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Masters of Macabre Contest

September 18th, 2011

So, you may know that I decided to take part in the Masters of Macabre contest over at HorrorAddicts.net. Well, the contest is finally up and running and you can listen to my entry here. The way it worked was that each author was given a setting, an object, and a phobia (actually, a choice of phobias). I was then tasked with writing a short, “macabre” story within the given criteria. I was given a picnic, a telescope, and I ended up choosing Osmophobia (a fear of smells). This was a fun challenge and I’m really glad I took part (special thanks to R.E. Chambliss for turning me on to the contest). I actually learned a lot about the phobia through this process and was shocked to find out how many people it affects. Seems most people that suffer from migraines (we all know someone that does) are at least partially triggered by smells. Who knew? Well, other than psychologists, researchers, and lots of other people other than me. Seven other authors took up the challenge as well. If you are so inclined, take a listen to each of the stories (I voice my own) and vote for your favorite by sending an email to [email protected] by October 1st.

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