We’re glad you came back to read the Part 3 of “Riding the Black Horse” and we hope you are enjoying Coffin Hop. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read it here. If you have read Part 1, but need to read Part 2, you can read it here.
Milk of the poppy
If you read or watch Game of Thrones, you know that milk of the poppy is used both as a powerful pain reliever and a poison. Opium is the milk of the poppy. Morphine is a stronger version of opium. Heroin is even stronger. Heroin was first synthesized in 1874 and was prod
uced commercially by Bayer Pharmaceutical starting in 1898. It was used to treat severe cough and morphine addiction.
Today there are both natural and synthetic opiates. Doctors prescribe many of them liberally, including Vicodin, OxyContin, and Percocet. All of these drugs work on the receptors of the brain the same way. When you use them, you build up a tolerance. It requires more and more drugs to get the same effect. Eventually the addiction costs too much and the person turns to heroin, which is both cheaper and more deadly.
In our Dime Store Novel series, Regan Worth uses opium. She obtained her taste for it in the womb. Her mother Sue-Li became addicted to heroin while she was pregnant with Regan.Sue-Li’s gateway drug was opium. A doctor prescribed heroin to cure her addiction to opium. This story will be told in Louisiana Snowflake. We have a few nitty gritty plot complications to resolve yet, but we are hoping to release Louisiana Snowflake sometime in 2015.
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:
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- Comment on one of our Coffin Hop posts
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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….