It’s pretty cool when your revision scares your horror anthology editor!
From: Jane Nightshade <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 29, 2023 8:23 PM
To: jamesmusgrave2122 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: The Babaylan
Yikes! Scary. Where did you get the idea for this story?
I thought after reading my draft that you were too polite to me. The story really didn’t make much sense. Then I realized that the main confrontation should be between the demon ghost and the two women.
I’ve been watching a lot of horror movies for Halloween (my favorite holiday time), and the idea came to me as I was connecting the dots in the story. Also, as a Buddhist, and into parallel dimensions, I saw the time periods could be joined as we only have the present, which contains both past and the future.
The horror film I watched when I got the idea was Talk to Me, a great Australian movie about teens who connect with the purgatory of the dead by touching an embalmed hand. It’s not exactly what I did in my story, but I really liked the connection between the pregnant mother and daughter, and that “told me” to make certain that they come together to defeat the demon ghost of Speck. I even thought of a Speck joke:
What did the constipated fly on the prison cell wall say?
“I Speck not.”
Glad you like it. If you’re using images, maybe you can use the one I sent you:
You can read the horror story draft I was referencing in my email here. Special to my subscribers before it’s published in the anthology along with other great stories. (Note: Rated “R” for graphic content for adults.)
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Thanks for reading, and keep on “trick-or-treating”!
San Diego, CA