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Challa L. Fletcher

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    Guest Post: Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun

    Fountain Dead

    by Theresa Braun

    Genre: YA Horror

    Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past. Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house's dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

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    Do I believe in ghosts? Absolutely. I live in Florida, and I have to say we have some amazing local ghosts. The Ft. Lauderdale walking experience stops at a downtown brewery/restaurant that used to be a brothel. More than one murdered prostitute haunts the place. Supposedly, across the street, one of the bars is home to Al Capone’s spirit. And, the Stranahan House is so loaded with ghosts that you can rent it for a night and test out your paranormal equipment. That’s on my list of things to do, for sure.

    The biggest thrill as a supernatural enthusiast happened during the Miami ghost tour in Coconut Grove (and I’ve done haunted tours all over the world). We walked through some of the streets, peering into storefronts and trying to catch a glimpse of some of the resident ghosts. We went through a couple of creepy parks where spectral trees and serious orbs appear in pictures. Also, people tend to get obscured and weird anomalies occur. However, it wasn’t until we stopped in front of a grave surrounded by a tiny fence that I believe I snapped my best paranormal photo thus far. Sure, I’ve gotten orbs and weird squiggly lines that can’t be explained, but never had I caught what looked like a ghost on film. If you look closely, I believe you can see a faint face in the spectral haze. Skeptics can still deny the ‘evidence’. I get it. But, those of us who believe can clearly see what’s there.

    Have I lived in a haunted house? Most definitely. My latest novel, Fountain Dead, is inspired by a real home in Winona, Minnesota. I’ve fictionalized the back story. However, as a teen, my room was the very same one the protagonist, Mark, stays in. His window (and mine) overlook a vacant lot. There wasn’t a fountain on the property, yet I had vivid nightmares about a murky pool of water that several young women emerged from. They were covered in mossy gunk and were both beautiful and goddess like, yet terrifying. These reoccurring dreams are what my imagination, all these years later, still wrestles with today. What happened to those girls? No one knows. That’s how Fountain Dead was born…

    Theresa Braun was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and has carried some of that hardiness with her to South Florida where she currently resides. An English teacher and adjunct college professor for over thirteen years, she continues to share her enthusiasm for literary arts with her students. She earned a Masters in English literature with a thesis on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. In her spare time, she enjoys delving into her own creative writing, painting, photography and even ghost hunting. Spending time with her family and traveling as often possible are two of her passions. In fact, her world meanderings are often backdrops for her work. Striving to make the world a better place is something dear to her heart.

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