Saturday 3 December 2011

Jenny Twist: Spellbound 2011

Spellbound 2011

Contributing to anthologies is both exciting and nerve-racking, since you have absolutely no idea who the other authors will be until the finished product appears. To my great relief, I have enjoyed the other stories in the anthologies to which I have contributed so far and found the other authors to be highly entertaining and full of enthusiasm for promoting the books.

The Spellbound lot are great fun and I have made some real friends amongst them.

The quality of writing is exceptionally high and one of the stories, Room 1309.5 by John Mecom, received honorable mention in the Fifth Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.

I must say I feel really proud to be in such company.

In my opinion, there isn't a single dud in the whole anthology.

I hope you agree.

Here is the blurb:

Spellbound at Midnight by Isabelle Kane & Audrey Tremaine
In the sultry Big Easy, Viole Godin is hired to restore Magnolia Place, an antebellum mansion which is crumbling under a mysterious curse. Marie Verret and her dangerously attractive grandson, Lucien, believe Viole is the key to ending the curse one magical Halloween night.

Room 1309.5 by John M. Mecom
Inspired by the works of Poe and Stephen King, Room 1309.5 is a story of revenge and despair. It is the author's first story to be published and received honorable mention in the Fifth Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards.

Mansion of Nightmares by Walt Trizna
A mysterious mansion, long abandoned, harbors a past that claims those who enter. Then one day, by a stroke of luck, an intruder survives and uncovers its secret.

Ghost Taxi by Joanna Foreman
A man drowns heading for freedom in America, but his ghost is trapped. Washed up on the beach, the ghost is an illegal alien, not allowed to cross the street into Miami. A homeless man and a vacationing tourist search for his wife so the ghost can possess her.

Uncle Vernon by Jenny Twist
There's something very peculiar about Uncle Vernon. Nobody knows what he does in the cellar. But he's quite harmless, really. Isn't he?

Half Seen, Half Hidden by John Steiner
Nine dead. One missing. No suspects and no leads. What happened in the cabin outside Wilson Wyoming? Where and who is Mason Oliver? Deep within ourselves rests a greater mystery. Half Seen, Half Hidden traces the last three days of Mason Oliver and nine hitchhikers. Offering them shelter, Mason takes them to a secluded cabin. There they all sense the others aren't quite the strangers they seemed, and that they hold something extraordinary in common.

Telltale Signs by Tori L Ridgewood
Don't stay in the Dark Lake Museum after sunset! But Kate Elliot has a deadline to meet. Working overtime, she realizes she's not alone in the creepy old mansion...

The Origin of Fear by Tara Fox Hall
Four college friends mount an expedition to Latham's Landing-an abandoned island estate infamous for mysterious deaths-to gather pictures and inspiration for a thesis on the origin of fear.

And here is an excerpt from my own contribution.

Excerpt from Uncle Vernon – Jenny Twist

She reached the ground floor without further incident and was just reaching for the handle on the back door, when she realised there was someone in the kitchen. She could hear singing – Janice, singing along with the radio. Damn! She didn’t think she could let herself out the back way without being seen from the kitchen window. She was still trying to work out a way round this when suddenly she felt a hand on her shoulder and she gave a small shriek of surprise and turned round.

Standing in the passage was an enormously tall, incredibly thin man. His face was so pale it was almost translucent. His hair was completely white and swept back from his forehead in a perfect Dracula’s widow’s peak He was dressed entirely in black, the collar of his coat turned up like Dracula’s cloak. And his eyes were staring and colourless in the dim light of the passage.

She screamed a full-blooded, heroine in a horror film scream. And the man put up his hands as if to fend her off. Long, thin, incredibly white hands with long, thin fingers.

She screamed again and was just taking a breath to scream a third time, when the kitchen door opened and Janice said, “It’s all right. It’s only Uncle Vernon.”

Alison flung herself, sobbing, into Janice’s arms and looked back into the passage way. The man had disappeared! How? There was nowhere for him to go. At that moment Gary came clattering down the stairs.

What the fuck?”...

Gary!” Janice said. “Watch your language! It’s only Uncle Vernon.”

For more excerpts and other stuff, go to my website.

Thank you so much for sharing my visit and thank you, Contemporary Fiction, for giving me the opportunity. I really appreciate it.

Jenny Twist


Unknown said...

Now I want to know more about the mysterious Uncle Vernon. Good suspense built, he is not a totally unknown quantity to the cast...or is he?

Jenny Twist said...

Alison has heard about him, but not ever seen him before. Would you like the book? I could send you pdf or Kindle?
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Lindsay Townsend said...

Whoa! A perfect spooky collection and what a great tradition to be part of: that of telling Christmas ghostly stories!
Congratulations Jenny, on your story and your super blog!

Tori said...

Jenny, Uncle Vernon gave me shivers... The ending reminded me of a Stephen King story, it was so chilling, visceral, and unsettling.

Anonymous said...

I think Jenny Twist's stories have elements of a number of great horror wirters including Stephen King as Tori menitoned.

I also agree with Jenny that the anthology includes high quality work and I'm honored to be in such good company.

Thanks for your blogging efforts Jenny.

John M.

Su Halfwerk said...

Collections of stories give readers the opportunity to meet new authors on their terms :-)
I'm currently reading "Take One at Bedtime" by Jenny Twist. I must admit, I'm overdosing on the stories...I Can't stop reading them.
Great post, Jenny. Now I have to try and resist getting Spellbound 2011.

Tara Fox Hall said...

I also enjoyed Jenny's other frightening work, Take One At Bedtime. I highly recommend that!

Walt said...

Great post, Jenny
Keep up the good work.


Jenny Twist said...

Thank you for all your lovely comments. You have made me very happy. Su, You don't have to resist. Give me your email address or contact me on and I'll send you the pdf or Kindle. It's so nice to have a fan.

John Steiner said...

Jenny's also got incredible wit. Just the right combination of two or three words had me cracking up for a few minutes.

Jenny Twist said...

Thank you, John. You are such a good friend. Nice to share the same sense of humour.

morgan said...

Hi Jenny,
The collection looks riveting. At first, I thought ghost stories at Christmas, but then I realized the gathering of relatives and the telling of old ghost stories is a holiday tradition too. Good luck with Uncle Vernon.


Jenny Twist said...

The Christmas ghost story is a tradition in England. The BBC always used to broadcast one on Christmas Eve, usually one of M R James' - the absolute master of all time. You can get his entire collection free on Kindle. If you haven't already got them, I can highly recommend them.

Paul McDermott said...

Yes, Jenny's right, Christmas is the time for telling ghost stories - the "longest night" tradition of gathering for mutual self-protection predates Christianity by some considerable time!
As usual, Shakespeare had his own opinion:
“I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood,
Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres.” [Hamlet]

and who am I to arue with the Master? LOL

Good luck with the book Jenny: the extract promises a great yarn to come!

Jenny Twist said...

Thanks Paul. You're absolutely right. And isn't there the beginning of a ghost story in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale? It begins, 'there was a man who dwelt by a church yard.' The character doesn't finish the story but you just know it was going to be really creepy.