As the temperature drops and the leaves change from green to gold, red, yellow, or orange, my thoughts turn to Halloween -- and tales of ghosts, goblins, and things that go bump in the night.
To help keep my hands off the Halloween candy, I pick up a pen and write -- or grab a book and read.
If you're looking for some scary short stories to read by the fire on a chilly October night, here are two collections to check out.
Shameless plug: Did I mention I have stories in each of these collections?
My story about the haunted Bissell Mansion in North St. Louis "Ghost in Celestial Blue" is included in the collection, along with tales from blogger buddies, Missouri author Val the Victorian from Unbagging the Cats and Canadian author and travel writer Sean McLachlan of Civil War Horror.
I haven't received my contributor copies yet, so I haven't read all the stories, but I know what great writers Val and Sean are because I am a frequent follower of their blogs.
If you're curious about who else is in the anthology and want to purchase a copy, visit the RHP website.
If you're a frequent visitor to my blog, you might remember the title of the book Shadows After Midnight.
The e-book was published late last year by Welkin Press, but editor Patricia B. Smith has redesigned the cover and reduced the price, just in time for Halloween.
The Shadows After Midnight e-book is now available for a limited time on Amazon.com for less than a dollar. The collection of "12 Spooky Tales for Halloween" includes my short story "Stairway to Heaven."
How about you? Do you have any scary books to recommend reading on chilly fall evenings--that is, when the Cardinals aren't playing in the World Series?