Devil in a Teapot

The Brass Teapot   by Tim Macy (2007)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   September 30, 2014

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Are you attracted to mysterious objects of doom? Cursed pens, haunted vases, psychic jewelry, evil portraits, poppets, mummy icons? Teapots are famous for having tempests.

 

 

Tim Macy’s (a Kansas City contemporary writer) The Brass Teapot is a haunted story and perfect as we enter the Halloween season. Alice and John are traveling back from visiting their daughter in college and during their rest stop they come upon an old woman of Eastern culture who is wearing leather pants and her black toes poke out. Maybe she’s a witch? Without a single word, she shoves a teapot into Alice’s hands. Alice takes the teapot home and life changes dramatically for the couple. Unusual action begins to happen to this couple who are struggling to meet their finances and maintain their marriage.

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This bras teapot might very well be haunted. More likely, this teapot possesses a magick power that leads Alice and John to rather violent if not profitable ends.

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Read The Brass Teapot at EastOfTheWeb

I can also recommend critically acclaimed author Terry M. West’s The Giving of Things Cold and Cursed, which is a very short fiction (Kindle Single) about a parapsychologist with a Black Room of things cold and cursed. The story hinges on what is absent to the eye and yet present in the soul. 99cents  Available on Amazon.com.

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For a CLASSIC tale of cursed objects, nothing beats W.W. Jacobs’ The Monkey’s Paw,. Also Arthur Conan Doyles’ The Leather Funnel, both reads here at Tales of Terror.

 

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Two Ghosts in Salem

The Rival Ghosts   by Brander Matthews (1896)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   September 23, 2014

 

Rival Ghosts is one of the most adorable ghost stories. Uncle Larry shares with us a charming tale in the old tradition of storytelling.

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We are on a cruise ship in the Atlantic, snuggled in deckchairs and warmed under blankets against the chilly sea breezes as the ship heads toward Fire Island. Uncle Larry tells the story of Baron Eliphalet Duncan, half Scotch and half Yankee, who encounters a family ghost and a house ghost. Dueling ghosts? Spirit lore, banchees and bogies, tambourines and banjos all play a role in this humorous spoof. There is a lovely romance too as we visit their house in Salem.

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“You know,” resumed Uncle Larry, “that two waves of light or of sound may interfere and produce darkness or silence. So it was with these rival spooks. They interfered, but they did not produce silence or darkness. On the contrary, as soon as Eliphalet and the officer went into the house, there began at once a series of spiritualistic manifestations—a regular dark séance.”

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quote-a-gentleman-need-not-know-latin-but-he-should-at-least-have-forgotten-it-brander-matthews-293970Author Brander Matthews is considered to be a rather undistinguished and forgotten writer who was friends with Twain and Kipling. He wrote short stories, novels, plays, essays and was a professor of dramatic literature at Columbia College, New York City.

 

Read The Rival Ghosts at Gutenberg.org (scroll down to page 93)

 

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A Haunting Suspense

The Presence by the Fire   by H.G. Wells (1897)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror     September 16, 2014

imagesThe early fiction of H.G. Wells includes a number of “uncollected stories,” and The Presence by the Fire is one that most readers (even most Wells’ fans) have never read. This somewhat sentimental ghost story was rediscovered years ago at the old British Museum Library (1990s?). Romantic love stories of the supernatural are often on my list and this one, although predictable, is a ghostly experience that reminds me of old world drama. It’s a 15-minute read, heartfelt and haunting.

Reid’s wife Mary is dying. At her deathbed, he is torn to pieces, as he knows he must let her go. She utters a last farewell to him and he hangs on through the last breath she takes in this world. How does he cope with Mary gone from his life? Perhaps his love is so strong that he can draw his departed Mary back into this world.

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Read H. G. Wells’ short story The Presence by the Fire at StoryPilot.com

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Speaking of ghosts …

JBPriestleyHave you read any of the stories by novelist and playwright J.B. Priestley (1894-1984)? The Old Dark House is a haunted house tale (nowhere to be found online in text) but is a film (1931) with Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart (1 hour, 10 minutes), directed by James Whale (director of Frankenstein).

The film is black-and-white vintage spookery, shadows and candlelight, beating rain and thunder. Travelers are driven off the road from violent rain and wind and must find shelter in a storm-battered castle in Wales. There is a warm fire, weird and cranky caretakers in a castle with no beds … and, Morgan a savage who is loose on the property, a mysterious voice upstairs, a madman kept behind a locked door, and murder. Okay, so cliché after cliché saturates this story and it’s full of melodrama, but if you like the old style movies, this classic is one that harkens back like old wine, a bit musky on the palate but after a glass or two, it’s fun and interesting.

J.B. Priestley is considered to be the “sage of English Literature” and is famous for his book Man and Time (published as a companion to Carl Jung’s Man and His Symbols), a book about the metaphysics of time, which I’m actually reading now as part of my research for my new novel (working title Greylock). He is an unusual author who writes about time-slips of past, present, and future.

 

7122C7BZD9L._AA160_I did find a text (an excerpt) of The Old Dark House (original title Benighted) in The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Ghost Stories, edited by Peter Haining on Amazon.com. This anthology has some terrific old ghost stories by authors Henry James, Jack London, Daphne du Maurier, Ruth Rendell, Agatha Christie, Fay Weldon and Muriel Spark and more (and almost none of these stories are free online).

 

 

You can watch the film The Old Dark House on YouTube Cynykyl Video
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Ghosts Who Wander

The Wood of the Dead by Algernon Blackwood (1906)

 Tuesday’s Tale of Terror    September 9, 2014

 

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Let’s think that time has no existence. Past and future exist in the present. Pain and pleasure are one in the same. Author Algernon Blackwood brings us to this timelessness in The Wood of the Dead. A traveler is wandering the countryside and comes across an “old rustic” man and a maiden of loveliness. He pursues the mystery  about the village ghost who lives in the woods.

 

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“Instantly the shadows closed in upon me and “something” came forward to meet me from the centre of the darkness. It would be easy enough to meet my imagination half-way with fact, and say that a cold hand grasped my own and led me by invisible paths into the unknown depths of the grove …”

 

If you’ve been following this blog, you know how much I appreciate a well-written ghost story. And if you have read any of my own ghost short stories or my ghostly novel The Dazzling Darkness, you know how important ghosts are to me personally. Blackwood is truly a mentor for me because he explores human consciousness, not just the ghost of humans.

 

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Algernon Blackwood is an author who writes artfully of fear and ghostly beauty at the same time. He is likely one of the most prolific  and impressive writers of  ghost stories that you’ll find. I read Blackwood whenever I want a moody story that will conjure vivid images and provide a supernatural adventure with compelling ghosts. He knocks on the ghostly thoughts within all of us and leaves impressions that  last long after you’ve closed the book.

 

 

Come into the Wood of the Dead and you’ll see what I mean.

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Read The Wood of the Dead at ReadBookOnline.net

 

A Woman’s Ghost Story is another of Blackwood’s stories that I liked. Read A Woman’s Ghost Story at Gutenberg.org (scroll to choose page 108)

 

 

 

Librivox Recordings of Algernon Blackwood short stories (The Woman’s Ghost Story, The House of the Past, The Empty House, Wendigo, The Occupant of the Room, and other shorts). Choose “Short Ghost and Horror Story Collection 020” at bottom of page for title selections for audio versions:

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Bronze Medal Awarded to The Dazzling Darkness

Greetings!

Update  here … Readers’ Favorite has awarded the Bronze Medal to The Dazzling Darkness in supernatural fiction, 2014. Readers’ Favorite one of the most popular reading web sites (Alexa ranking at 40,000 US, and 158,000 Global). I’m so proud to have my novel on their site with a 5-star review and to be awarded their BRONZE MEDAL  (https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/12326).

Still only $2.99 on Amazon for Kindle and under $16.00 in paperback published by Crispin Books.
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The Supernatural at the Old Manse

Between the Darkness and the Dawn,   Whistling Shade Literary Journal 2013 

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   September 1, 2014

 

old_manseThis holiday weekend I’m off, but still wanted to give you a tale of terror, so how about a historical ghost story from … yours truly.

Do you believe in synchronicity? Synchronicity is the experiencing of two or more events as meaningfully related. Do you believe in ley lines? Lines of energy, or energy grid, between ancient monuments or natural bodies of water, rocks, mountains, Stonehenge, Pyramids, etc., discovered by archaeologist Alfred Watkins (many scientists debate the existence of ley lines). Still, many believe ley lines are scientifically verifiable and are sacred earth energies where spirits can enter the earth’s atmosphere–and that we are naturally drawn to these ley lines.

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In Between the Darkness and the Dawn, Edward Fane is a ley line hunter, on an adventure to locate the ghost of Nathaniel Hawthorne at the Old Manse in Concord, Massachusetts. Hawthorne and his wife Sophia lived at the Old Manse during the time he wrote Mosses From An Old Manse. What Edward discovers when he tests for ley lines at the Old Manse is not just the ghost of Hawthorne, but an experience within a ley line that reveals a shocking encounter with the past and a little piece of history.

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What’s most interesting to me is that when I wrote this short story back in 2010 and 2011, I had no idea there were ley lines discovered and confirmed at the Old Manse in Concord. During the creative writing process the ley lines just naturally appeared in the story. Two years later, upon visiting the Old Manse in October 2013 to drop off the Whistling Shade Literary Journal copies for their gift shop, I met with the director of the Old Manse. He had read my story and asked me how I knew ley lines were discovered on the property because it had not been publicized. The truth is, I didn’t know it. At least not in my own conscious mind, but then synchronicity often functions at the subconscious level. I gave a real chuckle to myself when the director showed me where the ley lines on Hawthorne’s property were confirmed (across the back lawn near a favorite rock where Nathaniel and Sophia often sat for tea). Of course, I probably don’t have to tell you that the reason they had the property and house tested for ley lines was because of the supernatural events that are frequently occurring at the Old Manse.

 

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You can read Between the Darkness and the Dawn here at Whistling Shade Literary Journal.

 

 

Visit the Old Manse Web site, Concord, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

Please leave a comment! I’d love to hear  your reaction to this short story.

 

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5-Star Book Review for Night Sea Journey, Amazon Reviewer

5 STARS from Amazon Book Reviewer Karen Ruggerio
NIGHT SEA JOURNEY, A Tale of the Supernatural
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“I am new into the supernatural world, and this was one of my first books in the genre. I must say, it wasn’t at all what I expected and I actually really enjoyed it. The twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I didn’t want to put it down for a second. It has a lot of elements to it, aside from the supernatural aspect. It contains suspense, a bit of horror, thrill, and some romance as well.

Kip is haunted by a dark nocturnal visitor. A winged creature invades her dreams, and it frightens her. When this dream is described, it is amazing. Makes you jump out of the your seat. She turns to Raymond for help, who is an exiled priest. Readers try to figure out whether or not Raymond will be able to help her, and what will develop from it. Their storyline is interesting, one that I personally couldn’t get enough of.

This is a simple read, makes you want to keep turning the pages. Highly recommend.”

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Synopsis

Night Sea Journey is a tale of the supernatural, a quiet horror novel with paranormal apparitions, plenty of romance, psychological twists——and murder.

Kip Livingston lives alone in Abasteron House on Horn Island and is a talented painter with an inspired imagination. But she is haunted by a dark nocturnal visitor. Each night while Kip sleeps, a winged creature with greedy teeth invades her dreams and drags her to the bottom of a ghost-grey sea.

For help, she turns to exiled priest Raymond Kera, who falls for her seductive charms. Can Raymond save her from this dream demon? Or will Kip have to save herself?

From the author of The Dazzling Darkness, this supernatural thriller is a gripping mystical, exquisite story, a dreamy tale that delves deep into uncharted waters and will keep your mind racing.

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