Before I wrote this fictional horror tale in Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness, “Let Demon Dogs Lie,” it began Hell life as a mere slip of a legend set in the mountain town of Valle Crucis, North Carolina, about a demon dog seen on Highway 194, near a church. The small town takes its name, which is Latin for “Valley of the Cross” from the two streams which meet at right angles in the middle of the valley. There is a stone church off Highway 194, where a dog from the very pit of Hell stalks among the tombstones of the cemetery connected to the church. To escape this beast, you must reach the bridge where below it, the streams meet in a cross. Maybe this is the liquid version of a crossroads? It makes one wonder.
With Halloween being my favorite time of the year, I knew this story about my two characters had to take place around this scary time. Add a dash of costumes due to a party, a late-night road trip for home, and a wife excited about legends of North Carolina she had heard at the party, particularly one about a demon dog, and walla!, “Let Demon Dogs Lie” was born.
From the fiery abyss of the underworld comes 20 hellish tales from the south and southwest. Within these charred pages are stories that will introduce you to the many demons that stay hidden but are always nearby…
20 authors provide stories of possessed people, objects, houses, highways, and the devil’s favorite playground – the forest.
Dare to meet Deidless, a demon who is a buyer of souls. Discover what kind of demons men can summon. Read of battles between good and evil. Learn of ancient artifacts and stones that crave sacrifice. Finally, become acquainted with legions of evil.
Again, we invite you, sit back, dim the lights, and prepare yourself to meet the devils in the darkness.
Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness is the next installment in the exciting anthology series that began with Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us.