Saturday, October 27, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 9, Catie Rhodes

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 9 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 ... Catie Rhodes :)

Haste: Inspiration by Catie Rhodes

I grew up reading Stephen King in the 1980s.  During that decade, Stephen King's CREEPSHOW was released both as a movie and as a quasi comic book. 

One of the stories in CREEPSHOW, "Something To Tide You Over," was about a dude who drowned his cheating wife and her lover.  Though I hate to spoil the story, I'll say that the dead lovers take revenge on their murderer. 

All those years ago, thought it was just a scary story.  Now, I see a deeper meaning.

The message I get from "Something To Tide You Over" mirrors the basic concept of karma.  What comes around goes around.  You reap what you sow.   Whatever you put out comes back times three.  

The heart of "Haste" is the idea of consequences and karma. 

We as humans are capable of committing acts of great horror.  Sometimes we get away with it.  Other times, we are haunted by the consequences of our bad decisions. 

For "Haste," I created a character who acts out in the heat of the moment.  I've heard people who have this trait called "hot reactors."  I think that's a pretty apt description. 

My character, this hot reactor, kills her husband and his youthful lover in a fit of rage.   She learns that her hasty choice will cost her more than she ever imagined. 

I hope you enjoy "Haste" and all the other stories in the TALES FROM THE MIST anthology.  It was a real pleasure to work with the other authors.  They are all talented writers, and they taught me a lot.  I hope to work with them again at some point in the future.   


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 Catie's story, HASTE:

A betrayed wife who murders her cheating husband and his lover in a fit of rage becomes the victim of her own impulsiveness.

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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!


Mitzi said...

It's always interesting to learn how another author gets inspiration. King has been a favorite of mine forever. When The Stand first came out and told people: You gotta read this book!
I'm very pleased to be in this anthology with talented writers like you.

Natalie G. Owens said...

King is, well, King... I really enjoyed your blog, Catie - and it's been a pleasure having all the authors of TALES FROM THE MIST on my blog. You're all amazing!

Catie Rhodes said...

Mitzi--Isn't it interesting how we all influence each other? When I analyze my stories, I often find that I took a lot of inspiration from Stephen King. It has been an honor to work with you and all the other authors in the anthology.

Natalie--I am so happy you enjoyed my blog. It was a challenge to talk about "Haste" and how and why it came to be. Thanks for having me on your blog.

PJ Sharon said...

Hi Catie, Your fascination with horror shows through in your story, LOL. What makes your short story memorable is the attention to the gruesome details. I think your expertise in relating the "true crime" stories that you showcase on your blog give HASTE its powerfully grim and gleefully ironic twist. Loved this Anthology!

Catie Rhodes said...

Paula--I love that you seem to have genuinely liked Haste. It totally made my Saturday. ;-)

Cate Dean said...

Hi Catie! Another huge Stephen King fan here. I loved Haste - it gave me goosebumps, and the ending was a real surprise. Thanks for sharing with us, and for being such a great addition to the anthology.

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

(Sorry I'm late, I'm up north for my mom's birthday)

Catie, you learned well from the King--Haste is a great story. I loved the twist at the end.

Catie Rhodes said...

Cate & Stacey--thanks so much for your kind words. It means the world coming from more experienced authors. :D

Rhonda Hopkins said...

Sorry I'm getting to this so late, but it was a great post. I've been a fan of King's since my early teens. And of course I'm a firm believer in Karma, so your story rocked. It was fun finding out what inspired you. It was awesome working with you on the anthology and I look forward to our other project.