Usually I keep my Coffin Hop posts kind of lighthearted. Halloween is a fun time for me, after all. However, this year I became aware of a real life horror and it has influenced my writing — the escalating problem of opiate addiction and overdose. I thought heroin died in the 1960s. I never thought it would rise again like a malicious phoenix — this time luring children to it through the gateway of prescription pain medicine. Last spring, we lost a friend to a heroin overdose. He was 22 years old and, it turns out, was the second young friend who’d been stolen from the world by this drug. We also learned another young friend was battling opiate addiction. John and I got involved with the local Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Anti-Heroin group and realized just how awful the problem is in our little town. The stories of those who have lost loved ones to opiates made me realize that, as a writer, I can help raise awareness of this problem and, just maybe, help someone decide not to roll the dice with this specter of Death. The issue has inspired our upcoming Dime Store Novel, Louisiana Snowflake, as well as a short story “Riding the Black Horse,” which will appear in our upcoming short story collection, Seeds of Love and Anguish.
We decided to share an early glimpse of “Riding the Black Horse” for Coffin Hop. The story is a bit long, so it will be serialized over 4 posts on even numbered days: 10/24, 10/26, 10/28, and 10/30. I hope you’ll come back and read each episode.
Of course, it wouldn’t be Coffin Hop without a devilish contest. This year we’re giving away a signed copy of Seeds of Love and Anguish and a signed copy of our first book, Bones of the Woods. You can enter the contest three ways:
- Subscribe to our newsletter
- Comment on one of our Coffin Hop posts
- Like our Facebook page
Each thing you do will add your name once to the devil’s derby. Yes, that’s John E. Miller appearing as the devil and he will be the one to draw the winner’s name.
And now it’s time to take a ride with me….
Nothing like a cliff-hanger. Come back on Sunday to continue the story. For now, continue along the Coffin Hop. There are some great writers out there with stories to share and giveaways. One of those stories is Dust Bowl by K. F. Kirwin.