Cozy up around the campfire with someone you love, if you dare…
Today’s campfire story is an excerpt from “House of Horrors” by Tyler Anne Snell anthologized in The Dark Carnival, edited by Jolene Haley, Kristen Jett, and Jessi Shakarian. In this anthology, several authors and illustrators explore the dark and hidden dangers that lie within a carnival that has come to town. But it is no ordinary carnival. It’s The Dark Carnival. And when The Dark Carnival comes to town, there’s no promise that anyone can leave…alive.
“Don’t let what’s on the outside fool you, babe.” He cooed, close enough that my heart began to thud erratically. “It’s the inside you have to be afraid of.”
“Whatever.” I said with a laugh. “I bet it’s all cheese and clichés.” He didn’t seem perturbed by my remark instead he followed without hesitation as I made my way up the four metal steps and into the mouth of the beast.
Despite the carnival being closed for the night, the low neon lights of the house of horror buzzed on. They lit the hallway in pockets, showing four doorways along the length. Excitement filled me like air in a balloon. I had never been one to shy away from the jeepers creepers or a good horror flick. The unknown, whether good or bad, was an intriguing topic I didn’t mind exploring.
Contributors include: Kat Daemon, Kristen Strassel, Julie Hutchings, C. Elizabeth Vescio, Mark Matthews, Brian W. Taylor, Kim Culpepper, Eli Constant, Mari Wells, J. Elizabeth Hill, Nicole R. Taylor, Ashly Nagrant, Kristin Hanson, Calyn Morgan, Tawney Bland, Roselle Kaes, Ken Mooney, Emily McKeon, Bobby Salomons, Ezekiel Conrad, Sheila Hall, Michelle Davis, Lucas Hargis, Vanessa Henderson, Ryan Bartlett, Debra Kristi, Jessi Esparza, T.A. Brock, Ruth Shedwick, Brian LeTendre, Amy Trueblood, Gregory Carrico, Jamie Corrigan, Kate Michael, Tyler Anne Snell, Alicia Audrey, Meghan Schuler, Jamie Adams, Wulf Francu Godgluck, J.C. Michael, Suzy G., Kristin Rivers, and Claire C. Riley.
*Final lineup subject to change
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