Starting with my partner, Denise Covey's thrilling Beauty and the Beast tale, to L. G. Keltner's scary stranger on the porch, tap, tap, tapping, or LauraClipson's ghost story that teaches us not to ever say aloud that we don't believe in ghosts, lest we become haunted!
Then there's Sally Stackhouse's heartfelt tale of Sean and his grandma discussing the possibility of ghosts, goblins, and witches and Michelle Wallace's drabble about the descent into madness, or Nilanjana Bose's unique take on the sale of mother's milk. What a scary proposition.
Remember the Druid Princess's revenge in Deborah Drucker's tale, or Robyn Campbell's poem inspired by her years of spending Halloween staring in a window, and D G Hudson's sleepwalking, cemetery-seeking child, a mother's worst nightmare.
Who could have guessed that a body shop could be so frightening? Madilyn Quinn did, and then Olga Odim brought us the humor of a naked mermaid costume, and J Lenni Dorner taught us the reason for counting to ten, a very scary reason.
Feather Stone gave us an excerpt with a woman willing to fight for her life, and Roland Yeoman's made us all shiver with the vengeful ghosts of Lakota lore, and then there's Arpan Ghosh's tale that warns not only the children, but adults too--do not talk to strangers!
C. Lee McKenzie reminded us how it feels when we forget to buy that bag of candy before the monsters arrive, and Kate McManus reminded us what a great storyteller Charles Dickens was, while Toi Thomas showed us a monster beyond evil.
In addition, the amazing Samantha Redstreake Geary gave us a feast for the ears, eyes, and heart with a new version of Hansel & Gretel, and Raelene Purtill reminded us how smothering it can feel to be in a crowd, while Bish Denham gave us a moving gravesite.
Jeff Whichello introduced us to the man-eating skunk monster alleged to exist today, and Patrick Coholan reminded us the terror a ticking clock can inspire, or that coveting the grocer could lead to a werewolf attack. Gah!
Hart Johnson created a discussion about fear, and Nancy Williams told us a true ghost story, and Donna Hole (dolorah) reminded us that the true monsters are real--very, very real, and could be our neighbor.
And over to Denise...let's start and finish with your hosts!
Thanks Yolanda for the wrap up. Now how about Yolanda Renee's story, folks? Starts off with a delicious soak in lavender bubbles and ends with an ax(e) murderer coming at ya! Gah! What a chilling expose of the beast in the basement childhood fear.
Thank you, all of you for your amazing posts.
This is one Halloween Challenge
for the record books - such amazing stories!
Are you getting ready for the month of NaNoWriMo?
We are and then we're back for the December Challenge
Holiday Celebrations that are out of this world!
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the winners announcement.