Spooky Break on Election Day

Hello there! I hope you all had a terrifying and delicious Halloween. I sat in my driveway with my friend, keeping warm over a  portable fire pit, and harassed over one hundred trick-or-treaters! A hauntingly good time was had by all!

Now here we are into November. Election Day to be exact. I voted weeks ago by early mail ballot. I’m staying off social media today because I seriously can’t take any more. I will check up on results, but I’m done with the campaigning. So, I’m looking for distractions.

I’ll be working on my NaNoWriMo project (Shiver), the kids need haircuts, and I’m listening to this guy, Dark Waters. I first heard him on the Darkness Radio Podcast. I made the mistake of listening while driving. I was so into it, I ran a red light! Luckily I was on a deserted rural road.

Check it out.

I could listen to this guy for hours! Go to his YouTube channel for more! Did his Black Eyed Kids story freak you out? Then my book Dread will scare you silly. Check it out on Amazon, free with Kindle Unlimited for a limited time! I have a skinwalker story of my own I might share here sometime!

I hope you enjoyed our spooky time together today. Until next time, exercise your right to vote, and Never Turn Off the Lights!

Just in time for Halloween, Dread is Now Available!

We’ve all heard them. A terrifying tale that happened to a friend of a friend or my second cousin’s sister’s brother’s niece. That’s right, urban legends. One my favorite Halloween topics.During some research for a project, I found that some of these tales have roots in reality. A modern example of this is the Black Eyed Kids.

During some research for a project, I found that some of these tales have roots in reality. A modern example of this is the Black Eyed Kids.

It’s thought to have started with a story as told by a reporter for the Abilene Reporter-News, Brian Bethel. In 1996 he was sitting in his car, using the light from the nearby movie theater marquise to write a check. A knock on his driver’s side door pulled his attention, and he saw two boys in hoodies. The boys claimed that they wanted to see a movie, but had left their money at home. They asked him for a ride. He was overwhelmed with an irrational fear of the young boys. He hesitated and the boys got a little pushy. He looked away to check the time and when he looked back their eyes had changed, or maybe he could see clearly. They stared back at him with “soulless orbs like two great swathes of starless night.” Flight or fight kicked in, and he peeled out of there. As he pulled away one of the boys angrily shouted: We can’t come in unless you tell us it’s OK. Let us in!

After he shared his story on-line in 1998 stories of similar encounters flooded into paranormal podcasts and message boards. Hence, it’s status as an urban legend. But, digging a little deeper, David Weatherly writes in his book Black Eyed Children, that he discovered accounts predating television and the internet with similarities to Brian Bethel’s story. The sense of deep fear the children instill, the demanding persistence to be let in, and not noticing at first that their eyes are not normal are all common themes.

One of the stories I heard that really got my hair up was told by a fellow mom. I think this story resonated with me because I could so closely identify with her. We are both busy moms, and she lived in a semi-rural area like I do.

One evening on her way home, with her young son in the back seat, they made a pit stop at the local convince store/gas station. She parked in front of the store and ran in to get milk, leaving her boy in the car with his iPad. This is all pretty mundane everyday stuff in small towns.

When she returned to the car, she peeked in her rear-view mirror to check on her passenger. She was startled when she saw a boy sitting next to him. His head was covered by the hood of his jacket, and he bent to look at the iPad. She asked her son who his friend was.

“I dunno. He said he needed a ride, so I let him in,” was the reply.

Much to her horror, the strange boy lifted his face to her. His eyes shining damp black orbs against his pale skin. She screeched, jumped out of the car, grabbed her kid, and ran back inside the store. She tried to tell the clerk what was happening, and he assumed she was the victim of a car-jacking, so he called the sheriff. When the sheriff arrived, there was no sign of the strange boy.

She was too shaken up to drive her car. Her husband came and switched cars with her. On his way home in her car, he was involved in a car accident. Thankfully, despite his bumps and bruises, he was fine. The woman remains convinced that the Black Eyed Kid was somehow tied to the accident; either he caused it or appeared as a warning.

As far as I know, no one has ever come up with physical proof of these beings. No iPhone photos or video, for example. But stories have been shared from all over the world by people from every walk of life. Some from very credible individuals. There hasn’t been any proof of a hoax either.

So, what are they? Vampires? Aliens? Demons? Imagination? Hallucination?

What do they want? Your soul? Your body? Your blood?

No one knows.

In my novel Dread, I explore what would happen if these beings invaded a perfectly normal neighborhood and tormented perfectly normal people, just like you. What would happen if they let the BEKs in? Can they figure out what they are and what they want before it is too late?

All I can tell you for sure is that once you encounter the Black Eyed Kids, your perfectly normal life will cease to exist.

Dread is available for purchase from Amazon, iBooks, Kobo, Barnes and NobleTolino, 24Sybmols, Scribd., Inktera.

dreadcsfrontFourteen-year-old Nate Camden, who dreams of becoming a Navy SEAL, has just moved into Dark Pine Hills, a subdivision that has sat neglected and unfinished for some time. His father’s company has taken on the task of recrafting the area into a high-end development, a big opportunity the family can’t pass up. Nate does his best to settle in, and he quickly makes friends, even securing a starting spot on the football team. But it doesn’t take Nate long to suspect things are not as positive as they seem, just under the surface darkness lurks. It’s not just the discovery of neighbors’ family issues, or the protesters that claim the area is a paranormal vortex and should not be developed, or even the rumors that the surrounding forest is haunted. It is something much worse. Kids have come knocking, wanting to come in. The only problem is that judging by their soulless black eyes, they may not be human. Forced to believe the unbelievable, Nate will have to face his worst fears to protect the ones he loves.

 

Halloween Horrors That May be Waiting for You!

Halloween is upon us once again. It is the night that many believe the veil between the living and the dead is drawn back allowing spirits to roam the earth. Bonfires are lit, jack-o-lanterns are set aglow, and children dress up to confuse and drive malevolent spirits away.

I’m a strong believer that knowledge of your enemy is the basis for victory. As many of you get ready to dress up and head out into the darkened streets to battle these spirits, it’s a good idea to know who, or what, you may meet.

Bloody Bones

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This is a guy who comes and spirits away lazy or disobedient children in the night. In the tales told to me he is never described, and it is never disclosed what he does with the kids he takes. In my imagination (a dark place to be sure), he was humanoid with no skin, exposing his blood vessels and sodden muscles. The children he took? I supposed it had to do with replacing his missing skin.

El Coco or the Coco Man

He concentrates on kids who will not go to sleep at bedtime. If you are not asleep when he happens by he’s going to eat you. He is only described as having a coconut for a head. If that’s not incentive for some shut-eye I don’t know what is.

Bubak

dusk-1004436_1280His appearance is similar to a scarecrow, however, he can cry just like a baby to lure unsuspecting humans to their doom. Unlike the monsters previously mentioned, the Bubak targets everyone, including adults. He gets around in a cart driven by black cats and as you know that is no small feat. He’s crafty too, he weaves cloth from the souls of those he lured to himself.

Skinwalker

These are witches that have the ability to change into any animal they please. Not the anglo version of witches with pointy hats, but a shaman who has decided to use his knowledge and powers for evil rather than healing. It is a subject rarely spoken of out in the open. Who knows, the person you are speaking with could be a Skinwalker. It is believed they are usually seen as coyotes, wolves, foxes, owls, or crows. My grandpa told me that the way to tell if an animal is an ordinary animal or a Skinwalker is that if its eyes don’t reflect light, it’s a Skinwalker and you should run for your life. However, by that point it is presumably too late.

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Slender Man

Created by Erick Knudsen, Slender Man has a featureless face and a black suit covers his thin, tall body. He stalks, abducts, and generally disturbs people, especially children. Slender Man has become somewhat of a media star and is the subject of many stories, artworks, video productions, and video games. There are many variations on his mythos, but the one that tormented my little guy is that he lives in the storm culverts around our country town (there is one right behind our house). From these culverts, he lies in wait for any child that happens by. Slender Man has caused plenty of sleepless nights and may have been a catalyst for a depraved crime in 2014. Photo credit: By LuxAmber (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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I would say that a professional newspaper reporter can be trusted. In this case, the narrative of just such a person brought this phenomenon into the mainstream. Brian Bethel, a reporter for Abilene Reporter-News, recounted a strange encounter he had with two boys on a summer night. They approached him as he sat in his car and asked for a ride. Brian found himself gripped by an inexplicable fear. He soon realized that the boys had black orbs instead of human eyeballs. Like any sane person, he got the heck out of dodge. As he was pulling his car away, one kid banged on the window and angrily shouted, “We can’t come in unless you tell us it’s OK. Let us in!” Since then numerous others have recounted encounters with these beings. Sometimes they show up at your door insisting on being let in. Vampires? Aliens? No one knows. I found this subject so compelling that my debut novel Dread is based on it. 

Keep your eye out for these characters and when trick-or-treat is over, GO TO SLEEP. Take extra precautions and avoid carts pulled by cats. It’s might just be a good idea to avoid animals of any kind. Those kids ringing the doorbell? Don’t worry it’s only neighborhood kids looking for a treat, isn’t it?

Thanks for stopping by, and I wish you a safe and fun Halloween. Until next time, Never Turn Off the Lights!