there when I took that photo. Thanks for playing, everyone!


Catie Rhodes said...

Late to the party, as usual. I did see a face in the photo but not where you described. I see the woman's silhouette you're talking about. But below that and to the right of the angel turned sideways. I see eyes.

Enjoyed the hearing about your experience and loved your story.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

It looks totally natural, Cate. Yeah, that'd freak me out if I knew that's not how the headstone actually looked. Yikes.

Natalie G. Owens said...

I did see the image in the headstone, but it's not clear and thought it was natural shading. It does look somewhat Victorian, though. Creepy! But what fun... :)

Tamara Ward said...

Aha! Thanks!