February 19, 2012

Welcome to Dead of Night Tales

So glad you decided to visit. Hope you’ll come back often.

I’m guessing that you’re here because of an interest in ghosts and ghost stories. Good guess, right? For as long as I can recall, a good ghost story could snag my attention. Even as a pint-sized preschooler, I was gripped by the delightfully creepy recording: Little Orley and the Haunted House. Thanks to the narrator Uncle Lumpy’s charming delivery, a haunted house sounded wonderfully spooky and loads of fun.

Like most kids, I had a vivid imagination, and would often scare myself silly at night, making up tales of ghostly encounters while trying to fall asleep. Needless to say, this didn’t work very well, and I usually ended up under the covers, terrified, until exhaustion took over. Growing up and learning to read led me down further dark paths as imagined by others. I devoured books of all sorts and in time discovered  the tales of Edgar Allen Poe, E.F. Benson, and so many others. Gothic mysteries filled with mysterious goings-on in creepy houses and old manor homes were another favorite.

Obviously, glimpses of the Other Side still fascinate me. In future postings, you will learn why this is so. Which brings me to the purpose of this blog, which is two-fold.

First, it’s to talk about ghosts and ghostly encounters, share stories and ideas, and generally have some fun. Almost everyone has a story to tell – either a personal experience or a second-hand tale. In my postings, I will frequently ask a related question and encourage you to respond. So, comments and questions are welcome! Who knows what other paths of discussion will open up as a result? Could be very interesting!

Second, through these postings, I’ll keep you informed on upcoming novel and short story releases. I’m pursuing a dual-course in publishing: self and traditional. As the publishing industry is in a state of constant flux these days, we’ll see in which direction success lies.

So, I invite you to visit Dead of Night Tales often and to share your ghostly thoughts. I look forward to getting to know you.

P.A. Peirson

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