It's Halloween! And just in time for those ghost and goblins comes a new epress with a collection of delicious stories to make us shiver and keep us on the edge of our seats. Recently I sat down with one of the publisher of Victory Tales Press. This week we'll be seeing what they have in store for us.
A Halloween Collection Anthology
~Sweet stories to satisfy your romantic cravings~
Go on Without Me by Markee Anderson
Lydia Sanders is so lonely she dresses as a cat for Halloween and goes to a bar with a friend. She misses her boyfriend who died in a robbery the year before. Her brother’s new partner on the police force, Ian Thomas, meets Lydia at the bar. Her brother asked him to check up on her. Worried about her depression, Ian takes her for a drive in the rain to talk… But his car dies on a deserted road. They hike to a house where a strange, old woman lets them in to use her phone, but it doesn’t work. Halloween… At midnight…in a scary house? Lydia hopes it’s just a nightmare. But something’s going on, she’s sure, as the hair on her neck rises.
A man enters the room and the woman introduces him as her grandson. Eerily like Lydia’s dead boyfriend, he frightens her even more. Can this strange Halloween get any weirder?
Honor Cafe by Charlotte Raby
Adrianne has made it her life's work to run a non-profit cafe for the homeless because she knows what it means to be hungry and alone. She expects to remain alone until Simon walks through her unlocked door after hours. He intrigues her with his chivalric language and desire to stay hidden in the dark, but she needs to know more if he wants her love.
Living as a cursed vagabond for years has not prepared Simon for his powerful feelings for Adrianne and the danger in which those feelings put them. Their love could be his salvation, or their deaths. To try to save her life, he must leave her with his secret intact, but will he have the strength to walk away?
Halloween Witness by Rita Hestand
When the local town drunk sees a murder committed in the cemetery on Halloween night, will anyone in Haleyville pay any attention to his story? After all, the one he saw kill a woman was George Newman, the most respected citizen in town. Clooney, the drunk, hesitantly goes to Sheriff Joe about it. Knowing Joe to be a stickler for the facts, he figures he’ll investigate at least.
Joe is engaged to George's daughter, Elizabeth, and doesn’t want to believe Clooney. But the old man describes things in such detail and seems so shook up Joe feels it’s his duty to investigate the story.
At the cemetery they do indeed find a grave and dig it up. Joe is suddenly faced with the job of solving the mystery and how to avoid losing the love of his life. It's a harrowing Halloween night in Haleyville.
The Memory Charmer and the Boy Next Door by Christine E. Schulze
Imprisoned in a basement, at the mercies of an oddly powerful incubus, Elissa tries to escape many times. But the giant tarantula guards his master’s toy well. She fears she will eventually cease to exist at the hands of this Musician who steals her memories. The pain increases with every encounter.
Then a glimmer of hope appears. A boy moves in next door who knows things—secrets from the very heavens. The boy speaks of Elementals and Shooting Stars and wondrous things she’s never dreamed of. But the Musician knows of him and guards her even more carefully. Can this boy help her escape on All Hallow’s Eve? Or will the incubus destroy him too?
I Love Pie by Kate Kindle
Tony Gsullo, a burnt-out-on-life New Yorker, takes an unexpected autumn trip to the country with a friend. On the side of the road he sees a haunting sight. A beautiful woman stands poised on the roadside, seemingly in a trance. When the men stop to offer assistance, she flees into the woods.
When they rent a room in town, they discover there are some odd occurrences and secrets in the small town of Saranac Lake. At a large mansion on the outskirts of town, Tony once again meets the beautiful woman from the side of the road. Their attraction is instant, but Darla is married to a doctor, one of the most prominent men in the community.
Something is definitely wrong, Tony decides, when he sees the doctor strike his lovely wife. Then news of a young woman’s disappearance adds to his unease. His concern for Darla and her daughter drive him to take action. Halloween in Saranac Lake will never be the same.
Look for more about this anthology all this week.