So, I’ve always wanted to write a ghost story. I my opinion, ghost stories can be found in every part of the world. So when I heard that the new Crossroads In The Dark anthology subject was going to be about ghosts, I was overjoyed.
However, the problem was that I’ve never had an experience with a ghost. Well, that’s not somewhat true. When I was living in an apartment with my (at the time) wife I was walking down the hall to use the restroom. My wife was at work and it was just me in the two bedroom apartment. It was midday on a Saturday and it was somewhat busy outside. In the summer (when this happened) the neighbor kids would go outside and play soccer in front of my patio. Which is pretty annoying because sometimes they’d kick the ball into the patio door (glass mind you) and I knew that it would be a matter of when, not if, they would kick with enough force to shatter the glass.
Luckily, they never did. What did happen though was when I walked past our bedroom door, I hear a male voice say “Hey.” Stopping in my tracks, I thought the voice was inside my bedroom. It was that clear and nearby. It didn’t sound like the faded yells from the soccer players and it didn’t sound like when the neighbors on the other side of the bedroom (I’ve heard them enough times fighting to know the difference).
Needless to say I was freaked out. The rational side of me said that there was a burglar in the house. Forgetting that I had to use the bathroom, I backed up into the spare bedroom where my office was located and got my letter opener. I call it my letter opener, but it’s actually a very sharp dagger I keep around just in case someone breaks in (I’m a horror writer mind you, I think those thoughts).
After shouting out that I was armed, I waited three minutes. Then I proceeded to check the bedroom. Nothing. I checked the bathroom. Nothing. I rechecked the spare bedroom. Double nothing. I went through the apartment checking to make sure all the doors and windows were locked and that the closets were emptied. I even checked behind the shower curtain (that was delightful).
With my rational mind coming up short, my creative mind came up with the only other possibility. A ghost.
Of course, nothing ever happened. The rest of the time I lived there both my wife and I heard nothing else. But what else could it have been? My overactive imagination? Sure, maybe. But what if that wasn’t it? What if it was ghosts?
All that to say, that wouldn’t really make for a good ghost story. Then I was working a few years ago and I came upon a guy that was arrested at a local closed down seminary. That piqued my interest. So then I did some digging and came up with some strange drownings, car accidents, even a man that murdered his wife and lied to his daughters about it for twenty years before he was arrested for it.
And you know what? They all attended the same seminary.
After trying to figure out exactly why the seminary closed down, finding out that there had been two fires after it was closed, then it was used as a haunted house for a few years, I was convinced.
This was my ghost story. Hence, “The Haunted Seminary” was born. It comes out December 1, 2018 in Crossroads In The Dark IV: Ghosts published by Burning Willow Press, LLC.
If you’re interested in ghost stories, then go check it out when it comes out. If you’re really interested in ghost stories, you can preorder it here.
Without further ado, here is the cover reveal for CRITD4 and it’s beautiful people!
Series: Crossroads in the Dark Anthology, Volume 4
Genres: Horror, Thriller, Suspense
Release Date: December 1, 2018
Cover Design: Bachman Designs
Publisher: Burning Willow Press
One night after a close friends’ funeral, you feel a strange tickle on your neck. At first, you shrug it off as a figment of your imagination or a flying pest, but then you feel it again… and again… and again. Turning you do not see anything there. Nothing, not even a shadow. In the far reaches of your sight, you start to make out a somehow familiar figure, arising from the darkness of the corner of your room. You reach for the switch of the nightstand lamp only to knock it over to the floor. Your fear starts to rise along with the hairs on your neck. A familiar voice comes across the room… “Why didn’t you hear me…?”
Welcome back to the Crossroads.
Crossroads in the Dark IV: GHOSTS is a collection of short stories developed in hopes of bringing awareness to suicide prevention around the world. While the stories do not tell of suicide, they do tell of GHOSTS. For whom are the ghosts that haunt us daily? What are the remains of an otherwise perfect life ended far too soon? Which are the people who we find hardest to move forward from when we lose them? The easy answer is the ones we failed to save.
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The Rest of the Series
If CRITD IV sounds interesting to you, check out the other books in the series while you wait.
Crossroads in the Dark: Anthology of Morality
Crossroads in the Dark II: Urban Legends
Crossroads in the Dark III: Monsters Under Your Bed
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