Our blog tour is back, and this time we’re doing it Halloween style!
It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged. To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.
This week, I’m thrilled to host the ghostly K Bird Lincoln … Take it away, Kirsten!
Funny (Now) scary anecdote to share?
Real story here, or at least as real as my swiss cheese memory recalls. First, I have never seen a ghost or experienced something otherworldly. I am not psychic. I have never seen anyone else truly prove they are psychic. However…I also know there are things beyond my ken that can not (yet) be explained. I also believe, because of this one friend, let’s call her Rose, in high school that some people experience the world differently than I.
Okay, disclaimer done. I was a socially-challenged nerd as a freshman in high school. My major social outlet was the band. I sat clarinet second chair to this lovely girl, let’s call her Jane. Jane was not a loser. She wasn’t a popular mean girl, just one of those people who quietly, without fanfare, managed to talk to everyone in a genuine, engaging way.
One night, she was on a sleep over with other band friends. One of them, Rose, liked to play with an Ouija board. Rose often claimed she felt spirits or saw auras. I never really believed her. But who was I to claim she couldn’t? The story goes that at the sleep over, Rose brought out her Ouija board and they began to ask a spirit who showed up what each girl would be when they grew up, with Rose the medium through which the spirit spoke. One by one, Rose named each girl’s profession; ambassador, teacher, doctor. However, when she got to Jane, the little Ouija plank refused to move.
Rose turned pale and refused to speak. The other girls gathered around and wouldn’t let up teasing until Rose explained what the spirit showed her for Jane’s future.
“Nothing,” she said finally. “Just a great empty darkness.”
They laughed it off in band the next day, and everyone forgot about it until sophomore year. I walked into band one day and the band teacher told me to take first chair. Jane was home ill and wouldn’t be at school that day. The day turned into a week. The week turned into three weeks. Jane was in a mysterious coma. The doctors thought it was a virus. There was no explanation.
And then Jane died.
To this day, I am still not aware of any diagnosis. Rose still refuses to talk about that sleepover night. I still don’t believe in ghosts or spirits, but Rose’s reaction to a sleepover game can’t be explained away by electromagnetic impulses.
Which Horror Trope would you love to see die, and never return from the grave?
Unless you are exploiting stupidity for laughs, like that Geico Insurance commercial where the fleeing teens decide to hide in a garage full of chainsaws instead of the running car, I hate the trope where the young, nubile female is too-stupid-to-be-true in her choice of hiding places. Seriously. In this day and age, not even the most naïve high school student would run down the basement stairs of the abandoned house when spooked. We all know nothing good happens in basements. Now it throws me out of the story. Instead of ratcheting up tension, it’s so unbelievable I have to yell or throw snacks at the TV screen.
Make your character smart—and the monster smarter. Think how terrifying it would be if the heroine ran out of the cursed, abandoned house into the street and the monster got her anyway. That would make my skin crawl. Or, let’s have a muscled young guy run down the basement steps and get slaughtered instead of the girl. That would also work for me.
Thanks to Anne for hosting me! I’m K. Bird Lincoln, an author of Historical and Urban Fantasy who may or may not be too obsessed with Japan, chocolate, and coffee.
Bird Lincoln is an ESL professional and writer living on the windswept Minnesota Prairie with family and a huge addiction to frou-frou coffee. Also dark chocolate– without which, the world is a howling void. Originally from Cleveland, she has spent more years living on the edges of the Pacific Ocean than in the Midwest. Her speculative short stories are published in various online & paper publications such as Strange Horizons. Her medieval Japanese fantasy series, Tiger Lily, is available from Amazon. In 2017 World Weaver Press released Dream Eater, the first novel in an exciting, multi-cultural Urban Fantasy trilogy set in Portland and Japan. It happens to be on sale for 99 cents the month of October 2018 to celebrate the release of the sequel, Black Pearl Dreaming.
Koi Pierce dreams other peoples’ dreams.
Her whole life she’s avoided other people. Any skin-to-skin contact—a hug from her sister, the hand of a barista at Stumptown coffee—transfers flashes of that person’s most intense dreams. It’s enough to make anyone a hermit.
But Koi’s getting her act together. No matter what, this time she’s going to finish her degree at Portland Community College and get a real life. Of course it’s not going to be that easy. Her father, increasingly disturbed from Alzheimer’s disease, a dream fragment of a dead girl from the casual brush of a creepy PCC professor’s hand, and a mysterious stranger who speaks the same rare Northern Japanese dialect as Koi’s father will force Koi to learn to trust in the help of others, as well as face the truth about herself.
“Lincoln successfully mixes Japanese, Native American, and Middle Eastern mythologies in her modern setting, and Koi’s wry voice gives a new perspective on the problems of paranormal gifts.”
“DREAM EATER brings much-needed freshness to the urban fantasy genre with its inspired use of Japanese culture and mythology and its fully-realized setting of Portland, Oregon. I’m eager to follow Koi on more adventures!”
—Beth Cato, author of The Clockwork Dagger and Breath of Earth
Look for more harrowing fun at:
Pat Esden’s Mythmaker Blog
R J Theodore’s website
Ken Schrader’s It’s All In My Head
K Bird Lincoln’s What I Should Have Said
Janet Walden-West’s Blog
I’m so excited to be hosting the following authors on these dates:
October 1: Pat Esden
October 8: R J Theodore
October 15: Ken Schrader
October 22: K Bird Lincoln
October 29: Janet Walden-West
Stayed tuned for all the interviews!