CHANNILLO
Lot 149
By Liz McAdams

Series Description:

“It’s just a light flickering, must be faulty wiring or something – isn’t it?”

Lot 149 is a paranormal story about Keira, a recently divorced woman who purchases a decaying old farmhouse with a truly spectacular history. Country living, a tidy divorce settlement and a job promotion that allowed telecommuting – this farmhouse would be a fresh start for both Keira and her son Tad, a break they so badly needed.

"Sure it needs work -- but don't we all?"

Leaving a big city job behind, Kiera embraces country living and is intent on raising pasture-fed pork and free-range chickens and the latest developments in organic farming; however, she soon realizes how much work is involved in restoring the farmhouse. To help with repairs, she calls in Frank, a local handyman and pest control guy.

“It’s a house with a history, that’s all. Plays tricks with your mind. Most old houses are like that.”

As Keira and Frank work on the house, several unnerving things begin to happen, and the secrets of the house begin to revel themselves. One of the locals, Joe Adams, fills Keira in on the previous owners:

They had two boys, long time ago, one of them had fits or somethin’.

Ain’t nobody seen that boy for decades. Most of us though they put him away –

He had a thing for cattle – bit of a freak, strange things always happened when he was around.

Ol’ Johnston down the way said he did in his whole herd, but nobody could prove nothing. And then there was the Smith child –

Now, decades later, Keira is the full owner in possession of the old farmhouse on Lot 149.

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: A Few Times A Week
Status: Completed



Author Bio For Liz McAdams:

Liz McAdams is a short, sharp, writer living in the Canadian wilderness in the company of her laptop and black cats. With work that pushes the boundaries of dark fantasy and horror, Liz adores themes of loss, love, and change – all with a twist of something else entirely.

Liz's work appears in various venues including Spelk, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey, and Yellow Mama; and is scattered all over Twisted Sister lit mag. You can check her out at https://lizmcadams.wordpress.com/ or connect through Twitter @lizmcadams753

Acknowledgements:

I'd like to thank the fine folks at Twisted Sister lit mag and Brookelynn Berry for their feedback and advice in developing Lot 149.

Notes:

Three of my favorite books, Stephen King’s 'Danse Macabre' and 'Cujo', as well as Peter Straub’s 'Ghost Story' come together in my paranormal story about a ‘bad place,’ Lot 149. In the final scenes of 'Ghost Story', a movie house is playing 'Night of the Living Dead' repeatedly as carnage is wrecked throughout the town, and in 'Danse Macabre' Stephen King says this is a way of supersaturating the elements of horror, while acknowledging the genre itself.

In a more lighthearted way, I have done the same in Frank’s selection of ‘Cujo’ (one of my favorite stories) as the Monday night movie to play for the dog.







Series Description:

“It’s just a light flickering, must be faulty wiring or something – isn’t it?”

Lot 149 is a paranormal story about Keira, a recently divorced woman who purchases a decaying old farmhouse with a truly spectacular history. Country living, a tidy divorce settlement and a job promotion that allowed telecommuting – this farmhouse would be a fresh start for both Keira and her son Tad, a break they so badly needed.

"Sure it needs work -- but don't we all?"

Leaving a big city job behind, Kiera embraces country living and is intent on raising pasture-fed pork and free-range chickens and the latest developments in organic farming; however, she soon realizes how much work is involved in restoring the farmhouse. To help with repairs, she calls in Frank, a local handyman and pest control guy.

“It’s a house with a history, that’s all. Plays tricks with your mind. Most old houses are like that.”

As Keira and Frank work on the house, several unnerving things begin to happen, and the secrets of the house begin to revel themselves. One of the locals, Joe Adams, fills Keira in on the previous owners:

They had two boys, long time ago, one of them had fits or somethin’.

Ain’t nobody seen that boy for decades. Most of us though they put him away –

He had a thing for cattle – bit of a freak, strange things always happened when he was around.

Ol’ Johnston down the way said he did in his whole herd, but nobody could prove nothing. And then there was the Smith child –

Now, decades later, Keira is the full owner in possession of the old farmhouse on Lot 149.

Category: Fiction Book Chapters
Updated: A Few Times A Week
Status: Completed


Author Bio For Liz McAdams:

Liz McAdams is a short, sharp, writer living in the Canadian wilderness in the company of her laptop and black cats. With work that pushes the boundaries of dark fantasy and horror, Liz adores themes of loss, love, and change – all with a twist of something else entirely.

Liz's work appears in various venues including Spelk, Near to the Knuckle, Shotgun Honey, and Yellow Mama; and is scattered all over Twisted Sister lit mag. You can check her out at https://lizmcadams.wordpress.com/ or connect through Twitter @lizmcadams753

Acknowledgements:

I'd like to thank the fine folks at Twisted Sister lit mag and Brookelynn Berry for their feedback and advice in developing Lot 149.

Notes:

Three of my favorite books, Stephen King’s 'Danse Macabre' and 'Cujo', as well as Peter Straub’s 'Ghost Story' come together in my paranormal story about a ‘bad place,’ Lot 149. In the final scenes of 'Ghost Story', a movie house is playing 'Night of the Living Dead' repeatedly as carnage is wrecked throughout the town, and in 'Danse Macabre' Stephen King says this is a way of supersaturating the elements of horror, while acknowledging the genre itself.

In a more lighthearted way, I have done the same in Frank’s selection of ‘Cujo’ (one of my favorite stories) as the Monday night movie to play for the dog.