Krystal Garrett is one of the writers whose stories are featured in the soon-to-be-published anthology The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the Railways. Here she answers our questions about creepy experiences, reading and writing.
Have you ever been to a haunted place? What was it like? I have been to several haunted places. My favourite was a haunted theatre in my hometown. My mother and I went on Halloween night and at midnight we participated in a seance to see if we could get Houdini to visit us. Houdini always said he would find a way to come back from the dead. Alas, Houdini didn’t choose to visit us that night.
What’s the creepiest place you’ve ever been to? There is a place in my hometown called ‘Hell’s Hollow’. I went around Halloween time after the sun went down. The only sound was the crunching of leaves and sticks under my feet. The legend states that many bodies have been found in that area and if you look close enough you may see them hanging from the trees.
Have you ever had a paranormal experience?) I’ve never seen a ghost per se, but I believe I was near one. While in Gatlinburg Tennessee, I went on a haunted tour to a cemetery. The legend spoke of a witch that was buried there. Near her grave was a tree that never grew any leaves. They say it was due to the witch. While walking up the hill to the cemetery I saw a dark shadow of a hand in front of my face. It appeared to want me to turn around. I ignored the ‘warning’ and continued on.
As a reader, what kind of short stories you enjoy most? I enjoy horror short stories the most. They give me a great dose of fear in short span.
What do you personally, as a reader, like about anthologies? Anthologies are great because you are able to live many different versions of ‘theme’. Author voices are so unique and intriguing that you can read any entire book about the same destination, but the journey is never the same.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? The first story I ever wrote was when I was in high school, many moons ago. It was a horror inspired by R.L. Stine. It was about a teen who put the life of her classmates above herself when she fought against a serial killer.
For your story in The Haunted Train, where did you get the inspiration? The inspiration for this story came from a gothic horror workshop and an old legend in my hometown about a hotel that burned down. According to the legend, the ghosts still haunt the property and you can see them jumping to their deaths in an endless effort to escape.
For readers who are new to your fiction, which of your books would be a good start?) I am working on my debut novel, but I have a short story published in another anthology: Among the Headstones: Creepy Tales from the Graveyard: Gothic and Horror Stories.
ABOUT THE BOOK THE HAUNTED TRAIN: CREEPY TALES FROM THE RAILWAYS
Come on board for a Gothic journey in a funicular railway in Victorian England, a freight train in the Carpathian mountains, a high tech sky train in Bangkok, an underground railway in Tokyo. Visit stations which lure with the promise of safe shelter but harbour unexpected dangers. Meet the people who work on the tracks – stationmasters, porters, signal-men – and those who travel – commuters, tourists, dead bodies, murderers and ghosts.
In this volume, editor Rayne Hall has collected twenty of the finest– and creepiest – railway tales. The book features the works of established writers, classic authors and fresh voices. Some stories are spooky, some downright scary, while others pose a puzzling mystery.
Are you prepared to come on board this train? Already, the steam engine is huffing in impatience. Listen to the chuff-chuff-chuff from the locomotive and tarattata-tarattata of the giant wheels. Press your face against the dust-streaked window, inhale the smells of coal smoke and old textiles, watch the landscape whoosh past as you leave the familiar behind and journey into the unknown.
But be careful: you can’t know the train’s real destination, nor your fellow travellers’ intentions. Once you’ve closed that door behind you and the wheels start rolling, you may not be able to get out.
The ebook is available for pre-order from Amazon at the special offer price of 99 cents until 31 January 2023. (After that date, the price will go up.) https://mybook.to/Train .
The paperback edition will be available soon.
ABOUT KRYSTAL GARRETT
Krystal a paramedic by day and a writer by night. She lives in Midwest USA with her husband and three daughters. Her love affair with horror began as a child when the good guy doll, Chucky, graced her TV screen. She loves all things horror.