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Seeing ghosts has plagued Dumdie Swartz since early childhood.
Afraid that ghost guts might stick to her if she stepped through them, thirteen-year-old Dumdie Swartz still cringes when she encounters them.
Her strange attempts to avoid spirits create a lonely life.
Her sisters constantly mock her strange behavior, her parents are clueless, and her social life is zero. Dumdie finds solace working in a shared garden with her elderly neighbor, Mr. Carson. When teens from her high school steal pumpkins from his garden, Mr. Carson is hurt during the theft, and later, dies.
Dumdie’s life takes a dark turn.
She learns there are stranger things than ghosts, when she senses something evil living in Kyle, one of the boys who had raided the pumpkin patch. Kyle bullies Dumdie to scare her into silence. The more Kyle threatens her, the clearer she perceives the evil thing possessing him. Dumdie finds support in an unlikely group of girls who befriend her when she helps them with their costumes for the Pumpkin festival. During the festival, Dumdie’s fears explode when the thing possessing Kyle decides it wants to possess her.
This supernatural short story is the prequel to The Ghost in the Closet. Download to read about Dumdie, young and old, free. If you like the story, a review would be appreciated.
About the Author
M. K. Theodoratus – I’m one of those weird people who has played with fantasy as long as she can remember. Had a pretend friend by the time I was three, play acted elaborate fantasies even after I learned not to talk about them, read loads of Silver Age comic books, and discovered Oz, A. L. Merritt, Andre Norton, and Fritz Leiber before my teens. Some of my favorite authors now include Alexander, Briggs, Belcher, Cooper, Croogon, Pierce, Butcher, Elkins, McCrumb, Gaiman, O’Connell, etc. etc. etc.
The gears changed to include writing fantasy after the sixth grade. Before then, mysteries ala Nancy Drew, were my favorites. Most of my fiction writing has been lost through the years. Must admit, though, I still have the Clue of the Clay Cats, written in the sixth and seventh grade, sitting in some file drawer.
Many fantasy worlds entertain me…but I’ve only written in two since I started writing fiction again consistently. My main two worlds are Andor where demons prey upon humans and other supernatural events occur and the Marches of the Far Isles were the elder Half-Elven fight socio-political change.
Mostly I’ve published shorter fantasy which is mostly free. My Andor short stories include Night for the Gargoyles [which inspired Andor and There Be Demons], Showdown at Crossings [prequel to There Be Demons], Doom Comes for a Sold Soul, and The Ghost in the Closet.
Visit my author website for more information about my writing–www.mktheodoratus.com. As for social media, I blog about books [aka book reviews] at kaytheod.blogspot.com almost weekly. I also post on Facebook as M. K. Theodoratus, Fantasy Writer]. Yeah, there’s Twitter [@kaytheod] to promote mostly and GoodReads– https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5067004.M_K_Theodoratus. For fun, I do Pinterest and enjoy my Gorey pics. If you comment on my Facebook page, I usually answer back.