|Our family's cabin. Photo taken by my Tween.|
Do you believe in the supernatural? Ghostly visitors from another realm? What scares you? It’s amazing the small occurrences that build up into a full-blown encounter.
A cuckoo clock. A light that turns on automatically. A door that slams shut. All minor incidents alone. Combined, the effect can be frightening.
My husband’s family owns a cabin in the mountains of Big Bear, which also partially served as inspiration for the story mentioned below. First, let me mention I’m not a nature lover. I tend to be allergic to the great outdoors. Oh, I love the idea of being away, in a cabin, but it doesn’t actually work out as ideally for me.
Add to that a haunted cabin and the experience grows even more uncomfortable. (Oh, I know you want to visit now.) The cabin isn’t exactly isolated, but empty lots surround all sides, so we’re not right up against others.
Over the last six years, we’ve lost both of my in-laws, and while we’ve inherited the family cabin, we’ve also inherited visitors. Upstairs, above my father-in-law’s favorite chair, is a light that changes intensity with a touch to the lampshade. It will be turned completely off, and when we get back home, it’s on.
Since my mother-in-law passed away, the cuckoo clock, which was one of her favorites, is always off. My husband says that it “needs attention.” Sometimes it runs slow, and sometimes it’s fast. And as I’m writing this post, the one in our house passed down just chimed in an off moment. (Spooky!)
Finally, there’s the upstairs bedroom door that likes to slam shut by itself. We now sleep in the master bedroom. Well, that is when I am brave enough. Above my side of the bed is a hanging train mobile my daughter made with my mother-in-law and I swear that thing moves in the dark. In the mountains, with the windows open, one would think no big deal for the door to slam, right? Well, this one is held open with an old iron. Somehow, the iron gets moved aside, and the door shuts.
Every fricking time the BAM makes me jump! It’s especially lovely when I’m in residence alone.
Gentle reminders of loved ones gone? Fodder for a writer’s overactive imagination? Oh yes. What are your thoughts?
Haunted Hotties, Vol. 2Torquere Press
Edited by Jaymi Lynn
With stories by McKay, Rob Rosen, Dakota Caudill, Elizabeth Coldwell, Jessica Payseur, Jessica Chase, Louisa Bacio, Charles Payseur, Helena Maeve, Avery Dawes.
This Halloween collection has a little something for everybody. With demons, ghosts, psychics, reapers, shifters, and witches... a rainbow of paranormal/supernatural is included.
In Everything a Big Bad Wolf Could Want by McKay, Whimsy has to decide if he's in love with his straight, next-door neighbor by Halloween or risk losing him forever. In Casper the Horny Ghost by Rob Rosen, Chris not only inherited a long-abandoned house, he also inherited the ghost that came with it. In Necromantic by Dakota Caudill, Kaitlyn's always felt like she was waiting for something, but she never expected her new girlfriend to be able to raise the dead.
In The Man in Green by Elizabeth Coldwell, Richard intends to cut down all the trees surrounding his new property, but the man in the woods has other ideas. In Haunts Old and New by Jessica Payseur, Rosalie doesn't like the new ghost that's in her house and yet, she can't seem to stay away from her. In The Fisher Lot by Jessica Chase, it turns out being dared to spend the night in the local "haunted house" might be the best thing that's ever happened to Barney.
In Open by Louisa Bacio, Martina keeps trying to pretend that everything is fine, but the ghosts in her new B&B are just as determined to get her attention. In A Friendly Ghostbusting by Charles Payseur, an old rival who once humiliated him is not what Cas needs as he sets out to explore an old psychiatric prison. In Darkling by Helena Maeve, Eugene tried to warn Caleb and his friends away from Ledwich University and soon enough they'll learn... they really should have listened. In The Devil's in the Details by Avery Dawes, since they died during the Civil War, Oliver and Francis get one night a year together; but they have to be careful or they'll never get another one.
|Halloween Goody Bag (blanket|
beneath not included).
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Make sure to check out Bobbi Romans stop from yesterday, https://bobbiromans.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/13-days-of-halloween-my-day-squee/ and tomorrow, visit Monica Corwin http://www.monicacorwin.com/?zx=6f0ffa2c253c1a32