GuestBlog: “Blood and Dust” a New Story From Tara Vanflower

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

HHCoverPromo13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

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An excerpt from Haunts & Hellions

 Blood and Dust

Tara Vanflower

1930, Oklahoma

The tents were empty, dust blowing through them, canvas flapping violently. Rosalyn huddled inside her wagon, daring not to move. Not yet. It was too quiet. All the voices had died down and the animals were silent. An elephant’s trumpeting sounded off in the distance.

Run, Eleanor. Be free.

She could picture Eleanor, her elephant friend, roaming across the vast duned plains looking for her lost sisters from another continent. Elephants never forget and so many times Rosalyn had been haunted by the pained look of sadness in the elephant’s teary eyes. How confused she must have been, taken from her home, only to be locked by chains and forced to perform for dolts who laughed at her dancing, not knowing, or caring, how she suffered.

I’m sorry.

Eleanor would survive better than any of the humans could. She had taken out quite a few of the bandits with her stomping feet and massive waving trunk. If only she’d had her tusks. That would have been a show.

Rosalyn’s wagon rocked with a burst of wind. The sound of the pelting sand outside grew deafening. When would it pass?

A moment of quiet was just enough to look out. Just enough to see if anyone had survived the attack.

It had been stupid to bring the carnival to Oklahoma. No one had any money there, but they were making their way toward California, the land of milk and honey. Rosalyn would never get there now, everyone was dead. Everyone. If it hadn’t been for her abilities and the cabinet in her wagon in which she hid, she might be dead, too.

She closed her eyes. Her heart ached. They had taken her in as family when her father sold her to the traveling band. She had been one of them. Now, they were all dead. And for what? A few measly coins? Some horses? Some wagons? Food? People were savages when they were hungry. She wondered if the bandits had even left the bodies behind. Perhaps they made a meal of them, too. At least some of them had also been killed.

Good job, Elenor. She looked down at her hands and squeezed them tightly.

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 “Mama, Mama!” she cried out, her voice shrill in her ears, strangled by tears. “Mama! Wake up, Mama!”

“You took off the gloves! We told you to never take off the gloves!” Her father wept. “It’s all your fault, Rosy. We told you to never take off the gloves!”

“But Mama was sick. I was trying to help her,” she cried.

“She was sick because of you and now she’s dead!”

Rosalyn awoke with a start, her heart pounding like horse hooves in her chest. She sucked in a deep breath and held it, opening her eyes to peer out at blackness. It was nighttime, the winds had died down. She was still alive, still safe inside her cabinet. Dare she creep out? Dare she view the aftermath?

No. Not yet. Still too soon. They could be lingering nearby. She wasn’t ready to see the aftermath.

Sleep. She pulled her gloves up, tightening the leather against her fingers, and tucked her folded hands beneath her hot cheek. She closed her eyes. When the sun rose, she would try. She couldn’t stay inside this cabinet forever. No more dreams.

To read more, read Haunts and Hellions at: Amazon.com

HorrorAddicts.net 195, Eugen Bacon

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Horror Addicts Episode# 195
SEASON 16 Cultural Horror
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


195 | #EugenBacon | #AfricanHorror |  #Vexillary | #HisHouse |

Find all articles and interviews at:http://www.horroraddicts.net

141 days till Halloween

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Catchup: #SpilledMilk #TheShiningwithMilk #GothGirlFail #Vaccination #TummyCamera #AftermathofPinkyToeCutOff #ElderGoth #MentalVacay

Theme: #AfricanHorror 

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HELP! We need more to add to our list.
#AfricanHorrorMovieList
#TheTokoloshe #Heks #TheUnforgiving #LastOneOut #TheBoneSnatcher #Eternity #FriedBarry #Hellgate #TheSoulCollector8  #Missing Angel

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#TheHellboundHeart #CliveBarker
#WhoGoesThere # JohnWCampbell

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#IKnowWhatYouDidLastSummer #LoisDuncan

#Psycho #RobertBloch

#Jaws #PeterBenchley

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#HauntsandHellions Facebook Watch Party

Come and watch Emz read an excerpt of Haunts & Hellions!

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Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions

edited by Emerian Rich

13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

You are cordially invited to attend a Facebook Watch Party in the honor of

Haunts and Hellions

Where: Facebook

When: Tuesday, June 8th at 6:00 PM PST

Please, join us!

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HorrorAddicts.net 194, Haunts and Hellions

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Horror Addicts Episode# 194
SEASON 16 Cultural Horror
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


194 | #gothicromance | #HauntsandHellions | #Dissonance | #KindredtheEmbraced

Find all articles and interviews at:http://www.horroraddicts.net

162 days till Halloween

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Catchup: #ZombiesAteMyNeighbors #LucasFilmGames #GiantBaby #GhoulPatrol #ApartmentHorrorStories 

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“Left Behind” a New Story From Emerian Rich

Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

HHCoverPromo13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

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An excerpt from Haunts & Hellions

 

Left Behind

Emerian Rich

1916

New York City

“Time for your tonic.”

Often Glorianna woke to her mother standing over her, bottle and spoon in hand.

“Take it.” Her mother’s voice was a combination of sandpaper and vinegar. Always irritated, always impatient.

“I just took some,” Glorianna’s voice didn’t sound like her own. Scratchy and unused, it croaked out like that of an older lady with consumption, not a seventeen-year-old Manhattan socialite.

“That was hours ago.”

“But I can’t eat. It’s giving me a sour stomach.”

Mother huffed. “It’s as if you don’t want to get well.”

“I do. I just—”

“Really? Because all I hear are complaints. Here’s your serum.” She slammed the bottle down on the bedside table. “Take it if you want, I don’t care anymore. Ungrateful little…”

“Mama, please. I’ll take it. I didn’t mean to…”

Mother threw the spoon back at her and it landed on Glorianna’s weakened legs. She barely felt it. Both Glorianna and her mother stared at the spoon, the action meaning so much more than a simple fight. It pointed a finger at the horrible illness they both had been dealing with for far too long.

Mother slowly picked up the spoon, took the bottle of tonic gingerly from the table, and uncapped it.

Glorianna obediently held open her mouth, wincing as the acrid taste hit her tongue. She closed her eyes and swallowed, taking the immediate glass of water offered and downing as much as she could, praying the acidic taste would fade with dowsing.

“I’ll have Pritchett bring you toast.” Mother slammed the decaying door to her room and left Glorianna alone in the dark.

Only after her mother left did Glorianna gag at the lingering taste of the pungent serum. She’d been taking the tonic for months. Would she ever be free from it?

Rain pattered the windows on another gloomy day in Manhattan. How she longed to go and sit to watch the storm pelt Fifth Avenue. Despite the downpour, Central Park still managed to raise her spirits. The trees reminded her of happier times when she and her friends would walk in the park. But her friends were gone.

They said the polio epidemic only hit the poor, but it had traveled through her ritzy club fast enough. Lila Billings had been the first to succumb to the disease.

At that time, Glorianna had been well enough to attend Lila’s funeral. The last memory of her friends was from Lila’s funeral, all lined up in mourning black, some hunched, and a few in chairs. With Lila in the ground, she could no longer bring Glorianna out of the doldrums with her bright smile.

Glorianna longed for her friends, for the excitement of normal life. She’d been asked to the fall dance by Tommy Opalson. He was the cutest boy at the club, but as the dance neared, a sympathy card from Mrs. Opalson to her mother had expressed their wish for Glorianna to return to health and to regret his cancellation. And that’s all. No visits from Tommy.

None of her friends, even the sick ones, had visited or written. In fact, if the club hadn’t sent the circular every month, she’d not even know which of her friends still survived. She wasn’t sure which was worse, the announcement of recovery or death? If they were dead, it was sad and she’d never see them again. But if they recovered, it just marked one more person who had overcome what she could not.

Quickly approaching her eighteenth year, Glorianna still had yet to share a kiss or even receive an amorous note, flowers, or chocolates. She was crippled and barely able to stay awake. When she was awake, she would spend most of her time nauseous. Were she able to find an appropriate and willing suitor, she doubted she’d inspire enamored feelings once he witnessed her constant regurgitations.

She sat alone in her high gloomy tower, in a deteriorating house, watching the world recover outside. Others happily went about their days, bright electrics from inside showing her a world she could only dream of. Stuck in a world of dim light, old furnishings, and spooky corridors she could no longer walk, Glorianna longed to be away from the wretched house.

To read more, read Haunts and Hellions at: Amazon.com

HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents: Haunts and Hellions

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Harkening back to the glory days of gothic romance that had us up reading all night, HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Haunts & Hellions edited by Emerian Rich

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13 stories of horror, romance, and that perfect moment when the two worlds collide. Vengeful spirits attacking the living, undead lovers revealing their true nature, and supernatural monsters seeking love, await you. Pull the blinds closed, light your candle, and cuddle up in your reading nook for some chilling—and romantic—tales.

With stories by: Emily Blue, Lucy Blue, Kevin Ground, Rowan Hill, Naching T. Kassa, Emmy Z. Madrigal, R.L. Merrill, N.C. Northcott, Emerian Rich, Daniel R. Robichaud, Daphne Strasert, Tara Vanflower, and B.F. Vega.

To read, go to: Amazon.com

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HorrorAddicts.net 193, Angela Yuriko Smith

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Horror Addicts Episode# 193
SEASON 16 Cultural Horror
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


193 | #okinawanhorror | #AngelaYurikoSmith | #StaticX | #BlackButler

Find all articles and interviews at:http://www.horroraddicts.net

176 days till Halloween

Music: “Worth Dying For” by Static X

Merrill’s Musical Musings: #RLMerrill #StaticX

Catchup: #HauntsandHellions #CrappyMovies #Underwater #Underwear #TheBeguiled #ShadowandBone #Netflix #RichardArmitage #VampireSeries
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Japanese Horror: #SlitMouthWoman #Hikiko-San #Hanako-San #HellToilet #TekeTeke
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Featured Movie: #EmerianRich #BlackButler #LiveAction #OneHellofaButler

Live Action Reviews: #CrystalConnor #InTheEarth #NeonFilms

Daphne’s Den of Darkness: #daphnestarsert Kevin wrote in asking… #nongoreyhorror #PG13Horror #HerDarkInheritance

Dead Mail:
Jeff, horror addicts better at coping during #pandemic
Leslie, non-Japanese asian movies: #TheEye #Dumpling #TheChildsEye #RigorMortis #UndertheShadow #Macabre #23:59 #Alone #ComingSoon #Shutter #Alive
#JapaneseHorror movies: #Ju-on #Ringu #BattleRoyale #SuicideClub #OneCutoftheDead #OneMissedCall #Pulse #Audition #Confessions #Kwaidan #ItComes #DakrWater #ForestofLove #IAmaHero #Rinne #AsTheGodsWill #DeathNote #YoYoGirlCop

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HorrorAddicts.net 192, SLAY #MochaMemoirs

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Horror Addicts Episode# 192
SEASON 16 Cultural Horror
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


192 – #SLAY | #valentinewolfe | #vampiresvsbronx | #blackvampires

Find all articles and interviews at:http://www.horroraddicts.net

 190 days till Halloween

Music: “I Felt a Funeral” by Valentine Wolfe

Ro’s Recs: #RLMerrill #VisionVideo

Catchup: 2021, better year? pandemic no fun, taxes, no zombies, still have to go to work

Audiodrama: #TheDeadbringer #emmarkoff, music: “Huitzillin” by Sarah Monroy Solis #sarisolis voices by james seo, dave strom, kadirah wade

Daphne’s Den of Darkness: #daphnestarsert #vampires

Frightening Flix: #Kbatz #KristinBatestella Vampires Vs. Bronx

Live Action Reviews: #CrystalConnor #Kindred

Dead Mail: martin: smoking comic, kate: horror movies help you burn calories lovefilm.com, #TheShining

Bigfoot Files: #LionelRayGreen “The Mystery of Bigfoot” #HistoryChannel #AmericasBookofSecrets #WeJustNeedaBody

Historian of Horror: #MarkOrr in memoriam

Odds and Dead Ends: #KieranJudge #Blade #WesleySnipes

Nightmare Fuel: #DJPitsiladis #CongelierHouse 

NEWS: #GabrielandtheApocalypse, #JesseOrr #GypsyMob #FreeFiction, guest blogs:…

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My TOP 5 of Religious Horror by Emerian Rich

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I used to be the biggest religious horror fan of them all. Whether it be “chosen” children recruited by the church to ward off demons, evil priests doing dastardly deeds, or something more reality-based where the Catholic church was investigated for storing possible demonically-possessed objects, I was there. Although my fascination with this theme has wanned (mostly because I’ve heard and seen them all) there are some that I go back to again and again. Here are my TOP 5.

1. Lost Souls, 2000

Starring Winona Ryder and Ben Chapman, this movie is about a gal who assists in exorcisms and how she meets a guy who she believes is going to be a vessel for Satan in the future.  I know a lot of people don’t like this movie and it didn’t get good reviews from the movie critics, but I really love this movie and I watch…

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SEARCH: Author Spotlight on Emerian Rich

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Author Spotlight on Emerian Rich

Name: Emerian Rich
Location: Concord, California

Give us a sense of what you do; what are some of
your creative endeavors?
I am a writer, artist, and voice actress. I love writing fiction most of all, but I’ve recently been involved in the creation of a Spooky Writer’s Planner. I’ve also created a coloring book and am working on an ABC book for spooky kids!

If you’re creative in your work life, how does that influence being creative at home or on hobbies? I don’t think creativity (or at least mine) can be contained. I love crocheting, doing diamond paintings, and most recently working with resin crafts. I rarely do the same thing again, so whatever the next craft craze is, I’m up for trying it. What inspires you? So much! My imagination is always cranking out new ideas. It could be the way the…

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