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Thursday, October 25, 2012

31 Days of Halloween Guest Post: Ghost Stories and Pretty Dresses by Shirin Dubbin

Just want to give a BIG thank you to Shirin for guest posting today! I have known her since I began blogging and she is always full of interesting stories and surprises..:D

In an apropos observance of Halloween, and for the entire month of October, I’ve started telling ghost stories.

In public.
In front of audiences.
In a Victorian era dress.

Yep. And it’s fun. American history is filled with enough murder, betrayal, and scandal to rival a Shonda Rhimes show. Neither Grey’s Anatomy nor Scandal can outdo the likes of a congressman killing the son of Francis Scott Key in front of witnesses, and only steps away from the White House. Or how about the grandson of John Quincy Adams who murdered his wife, made it look like a suicide, and went out partying afterward? See, toldja. No wonder it’s so much fun telling the tales of these restless spirits.

Adding to my glee is the fact I get to dress up. I adore my bright red Victorian frock and its black lace ruffles. I’ve even gone so far as to hide a white handkerchief up one of my sleeves. I whip it out in dramatic moments and watch my audience’s eyes light up. I love fashion as much as I love storytelling. My stint as a weaver of ghostly tales suits me perfectly. See what I did there? Suits. Heh.

Another of my strongest suits (somebody stop me) is my new short story in the Bloody Fabulous anthology, which releases at the end of the month from Prime Books. Here’s the rundown:



Open collars over exquisite collarbones.

A single red drop on paper-white cuffs.

From the brocade extravagance of the Unseelie courts to the ubiquitous leather of supernatural detectives to the old-fashioned good taste of wealthy vampires—we are as familiar with fantasy protagonists’ attire as we are with their paranormal deed. Tales of tormented designers and well-dressed vampires strut into the spotlight in this anthology of fantasy tales focusing on the world of fashion and its intersection with the uncanny. 

Oh, wait. The digital edition is available now. Hurry. Go take a read and tell me what you think. My story, The Truth or Something Beautiful, ensnarls two rival fashion houses in a supernatural blood feud. It’s dark, twisty, and quite sexy. Kind of like me when I’m telling ghost stories.

Both are well worth the price or your soul…um, I mean admission.

Shirin Dubbin is a closet wallflower with an addiction to laughter whose alter ego is the orange, ass-kicking geek. Besides being a voracious reader and lover of storytelling, she hosts D.C.'s Fantastic Forum, a show celebrating comics, sci-fi and fantasy. When not working in graphic design she's lost in writing: screenplays, novels, graphic novels and stage plays—all of which she adores, but her favorite genre to write is Urban Fantasy with romantic edge. Shirin's first novella, "Keeper of the Way," debuted in 2009 and she was overjoyed (and more than a little surprised) with the great response to the "modern Fae trapped in Washington, D.C., tale." Culturally, she's half American, half British and very southern; right down to the accent and love of grits—they're great with shrimp...try it! Government reports show a residence in D.C., but Shirin spends most of her time on the astral plane and is certain she's seen you there.