Who doesn't like ghost stories? (Heck, the Ghost Hunters show on Syfy is one of my guilty pleasures!) Not only do I love reading ghost stories, but I love writing them.
Static Movement just released the anthology Ghosts and Demons, with 33 stories filled with apparitions, demons, and paranormal mayhem of every stripe. My short story, "Blue Eye Burn," is included. This is one of my favorite stories, originally published in Out & About, a Delaware magazine, back in 2004. The tale is about a Vietnam vet who is visited by a child from his past, a child long dead.
Some of the many other stories I enjoyed include:
- "Death Comes for Gil Bates" by William Wood—what the future holds for the Grim Reaper
- "Walking the Dog" by Rick McQuiston—will make you take a second look at man's best friend
- "The Green Washing Machine" by Gayle Arrowood—a different take on appliance hell
- "The Winter Experiment" by William Todd Rose—a chilling encounter with Yuki-onna, the mythical snow woman
- "Happy Slapping" by Jason D. Brawn—a violent street punk gets his just reward
- "The Rendezvous" by Gregory Miller—sometimes it's better to avoid old loves
- "Slouching Towards Bethlehem" by Ken Goldman—a story involving a langsuyar, a malevolent ghost of a woman who has died in childbirth ... but much more
This anthology also contains five works by Yolanda Sfetsos, a writer hailing from Australia. The book ends with three of her stories, which are preludes to her novel HELLBLAZE.
If you enjoy horror stories—and ghost stories in particular—you'll find plenty to enjoy in this anthology! Halloween is just around the corner (hint, hint).