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Halloween Stories That Scare

Nancy J. Cohen

pubpinkAs Halloween approaches, we look for scary stories reminiscent of the holiday. Do you like tales with a supernatural touch? Which elements appeal to you—ghosts, demons, vampires, shape shifters, zombies, psychics, witches or ghouls?

In my romances, I tend to have heroines with special powers. My two paranormal series, including the Light-Years Series and The Drift Lords, both have empowered heroines. None of the women realize they have this ability at the start of their stories. But by the end of each book, they’ve come into their powers and use them to defeat a fearsome enemy.

My Bad Hair Day mysteries featuring hairstylist Marla Vail are more grounded, but ghosts and psychics pop up now and then.


Nancy ghost books

Ghost stories play a prominent part in Dead Roots, where Marla attends a Thanksgiving family reunion at a haunted Florida resort. I had lots of fun researching haunted sites throughout the state and then making up my own ghostly tales. In Died Blonde, a rival hairdresser in the same shopping strip as Marla’s salon is found dead. The person who inherits her establishment is the woman’s psychic advisor. She blackmails Marla into helping her manage the place. In return, the psychic warns Marla that a close relative is ill. Marla, not knowing if she can believe the lady, travels to Cassadaga. This spiritual center north of Orlando is owned by certified mediums. Here she consults a psychic who gets to the root of Marla’s interest in seeking truth and justice.

Peril by PonytailIn Peril by Ponytail, Marla encounters a ghost at a dude ranch where she and her husband are staying for their honeymoon. She visits Sedona, known for its mysterious vortexes.

Pale woman in nightgown sleepwalking or a ghost in a medieval caHere Marla hears from a spirit who warns her that the killer she pursues is someone close. When I was in Arizona researching this book, I stayed at a haunted hotel that had formerly been a hospital for copper miners. We went ghost hunting at night. This was a fun and exciting experience. I also noticed lots of orbs in my digital photos afterward. Dust molecules or spiritual entities?

So do you like these elements in books you read, or do you prefer to stay rooted in reality? Leave a comment, and I’ll gift ONE of you lucky readers with a pdf copy of Peril by Ponytail. Winner will be announced here at the end of next week.

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