There is now also available a novel that follows on from this short story called, "The Departure."
Chris J Mitchell, was born and raised in London. Since he was young he has had a passion for writing and at school greatly enjoyed writing fictional stories of mystery, intrigue and action. In his childhood he met with a serious accident at the age of about eight and because of this he developed agoraphobia. He struggled with this for most of his teenage years but he eventually overcome this phobia. This experience affected his view on writing and how emotions, human behaviour and habits greatly affect and alter logical and rational situations.
He graduated from University in Manchester where he studied film and wrote his dissertation on Vaudevilles influence on early comedic movies and how great performers such as the Marx Brothers, Harold Lloyd or Laurel and Hardy brought their craft to the big screen. He has a keen interest in movies and literature and enjoys books and stories with intrigue, mystery and the unknown.
He specifically enjoys ghost stories and his fictional writing has been influenced by classic ghost stories from the Victorian era. He has written several ghost stories in classic Victorian style that have been well received.
Although what slowly appears to be a connected series of chilling murders, shows that a far deeper mystery is occurring in this sleepy village.
This short story is also included in a collection of Ghost Stories. This collection, written by Chris J Mitchell, can be purchased from the Google Play store or the individual stories can be purchased separately.
As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort, her soul mate, during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.
But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.
Kidnapped by a rival witch clan, Angela McAllister envisions a dark future for herself until she discovers her captor’s brother is the unknown man who has haunted her dreams since she was a child.
Forced to re-evaluate everything she’s ever known about the Wilcox witches, Angela begins to explore the powerful connection that binds her to Connor Wilcox, despite the generations of hostility between their families and the disapproval of those closest to her. And when a dark, malignant force arises, Angela knows she must draw on her growing powers as prima to protect enemies and allies alike...even if her choice threatens to tear her new and fragile love apart.
One hundred and fifty years ago, a terrible curse descended on the Wilcox clan, dooming generations of women to an early death should they bear a child to the bloodline of Jeremiah Wilcox. Now Angela McAllister is carrying Connor Wilcox’s child, and if she can’t find a way to break the curse, that same doom will fall upon her.
The solution to her dilemma lies somewhere in the past—her own, and that of the woman who cast the curse so many years before. Angela’s quest to find the answers she needs will transform the lives of everyone she knows, Wilcox and McAllister alike, and will forever change everything she has ever believed about herself.
The Witches of Cleopatra Hill is a paranormal romance series set in the ghost town of Jerome, Arizona.