I am thrilled to welcome Mark Curran to Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf.
Real Witch stories from The Cape? Yes, Please!
About Witches of WildwoodTitle: The Witches of Wildwood: Cape May Horror Stories and Other Scary Tales from the Jersey Shore
Author: Mark Wesley Curran
Publication date: Sept 15, 2017
Target Audience: Adult & Young Adult
Length: 300 Pages
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon
Werewolves... vampires... swamp beasts... zombies... even a Jersey Devil... all of these chilling creatures and more await you in this haunting collection of 11 contemporary horror fiction stories by Mark Wesley Curran. Uniquely set 'down the shore' in South Jersey's Cape May County, these scary tales are sure to terrify and entertain both adult readers as well as young adults.
The spooky offerings include:
- An abrasive radio talk show host is stalked by an angry werewolf in 'Werewolves of Dennis'
- A Fun Pier boardwalk worker falls under the spell of a strange attic dwelling girl in 'The Girl In The Attic'
- An ancient sailing ship filled with bloodthirsty zombies crashes into the Jersey Shore in 'Night of the Wildwood Dead'
The cornerstone of the collection is 'The Witches of Wildwood, ' the harrowing and suspenseful tale of a witch-hunting preacher hell-bent on killing four teenage sisters determined to destroy the world from their Wildwood boarding house.
This collection contains:
The Girl In The Attic - Dante's Inferno At Castle Dracula - Neptune's Revenge - Night of the Wildwood Dead - Captain Harvey's Wildwood Seafood Palace - Showdown In Anglesea - The Fortune Teller Machine - Jersey Devil - Werewolves of Dennis - Swamp Beast of Grassy Sound - The Witches of Wildwood [novella].
Why Horror Will Never Die by Mark W. Curran
Thank you for having me as a guest blogger!
Horror has a long and interesting history. For as long as people can remember, there were horror stories in some form or another. The first horror stories were told around ancient fires, warning of powers and forces greater than man himself.
I believe good horror stories usually involve a flawed human character who wishes to overcome a seen or unseen force/enemy/monster and pulls courage and strength from within themselves to overcome that opposition.
As in all kinds of storytelling, we like to see characters we identify with or whom we feel empathy toward travel on a journey or crucible of discovery, do battle with opposing forces, and emerge the triumphant victor. But there’s something special about horror that, for me, brings out the most extremes in the character and story arc.
It’s amazing how many stories there are, and they just keep on coming, year after year. It seems like each week hundreds, even thousands of stories are vying for our attention from TV, film, books, games and podcasts. People can’t seem to get enough of horror stories, it must be in our DNA!
Ever since man peered out into the forests at the great unknown, gazed at the starry sky, or saw in their own limitless minds the dark imaginings therein has he been on a quest to relive through vicarious experience the great deliverance of a good scary yarn.
This is why I know horror will never die.
It is from the wellspring of our wonder and innate curiosity that gives rise to our hunger for the macabre. It is from this Grand Guignol the lurking monsters of our collective psyche beckon. Though many cannot bear to look, often there are just as many who will peek through their fingers.
It is there I await.
There was no doubt among the sisters that the murders were increasing their power. Each felt the surge of energy that coursed through them with each kill.
“I feel so alive!” Zoey exclaimed on the morning after they’d tied Harlan Clemmons to a chair and stabbed him multiple times through the heart, “like I’m plugged into some bitchin’ electrical source!” she marveled.
The other girls felt it too. Both Jaz and Ali would lay awake at night and feel it running through them – bringing them even more vitality and strength than even their young ages provided.