On of the most chilling stories I've ever read is Poe's "The Cask of Amontillado." I've certainly been frightened by stories since then, but Cask marked the first time I was scared by words on a page!
What a thrill. I wonder why that is. Would I want to be lured into a corner—it would have to be specialty chocolate, not wine to get me into the cellar—and bricked in? No, no, no. But curled up in a safe place, reading the delicious words:
The thousand injuries of Fortunato I had borne as best I could, but when he ventured upon insult, I vowed revenge.
If you have 10 minutes, watch this video and tell me if it gives you chills!
I have a new name and a new series to launch and I'm afraid you'd notice the great departure from hobbies. I'm now ADA MADISON writing the Professor Sophie Knowles series, featuring a math prof at a small New England college. The first in the series is THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER, where, sadly, a chemistry professor is murdered. What was I thinking?
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