An Excerpt, and a Celebration!

My upcoming novella, Dog Meat, is set in the 1980s in a made-up country (the “Colony”), but the following scene happened to real-life family friends of ours (now American citizens). Ward is a little boy at home with his family. His mother and father (“Patro”) are intellectuals, and Revolution soldiers think intellectuals are dangerous.

The soldiers were angry, so angry. The family’s front door stood ajar, and the soldiers tramped about the living room, knocking books off the shelves and smashing icons with sledgehammers and cane sticks. Ward tried to press his way inside his mother’s body to get away from the uniformed men.

Patro crawled on his knees first to one soldier then the next. “We have done nothing wrong,” he said. Patro’s protest brought a swift cane to the back of his head.

“Patro!” Ward yelled, and his mother covered his mouth with her trembling hand.

Ward’s father wept while the family’s small house filled with smoke from burning books and the bookshelves that once held them. Then the angry men attacked the piano with their sledgehammers, and the discordant wails from the dying instrument joined the cries of Ward and his mother.

From Dog Meat** by Priscilla Bettis

**Sound intriguing? Dog Meat will be released on November 8th. You can preorder an e-book on Amazon or directly from the Potter’s Grove Press. (Paperbacks available on release day.)

In other news, I finished the first draft of my new novel (which might include an abandoned farmhouse and possibly ghosts). Woohoo! Horror author Rami Ungar asked if I was going to drink a bunch of good booze to celebrate and warned me not to drunk-blog about it. I told him nah, I was going to celebrate by eating a bunch of Oreos and sugar-high-blogging about it. (I sincerely hope I don’t regret this evening’s blog post!)

In other, other news, have you been following Bad Moon Rising on Teri Polen’s site? It’s a great way to “meet” horror and thriller authors. I had a turn on October 4th.

This quarter I am reading books from authors I follow online.

Currently reading: This Attraction Now Open Till Late by Bram Stoker Awards nominee Kyla Lee Ward, a collection of 13 delightfully dark tales.

Up next: A Peril in Ectoplasm (isn’t that a fab title?) by Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, a Roaring Twenties paranormal novella.

Photo by Luke Besley on Unsplash.

94 thoughts on “An Excerpt, and a Celebration!

  1. That’s an intriguing excerpt, and all the more horrifying knowing that it really happened. I’ve ordered my copy. Congratulations on finishing the first draft of a new novel! An abandoned farmhouse and ghosts sounds perfectly fine to me! Enjoy your celebrations. 🙂

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  2. A chilling excerpt, Priscilla. I can’t wait to read this book and expect that it will be riveting. Your post was perfect despite the sugar high, which sounds like a great way to finish up a first draft. For me, that’s the biggest milestone and the rest is easy (easier). Congrats!

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  3. What a chilling scene and the fact it is based on reality makes it even scarier. Congrats on the upcoming release, Priscilla! Oreos are a great way to celebrate 🙂

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  4. Stoked for Dog Meat, Priscilla! Horror and sci-fi are the best genres for commenting on the human condition. And thanks for pointing a finger toward Bad Moon Rising; I’m always eager to meet fellow horror authors!

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  5. I’m looking forward to visiting the Colony even more eagerly now! It’s a gripping scene (horrific for those who experience it! Glad your friends are safe now!). Congratulations on finishing the first draft of your book!

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