Surely, a beautiful old house sold at a bargain must have a sinister history. One new homeowner is about to find out.
This story is from Year 8, The Year of Revisitation
I revisit one of the stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on.
This story is not the first one I’ve written about houses with links to the otherworldly (or about potentially reckless bargains with forces that one does not understand). The previous story that fits the theme and the situation of this one most closely is “Mausefalle Manor,” about a girl who answered a dare to walk up to the door of the local haunted house.
[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Evil is Near (Looped)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. An oak tree at center whose six visible main branches spread in all directions, some dragging on the ground, some reaching upward, some reaching outward. Diffuse patches of green in the background suggest leaves sprouting from the thinner branches. A thin dark haze lays along the ground. A vaguely humanoid shadow floats beside the tree. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horror” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “’If afterlife spirits are real, they’re real whether I believe in them or not.’ ‘And if they’re real, I’d rather not stir them up.’ ‘So…she felt something?’ ‘She said the place had a weird energy.’ ‘What does that mean?’ ‘Frustrated.’” The image starts to throb from the center as the last word appears. The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]
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