With the holiday coming up, readers have to ask themselves one simple question: do they have enough Halloween on their ereader? If not, it’s time to panic!!!
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I’ve written several Halloween stories over the past few years and participated in a couple of boxed sets. My favorite story so far is The Portrait of Dorian Clements. Set in Regency England, with a dash of Penny Dreadful, the story features a lonely widow who decides to have her portait painted by a traveling artist. Everything at first seems fine with the painting, but then things start to change…..
The quiet setting of the breakfast room had given way to the boudoir. Dorian’s demure décolletage replaced by a heaving bosom as the Earl of Somerset bent her backwards over his arm, drawing her into his embrace. But that wasn’t all. With his lips pressed to her breast and his breeches open, his one hand cupped her quim while his whore pipe tented his short drawers, seemingly so eager to finish what he’d started it might just pierce her through her petticoats. Imagining the public viewing the scene had her nearly faint. Instead, Dorian’s hand clutched her racing heart and she screamed.
Suddenly the meek socially acceptable widow sees her innermost desires acted out right on the canvas. What is a good upstanding citizen to do when faced with a handsome, sexually desirable incubus? Well, I’d tell you but it would give the ending of the story away!
Now, many of you know of the Oscar Wilde story the Picture of Dorian Gray. That too, was a painting but this time of a young man. In Penny Dreadful, the part of Dorian Gray was played by Reeve Carney.
Dorian stays beautiful, always young, and endlessly immortal while his soul remains trapped within the painting which becomes more twisted, aged, and corrupt as Dorian commits many crimes of passion – and otherwise – revealing his own inner demons.
The portrait of Dorian Clements on the other hand, has the ability to look perfectly normal when visitors come to call, and become utterly carnal when Dorian is alone, taunting her to commit the very deeds she secretly desires. Soon, she finds she can’t take more of this torture. What will she do to stop it?
For the last four hours after the guests has gone home, the painting had sat in her private chambers doing nothing – nothing at all. No Earl appeared. No naughty bits. It was as if the damn thing mocked her, making her question everything she’d thought she’d seen the night before. Making her feel like a cockish wench for the things she wished it would reveal. Irritated, she stomped her foot. “I should cut you to ribbons and toss you on the fire.” Spinning on her heel, she strode toward the bed. “In fact, I shall do just that upon rising. You’ll see.”
Find out what happens next, and why one should always be wary of a portrait done just in time for Halloween!
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You can also download the first 3 chapters of my story on Instafreebie here.
Happy hopping everyone and have a great Halloween!