The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1890)
A hedonist wishes his image would age instead of himself. He experiments with every vice, influenced by a morally poisonous French novel.
RIVER TWICE BY KEN HUELER – In the short story entitled ‘River Twice’ Ken Hueler goes cryptid hunting, writing about an animal that may or may not exist. A Japanese student snoops in her father’s attic, leading her to a supernatural encounter, in which she uncovers the limitations of her father’s love. ‘River Twice’ first appeared in From the Corner of Your Eye, released by Great Old Ones Publishing in 2015. Ken has a new story out now, ‘The Calm’, in the June 2019 issue of Mystery Weekly Magazine. Besides this tale, there are a lot of really good stories in the anthology. All profits from Tales for the Campfire go to the victims of the November 2018 Camp Fire. Want to read more? Check out Ken’s site.
Comes the Dark by Michael Prescott (2013)
Time is running out for two siblings, orphaned by a double murder decades earlier. When a local girl’s remains are discovered at the river, the sister retraces memories from her youth, and suspects her brother of murder.
LEAVING THE #9 BY E.M. MARKOFF – Today’s post features another writer from Tales for the Campfire. While some stories in the anthology are reprints, ‘Leaving the #9’ by E.M. Markoff was written especially for Tales. After witnessing an incident involving her brother, a sister takes the #9 bus to the end of the line, to seek guidance from a curandera. Markoff provides a fresh take on the ghost story, imbued with Mexican folklore, and portrays instantly relatable characters. In particular, Miss Cire is unforgettable. Please remember that profits benefit victims of California’s greatest disaster, the Camp Fire of 2018. Want to read more? Sign up for her mailing list at ellderet.com.