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Who Loves Horror?

When I was in 8th grade, my mom took me to see The Shining. That started my love for all things horror. But not slasher horror (though I did used to go to all those types of movies with one of my cousins growing up), but more pschological horror. The ones that make you think, the ones that make you go cold in fear when you realize what’s happening. The ones that linger with you long after the story is gone.

Stephen King wrote this one short story called The Jaunt that has stuck with me for YEARS and I found it absolutely terrifying. There is no blood, gore, nothing like that. But at its core, it’s terrifying. All I’ll say is that this short story is about teleportation and people being sedated as they go through it. The short story collection is called SKELETON CREW and I highly recommend it.

I love writing short horror stories and for years I entered flash fiction contests and did entries for magazines. I compiled all of them into a short story collection called RICKET ROW. 28 Great Reviews so far with a 4.5 star rating. If you like creepy horror then you will enjoy this collection. Zombies, kids, babies, clowns, and other esoteric horror themes. And, it’s just 99 cents. Love to hear what you think of it and which of the tales is your favorite. One of mine is Mr. & Mrs. Odd.

Stephen King SKELETON CREW: https://amzn.to/2SG0BvY

Elyse Salpeter RICKET ROW http://amzn.to/2iNIAI1

If you’d like some other books and authors to check out, look at this goodreads list of Short Story Horror Collections. Ricket Row is there along with top selections from King, Barker, Poe, Bradbury. https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/31956.Short_Horror_SciFi_Collections

Here’s a few other collections that I have not yet read, but look great!

RB Frank Bite Size Reads: bit.ly/BiteSizeReads Bite Size Reads is a collection of 23 short stories of murder, revenge, time travel and creepy things, all flavor enhanced with a dash of irony and a sprinkling of humor.

Jordan Grupe NO SLEEP TONIGHT: https://amzn.to/2RQg5NW No Sleep Tonight “collection of scary short stories – the latest offering of terror for those yearning for a bout of wild-eyed insomnia.”

A.J. Spencer HAUNTED AND HUNGRY: https://amzn.to/3vBr5Ny Haunted and Hungry “five short tales of vengeful spirits, hungry creatures, and bizarre entities.”

Happy Reading Everyone… and don’t shut off the lights…

Yes, I Lived in a Haunted House

Mansion The Mannequins was modeled after

Mansion The Mannequins was modeled after

Growing up, I didn’t think it was unusual to move a lot. “My family moved us fifteen times before I was even fifteen years old,” was a funny little phrase I liked to say. Funny now, not so funny then. But one of those times we moved was actually because our house was haunted.

When I was in the seventh grade, we moved to Weston, Connecticut into a home we rented from the old-time movie actress, June Havoc. This house was incredibly eccentric. It was a huge split level ranch, with five bedrooms, four bathrooms, two random rooms with drains in the middle of the floor, bedrooms with two doors. Another bedroom with a sink and tons of closets everywhere. There was a third floor that stretched the entire length of the house and held just a sink and a tub (which was where the actress supposedly bathed her seven+ dogs). The third floor also boasted a tiny little room that reminded me of a room in the novel, The Amityville Horror. It was hot and stifling in there and I once remember seeing a dead fly on the windowsill (to a 12 yr old, dead flies are SO GROSS). But this room was awesome because Ms. Havoc had left it filled with trunks and memorabilia from her old Vaudeville days. She had asked if she could keep her stuff in there and I would go up and just look around now and again. I wish I had been older to have appreciated that room more, but as I was twelve, all I really did was look inside and usually just run right back out because it freaked me out too much. There were other oddities around the house. Outside the living room was an unused, broken indoor greenhouse and an abandoned stable, which is I think is where she kept goats.

But the house wasn’t just eccentric and creepy for no reason. It also had a history. June’s husband died in there (apparently in my bedroom because that’s where he slept) and on these lovely five acres there is a worn, wooden chair that sits on the edge of a trail and looks over the river that ran through the backyard. It was supposedly where he used to sit and relax.

And to further add to the creepy factor, this house was haunted. We would hear people running across the hall upstairs, and if you went upstairs, the running would commence on the third floor. My mother was known to have called the police multiple times because she’d be in the bathroom upstairs and hear people entering the house. There was one night my sisters and I and my dad all woke up and met in the hallway – and none of us knew why. My father looked at us and said “Go back to bed, girls.” There were the times the cat would “skitz out” and hiss and dart from the room. The time our six-foot, five inch tall friend was once house-sitting and was found slinking around the house with a kitchen knife in his hand, in the middle of the day, because he heard someone running around and couldn’t find them. And then there was the living room and that whole side of the house outside. We hated that room. My parents seldom entertained in there. Right outside the living room there was a wonderfully beautiful empty plot of land with no trees – the only place on the property you’d think we’d play, build snowmen, whatever. But no. For some reason we avoided it like the plague. I would bet you someone is buried back there. We lived there for about eight months and then we were out of there.

The Mannequins FinalYou’d think this experience would scare me off of horror movies and books – but not a shot. The Shining is one of my favorite movies. I have written a bunch of short horror stories and a dream prompted my newest horror novel. In the dream, this man was resting his hand on the back of a very little boy. They stood on a hill and were looking down at a decaying mansion. When I woke up, I had the idea for my quirky horror novel THE MANNEQUINS. It’s about a film crew that breaks into an abandoned house and gets transported to a different reality run by a man they call, the Preacher. I just launched it and I’ll have it for 99 cents through Halloween if you’d like to pick up your copy. The links on Amazon are here:

US Amazon: http://amzn.to/1Dcoirc
UK Amazon: http://amzn.to/1DMxxk3
Canada Amazon: http://amzn.to/10sWenD

Have you ever lived in a haunted house or experienced anything “supernatural?” Love to hear! If you’d like to join my newsletter for the next update in the Kelsey Porter or Flying series, please contact me here.