Pamela Turner is my next guest in the 2012 Fall Into Winter Darkness Book Blast. Pam’s bio says, “Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee and wishes she could write perfect first drafts.” Um, you and me both, Pam! 😀 One neat fact that isn’t in Pam’s bio is that she’s made two short independent films. One, “The Art Thief”, is featured on the DVD of $30 Film School (2nd Edition) by Michael W. Dean. Pam is here to tell us about her dark fiction suspense short story “Family Tradition” that is scheduled for release from MuseItUp Publishing on November 16th.
A Dark Family Secret by Pamela Turner
Do you believe in curses? Of course not, right? After all, we’re sensible, intelligent people here. Only the superstitious believe in hexes. Not only that, but we’re forewarned of impending karmic disaster if we even so much as think of wishing harm upon our fellow humans. For example, Wiccan belief warns its practitioners about the three-fold law. Whatever evil you wish on someone will affect you three times worse. Not saying that every practicing Wiccan adheres to this admonition, but it does make one pause.
However, what if someone were truly so horrible, he or she deserved to be cursed? Would the ends justify the means? And what if the curse continued down through the descendants? Should the children continue paying for their ancestors’ actions?
This is the question I grappled with while writing “Family Tradition”. Elizabeth, the mysterious recluse, is willing to pay artist Rick Stanton a substantial amount of money to paint her portrait. But how can he when she never shows her face?
One of the things I had to consider, also, was how and why the family curse affected Elizabeth. Would she seek to break it or would she continue the behaviors that sentenced her family to their fate?
I hope you’ll give “Family Tradition” a look when it’s released this November. It was a fun story to write, and I enjoyed writing about painting, although I’ll admit I prefer working in watercolors than oils.
Thank you, Jill, for having me today. Much appreciated. 🙂
It’s my pleasure. Thanks for guest blogging today, Pam!
More About “Family Tradition”
Artist Rick Stanton needs a commission. He faces eviction from his apartment and his latest project is on hiatus. Worse, his muse refuses to cooperate. A recent letter may contain the inspiration he needs. Inside is the photograph of a mysterious woman, her face hidden by an umbrella. But there’s no identification, no way for him to contact her. A month later, another envelope arrives, this time with a phone number. Realizing this may be his last chance, Rick calls her. The woman introduces herself as Elizabeth and tells him she wants him to paint her portrait.
Rick agrees, only to learn there are conditions. Elizabeth is a recluse who lives with her two servants in a Victorian manor. She never allows her face to be seen. Not only must he stay at Elizabeth’s residence while painting her, he can’t leave, nor can he ever tell anyone about the portrait.
Sensing something isn’t right, Rick is even more disturbed by the sinister undercurrent beneath the household’s genteel façade. It’s somehow connected to the family portraits hanging in Elizabeth’s living room. Could they be haunted? And why doesn’t Elizabeth’s housekeeper want Rick to finish the painting?
More About Pam
Pamela Turner drinks too much coffee and wishes she could write perfect first drafts. Since middle school, she’s written reviews, articles, poetry, screenplays, plays, and short fiction. Her 10-minute play, “Brides of Deceit,” was part of a local performance. Her short screenplay, “Cemetery,” placed second in The Writers Place short/teleplay screenplay competition. Publications include “A Girl Like Alice” (Taproot Literary Review), Death Sword (Lyrical Press), “It’s in Your Blood” (Bites – Ten Tales of Vampires), “Family Heirloom” (Scared – Ten Tales of Horror) and “The May Lady Vanishes” (Beltane – Ten Tales of Witchcraft). She’s a member of RWA, Sisters in Crime, EPIC, and a supporting member of HWA. Besides coffee, she likes cats, chess, cemeteries, and old abandoned buildings.
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So, readers, how about you? Are you superstitious? Do you believe in curses or hexes? I don’t believe that children should be punished for the sins of the father (or mother), but Pam’s story description has me wondering what Elizabeth might be doing to deserve whatever fate has befallen her. An intriguing write-up. Be sure to look for it on Amazon in mid-November.