Four college friends mount an expedition to Latham's Landing-an abandoned island estate infamous for mysterious deaths-to gather pictures and inspiration for a thesis on the origin of fear.
Welcome Tara Fox Hall!
After John Mecom's opening we continue the feast of chill with Melange Author Tara Fox Hall brings The Origin of Fear. Tara how did you get inspired for such a tale?
Much of the story is from the dreams; the evil woman in the green dress, the doomed kids there for a college break, the sea house made of glass, and the long bridge. Others are my additions, like the girl with the flute, and the horseman, or excerpts from other nightmares, like the thing that creeps up on Nikki's chest and suffocates her. The tiger toy is real - an antique stuffed animal I bought long ago at a yard sale. I didn't know its glass eyes glowed in the dark until I turned off the light that night and there were two eyes glowing out of the pitch black at me. I let out a scream, turned on the light, and then discovered it was the tiger's eyes. . He is sitting looking at me as I write this. I trust my real cat on my lap, Jess, will alert me if he begins to move :)
The excerpt speaks for itself Tara...take it away!
The Origin of Fear
Tara Fox Hall
“You’ll have fun, I promise,” Nikki said, her eyes sparkling.
“This isn’t a trip to an amusement park,” Daryl replied curtly, leaning back in his chair. “We aren’t a bunch of teenagers out for a thrill. When I say no alcohol, I mean it.”
“Speak for yourself,” Sam said, laughing. “Sure, you’re going for some kind of research for your thesis, but the rest of us are going because we think it’s exciting.” He signaled the waitress. “Check, please.”
“I’m not sure,” Marie said uneasily, rooting in her purse. “Breaking into a house sounds like a bad idea to me.”
“If they’d let us go there legally, we wouldn’t need to break in,” Daryl said irritably.
“Like you told us, there have been some deaths out there,” Sam said with a shrug of his shoulders. “It makes sense the owners don’t want to risk any trouble for a little cash.”
Daryl scowled. “Even that damn old man who runs the docks refuses to cooperate. I offered him a hundred dollars. He turned me down cold.”
“You shouldn’t blame him,” Marie said defensively. “He’s just doing his job.”
Daryl grumbled something, then took the bill from the waitress.
“We’re going to have a blast,” Nikki said excitedly, throwing her money down. “The best part is that it’ll be close to Halloween.”
“We can’t do it that night,” Daryl warned. “They’ve got extra security on Halloween, because of past pranks. Police patrol in a boat on weekends regularly, or so the dock man informed me. It has to be a weeknight.”
Nikki laughed. “Everyone wants to visit a haunted house on Halloween, especially a real one.”
“Police have no sense of humor,” Sam muttered. “We can’t get caught, kids. If we do, we’re not going to get off with a warning.”
“I told you, I can get a boat,” Marie interjected. “My brother’s got one he’ll loan me. It’s small, but it has a motor and can fit four. The bigger problem is the currents around Cairn Isle. We have to be careful—”
“Cairn Isle?” Nikki laughed again. “Is that its real name?”
“That’s what the locals call it, because of all the deaths,” Marie said defensively. “But that’s not its real name.”
“What is its real name?” Nikki asked.
“Latham’s Landing,” Daryl said with relish, letting the name roll over his tongue. “It’s going to be crucial to my paper on the origin of fear for my psychology of mind class. With luck, I’m hoping to turn it into a dissertation.”
“How did you ever hear of it?” Sam asked. “I never have.”
“It’s not something the locals advertise,” Daryl replied. “They’re closemouthed about it, these farmers, and they don’t like strangers. Even the historical society that owns the house doesn’t promote it. Their website had almost nothing—”
“What did it have?” Sam asked, interested.
“Just that a man named Hans Latham got rich in the ship business, and that he built this home when he retired.”
More!!! *sigh* So would you tell us more about you, and where we can find your books?
Biography: Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her first E-Book, Surrender to Me, published in September 2011. She divides her free time unequally between writing, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, baking sweets, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.
**Stares at the last two words......blinks** Oh...WOW!
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