Dark Divinations Party – Facebook, Saturday, May 23rd

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Dark Divinations
Edited by Naching T. Kassa

Authors: Stephanie Ellis, Michael Fassbender, Alan Fisher, H.R.R. Gorman, Ash Hartwell, Hannah Hulbert, Naching T. Kassa, R.L. Merrill, Joe L. Murr, Jeremy Megargee, Jon O’Bergh, Emerian Rich, Rie Sheridan Rose, Daphne Strasert

“Rich and dizzying.” ~ Alyson Rhodes

“I enjoyed every story. Who wouldn’t want to read this?” ~ The Book Lovers Boudoir

“The stories are extremely well written and very engaging.” ~ Horror Madam

It’s the height of Queen Victoria’s rule. Fog swirls in the gas-lit streets, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Join us as we explore fourteen frightening tales of Victorian horror, each centered around a method of divination. Can the reading of tea leaves influence the future? Can dreams keep a soldier from death in the Crimea? Can a pocket watch foretell a deadly family curse? From entrail reading and fortune-telling machines to prophetic spiders and voodoo spells, sometimes the future is better left unknown.

Choose your fate.
Choose your DARK DIVINATION.

Available now in Print and Kindle ~ Dark Divinations

 

 

“The Pocket Watch” by Emerian Rich in Dark Divinations

HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Dark Divinations edited by Naching T. Kassa

It’s the height of Queen Victoria’s rule. Fog swirls in the gas-lit streets, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Can the reading of tea leaves influence the future? Can dreams keep a soldier from death in the Crimea? Can a pocket watch foretell a deadly family curse? From entrail reading and fortune-telling machines to prophetic spiders and voodoo spells, sometimes the future is better left unknown.

Choose your fate.

Choose your DARK DIVINATION.


An excerpt from Dark Divinations

 The Pocket Watch

Emerian Rich

Northern England 1883

Gretchen Windemere stood tall in her sapphire taffeta bustle dress, her neck and vermillion hair adorned with sapphire velvet ribbons and pearls. She smiled and nodded as her new husband gave her a tour of his family estate in Northern England. She’d never been inside such an antique home in her life. Growing up in Manhattan, she was no stranger to glamor but her family mansion was no older than 1780. Harrison’s estate had been built in the 1500s, seen kings and queens, lords and dukes, and at least eleven Lady Windermeres in its time. She was the newest and most unlikely mistress of the house being American and “new money.”

“Gretchen? Did you hear me?”

“I’m sorry?” She turned, taking in her new husband, Harrison. He was bright and trim and easy-on-the-eyes. All the things young girls like Gretchen looked for in a mate.

“This is to be your private study.” He smiled, wrapping his arm around her waist. “Would you like to stay here while I attend to some business?” Harrison’s butler, Prescott, stood by inspecting her with almost a sneer. She supposed the right answer would be yes.

“Certainly.”

“I’ll return for you at luncheon.” Harrison kissed her once on the cheek and left with his butler in tow.

Gretchen removed her traveling gloves and took in the room, admiring the antiques and placement of all the furniture. The color scheme of the room was very last-century, harkening back to the white and gold of Versailles. The desk sat in the middle of the room, facing the two front windows that looked out over the gardens to the right or left of a dainty golden mirror. A luxurious settee sat in front of the massive gold-encrusted fireplace mantle. A toasty roost if she were chilled. The chaise lounge near the closest window looked a sublime place for an afternoon nap. Everything seemed to be in the precise place it should be.

How very efficient the last Lady Windermere had been. So efficient, Gretchen felt the need to adjust the chaise ever so slightly askew just to break up the perfection.

Gretchen’s life in Manhattan had been too perfect. Her mother had groomed her from birth to be the prettiest, the most refined, the classiest girl in all of New York City. Her friends were Vanderbilts and Astors. Their pastimes were tea parties and cotillions.  She’d been taught the manners, the traditions, and the tastes of the extremely wealthy. But after fulfilling her mother’s purpose for her—marrying a titled man—she was of no use to her anymore. It was her sister’s turn to catch a lord, duke, or count. It was all so cold, Gretchen could barely stand it.

Luckily, she just happened to be in love with Harrison. They had met at the Vanderbilt Ball that spring, she in a forest sprite costume and he dressed as a matador. He made her laugh before she knew his title. His quirky disposition and a promise of a life away from the New York City social scene sealed the deal. By September they were wed and as October drew to a close, they’d returned to his country estate to settle in for the winter.

Satisfied with her private study furniture arrangement being “not-quite-perfect” Gretchen set to the arduous task of writing her family. First, she’d write to her mother—saying all the things she’d been taught to say—then shortly to her father, and finally to her sister.

At half-past eleven, Harrison strolled into the room, catching Gretchen as she stared out into the garden.

“Love, I have come to take you to lunch, but first, a surprise.”

“You’re going to spoil me with all the gifts,” Gretchen said, turning to find him holding out a red velvet box.

“You deserve all this and more. I can’t believe I convinced you to come overseas. To leave your family…”

“My family is nothing to me, you know that. Though, I do miss my beloved Annie.”

“There is a reason I fell in love with you. A woman who loves her horse more than her family. How am I so lucky?”

She smiled. “I do love riding.”

“But this gift isn’t from me, it’s from my mother.”

“Oh.” Gretchen’s heart pulled when he spoke of his family. Both his father and mother were deceased. They’d left him only a few years apart and the wounds were still very close to the surface. “I’m honored.” She took the box from him and opened it.

Inside was a golden pocket watch, by its appearance very old, but shined to the hilt.

“It was my mother’s. I’m only sorry she couldn’t give it to you herself.”

“It’s stunning.”

The pocket watch was rather large for a lady to carry, but had evidently been repurposed for Lady Windermere. A golden chain enabled the owner to wear it as a necklace and Gretchen looped it over her neck, admiring the impression of the Windermere crest on the front. Gretchen pushed the crown and the door flipped open, displaying the hands of the clock inching forward. On the inside of the door, a mirror had been inlaid at its base. Although the brilliancy of the glass was faded with age, Gretchen could see her Josephine curls and velvet choker in the reflection. She closed the watch with a click and hugged Harrison.

“Thank you. It’s beautiful. I feel so honored to have something of your mother’s.”

Harrison smiled sadly, taking her hand.

To read more, go to: Amazon.com or order the special edition, signed copy with hand-painted tarot cards at HorrorAddicts.net

HorrorAddicts.net 180, Paul Lubaczewski

HorrorAddicts.net #180!

HorrorAddicts.net

Horror Addicts Episode# 180
SEASON 15 “Cursed, Cubed”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


paul lubaczewski | spank the nun | dead mans gun s1

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Whatever Will Be, Will Be…or Will It?

Great write up about Emerian’s story, “The Pocket Watch”

Rie Sheridan Rose

Today’s fortune-telling from Dark Divinations explores echoes of the future seen through a scrying mirror in “The Pocket Watch.” Paired with the watch is a journal that reveals a sinister curse.

We are not talking about the Future Echoes from Red Dwarf–no one takes off in a space ship–but a chilling tale of warning. Our fearless leader Emerian Rich, head honcho at HorrorAddicts.net, penned this tale of love and loss.

We will discuss scrying in more depth later in the series, but in this case, what our heroine sees are glimpses of both past and future in the watch she has inherited from her deceased mother-in-law. I am not going to go into too much detail, because I think you should read the story for yourself. It poses an interesting question. Is the future set in stone?

The title of this post relates to the earworm of Que…

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Emerian Rich, an ON TIME Author Interview

Transmundane Press

bannerJoin us as we peek behind the scenes of our upcoming anthology, ON TIME. Learn more about Emerian Rich in her featured interview.

ABOUT THE STORY

What inspired your story?

When my mother lived in L.A., we always lamented that there wasn’t a quick-transfer tunnel from San Francisco to L.A. that would save us the 8-10 hour drive to get to each other. “PODs” expanded that dream. If a tunnel, why not a single-transport? What could go wrong, right?

Can you tell us a little bit about your protagonist?

Kelly is a college graduate, wanting to work at the most prestigious animation company in the world. She is full of dreams and doesn’t realize just one POD ride can destroy all her chances.

What is the most interesting thing about the world you’ve created?

The tunnels and the POD system. It’s not supposed to be for time travel. It’s an…

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Dark Divinations feat. Emerian Rich’s The Pocket Watch

HorrorAddicts.net Press Presents:

Dark Divinations edited by Naching T. Kassa

Available now at Amazon.com

It’s the height of Queen Victoria’s rule. Fog swirls in the gas-lit streets, while in the parlor, hands are linked. Pale and expectant faces gaze upon a woman, her eyes closed and shoulders slumped. The medium speaks, her tone hollow and inhuman. The séance has begun.

Can the reading of tea leaves influence the future? Can dreams keep a soldier from death in the Crimea? Can a pocket watch foretell a deadly family curse? From entrail reading and fortune-telling machines to prophetic spiders and voodoo spells, sometimes the future is better left unknown.

Choose your fate.

Choose your DARK DIVINATION.

Join us as we explore fourteen frightening tales of Victorian horror, each centered around a method of divination.


“Power and Shadow” by Hannah Hulbert

A young woman, with the power to manipulate the future using tea leaves, teaches her friend a lesson at her mother’s behest.

“Copper and Cordite” by Ash Hartwell

On the eve of her fiance’s departure for the Crimea, a young Englishwoman discovers the power which lies in dreams. Can she use it to save him?

“Damnation in Venice” by Joe L. Murr

When a roguish fortuneteller counsels an aging writer, he ends up in danger of damning his own soul.

“The Pocket Watch” by Emerian Rich

When a young American bride returns to her husband’s English estate, she receives a present from his deceased mother that can foretell a deadly family curse.

“They Wound Like Worms” by Naching T. Kassa

A man writes his sister concerning a method of divination which reveals his true love. But, as his obsession grows, the method grows bloodier.

“Miroir de Vaugnac” by Michael Fassbender

A widowed seer, augmenting her skills through an antique scrying bowl,  faces grim choices when she learns she is not fully in control of its power.

“The Bell” by Jon O’Bergh

Dark Divinations 3d

A physical medium, who earned his fortune faking necromancy, finds he’s buried in a coffin and must call upon his powers to save himself.

“Romany Rose” by Stephanie Ellis

A penny gaff mysteriously appears outside a London shop, awaking a spirit with a terrible agenda.

“Miss Mae’s Prayers” by H.R.R. Gorman

A preacher seeks to rebuke an Appalachian witch for her use of the Bible to divine the future, but ignoring her warnings leads to dire consequences

“Broken Crystal” by Rie Sheridan Rose

A young, Irish fortuneteller discovers her true fate when she reads for a dangerous man who won’t accept her prophecy.

“Breaking Bread” by R.L. Merrill

A wife, suspecting her husband of infidelity, tests him with a magic loaf of bread, but her quest for knowledge might be more trouble than she asked for.

“The Ghost of St. John Lane” by  Daphne Strasert

While conducting a seance to contact her dead husband, a woman discovers a girl with strange gifts and provokes a man who seeks to destroy her.

“The Moat House Cob” by Alan Fisher

In a tower of fortune-telling animals, a spider spins a web over London. What ominous force may be headed their way?

“Of Blood and Bones” by Jeremy Megargee

When a woman throws the bones in search of her sister’s murderer, she finds an unimaginable evil. Will she avenge her sister’s death? Or share her fate?

Available now at Amazon.com

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B087LBPBNS

Or order the special edition, signed copy with hand-painted tarot cards at HorrorAddicts.net

HorrorAddicts.net 179, Desiree Byars

HorrorAddicts.net

Horror Addicts Episode# 179
SEASON 15 “Cursed, Cubed”
Horror Hostess: Emerian Rich
Intro Music by: Valentine Wolfe


desiree byars | her despair | dead ringer 1964

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Time Travel Be Hard, Yo by Emerian Rich

Transmundane Press

banner.jpegEnjoy an exclusive guest post from Emerian Rich, author of “PODs,” featured in our upcoming anthology ON TIME.

When I first thought of the “PODs” story, I was more interested in the cool ability for us to be able to transfer from one city to another in the blink of an eye than time travel. I’m a horror novelist. What do I know about time travel and displacement of human cells? The answer, nothing. Although I love time travel movies and books, it’s only a fun pastime. I am not sciencey or mathy in any way.

Luckily, I have a lot of super-smart friends who do understand the intricate ins and outs of that space-time continuum thingy. So, I started asking around.

Several people wrote me long explanations, gave me graphs, drew me charts, but none of the info was particular to this new tech I had created, which basically “beamed”…

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Emz on Fandom, Fan Fiction and Fun Podcast

Listen to Z and Emz as they discuss fandom, past lives, and Beetlejuice!


Are you a horror fan? Do you dig the spooky side of fandom? Are you a writer? Do you just want to listen to two nerdy goth gals geek out?

Then join me as I interview the host of HorrorAddicts.Net, Emerian Rich. She is the author of the Night’s Knights Vampire Series and has been included in many short story anthologies.

You can find her work on Amazon as well as her website http://www.emzbox.com/

Join us as we talk about pretty much whatever comes to our minds.

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