The Ice Cream Castle

​The final part of “The Ice Cream Castle” is up on Wattpad! This is a ghost story I’ve been posting one part per day this week. The story is now complete. Response to the story has been great; it’s not only ranked, it’s already surpassed my other ranked story…and that was before I published the final section today! Thanks so much to all who have been reading along all this week as I’ve posted the sections of “The Ice Cream Castle”! Next Friday I’ll post a brand new ghost story that I’ve just finished. Follow me on Wattpad for more fiction!

Ghost Stories & Thoughts on Wattpad

Ghost Stories for October! Below is the publication schedule for my short stories this month on Wattpad. The first 2 stories will be private, so only followers will have access to them. (Something I’m experimenting with.) The others will be public. Follow if you want to read all of them! Also, I’ve got a new post on my author blog which has some brutally honest thoughts on “Why Wattpad” in addition to the story publication schedule below. Thanks for reading! 🙂
This month on Wattpad: ghost stories!

Oct 7: Ashes
Oct 14: Doug’s Night Out
Oct 17-21: Ice Cream Castle (Divided into 5 parts, one part daily Mon-Fri of that week.)
Oct 28-31? I’ve started brainstorming a new ghost story which I hope to have finished by the 28th, or Halloween at the latest.

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Halloween: Song of the Day

Today the Classical Daily Download is Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. If the title doesn’t ring a bell, the music surely will, as it’s the organ music in every haunted house movie, ever. (Well, not quite every, but almost.) You can click through to download or stream below (with most browsers). If, like me, you  find music with vocals too distracting when you write, the Classical Daily Download is a good source for daily short pieces of music, which can be made into a playlist. If you want more contemporary Halloween music, check out my eerie ambient album, Halloween Soundscape (artist name: Gymshoes) on iTunes, Amazon or other online stores. The tracks are inspired by classic stories. (See liner notes on my Gymshoes Music site.)

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Music — and Video — for Halloween

Halloween Soundscape
Halloween Soundscape

Halloween is just around the corner and I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you of my Halloween Soundscape album, especially since this dark ambient album has a number of tracks inspired by fiction. It’s dark ambient music, suitable background for setting a spooky atmosphere for trick or treaters, a Halloween story reading, or a party (if you want something eerie). It’s a very soundtrack-y album: most of the tracks are inspired by a classic story (Dracula, Wolfman, Frankenstein, War of The Worlds etc). You can read the liner notes on my Gymshoes music site which gives a bit of background on the project as well as individual tracks. You can “try before you buy” by streaming the album in the sidebar on my Gymshoes Music site. It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores.

At the risk of sounding immodest I have to say I really like this album. Every Halloween, I listen to it…and not just Halloween, but to some extent throughout fall as the the days grow shorter and shadows lengthen, as rain falls and wind howls…If you’re reading something scary, you can’t do better than Halloween Soundscape as background music.

I pump it outside on Halloween. I like the way the trick-or-treaters are all wide-eyed as they come up the walk. This is no cheesy sound-effect album, but an album of eerie ambient music. For best effect, listen with the lights out (or low) with headphones on. Want more light? Try it out while doing some Halloween reading this month. 🙂 You should see the way my dogs’ ears twitch as if something unseen and awful is creeping into the living room. 😉

A few year back I used “The Monster Lives”  for a video. I had Frankenstein in mind when I created the track, but after I shot some great octopus footage I thought the title (and music) would work just as well for a “sea monster”. 🙂

If you like Halloween Soundscape, I’d appreciate you passing a link to the album along to your friends and writing a review in your favorite online music store. The “season” for this album is short, so I really do need people who like the album to help me promote it. Thanks! 😀 It’s available from iTunes, Amazon mp3, and other online stores. You can click right through, straight to the album. Enjoy! 😀