News & Updates — OUT NOW: Echoes from Another Time

Hello everyone,

Today is the very last day of October, the 31st, and that means in many countries we’ll be celebrating Halloween!
In style with it’s traditional theme of trick-or-treat, this year I’m opting for treat, for it is finally here: the release of my short story, Echoes from Another Time 🙂

On this day when the veil between this world, and the one beyond, is thinnest; allowing spirits to wander freely, and other things may well linger in the dark, I give Ally’s haunting tale to all of you to read on your own All Hallow’s Eve night…

“It all began with the footsteps”

When Ally awakes in the middle of the night to the sound of unexpected footsteps, she thinks her boyfriend has come home from his travels, but instead finds herself still eerily home alone. Quickly, things spin out of control as candles begin to burn out of their own accord, and a haunting, darkling spirit appears — leading her to discover that nothing she believed is what it seems…

A Touch of Inspiration

As you have guessed correctly, Echoes from Another Time is a ghost story, but one with a twist. Of course, I will not give anything away; I’ll leave that for you to discover 😉 Still, I will share that Ally’s tale has been slumbering in the back of my mind for quite some time, and when the end of Summer began to call, she kept coming back to me more and more, and I had almost no choice but to tell you her story…

When I write I always like to set the mood by creating a playlist on my iPod, and with this project, it was no different. The short stories’ atmosphere was both inspired by Fernando Velázquez’ score created for Crimson Peak; which is a beautifully made, although somewhat disturbing tale of love by master filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, and another influence came from the music of Penny Dreadful, a series I recommend to anyone who is fascinated by the supernatural, and has a sometimes eerie, yet exquisite soundtrack by Abel Korzeniowski.

To give you a taste of music-moods, I’ve included some tracks below:
• ♫ Edith’s Theme, Allerdale Hall and Finale by Fernando Velázquez (Crimson Peak)
• ♪ Closer Than Sisters, Vanessa’s Dream and Melting Waltz by Abel Korzeniowski (Penny Dreadful, season 1, 2 and 3)

“Come back home to me”

Prologue

“Come back home to me.”
   Gazing from a cloak of midnight shadows, a dark figure watched the window, his eyes following a young woman’s slender silhouette as she pressed a hand against the pane, looking out.
   Her lips formed the same sentence over and over, as if she repeated it like a mantra. “Come back home to me. Please, come back home to me.” The glass fogging up slightly near her face from the cold wind that breathed outside.
   Transfixed, he could not help but look at her; drinking in her fair hair and white nightgown, her silent words impossibly audible in his mind. They called to him, as if they were a string tied from his heart to hers.
   A string that commanded him to move towards her.
   And so, leaving the shadows behind, he did.”

Sharing the prologue as an extra sampler, I’ll leave you with the facts that Echoes from Another Time is a seven chapter short story (counting 4,670 words), written in the same style as you’ve come to know from me in my Poetic Prose series — AND, you can get it in eBook through the links below, totally for FREE!

Smashwords (ePub)
Kobo (ePub)
Prolific Works (ePub and .mobi)

If you enjoyed it, please leave me a review on Goodreads, or get in touch in the comments to tell me your thoughts; I’d love to find out (:

Love, Kiyo

2 comments

Hey Kiyo,

Thanks for the free e-book as soon as finished reading your story I will let you know and leave a comment.

And I like the movie and the serie you referred to and yes the music is fantastic.

Hi Inge,

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy Echoes from Another Time <3

Oh, and that's great to hear; glad you liked the extra shares 🙂

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