It is a land of ancient city-states, morto e sepolto… the dead and gone. Remnants of forgotten and abandoned houses and estates sprinkle the countryside. Once thriving and vital, now no one lives in them, and the keening of the winds through the ruins is their only sound. Even in towns and cities that live, in almost all, there is a legend sometimes distorted far from its origin of a casa stregata… a haunted house. Some are deathly still, lonely cenotaphs, mere empty markers of a tragic past. Others contain souls that sleep awhile and awake… hungry.
My daughters asked me, “Dad, do you believe in ghosts and demons?” So, I told them this story. A real moment blended with some storytelling.
One of our eShort stories for Halloween. A 1,151-word hybrid story (nonfiction with a fiction piece embedded). A father’s story to his daughters about a strange new girl he had met in high school: “When your eyes met hers, she was looking deeper into you than you could ever see into her.”
Howling at the moon… https://youtu.be/0o8xqtu6mj0
A satirical origin story. What if an alchemist’s vanity and tragically failed experiment created the first werewolf?
One day I came across a photo of a decaying building sitting on a cliff over a sea, and, struck by it, wondered: ‘What’s its story?’ Read what it told me.
Laurie was the consummate bargain hunter, excited at the prospect of holiday shopping in the town she had just moved to. Then she had one of those days that forever marks you. And nothing is ever the same again. Instead of a deal, she had found the undead.
Folklore Reimagined & Retold for Halloween. The Story of Stingy Jack | How A Devil’s Agreement Became the Origin of the Jack-o-Lantern.
“We stopped checking for monsters under our bed when we realized they were inside us.” –Charles Darwin