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“THE LAST ROOM” by Justin Alcala
For three years, the American Civil War spread hell across the countryside. Keelan, an upbeat Irish entrepreneur obsessed with his trade, detours the bloody roads near Richmond, optimistic to find new clients for his family’s textile factory. But the Charlotte Storm of 1864 injures Keelan, and he begs for shelter at the first farmhouse he can find. Abigail, the owner of the home, will take the weary soul in, but there’s evidence that not all is right in her tiny southern cottage. Abigail offers Keelan the only available room, a small attic space to rest, but he learns who lived there before. Abigail’s mysterious son who joined the Union army, once slept in the very bed Keelan now tries to recover in, and Keelan learns the young man wants his bedroom back.
“The Lantern Quietly Screams” won third in the fantastic town of Saugus, Massachusetts’s 2020 Ghost Story Contest. There were thousands of entries from amazing authors, and it is beyond cool that “The Lantern Quietly Screams” terrified the judges. When four history students researching the Underground Railroad can’t find records on the old network near the Blue Ridge Mountains, they put out an ad in the paper. Luckily, an archivist, and descendent of a former slave-gone-guide ,agrees to drive up to tell her grandmother’s tale. However, as the group waits along the base of the dark mountain, ghostly lantern lights flicker in the wood line. Luckily, their source arrives before anything else eerie can happen, or so they think. Interested in checking out “The Lantern Quietly Screams”? You can find the short story in the Castabout Literature: October 2019 Edition:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1702629465/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2 or in the 101 Proof Horror Anthology:https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1989225306/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i7 And please be sure to leave your review. Every review helps all the authors involved in keeping you horrified.
Who doesn’t love to be scared? Check out my latest short ghost story, “A Lantern Quietly Screams” in the 101 Proof Horror anthology by Czykmate Productions/Haunted MTL. There’s so many talented authors in this book of horror, it’s scary.
“A Lantern Quietly Screams”
When four history students researching the Underground Railroad can’t find records on the old network near the Blue Ridge Mountains, they put out an ad in the paper. Luckily, an archivist, and descendent of a former slave-gone-guide, agrees to drive up to tell her grandmother’s tale. However, as the group waits along the base of the dark mountain, ghostly lanter lights flicker in the wood line. Will their source arrive before anything happens? Only time will tell.