On our first night at RomCon 2010 we sat down to dinner with someone that we thought was another reader, come to find out she was a brand new author. Her name is Erin Kellison. We had a great time getting to know her that night and through out the week-end. That was the start of our friendship with Erin.
The third book in her Shadow Series came out this month and there was no question that we wanted her to stop by. We left the topic up to her and I have to say that you are in for a treat with her guest post. So sit back, grab your beverage of choice and let Erin sweep you into her world.
Games Kids Play
First of all, thank you to Heather and Melanie and all the Book Reading Gals. They’ve been so tremendously awesome. I am honored to be here today. And thank you to the readers who stop by and comment. I am giving away a $25 gift card on the blog to a lucky commenter who answers the question at the end.
Today, I’m talking about a spooky game kids play. My little family right now is super excited about Halloween. My kids have been buzzing since we got the first Halloween catalogue in the mail, and of course, Target has all their fun stuff out. We went to Barnes and Noble the other night. The store has a major selection of spooky, Halloween-oriented books on display at the entrance of the kids’ book section, and we got a bunch. So it’s ghost story time at my house too. A Dark Dark House is a favorite and I am very good at telling it, if I do say so myself. (I have a whole repertoire of little kid friendly ghost stories that end in giggles. I once tried a truly scary one and paid the price for a long time every night thereafter.)
I’ve got a ghost in my September release, Shadowman. Her name is Therese Amunsdale and she haunts the Segue Institute, a paranormal research facility made out of a turn-of-the-century hotel. She was featured in book one in my Shadow series, Shadow Bound, as well. In this book, she can be heard chanting the following:
Dead man, dead man, come alive
Come alive by the number five
One, two, three-four-five
Dead man, come alive!
I didn’t make up that chant. I was happily writing one day when I heard my kids chanting it in the living room. Apparently, they’d learned it from kids in the neighborhood, who’d learned it at school—a game passed down on playgrounds the way “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” is passed down over time. And just today, I heard that a form of Bloody Mary is being played at their school as well. I remember playing that when I was in 4th grade.
I searched the words online and came to this resource: http://gamesweplayed.com/2010/01/10/playing-dead-man-dead-man-come-alive/
The chant was too scary-good to pass up, and I had to use it in my book, where it becomes an invocation of sorts that challenges my heroine, Layla, who is living on borrowed time. I have to say, my kids give me great material. They scare me more than any movie or book can. For example, my littlest informed me, quite nonchalantly, that my closet is haunted. She was dead serious, though I tried to tease a smirk out of her. Now, I swear, my own closet freaks me out.
My question for readers today is… what creepy childhood games did you play? If you never played any, what’s a favorite ghost story?
One commenter will win a $25 gift card. Just answer Erin’s question. Contest rules apply. You need to follow both us and Erin on twitter, and like both of our pages.
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.
It survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.
He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken…