I think there is something in each of us that craves the darkness.
Life is full of mystery, as is death, and it’s normal to be curious. I believe that’s why Halloween is such a popular holiday. It allows us to indulge our curiosity.
I certainly share that curiosity. It’s why, when I have dressed up for Halloween, I’ve tended to dress up as darker characters. Dead maidens and such.
The costume I remember with the most fondness is my Titanic victim costume. One of my previous workplaces was holding a cubicle-decorating contest and I was determined to do well. I researched the Titanic disaster, even printing up actual menus from the last meal and photos of those who journeyed on the doomed ship.
I dressed in old clothes, made my skin and lips blue-grey and wore seaweed in my hair. My cubicle included items that might be found on the Titanic, broken dolls, gilt frames that had tarnished, and all sorts of general creepiness.
It was a lot of fun and the best part was my co-workers never quite looked at me the same way again. I think several of them thought I might be a bit odd. True enough.
I do wonder about the darkness. It’s the reason I wrote The Cemetery Guardian, my contribution to The Stranger horror anthology. We’ve all experienced the pain of grief and I have no doubt most of us have pondered our own mortality. The Cemetery Guardian is an exploration of that void, of the darkness that beckons.
Sometimes, the allure is intense.
This Halloween, surrender to the darkness. Have you embraced The Stranger?
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I’ve been sitting at the edge of my seat for a while now and it’s all because I knew my cover art for A Good Man, Handymen 1, would be arriving soon.
It has arrived and I couldn’t be more delighted. Okay, turned on too, but let’s not get into those specifics.
I am so excited to bring this book to my readers.
Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others.
All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on.
Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged.
While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option.
Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.
A Good Man will be released in print and ebook Nov. 21, with an ebook preorder starting ten days prior. Stay tuned for more info!
Thank you to everyone at Limitless Publishing and Deranged Doctor for this awesome cover and all the support.