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Too Close to Home by Marlena Frank


I love reading about haunted houses. The Haunting of Hill House is still one of my absolute favorite ghost stories. But I find it very difficult to write about them, especially since I grew up in a haunted house in a very haunted neighborhood.

I hadn’t realized when I was younger my hometown was as haunted as it is. My family had a number of strange, unexplainable events happen when we lived there. We encountered shadows on the road that headlights couldn’t pierce, disembodied voices in the house that sounded like family members who weren’t there, and even saw full bodied apparitions. There’s a mood that’s hard to really put into words, a certain eeriness that’s hard to get across. Few books really hit it home like Shirley Jackson’s novel.

The strange part is that you get used to that kind of constant anxiety. You get used to feeling like you’re being watched. You get used to making as little sound as possible as though you’re a mouse trying not to be pounced by a cat. You get used to all these little steps, and then when you finally move out of that environment, you wonder how you lived so long with it. You wonder how you could even function underwater with that pressure on you all the time.

I think I’ll always be drawn to haunted house stories, but it’s going to take me a while to be able to write one. Some things just hit too close to home.

BIO:  Marlena Frank has always been fascinated with monsters, and now gets to write about them. She has been writing spooky and fantastic stories since 2010 and has had her short stories published in a number of anthologies, from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly to The Sirens Call. When she isn’t thinking up strange tales, she’s an active member in the Atlanta cosplay community.

For more of her writing, see http://MarlenaFrankAuthor.com

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3 comments on “Too Close to Home by Marlena Frank

  1. I wonder, though, that when you finally get to write that haunted house story, it may be all the stronger *because* of those personal experiences.

    Closer to home=better horror?

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