Book: Six Scary Tales Vol. 3 - Creepy Horror Stories by Rayne Hallcategories: Book, Ghost Stories, Creepy, Short Story Collection, Spooky, Dark Fantasy, Diving, Belly Dancing, Travel Stories, Horror
Rayne Hallabout this book: This is volume six of the series of spine tingling stories by Rayne Hall. These stories are creepy rather than gory, and more disquieting than graphic. However, they're not recommended for young readers without parental guidance.
The stories in this volume are:
The Painted Staircase
I Dived The Pandora
Never Leave Me
The Colour of Dishonour
Please note that these stories are also included in the bigger collection, Thirty Scary Tales.
The book cover illustration is by artist Erica Syverson, who also created the other covers in the Six Scary Tales series.
The book is available in ebook format for Kindle. On the Amazon site, click 'Download free sample' to see if this is the kind of fiction you enjoy reading.
Here's the beginning of the story I DIVED THE PANDORA:
I'll never dive again. I've given away my gear and torn up my license. Even if what I saw in the wreck was a hallucination, the consequences were real, and it was my fault.
Chilled by the October air, eight of us huddled around the campfire and sipped sweet hot tea.
"Now listen carefully." Dirk leaned forward. "I promised you something special for the last day of our trip, didn't I?" With his flair for drama, he waited until he had our attention, and then lowered his voice. "We're going on a boat dive tomorrow. It will be dangerous."
I tightened my headscarf against the salt-laden wind of the Sussex coast and laughed. "I like dangerous. Tell us more."
"And because it's dangerous, I want your word that you will stick by the rules. All of you." His pale pig-eyes rested on me for a moment. Then he raised his hand, like a preacher warning his congregation against sin. "No adventures. No risks. No risks at all, do you hear?"
At twenty-three, Dirk was the oldest of us, and he was taking his responsibilities as dive leader seriously.
"No risks, follow the rules, stay with your buddy, yadda, yadda yadda." Arnie adjusted his mirrored sunglasses as if he expected to be blinded by the sinking sun. "Spit it out, mate. What's the deal?"
Even drinking tea from a cup was an opportunity for Arnie to flex his biceps. Despite the evening chill, he wore a sleeveless vest, one of his own designs, printed with a pair of busty mermaids. I despised his crude taste as much as his macho manners.
Dirk stoked the fire with a charred branch, releasing a spiral of spark-filled smoke into the darkening air. "We'll dive the Pandora."
At the mention of the superstition-shrouded vessel, heads jerked up.
The flames crackled and hissed.
"You're joking, right?" Arnie extracted chewing gum from his mouth and tossed it into the fire. "The Pandora doesn't show on the map. Does she even exist?"
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