Short Stories

Halloween Frights

One Pressed Leaf (and three more)

Halloween Frights and Autumn Delights
Fantasia Divinity Publishing 10/31/2020

Halloween is here! It’s time to bring out the ghosts and goblins, the spooks and sweets. What can go wrong on the spookiest night of the year?
But among the frights of Halloween is the beauty of the autumn season. It’s time for the harvest, for giving thanks and blessings.
Celebrate the frights and delights of the season with this anthology filled with 131 drabbles, featuring over 40 authors!

A.R Dean, AR Johnston, Amber M. Simpson, Andra Dill, Bianca Dust, Chandler Warren, Cindar Harrell, Claire Davon, Connor Sassmannshausen, Curtis A. Deeter, D.M. Burdett, David A.F. Brown, Dawn DeBraal, E. Jarzembski, Erica Schaef, G. Allen Wilbanks, Gabriella Balcom, Hayley Arrington, J. A. Skelton, Jacek Wilkos, Joel R Hunt, Joshua D Taylor, Kaustubh Nadkarni, Kelly Matsuura, Maggie D Brace, Matthew M. Montelione, McKenzie Richardson, N.M. Brown, Nerisha Kemraj, Olivia Arieti, Paul D. Benkendorfer, R.A. Goli, R. C. Capasso, Rainie Zenith, Randee Dawn, Rhiannon Bird, Rick Haynes, Sammi Cox, Sandy Butchers, Stacey Jaine McIntosh, Vonnie Winslow Crist, Wendy Arrington, Ximena Escobar, and Zoey Xolton


When she lifted the iron, wax covered the red maple leaf.

“Perfect,” she said and cut around the wax to remove her prize. It glowed in her hand like an autumn sunset.

She carried the leaf over to the waiting book. A cat eyed her from the patio before he pawed at the fallen leaves that collected by the door. He had showed up after his owner had disappeared.

Small screams rent the air when she opened the book. For a moment, the image of a man struggled against the leaf. His screams would fade, in time.

They always did.