The Southeast Missouri (SEMO) Anti-Heroin group maintains a memorial quilt that has the names of those who have died due to heroin and other opiates. It is my job to keep the spreadsheet that lists the names on the quilt. There are over 950 names on the quilt. The youngest victim is 13. Every time I get a new list of names from Darla Carey, the founder of the group, I cringe. For each name, there is a person with a story. There is a mourning family who can no longer enjoy that person’s companionship.
Here are pictures of the quilt taken at a school assembly the SEMO Anti-Heroin group presented a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, names have been added to the quilt since then.
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….
That’s all for now. But there are 60 other writers on the coffin hop. Make sure to visit all of for scares and tricks and treats and good fun.