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Today’s Spooky Legends story is from author Kendare Blake. Kendare’s recent release is ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD (the first in a series), which is simply a phenomenal read. The second installment in the series is GIRL OF NIGHTMARES, which hits shelves in 2012. Kendare’s hero, Cassio Lowood, is a savvy ghost hunter and he has some pretty interesting supernatural stories to tell. Part Supernatural (the show) and part Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD will definitely leave its mark. Want to know more? Be sure to read the excerpt below to get a taste of this bone-chilling story. Our story today features The Midnight Man urban legend. Thanks to Kendare, you have a chance to win your own copy of the book. Comment below for a chance to win!
An Open Letter from Cas Lowood, Professional Ghost Killer, to Those Interested in Testing The Midnight Man Urban Legend
Dear People With Deathwishes-
It has come to my attention that a few of you are looking to tempt fate this Halloween by trying to conjure a malevolent spirit known amongst the Slumber Party Circuit as The Midnight Man. You’re wondering if it’s real. You’re wondering if you have the guts to see. Maybe you’re even wondering if you’ve got what it takes to make it out alive.
You probably don’t. But, who am I to rain on your parade? It’s Halloween, right? So go ahead. Get crazy. And hey, I want to know too. At least a dozen individual tips about this guy have come across my desk this month. Personally? I think it sounds like bunk. Absolute BS. So before I sit in a dark house with my athame, doing the dance and singing the song and feeling like an idiot, why don’t you do it? Test it for me, if you will. And if you live, and tell me it’s real, I’ll believe you, and come and kill the thing. Scout’s honor.
You know what to do. But in case you’re fuzzy, here are the instructions:
You’re going to need a piece of paper, and a sterilized needle. Also, a candle. And I guess a bunch of salt.
It has to be midnight when you start this. Like, midnight on the nuts, or it won’t work. Write your name on a piece of paper and add a drop of blood. Then tape it to your front door, but only if it’s made of wood. So I guess you need a wooden door. Also, tape.
Light a candle. All of the other lights should be out.
Knock on the door 22 times. The 22nd knock should take place on the last chime of midnight, so what, the twelfth chime I guess.
Open the door, blow out your candle. You’ve just summoned The Midnight Man. Now re-light your candle and try not to poop your pants.
Apparently now you just have to survive until 3:33 am, so, no trouble at all. If your candle goes out, it means he’s close. Then you’ve got to re-light your candle and sprinkle a circle of salt around you. I’ve never heard of this working, but my witchy friend Thomas says that it might. Good luck. Either way, you’re now sitting in the middle of a salt circle until 3:33am. Bring a book. If you don’t die, The Midnight Man will give up at 3:33.
Uh, stay clear of cold spots and run away from low whispers. Don’t try to leave the house, and don’t try to go to sleep. Otherwise, have a blast. If you see something corporeal, give me a call. Otherwise, stop it with this stuff. I’ve got murderers to deal with.
Disclaimer: my friend Carmel is insisting that I tell you to not really do this. To which I say, chill out Carmel, it’s not real. But okay, fine. Hey death-seekers. Don’t really do this. Leave it to the pros.
Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master’s degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn’t make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis.
Want to read more from Kendare Blake?
This giveaway is provided by Kendare Blake
One winner will receive a copy of Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
Available on August 30, 2011 from Tor Teen
About the Book:
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.
Click HERE to read an excerpt
**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with K. D. McEntire**
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