“THE LAST STOP” is a bizarre and harrowing tale of a train trip gone wrong, taken by four friends as their last hurray before college. They’ll wish they never got off!
Ghosts, Spirits, and Specters: Volume 2 is second volume in HellBound Books Publishing’s popular anthology series is a superlative collection of fifteen spine-chilling, marrow-icing ghost stories that will have you hiding beneath the covers and reaching for the comfort of your nightlight’s glow.
Snippet from my story, “The Last Stop”:
Stepping off the train car and onto the platform the two were greeted by a sky that had an eerie sepia glow to it. Weston could only compare it to a scene from the movie Blade Runner 2049. He looked down the platform. Tara and Kyle were standing face-to-face. Weston could see Kyle’s expression had a look of urgency and dread, like something awful had happened.
“What’s wrong?” Weston asked, as he and Kate hastily approached.
Kyle stepped aside to reveal Tara’s right arm with its compound fracture.
“Oh, my God!” Kate cried at the sight of the protruding bone. “Doesn’t that hurt?” she asked. Except it didn’t. The bone was jutting out of its flesh but there was no blood or pain associated with the wound. Kyle too had been injured. The front of his shirt had been torn and it revealed a deep slash across his chest. Nevertheless, he too felt no pain nor was there blood loss from the traumatic injury.
Weston pulled his cell phone out from a rear pants pocket and said, “We need to get you two help.”
“We’ve already tried that,” Kyle said. “There’s no reception here.” Kate checked her mobile phone. She too had no reception.
“The station master’s office,” Weston announced. “Someone inside must have a landline.”
“It’s closed,” Kyle replied, and then added, “The doors are locked and the lights are off.”
“Someone has to be able to help. There has to be a police or fire station in town,” Weston said.
“Maybe, but this isn’t the River Lake station.” Kyle pointed to the station sign.
Each of them looked at the sign, and none of them saw the same name for the town. For a moment they all disagreed with each other on the station name. No one could understand why each was reading the station marker differently from the other. The disagreement over the signage ended when Tara asked, “Did we get on the wrong train?”
“Not possible,” Weston replied. “There’s only one Old River Train.”
Observing the edge of town was just a couple hundred yards away; they all agreed they had not arrived at River Lake. Wherever they had ended up, it was imperative that Kyle and Tara receive immediate medical attention. Although the trauma each of them had received was not producing blood or pain, it didn’t mean that the wounds were not life threatening. The group headed into town. Kyle and Tara left their bags on the platform.
HellBound Books Publishing – Ghosts, Spirits and Specters: Volume 2
Published, May 8, 2020.
“Round Trip” – Lee Glenwright
“Portrait of the Savior as a Young Woman” – Davis Pratt
“The Ghouls are Amongst Us” – Derek Muk
“The Last Stop“ – TS Alan
“Factual Account of the Strange Occurrences at Bellefonte Grange” – Nicholas Beishline
“Wondrous and Monstrous Ways” – Marvin Brown
“The Journal of Caleb Walsh: A Tale of the Bajazid” – Kenneth Bykerk
“Night of the Dullahan” – Dustin Chisam
“The Bleakwood Curse” – Alison Cybe
“Mentally Imbalanced, Not Uneducated” – Virginia Elizabeth Hayes
“How the Crow Flies” – Heddy Johannesen
“Eyes Under the Carpet” – Sylvia Son
“Ghost Tour” – Carl Alves
“The Weeping Well” – Thomas Kodnar
“A Trailer Terror” – Patrick W. Gibson
“Hangman” – Mike Murphy