Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Double Troubles Part 3

Dear reader, I realize in these posts that I’m stretching the definition of “doppelganger” a bit beyond the classic supernatural connotation, but I think I have a good reason, if you will bear with me.

In the spring after our son was born, I ordered some supplies from a mail-order catalog, including a set of diaper clips – learning to diaper a happy, squirmy baby made me fear poking him with the traditional diaper pin, and this seemed to be a nice solution to that anxiety. Weeks passed without the order arriving, and after contacting the company, I received an irate letter accusing me of being a thief, accompanied with a copy of a UPS receipt purportedly signed by yours truly. It wasn’t my signature, and the address was on the opposite side of town.

I managed to track down this other “John Stanton” and met with him at his house. We both dropped a few names, and it turned out that we weren’t related. When the package was delivered, he was in the process of moving to his new home, and he had the box addressed to me on a table by his front door, still unopened. I had ordered the shipment sent to my P.O. Box, but it had been shipped by UPS, which simply had delivered it to the first John Stanton they could find.

My documentation of the miss-delivery earned me a profuse apology from the author of the above-mentioned irate letter.

Fourteen years later, I purchased a used gray Nissan Stanza from a dealership not far from home. A few weeks later, I contacted the dealer regarding some minor issue, and when the salesman read my address from his computer screen, it wasn’t mine, but it seemed familiar. Not far from the address where I had picked up the “Happy Family Products” package with the diaper clips all those years before. It seems that the other John Stanton had purchased the same make, model and color car, from the same dealership, just the day before I had bought mine. The only difference was, he had an automatic transmission while I had purchased one with a stick.

One of the lighter moments in my eerie, discordant dance with Synchronicity.

Know Your Double 

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Gothic Tales of Terror

Gothic Tales of Terror
edited by Krista Clark Grabowski


Stephanie Ellis   Leave
Carmen Tudor   Memory to Perish
Dona Fox          The Reverant of Shelby House
Brandon Ketchum   The Grinning Cat
DJ Tyrer          Hollenstein
Flo Stanton       Speech to the Prometheus League
Michale Seese     Who Will Die Tonight?
Mischa Herwin     The Governess
Scott Forman      The House that Jack Built
David Schultz II  The House of Wellington
K.Z. Morano       Hysteria
Sheldon Woodbury  The Castle at the Edge of the World

Cover art/design by John D. Stanton

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Indiana Horror Review 2015

Indiana Horror Review 2015

With stories by:

Jennifer Lemming
K.Z. Morano
William Cook
Mike Jansen
Roger Cowin
A. Henry Keene
Justin Hunter
Dona Fox
Maria Mitchell
Maria Mitchell
Guy Burtenshaw
Bas van der Veer
Alec Cizak
Flo Stanton
Mary Patterson Thornburg
John D. Stanton

Available now on Amazon