Sooo, squeaks with excitement I’ve got a story out today! So much for playing all cool… I’ve been grinning  like a dork all day! My coworkers probably think I’m nuts.

The pertinent details:

Nine Nights* is a ghost story set against the stormy monsoon heat of the Philippines. It begins with a funeral, a tourist, and old family secrets. It ends in a crumbling cemetery.

*Nine nights refers to the pasiyam or nine days of prayer following the funeral of a family member. It’s believed that the soul lingers on earth for nine days before finally moving on to the afterlife. During those nine days, people say that unexplained things sometimes happen…

The story is available in the Candle in the Attic Window anthology of gothic fiction, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Paula R. Stiles. It has a sweet, sweet, cover…

Candle in the Attic Window Cover
Candle in the Attic Window

The table of contents, and a sample story from the anthology are available on the Innsmouth Free Press Website. The list of writers is a bit wonderful. It’s good company to keep.

Growing up, the stories I heard from friends and cousins coming back from Asia terrified me, so it seemed fitting to go back there and revisit that fear. I never thought I’d write horror. I’m afraid of everything! Maybe that fear transfers to the page?

YAY! That is all.