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
Kobo
Smashwords

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.


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 12, Natalie G. Owens

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 12 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
Kobo
Smashwords

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 ... myself! :) I am very proud to be part of this fine collection. All the stories in this anthology are amazing and engaging. You will love it!




My Brand of Horror



Until I wrote my story “A Kind of Judgment”, I’d never written a story of horror before. I also used to think (wrongly, of course) that horror as a genre involved lots of blood, gore and perhaps vampires or zombies. I did always love the old-fashioned gothic tales set in the Victorian era, a fascinating period when the Occult and other mysteries were extensively explored. Based on this, I realized that there need not be blood or mutilated body parts for a story to be frightening… and that the horror genre can be as diverse, colorful and interesting as one could possibly imagine.  


In fact, in the horror I write, there is no gratuitous violence, a throat slit, or a head axed. The stories that come to me are drawn from life and derive from a situation that is completely plausible. For this is the type of horror that I find truly frightening – a lost life, a past of tragedy and regret, a forgettable present, and a hopeless future. It is the tragic circumstance of the human condition that fascinates me in its detail – the failings of the individual spirit, and the consequences of flawed decisions. This is how the “Faustian Fantasy Tales” were born. I didn’t originally intend them to be this way when I initially published the first one – “A Kind of Judgment”. But the name was given to me by a reviewer, and the story included in “Tales from the Mist” – “An Inconvenient Debt” – follows suit on that path.



Because when I think about man’s deepest desires, and the fact that some will do anything in this world to fulfill them – I believe that this is something many of us face at one time or other. How many times have we compromised in a way we disliked? How many times have we sacrificed something to get something else that is greater or better in our eyes? How many times would we sacrifice ourselves and our very well-being for someone we love… or a thing we covet? These are the questions asked in “An Inconvenient Debt”.

I find that in any story, having a few ounces of heartbreak, a worthy baggage of misfortune – not silly misgivings – makes for deep, captivating characters.  It doesn’t matter if I am writing romance or dark fiction. When I wrote both “A Kind of Judgment” and “An Inconvenient Debt”, I felt that they were those types of stories that gave me no easy answer. The scariest part for me was the thought that somewhere in this world (perhaps next door or a block down from you) live people just like the characters in these stories, with the same hopes and fears, the same fate, and the same damaged life. What then happens to these people and the choices they make is the true horror for me.

Speaking of horror... 

One of the major characters in AN INCONVENIENT DEBT is Jonas, who is ... interesting, to say the least. If you'd like to learn more about him, please check out my other short, A KIND OF JUDGMENT, where Jonas makes an appearance: 



So, what do you consider truly frightening horror? In what way has horror touched you, or have you touched horror? The kind of horror that doesn’t let you sleep at night… This is the perfect timing to discuss this, on the cusp of Halloween, one of the most fascinating times of the year :).



Tell me your thoughts, and I'll pick two winners who'll receive a copy of A KIND OF JUDGMENT in the format of their choice.

About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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 AN INCONVENIENT DEBT:

A mother makes a Faustian bargain for her son’s freedom. But can she truly meet the cost when his real prison demands payment of a different debt?

About me:

Natalie G. Owens got her first taste of serious writing by penning award–winning poetry, as well as feature articles for college and local publications, in her native Malta. She sold her first book to a small publisher in 2007 and is currently indie published. Her favorite stories to write are romances with a dark edge featuring brooding heroes, strong heroines, exotic settings, and a good dash of fantasy. Daydreaming tops her list of hobbies, followed by reading, cooking, traveling, sharing good times with family and friends, and ogling shoe store displays. You can find out more about Natalie and her work on her website (http://www.nataliegowens.com).

Other social media links:


EXCERPT FROM AN INCONVENIENT DEBT:

I don’t hear her voice.
When she speaks, the sound pours inside me, down to my tummy, wet and warm. But the sound I hear is different. Not a voice, something else.
Zoom. Whoosh.
I swing with her body, from side to side. She moves like this as she stands, waiting for something. The wetness around me is hot, bad, not nice. It’s because she’s crying. She jerks forward and I get a bit warmer. I feel her touch from inside. Her hand is so close, I have tingles. If only I could reach it from here. She rubs, rubs. 
Feels good, so good.
Now she jerks again and screams.
Screech.
I fall with her.
Can’t move, don’t want to move right now, just go to sleep, but she won’t let me. Someone’s pressing gently on her, on me. Another voice shouts. I suck my thumb faster and touch my face.
My head goes around and around as everything around me is sticky and ugly. I don’t like this. Before was better, even when she sounded sad, when she screamed and the man screamed back at her. He screamed at her a lot, all the time. It was a deep, scary voice–not like hers at all. It yelled over her, louder, so much I couldn’t hear her any more.
Now I don’t hear her either. I hear the other voice, this new voice, say, “Call an ambulance! This woman’s pregnant!”
There’s more shouting but I hear only a little anymore as my ears close up.
The liquid thickens around me, but she doesn’t talk, rub or move with me.
She doesn’t make me better.
I feel tired, sleepy. Please make me better.



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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

Monday, October 29, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 11, *lizzie starr

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 11 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
Kobo
Smashwords

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 ... *lizzie starr :) 


Photo credit: Kenphot from morguefile.com

Aren't calla lilies one of the most beautiful flowers? The simplicity and wave of the single petal draws you closer. The variety of colors provides a bloom for everyone's taste. They're one of my favorite flowers. But, you didn't come here for me to ramble on about a flower, did you? Quite possibly you'd rather discover how my tale, Dead Lily Blooms, got its start.

When? A longer number of years ago than I care to admit. A friend at my then job and I often had discussions about evil and good--possibly not that common of conversations in a kitchen. But as creatives, we had some interesting talks. And of course he was always ready to help me with writer's problems--like what color lust would be if red was already taken.  


Photo credit: gracey from morguefile.com
I don't remember how the topic turned to the phrase 'dead lily blooms'. I suppose it doesn't really matter. I have a list of phrases and odd groupings of words that I believe would make great titles. Dead lily blooms went on that list. It's a great list.

But he challenged me. Most of my tales have a basis in fantasy and rest more on the less dark side of paranormal. I'd never tried writing a vampyre's story. At that time I wrote a few pages in Lily's point of view then put the story away.

Lily languished for a number of years--I'm not gonna tell you how long. That's a secret. Even from me.

So when the chance came to write a short story for this anthology, it was time to go through my old files in hopes some past story idea would leap out and say, "Ooo, pick me! Pick Me!"


Photo credit: doctor_bob from morguefile.com
Although Lily really isn't the type to jump around, she does like attention, and my story was chosen. Once the other characters found their way into the tale, the writing came easily.

Will I write another vampyre tale? I don't know. But I do believe I'm going to bring home a bouquet of calla lilies soon.


About *lizzie:

Author and lunch lady (what a combination!), *lizzie writes romance with a sparkling twist.

Find her around the web at her blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest and her website.


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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 *lizzie's story, DEAD LILY BLOOMS:

Someone wants vampyre Lily dead, and a bargain with Death has been struck. Death sends servant Agaar to bring Lily to him, but the task becomes more complicated than either Death or Agaar anticipated.


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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

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
Kobo
Smashwords

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.


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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!

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
Kobo
Smashwords

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.   


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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!

Friday, October 26, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 8, Greg Carrico

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 8 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 31stAfter 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
Kobo
Smashwords

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 ... our resident comedian and all-around cool author guy, Gregory Carrico :)



Every piece of fiction I’ve ever written started with a tone. There is always a certain feel I’m looking for. For King of Rats, my original idea was to write a story where the thoughts, motivations, and actions of the principal characters belied the tone.


Imagine, if you will, Rudolph. Yes, the severely rosacea nosed reindeer. I challenge anyone to watch the original Claymation movie with instantly getting in the Christmas holiday spirit. Now, keeping that tone; the energy, the amazing innocence and happiness of the certain knowledge that Satan himself will descend down your chimney with presents… take all of that, and spread it out like the sweetest frosting over several layers of Ruthless, cold-hearted, sociopathic horror cake.

More than anything, I wish I could I could tell you I wrote that story. King of Rats is something a little different. Giles set a different tone, and try as I might, I couldn’t force him down a different road. But I’ll tell you this: When I write a character that grabs the wheel at a thousand miles per hour and pulls it in his own direction, I never regret letting him drive.
The tone of King of Rats is deceptively normal, but don’t get too comfortable with it, or Giles will steal your heart, make you slice it nice and thick, and serve it to him on a tray of bakery trash.

I hope you enjoy my his little story.

About Greg:

Greg Carrico writes horror and science fiction. He loves writing bad guys that readers will care about, even as they despise them. When not creating new worlds and plotting their destruction, he advocates for animal welfare, adopting rescue dogs, and asks slower drivers to stay in the right lane.

Visit with Greg at his blog, on Facebook, and Twitter. You can make the world a safer place by buying Greg's books. It will keep him behind his desk, instead of behind the wheel.



If you thinks Giles sounds like fun, you should meet the characters from Finding Home and Killing Tiffany Hudson in Greg’s first book, Apocalypstick.

Buy Apocalypstic:


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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 Greg's story, KING OF RATS:

All that stands between him and a lifetime of food is a Queen, his sister, and a surface world overrun by vampires. Will the King of Alley Rats risk everything for his throne and his pack, or leave it all behind for a pretty mouse in distress?

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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

13 Days of Halloween: Day 7, Meredith Bond

Hello world!

Welcome to Day 7 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
Kobo
Smashwords

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 ... Meredith Bond :) 


The ancient (and new) tale of Lilith.


One of my favorite Jewish holidays is one I didn’t even know existed when I was young (that’s how unreligious my family was – my mother was an “intellectual Jew” who would argue everything in the religion and encourage me and my siblings to do the same, my father is a “kitchen Jew” who could care less about the actual religion and is only interested in the food). The holiday is called Simchat Torah. It’s celebrated just after the high holidays of Rosh Hashanah (the new year) and Yom Kippur (the day of atonement) and it’s when, with great fanfare, the Torah scroll is unrolled and then rerolled so that we can read it from the beginning once again.

Being Jews who know how to party, my synagogue makes a really big deal of this holiday. They hire a klezmer band, sing, drink (it has to be schnapps for this holiday), dance and drink (more schnapps!). But before we get to the partying, there’s the unrolling, which is done on long tables set end to end. The rabbi takes advantage of having the entire scroll unrolled to tell us about the calligraphy that can be found throughout the Torah – for example where the song of the sea is written, the words are actually written in waves to depict the sea (it’s really an amazing piece of art). You also have to read the very last few lines of the Torah and then run (yes, my rabbi literally runs) down the length of the tables to the very beginning and reads the first few lines there.

A few years ago when he did this, he not only read the first few lines of the Torah, he translated them for us, “In a beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” He pointed out to us that this refers to the possibility that there were other beginnings. My mind nearly exploded!

Not long after this incredible revelation, a speaker came to my synagogue and introduced me to Lilith, Adam’s first wife. He mentioned her in passing, she wasn’t the topic of his talk, but again, I left with my mind reeling – I had never known that Adam had a wife other than Eve.
Naturally, being raised an “intellectual Jew”, I began researching Lilith and found all sorts of very strange, sometimes disturbing, sometimes just plain weird things that people have written about Lilith, from Babylonian times right through to the present. She was a demon who killed babies, a succubus who gives men wet dreams, she would appear to women in mirrors and tell them to defy their husbands, to sleep with other men, to care about their own appearance more than anything else. When she had sex with Adam, she wanted to be on top, to dominate him, and he, being a man, would not and could not accept this. I found her fascinating. She was the first feminist.

And clearly, she had a story that needed to be told.

About Meredith:

Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of four traditionally published Regency romances and one indie-published paranormal Regency. Merry has been teaching writing for the past five years and has published a book so that others can "take" her classes as well. Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer. Want to know more, come visit Merry at her website, www.meredithbond.com or chat with her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/meredithbondfan) or Twitter (@merrybond).


About TALES FROM THE MIST:

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 Meredith's story, IN A BEGINNING:

There is no way Lilith is going to accept Adam’s chauvinistic attitude. If he wants to rule the Garden of Eden, she’s outta there! But things get a lot more interesting - and scarier - after she leaves the Garden and falls in love with the demon, Samael.

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

Just a world of love, mystery and fantasy!