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Today, we have a special Halloween post from Abigail Roux, author of The Gravedigger’s Brawl and the Cut & Run series.
We All Love A Good Scare: Guest post by Abigail Roux
So many of us love a good scare. We devour a spooky story or a thrilling movie. We wait every week for shows like The Walking Dead, and we huddle around camp fires and hope the person telling the stories has a good delivery. We love the anticipation that comes with an eerie twist. We love the tingles that travel along our spine. We love to be scared.
This is true for me, at any rate. I love a good scare. I don’t actively seek them out, because in a way that lessens the joy of that moment when something truly hits you the right way and makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. But the occasional unexpected, solid creepy experience? That’s the good stuff. And October seems to be the perfect time to find them.
I love Fall, and I love Halloween, and I love to give as good as I get. That’s one of the reasons my newest release, The Gravedigger’s Brawl, exists. I was looking to give people a good scare. But I scared myself in the process of writing it, and that’s because almost every one of the eerie incidents in the book were based on true stories.
I collected these stories in various ways. I lived through them. I heard about them from friends and family. I watched television shows that reenacted accounts. And I took a couple ghost tours in New Orleans. The best story I heard, the one that gave me the biggest shiver, I heard too late to include in the book. So on this Halloween post, I’m going to share it with you.
A young couple took a ghost tour in New Orleans while on vacation. It’s a great city, full of ambience and history, and the ghost stories are legendary. The tour is pretty standard fare if you’re visiting. Their guide told tales of all the people who’d caught something on film during his tours, so the young man began clicking pictures left and right in hopes of joining the ranks of paranormal witnesses.
They took their tour, soaking in the sordid tales of ghosts, vampires, murders, and torture. They drank the free hurricanes and snapped photos left and right. When they returned to their hotel, they fell into bed, exhausted and entertained.
They stayed in New Orleans for several more days, and as soon as they returned home they took their rolls and rolls of film to be developed. This was before the age of digital cameras and instant gratification. When they received their photos, they sat down together to go through them.
They flipped through photo after photo of the French Quarter, reminiscing about their travels. And then they came upon a picture neither remembered taking.
It was them. In bed. Asleep.
They called the hotel, outraged that some voyeur had been in their room at night. When they informed the hotel which room they’d been in, the employees told them it was the ghost.
The man began to study the photograph harder. He determined that the angle of the photo was such that whoever had taken it must have been in the corner of their room at the time.
On the ceiling.
True story, bro. Now if that gave you chills, you might actually enjoy the book. Happy Halloween!
Gravedigger’s Brawl by Abigail Roux
Dr. Wyatt Case is never happier than when he’s walking the halls of his history museum. Playing wingman for his best friend at Gravedigger’s Tavern throws him way out of his comfort zone, but not as much as the eccentric man behind the bar, Ash Lucroix.
Ash is everything Wyatt doesn’t understand: exuberant, quirky, and elbow deep in a Gaslight lifestyle that weaves history into everyday life. He coordinates his suspenders with his tongue rings. Within hours, Wyatt and Ash are hooked.
But strange things are afoot at Gravedigger’s, and after a knock to the head, Ash starts seeing things that can’t be explained by old appliances or faulty wiring. Soon everyone at Gravedigger’s is wondering if they’re seeing ghosts, or just going crazy. The answer to that question could end more than just Wyatt and Ash’s fragile relationship—it might also end their lives.
Bio: Abigail Roux was born and raised in North Carolina. A past volleyball star who specializes in sarcasm and painful historical accuracy, she currently spends her time coaching high school volleyball and investigating the mysteries of single motherhood. Any spare time is spent living and dying with every Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers game of the year. Abigail has a daughter, Little Roux, who is the light of her life, a boxer, four rescued cats who play an ongoing live-action variation of Call of Duty throughout the house, a certifiable extended family down the road, and a cast of thousands in her head.
To learn more about Abigail, please visit http://www.abigailroux.com/