It’s such a pleasure to welcome Dancer in Chains to the Wicked Wednesday roundup for the second time. I have been following her when she was still Rabbit in Chains, and long ago have fallen in love with her writing. Currently she’s writing a Western series called Moon Feather, and if you haven’t read that yet, you really should! You can read more of her work on her blog, or follow her on Twitter.

Top 3 for week 495 by Dancer in Chains

It’s been a few years, I think since I’ve done the roundup. I took an unintentional hiatus in 2019 and haven’t been terribly productive since about 2017. This year I decided to finally rebrand like I wanted to a few years ago and dip my toes back into the blogging water and the bulk of that has been story updates to…you guessed it, Wicked Wednesday! I think Wicked Wednesday is one of the things that keeps me trucking with certain stories, because deadlines are useful. Although sometimes I want to break from my story updates to address a particular theme that I like…and then I don’t do it, so here’s another story update!

I was happy to be asked to do another roundup, especially for the paranormal theme, since paranormal has long been one of my primary genres of both reading and writing. I find it a little funny how many people opted for a haunted theme, particularly haunted houses, admittedly my favorite type of horror. I love me some ghosties.

So here are my top three for the week of American Thanksgiving!

More between heaven and earth by Marie Rebelle
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” The beauty of Shakespeare seems to be timeless as the title of this one immediately grabbed me. I’ve long been fascinated by the proposed preternatural abilities of the human race, as I certainly believe, alongside the Sherlockian science of deduction, types of extrasensory perception exist. I agree with Marie that this world is much too big and fascinating to be limited by tangibility.

Mother Love by Posy Churchgate
There’s something delicious about horror, a holdover from my days as a lazy goth, I suppose. I retain that fascination with the macabre and this story certainly gives me that. There’s a certain vivid quality that comes with horror that other genres don’t quite reach. This story made me think about how prophecies are often self-fulfilling, and when humans attempt to fuck with fate, we end up prompting the fruition of the visions we make efforts to prevent.

Four Minutes in Heaven by Marsha Adams
I’m a bit culturally out of my depth here. Korean culture is not one I am overly familiar with, so I’ll readily admit that there were moments I had no idea what was necessarily happening. But I think that’s probably the crux of a good paranormal experience. You’re not quite sure what is happening until the end when the truth hits you like a truck. A very intriguing piece to be sure.


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6 thoughts on “Prompt #496: Secrets

  1. thanks for picking my mother’s story (I can only claim credit for the editing) I agree with your attitude regarding human attempts to outrun or outwit fate. Love your other selections too.

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