Thursday, April 2, 2015

State of Horror: Louisiana Volume II

Welcome back to the Bayou State!

Gator Bait- Stuart Conover tells a tale of a river trip. Three people go out with a guide for a real view of the bayou- complete with voodoo and gators. Want to know why you shouldn't piss off the locals? They know everything about the area. Too bad these trippers didn't catch the hint.

Couseuse- Herika R. Raymer shows us Karyl's find- a Couseuse sewing machine that survived a fire. Originally purchased to be decoration, it's discovered to be in fine working order and soon the machine begins to be used to make dresses. Tragedy begins to strike when the workers become a little too involved in getting creations matter how smooth it feels or how entrancing the tune must always be careful when humming....

Binky- Teresa Bergen introduces us to Gloria and her step-daughter, Eva, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While Gloria's husband is off trying to locate his parents remains, Gloria tries to engage Eva, but doesn't get very far before a furry companion named Binky arrives. A road trip turns into a test of survival. It wasn't an error, just a new way of dealing with stepparents.

The Bells F Rue La Barriere- J. Lamm's tale of horror revolves around a haunted dorm and those attempting to prove if it is haunted or not. It turns out that people who hang out there don't come back and usually take the roof exit. The experiment goes awry and the parade that follows is best enjoyed with coffee.

Dog Killer- Nathan Pettigrew shows what happens when a father/son drive goes horribly wrong. Bad memories and perceptions shape people. Shape them in ways you don't expect. Want proof? Hand me that Jim Beam bottle. No one sees us.

Dying Days: Rally Cry- Armand Rosamilia picks up the story from Volume I, via the perspective outside of the hatchback. In an office building. With zombies. Zombie Klansmen. Been nice knowing you Amber!

Blue Belly Bayou- Ambrose Stolliker treats us to a modern day ghost story where Josh and Alisha go to Jubilee on a tip for a haunted location.The local legend turns out to be a little more real than either one anticipated.

Reborn On The Bayou- B.A.Sans spins a yarn of voodoo. She asked Him and he delivered. Chester will get over losing his feet. They have forever after all.

Selene- Edward Moore peers into what happens when you have an overactive imagination. Rick returns from vacation to be told a tale of a vampire by his friends Jimmy and Pascal involving Pascal's sister. A little alcohol and a little vision lead to what they feel is the only outcome possible.

Indigo- Anthony Watson plays a little song and the music is amazing. It's a gift you know, being able to hear the song introduced and to hear and remember it. You have to learn how to play, you have to pass it on, you have to share the gifts of the song. The rest just sorts itself out.

The King of Belmer- Jonathan S. Pembroke tells us about a family reunion with a twist. Have you ever wondered why someone so nice might wind up with someone so ill tempered and nasty? It might be opposites attract or it might be an offering for prosperity. Don't try to flee the situation, it doesn't help.

Insatiable Angola- J.M. Lawrence lets us meet Dave when he's a young man working in an oyster bar. Over the years and through the oysters we learn about his father's incarceration at Angola.....and how the spirits there never rest and the bloodthirsty guards are never satisfied......

Without A Trace- Melodie Romeo dishes out our final helping of horror in Louisiana. A family is awoken in the night to something attacking the livestock. The father goes in search and disappears. Soon a policeman is involved and disappears as well, even though he had been well warned by a mystic. Such pretty pink eyes.....

What a fun extended stay we've had here in Louisiana! When you live in a place that has so much history and legends, there's bound to be some horror hiding out. Hope you had a fine time sittin a spell and watch out on your way home.......critters afoot and all you know......later y'all!!!

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