Saturday, October 29, 2011

Coffin Hop 2011, Day Six: Share your own "ghost story." And win "Five Strokes to Midnight."

Welcome to Day Six of Coffin Hop 2011.  For a chance at Nate Southard's He Stepped Through, visit Monday's blog. For a chance to win an ARC of Chris Golden's short story collection, The Secret Backs of Things, visit Tuesday's blog.  For a chance to win The Cage and The Last Zombie, both by Brian Keene, visit Wednesday's blog.  For a chance to win the Cemetery Dance ARC of William Peter Blatty's The Exorsist and Legion, visit Thursday's Blog.

So.  We're all writers and lovers of the spooky things that go bump in the night.  And that's part of what Halloween is all about.   But how many of us have experienced ACTUAL spooky moments ourselves? Had our own "spooky" moment, when we heard something go "bump" in the night?

Believe it or not, I used to be a huge science fiction fan.  Loved my Issac Asimov, ate up my Star Wars and Star Trek novels like they were candy.  And, because of that, I wanted to write science fiction, too.  My first - and forever to be unpublished (because it SUCKS) - novel was part one of an epic science fiction space opera trilogy.  The next Issac Asimov, I was going to be.
Then, I had an experience.  A brief brush with something....else...that changed my perspective.  Now, I'm going to cheat a little, and direct you to an article I wrote for Flames Rising, detailing this experience.  Suffice to say, it involved an old, broken down Victorian home in the middle of an abandoned corn field.  Afterwards, I decided that  things lurking in the shadows here on our OWN world were far more interesting than aliens and space ships, and I wanted to write about THAT, instead.

SO.  Not exactly a ghost story, but a brush with something distinctly abnormal.  Do you have any ghostly, spooky stories that serve as your inspiration?  Or simple a brush with the abnormal that left you shaking...just a bit...even if the sun hung high in the sky at noon?

For the offering today is Five Strokes to Midnight, a collection offering the likes of Gary Braunbeck, Chris Golden, Tom Piccirilli, Debeorah LeBlanc, and Hank Schwable.  Here's the description:

Five Strokes to Midnight features multiple, all-new works from Bram Stoker Award-winner Christopher Golden, Bram Stoker Award-winner Gary Braunbeck, Bram Stoker Award-winner Tom Piccirilli, southern gothic sensation Deborah LeBlanc, and hard-hitting newcomer Hank Schwaeble. Each writer offering approximately 20,000 words of fiction -- comprising at least two stories per author inspired by a theme of the author's own choosing. For this first volume, readers can look forward to multiple tales on the subject of Folklore (Golden), Hauntings (Braunbeck), Loss (Piccirilli), Curses (LeBlanc), and Demons (Schwaeble).
So.  How about it.  Some real life scary stories, anyone....?