Danse Macabre: Fran Orenstein
Within the world of fear, science fiction and of course the unknown there lives many who will terrorize, frighten, torture and give you chills all the way down your spine. Each of these people you will meet when you open the pages of this book, read their stories, hear their thoughts and words and know that Tales from Beyond, The Twilight Zone and even Alfred Hitchcock presents are not as scary, frightening or creative as those being shared by award winning author Fran Orenstein.
Newlyweds are supposed to spend their first night in a romantic hotel but Julie and Jordy have another experience. Almost out of gas they decide to pull into a place called the Destiny Café. What they experience when inside this café, the person who serves them and the menu will astound you. Enter the Destiny Inn that the owner of the Destiny Café suggested they try. But, sometimes what you think you see and where you are just part of your vivid imagination or is it something that someone wants you to believe? The walls of this Inn are paneled in dark wood as described by author Fran Orenstein. Candles that flicker and an inn with people dressed in costumes from the 18th and 19th centuries as you look at their portraits on the wall. Some look like they were alive during the Civil War. Just where is this Inn? The hotel seemed like it was also from that era and the amenities were not from our century. The room was filled with antiques and the white mist that appears in the far corner of the bedroom is scary as it appears to drift and billow. Julie is frightened thinking she sees things that just might not be there. A portrait of a woman wearing a white gown. What does this have to do with the woman in the café? Why was this place gibing them the willies and whom would they find their way back down to the lobby to get out? But, what happens will make you wonder just what these two experienced and when arrive at their next destination and tell the gas station attendant about staying at the Destiny Inn and Café you won’t believe what he tells them. Would you want to go back there? Did it really exist? Destiny: Not always the fate you want!
If you think Destiny Inn was spooky wait until you find yourself at the next hotel and the 13th floor. But, Mr. &Mrs. Gordon are slated for a room on the 14th floor but what they find when they get there will scare the wits out of you and the lack of guests and the one they meet will send you running for your life! Heading up to their room they realize that there are no other guests in the hotel and just like in the Destiny Inn a strange white mist appears. But, what else appears is a boy about 10 years old who appears to be alone but why? Eric and Bella are about to experience something they will never forget and will change everything. The hotel is the Wyndham which had a fire in the year 1909 and this young child was there with his family but why? Winston Holmes III was celebrating his birthday with his family at the hotel and he lost his temper. Why and what he does you won’t believe? Was it an accident that lives were lost? Was it murder? Why did he lose his temper and what happens to Eric and Bella? Take the elevator to the 13th floor and find out! But, beware! Danger lurks in every corner!
Vampires and duel personalities take center stage in Moonlight Escape a haunting song created by some named Vanette. The song is haunting as it is played and the audience becomes transfixed and the applause is deafening. Vanette flashes back to another life as someone in the audience is watching her. But, who is Vendome and what is his relationship to Vanette and what is she really? Leon Dumain is dangerous and the end result of what happens to Vendome him to insanity. The story focuses on vampires, men together and the love that two have for each other but for a short time. When Vanette/Vendome meets a man named Jeremy why does she fear him and what do they mean to each other? Scary, eerie and an ending you won’t see coming.
Blood Red is really quite sad as a young man finds out that his parents literally abandoned him or did they. Wanting their love and attention he comes home to find his house empty in a story of lies, deceit, betrayal and a mother who hid the truth about her past and his father’s in order to protect him. A letter stating her intentions leaving him money for his education and to live on Billy is heartsick and heartbroken when reading her words. The author brilliantly flashes back to his mother’s story, how she met his father and the man named James Plant that he called dad all his life. When trying to tell the sheriff that his parents were missing he would not take the time to really listen or take him seriously. The story spans many decades and goes back to the year 1468 where we meet James. Just who is he and what really happened to his parents you won’t believe nor will Billy until he decides to read a letter from 1993 written by his mother and what really happened to her. Fast forward to 2008 and hear the voice of someone from the past and learn what Billy’s future might be.
Journey Home and Mutant I will let you read for yourself but the Grandma from Hell well this one you just won’t believe. A young woman is waiting for a realtor to show her an apartment. But someone appears and seems to know more about her than she should. A complete stranger. A woman that is elderly, short, round and when she describes her to the elevator operator he describes a woman who has been dead for quite some time. Would you want to live there? What does poor Cara do? Where was Annie the agent and what about the property she was going to show her? Find out when you read this eerie and scary story: THE GRANDMOTHER FROM HELL
The last story is one of revenge and retribution as John decides to take a train ride, changes his identity and gets new cards with his new name but finds himself on the Silver Bullet Express with a conductor and engineer from well you can only guess where. With what he thinks will be his final destination within less than a half hour John Melton boards the train, irritates the conductor with the way he places his ticket in the wrong slot and finds himself in a car all by himself. Riding he wonders where the other passengers are and thinking about his past hoping for a better future. But, this is not just any ordinary train and the images he sees looking out of the window and the nightmares that come within his realm of consciousness would frighten anyone. Trying to find the conductor or engineer well where are they? When he does you won’t believe what he finds out!
Dinah Templeton was the woman of his dreams and his friend Billy wanted her too. But, as the author flashes back to his relationship with her, why he even sought her out the shocking results will allow readers to know just how far someone will go for money and status. But, what happens when he confronts his friend and Dinah becomes the object of both their wants and lust? The ending is right out of a sci-fi channel movie or Stephen King Novel as John winds up somewhere but not where he thinks ! Just who are these two that are running the train and who is going to take the next ride on the Silver Bullet express to? Stories that will give you the chills make you crawl under the covers and an author whose imagination is quite extensive. Who knows what author Fran Orenstein has planned next for anyone but be assured: Danse Macbre is just the beginning. A dance of death! Do you want to take the floor? “Dance of Death, also called Danse Macabre (from the French language), is an artistic genre of late-medieval allegory on the universality of death: no matter one’s station in life, the Dance of Death unites all. The Danse Macabre consists of the dead or personified Death summoning representatives from all walks of life to dance along to the grave, typically with a pope, emperor, king, child, and labourer.” Wikipedia
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