Included in Shiver: 13 Sexy Tales of Humor and Horror.
When you’re married to an illusionist, you never know what surprise is around the corner.
Matilda believes she doesn’t scare easily. Horror films make her laugh rather than jump in terror. Jay begs to differ. With just the right magic trick, he thinks he can give his wife a scare for Halloween, so the two make a bet. Will Jay be able to frighten Matilda, or will Matilda’s immunity to scare tactics win out?
Macabre Magic is a short, fun Halloween read for fans of L.H. Cosway’s Six of Hearts.
Jason’s neighbours’ house was much nicer than his own. At home all he ever heard
silence. All he ever felt was the pain of his father’s fists colliding with some part of his bod
One day while outside in their adjoining back gardens, he’d befriended the neighbou
prettiest girl he’d ever seen. He liked being around her because she was always smiling
and perfect white teeth. He wanted to capture that emotion, steal a little piece of it for him
Sometimes, on the days when his father was away at work, he felt something like h
him, Mum, and his brother Jack. He loved them both so much that he felt he would do
would laugh and play in the garden, and for a time forget that in just a few hours th
brought would return.
The neighbour girl would give him and his little brother food. She must have sense
known his father tightly rationed everything and his mother was powerless to stop him
and his mother was small and weak. That was the way his dad liked it.
His favourite thing about his neighbours’ house, though, was the television. They we
in his house. It was against his dad’s rules. He would only ever hear it on at night time
had been sent to bed and his father was home from work. At his neighbours’ house
television. There were no rules about that.
He’d been waiting in the old shed in the garden that night, knowing his father ha
would likely return home in a temper. Jason planned to stop him this time. He woul
power to keep him from hurting his brother and mother, even if it meant taking the beati
To pass the time in the shed, and to keep his mind from the pain he would soon
marbles and a deck of playing cards, practicing various tricks he’d made up. He alway
people, seeing the look of wonder on their faces as he dazzled them with his skills