Letting the Scary Things Out…

It’s October and that means time for Halloween. Scary stories. Ghosts and goblins and stuff that goes bump in the night.


When I was in grade school, one of the first scary books I ever read was Alfred Hitchcock’s, Stories Not for the Nervous. I loved every one of those short terror inducing tales. I’m guessing his work, along with a few too many episodes of Creature Feature and Dr. Sanguinary, may have influenced my writing. Certainly, it influenced my taste in reading.

In light of my dark taste in fiction, this month I’m going to embrace scary stories. I am determined to give my readers one story a week that will make them shiver, swallow hard, or at minimum glance around the room nervously. Read them in the dark, right before you go to sleep, if you need to stay up all night.

So, here is the first of four short stories I’ve written for the OCTOBER holiday of Halloween. Click the links below to read the story as a PDF on your computer. I will also try to put these stories free on Smashwords by the end of the month so you can upload them to your Kindle or Nook.

It’s time to let the scary things out!

gardenercoverDownload this link for a PDF: The Consummate Gardener

Enjoy this story if you dare!!

Thanks to Brenda Lenz and Kathy Foucher for your critiques and edits. Thank you to Victorine Lieske for the image used on the cover.

10 thoughts on “Letting the Scary Things Out…

  1. Paula Barcel says:

    Thanks for the free read…. I can totally see every step of all your stories in my mind perfectly ….
    That’s what I love about your writing.

    • ginabarlean@gmail.com says:

      Thank you so much, Paula. I try to bring the scenes to life and I’m glad to hear when a reader enjoys my work!
      Three more free short stories are coming throughout the month!

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