Bruised Souls Shannon Lawrence Friday the 13th Blog Hop

Bruised Souls Friday the 13th Blog Hop

Bruised Souls
& Other Torments

Short Stories

Fear resides in the soul.

A welcoming widow with a twisted appetite; a war-time evil lurking behind the face of a child; a father’s love gone horribly wrong; a deadly government solution; a new job with a demonic pay scale; a woman trapped in a mysterious house with no memory of who she is or how she got there. These are a mere glimpse of the terrors that lie in wait in this collection of horror short stories, sure to grip the psyche and torment the soul.

Bruised Souls & Other Torments, is up for pre-order (Kindle) at Amazon

Bruised Souls Friday the 13th Blog Hop

The rules for this blog hop were: Your post should be one of the following:
1. Your favorite urban legend
2. Your favorite old wives’ tale
3. Something scary that happened to you in real life that you learned from

Favorite Local Urban Legend

My favorite Urban Legend is Big Foot. Big Foot was a local legend as well where I grew up in Texas. There was a rumor that Big Foot roamed the countryside. He occasionally killed someone’s cow for food and you could smell him long before you would spot. We had a high report of cows being killed in the area, most likely some kind of lion or cougar, but many swore it was NOT a big cat. The smell is also how you could tell he was in the area or had been around because it lingers a while after he had gone. (And NO, it was not dead cow smell.)

My friends and I, just around the time we all got our driver licenses, went looking for Big Foot at night. We did this a lot in those days. That was when you were most likely to find or catch him. We swore we smelled him many times. This entertained us immensely. We had a lot of fun driving all over the countryside and scaring each other.

But I swear I smelled him and got a glimpse of him moving through the trees before he took off once. The next day there were three reports of cows found dead in the area where we had been night cruising in our local paper.


There were reports and rumors off and on throughout the years after that. Just saying…

I love hearing about things connected to Big Foot.
Favorite Big Foot Movie Harry and the Hendersons / 8 fun bigfoot movies
Favorite Big Foot Fiction Story Working for Big Foot anthology by Jim Butcher in the Dresden Files universe.

I am working on a middle-grade or YA project with a Big Foot character in a fiction world called Hollow Earth. You can read an unedited rough draft of the beginning of the first scene here. I have a whole beat outline and guess really what I am doing is expanding that scene by scene, until I have a full picture of the world and how it operates.

This beginning was written from the first beat in my outline. I am also approaching in a telling mode (expanding the beats by outlined scenes) here rather than showing. I was trying to figure out what that world might be like, figuring out the details, and what the reader would need to know to understand it, and what could be left out until later if needed. Basically, I was getting feel for being inside the world with the character.

I included these wives’ tale because these are true.

Eight Old Wives Tales About Food That Are True
From Readers Digest by Beth A. Tomkiw

You read more about these at this link.

Old Wives’ Tale No. 1: Eat a Tomato to Help Prevent Sunburn

Old Wives’ Tale No. 2: Oats Help Soothe Bug Bites

Old Wives’ Tale No. 3: Chicken Soup Will Cure Your Cold

Old Wives’ Tale No. 4: Chocolate Helps Ease Pre-menstrual Cramps

Old Wives’ Tale No. 5: Fish Is Brain Food

Old Wives’ Tale No. 6: An Apple a Day Will Keep the Doctor Away

Old Wives’ Tale No. 7: Cod Liver Oil Is Good for You

Old Wives’ Tale No. 8: Turkey Makes You Sleepy

Bruised Souls Friday the 13th Blog Hop

Visit these other blogs.
Find out their favorite urban legend, wives’ tale, or scary moment where they learned something.

Yolanda Renee – Basement Creepies
Juneta KeyBig Foot
Patricia LynneVanishing Hitchhiker
Jemi FraserNightmares
Tonja Drecker
Kalpana – Delhi Djinns
Donna HoleSasquatch

Shannon Lawrence

A fan of all things fantastical and frightening, Shannon Lawrence writes primarily horror and fantasy. Her stories can be found in over forty anthologies and magazines, and her two solo horror short story collections, Blue Sludge Blues & Other Abominations and Bruised Souls & Other Torments are available from online retailers. When she’s not writing, she’s hiking through the wilds of Colorado and photographing her magnificent surroundings, where, coincidentally, there’s always a place to hide a body or birth a monster.

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