BOOK EXCERPT: Weirdly: A Collection of Strange Tales – Paranormal/horror/ Science Fiction Anthology

From sci-fi to paranormal to weird, from chilling to odd to scary, Weirdly will sate your lust for strangeness in bite-sized pieces. Each tale weaves its own spell. Vampires, beasts, ghosts, evil creatures and, of course, every day people inhabit Weirdly’s pages.

Harland’s wife makes her presence known from the other side… The Beekeeper must come to terms with passing over… Heather and her mother join forces to disguise a murder… Lillie searches for missing children… Samantha finds out a school semester can be more than just schoolwork… All these tales and more. Dare you read them?

Authors: C.T. Adams & Cathy Clamp, Faith Bicknell-Brown, James Cheetham, Marva Dasef, M.E. Ellis, Bernita Harris, Stacia Helpman, Rae Lindley, Lion Irons, Rosa Orrore, and Amanda Tieman.

Genre: Paranormal/Science Fiction/Horror
Book Length: Novel
Price: $5.95

Excerpt from one of my stories in the collection:

The 63rd President
Faith Bicknell-Brown

His birth certificate lay inside a small cedar box. Beyond his parents, Marshall’s
knowledge of his family consisted of a penknife that supposedly belonged to his
grandfather, the initials MC carved into its ivory handle. The remainders of the box’s
contents were a pink geode, some useless coins and a two-dollar bill. Marshall shut the
lid, shoving the container under his cot.

Thinking about the lost time capsule, Marshall realized his cedar box was a time
capsule too. After the invasion occurred forty-four years ago, his mother had given
Marshall the box, putting him in Pap’s care. Pap took him, fleeing with the others, but
Marshall’s mother stayed in hopes of convincing her husband to escape with them.
Marshall never saw either of his parents again. His only link to the past resided in the
small chest.

The tent flap opened, and Pap shuffled inside.

“Can’t stand that sun!” The elderly fellow lowered himself onto his makeshift bed. “I
think my brain’s been baked into mush!”

“Your brain has always been mushy, Pap,” Marshall said, slipping on his boots.

“Thanks for clearing that up.” Pap’s eyes sparkled with amusement. “Jazz says that
they think they found the time capsule. Everyone’s waiting for you at the dig site. They
want you to open it.”

Marshall bolted out of the tent.

By the time he reached the dig, sweat trickled freely through his hair. He quickly
climbed down into the pit where his colleagues sat around a shallow hole.

“Pap told me the news!” Marshall said, panting. “Is it the real thing this time?”

Jazz glanced up, her gold eyes full of excitement. “Looks like the time capsule all
right.” Pulling a tarpaulin off a large metal trunk, she said, “It fits the description of the
handwritten records.”

“I’d given up on finding it,” Marshall said softly.

“We broke the lock, but haven’t lifted the lid yet.” Jazz grinned, faint crow’s feet
appearing around her eyes. “Everyone agreed that you should be the one to look inside first.”

Marshall hopped down into the shallow hole. At first, the lid proved stubborn, but
after he yanked on it several times, it came loose with a screech and a puff of stale dust.

A menagerie of strange items lay inside the chest.

Carefully picking up a rolled document, Marshall opened it. “It’s the letter signed by
the mayor before the invasion started,” he said to everyone.

A photo had been inserted inside the letter. He studied the picture of a young boy clad
only in jeans, sitting in front of a red, white and blue flag.

For some reason, the boy seemed very familiar.

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