Nails: The Ghost Story Challenge by Fiona Dodwell

I have been writing horror and paranormal stories for years now, and I love venturing into dark and foreboding territories. What I love most, though, is the traditional ghost story. Since I was a child, I have been obsessed with stories of visitors from the other-side. I grew up obsessed with Susan Hill's Woman In Black, and Stephen King's Bag of Bones. I loved any work that dared venture into ghosts and visitors in the dead of night. It sparked something within me, something that has grown over time into one of my biggest passions.

I knew I wanted my next project to be a ghost story. Nails was born out of my love of the haunted house. I wanted to create something dark, sinister and centred around the idea of a place being inhabited by a spirit. I wanted to take things a step further – is that bump in the night really just the house settling? Is the tap, tap, tap you hear really the bathroom water, or something more sinister?

When you think about it, isn't that what the mystery is about? The disembodied footsteps, the dark shadow you catch out of the corner of your eye. You can dismiss and offer rationale behind most things, but every now and then, a voice itches away at the back of your mind asking you to consider – are ghosts real? Is one in my home?

This is where my latest release Nails takes us. Centred on the story of a young woman, Carla Bracken, as she begins a new chapter in her life by moving into a new rental property. Almost immediately she begins to question some of the odd things that happen, but like most of us, we try to rationalise and make sense of things. As the story continues, though, Carla experiences a mounting terror that escalates until she can no longer ignore the reality. She isn't alone in her new house.

Nails was fun to write. I usually write full-length novels, but it was an interesting experience penning a novella. The story, the pace and the unfolding of the horror really packs a punch. I enjoyed being able to explore Carla and her world so thoroughly, even though I knew this would not be a full length release, I knew the story would serve best in novella length.

If your interest has been piqued and you're interested in reading Nails, you can download this release on Amazon. Happy Halloween reading!


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