My name is H.A. Larson and I am a Woman of a Particular Age. I occasionally write ghostly and horror novellas, as well as some editorials for different publications, from my desk in the Midwest. I'm a hiker, adventurer, and traveler. I'm an ex-pat in-training that likes wine and Renaissance Faires. I'm a music fanatic and I much prefer a book over television.
Good morning! Well, the weekend is finally here, so what better way to get things rolling than with a book teaser? Actually, this is the last book teaser I'm putting up before The Box is finished. Yep, that's right: this means that my book is almost complete! I anticipate two weeks plus editing time, so roughly three weeks. I've learned from past mistakes to be patient and cautious while editing, so I'm going to give myself more than a day or two to complete that process.
Cover for my 5th book, The Box
So, without further ado, I present, The Last Teaser:
moon, even obstructed by the trees, shone down well enough over the neighborhood
for Heidi to see fairly well, even from a distance. She saw a flash of gray as
it moved behind a large tree in the neighbor’s yard. She moved closer to the
front gate, trying to see exactly what it was.
Her instincts told her to pay
attention to her peripheral vision, because thoughts of the shadows came to
mind. While she saw nothing there, as she hadn’t the whole time she had been at
Rebecca’s house, she saw movement from the next house again in her fore vision.
She concentrated all her energy in that direction, a sinking feeling in her
gut. Scanning the neighbor’s yard, what she saw next to the side of their house
caught her breath.
Standing there, the mild breeze
blowing it’s gray robe around, was a shadow. While it was similar in appearance
to the ones she could never get a full glimpse of, this one was larger and more
menacing. A hood covered it’s head, and the space where it’s face was was black
as night. Even so, she could tell it was staring straight at her. Startled, she
moved a few steps back, but the creature remained motionless.
The phone in her pocket buzzed to
life, making her jump. She kept a watchful eye on the hooded figure as she took
the phone from her pocket and answered it. “Hello?”
“Heidi, it’s Sam,” announced the
familiar voice of her cousin.
Surprised, she asked, “Sam? For
“Yeah,” he answered. “Look, I just
saw one of those fucking shadow things in my apartment.”
Her eyes grew wider, “Oh yeah?”
“Yes, and get this, I could actually
see it standing right in front of me!”
“Oh my god.”
“Right? What’s more, it was bigger
than those shadows in my peripheral vision.”
“Is it still there?”
“No, it just vanished in front of my
“How long ago?”
“Not more than five minutes ago. I’m
still shitting bricks, Heidi, and my hands are shaking.”
“Um, I’m not sure if it’s the same
one, but I’m staring at the exact same thing right now.” The shadow hadn’t
moved one bit, and Heidi almost wondered if it was real or not.