Sarah retrieved the lamp and twisted the peg. The door swung open on its own, and Sarah gasped. A figure stood outside the outhouse door.
“Momma?” Sarah asked as she held out her lantern.
No. It was Molly, or what was left of her. She had been an attractive sixteen year-old, but birds had pecked out her pretty blue eyes, and her skin was alive with maggots. Molly’s head hung at an odd angle to the left. What Sarah could see of her skin looked mottled with patches of gray, blue, and black. A beetle crawled out of Molly’s half-opened mouth and darted back in.
Sarah’s heart leapt to her throat, and she jumped back. She lost her footing, fell onto the outhouse seat, and dropped the lantern to the floor. She bent to retrieve it, thankful that the glass globe hadn’t broken. Sarah looked up and saw that Molly was gone.
You’re imagining things, she told herself. Impossible. Must’ve dozed off, had a nightmare, and woke up when I dropped the lamp.
Her heart still pounded in her chest, and Sarah took a deep breath to calm herself.
Holding the lamp out before her once more, she crept out...
The supernatural always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since my mother refused to allow me to watch creature features on late night TV as a boy. She caved-in. (Well, not literally!)
As a child, fresh snow provided me the opportunity to walk out onto neighbors' lawns halfway and make paw prints with my fingers as far as I could stretch. I would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their front lawn! (They were skeptical.)
I have pursued many interests over the years, but the supernatural always called to me. You could say that I was haunted. Finally, following the siren’s call, I wrote THE EIDOLA PROJECT, based on a germ of an idea I had as a teenager. Ultimately, I hope my book gives you the creeps, and I mean that in the best way possible!
October 6th, 5:15-6:30 -- Author Event/Book Sales
Write on the Sound Writers Conference Edmonds, WA
October 7th, 1:45 Speaking on a panel of mystery sub-genres organized by Sisters in Crime.
Write on the Sound Writers Conference