I’m fascinated with lighthouses. These towering structures stand upon rocky coasts, seashores, and remote islands. Once widely used, they marked treacherous shoals and reefs, dangerous coastlines, and guided ships to safe harbor entrances. Lighthouse keepers were diligent in their duties and often lived in an adjacent building known as a keeper’s house.
These historical lighthouses have become almost obsolete with the advent of modern technology. The coast guard maintains many of them. Historical societies and private citizens own others. A few of the keeper’s houses offer guest lodging.
As is the case with many old structures, there are tales of ghosts, mysterious sightings, and hauntings. A few which people say are haunted are Currituck Beach Light Station on The Outer Banks of North Carolina, Fairport Harbor Lighthouse located in Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie, Big Pay Point overlooking Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and Heceta Head Lighthouse in Yachats, Oregon.
When asked if I would like to participate in a Halloween theme anthology with other writers, my imagination began to stir. I envisioned a remote island, an old lighthouse, a tragic event, and a mysterious nighttime visitor.
My story, The Keeper’s House, is featured in Macabre Sanctuary—a brand new collection of short stories by AIW Press. I join nine other authors, Mae Clair, Jan Morrill, Staci Troilo, Pamela Foster, Stacy Claflin, Michele Jones, K. E. Lane, Harmony Kent, and C. S. Boyack in tales of mystery and suspense, thrills and chills, shadows and superstitions.
For more information about the book as well as retailer links, click here or visit my book section. Grab your free copy and snuggle up by the fireplace or your favorite reading spot. But don’t be surprised if something goes bump in the night.