WELCOME TO HALLOWEEN STREET
About This Website
THE GUARDIAN OF THE GOBLIN WOODS
I took this photo of the "Guardian Of The Goblin Woods". The pumpkin head scarecrow is a life size Halloween decoration that belongs to my brother, Charles. Usually he uses it in the house, but Halloween of 2015 he used it to make a Halloween "ghost walk" in the woods behind his house. There were many other decorations, including life size plastic skeletons, an old barn filled with spiders, and a "cemetery". It was very spooky walking by lantern light through the woods just before dark. His wife, Anna Marie's, cousin, Theresa's, two little granddaughters, Jaylin, five, and, Payton, six, were the reason for the more elaborate decorations and the "ghost walk" at the Halloween party this year.
Halloween is my brother's and my favorite holiday. He begins decorating his house for it in September, and I am making a "Halloween Library" in the basement of my house where I will display my Halloween decorations year round. When the library is finally finished I will post some photos of it on this website.
Photo taken in my yard by me on April 21, 2014
This is the first website I've tried to make and I am very excited about having it! I have started publishing my writing on a few sites on the Internet--there are a blue million of them, most of them free. Most of the places you can post your writing don't put any limit on how much you can post because they pay for the sites with ads, not fees from the users. I will be sharing links to the places I find here on this website so that other writers can also post their writing if they want to.
I am still learning how to make a website and what I can do with it, but I have already found out that although space on other people's websites, or a free website is a good option to begin with, the free websites have a limit to how much you can post. Of course, you can always get unlimited space, just by making more websites and linking them together, or just posting your work to the various specialized free sites. However, none of the free sites, that I know of, will let you put ads on your site to sell anything, and possibly make a little money from your hobby. They put their own ads on the free sites, as that is, of course, how they make their money, and can afford to give away free space.
After experimenting with the free specialized sites for awhile, and then deciding to make a website of my own so that I can post anything I want to, and the website will be all mine, I decided to check out the paid sites. I really don't want to do all the work of making a website and then find out that someone else will be making all the money from what I post! I am hoping to eventually get carefully selected ads from companies I have done business with, and consider to be reliable, and that will possibly pay me a commission on sales I make for them. I don't want to charge the readers to read my stories. The Internet should be free for everyone to read books on, whether they can afford to pay or not, I think.
I will be posting whole books, a chapter at a time. Most of what I write is scary stories and science fiction, although I will share my diary entries and articles in blogs too, as well as poems and photos. I have old diaries from as far back as 1982, including several that I kept for the five winters my husband and I spent in Florida. I also have old letters to Mama and Daddy, some back to the late 1960's. I think Mama kept all the letters I ever wrote to her. All of this has, what I consider to be, interesting descriptions that someone else besides myself might want to read. Mama also saved many of the old stories and poems I wrote when I was a child, and most of them are, I think, good enough to preserve for other people to read.
In addition to my writing I will be publishing Mama's old diaries, letters, poems, and photos, as well as Daddy's old letters and photos. She also has a whole roomful of photos that she and Daddy took, as well as my grandmother's very old diaries that I will share. After Daddy retired they traveled a lot, and photography was one of their hobbies. She specialized in flower photos and has several books of them that I am slowly scanning into the computer to preserve for her. All of this material is in her Sewing Room, and although I want to preserve my own writing for future generations to possibly enjoy, my main purpose in making the website is to preserve Mama's, Daddy's, my husband, Gain's, and my friend, Earon's memories so they won't be forgotten.
Although other people might want to read my writing, I think it will mostly be of interest to women, especially housewives who would also like to learn to write. With that in mind, I wanted to also make a separate page on this website just to share what I have learned and am still learning about writing and getting it published. I will also include other ways to make money at home while you are waiting for your first bestseller. Most of them you can't make much money, but every little bit helps, and I will only include things that I have personally checked out and found the companies to be reliable. Most of them will also require no investment of anything but your time.
So the way it looks now, this website will be used for my writing, and also Mama's, Daddy's, Gain's, Earon's, and my grandmother's old photos and writing. I will include links here to any other material I have posted anywhere else. I originally made separate websites for Mama, Daddy, Gain, and Earon, plus one for the writing advice and information I will share with other writers, and also one to post just my favorite character, Mariette's, series of Nightmare House stories on. I made extra websites and linked them together so that the material could be presented in a more orderly manner than just crammed together on one website, and also so that I would have a specialized blog for each website to post new material to.
However, after writing to Cherie Figgins, who works for Doodlekit, where I want to make my website, I found out that I can make one website with unlimited pages and space to post whatever photos and writing I want to. She said that I could not make unlimited small websites and link them together for the same price, as I'd planned to do. So I am in process of getting all the extra websites remade here on the main website, Mary Hazel's Library, before I delete the extra websites and upgrade my main page and publish it. I suppose I could have checked further for a place to make a website, but I really like working with Doodlekit. The websites are very easy to make, look nice, and can be viewed on mobile devices, including cell phones, and the Doodlekit people, especially Cherie, are very nice. I like to do business on a long term basis with people I know and trust.
I will also include links on this website to other places I have my writing and photos posted. I may eventually make some extra small websites with some of the free website providers for some of the specialized material I want to post, such as Mama's diary or blogging one of my books. I suppose I could do this by keeping the free websites at Doodlekit in addition to the paid site, but it doesn't seem fair to Doodlekit to do that, so I don't want to make any extra free sites there, even if it wouldn't technically be against the rules.
Even if I do make other websites elsewhere, this will be the main website to check back occasionally to see what is new. Right now the only other place, other than this website I am making here at Doodlekit, that I have anything posted to is Writers-Network. This is a very nice site where writers can post as much of their writing as they want to for free. You can't post any photos unless you pay for a membership. Also you can't upload your writing, but have to type it directly to the website, but it is still a very nice website, especially since it is free. Unless you get a paid membership, you do have to pay points for everything you post, but you can easily get those just by reading and writing short reviews of the other writers work. And there are a lot of good stories and poetry to read on Writers-Network. Writers-Network also has some classic stories and poetry free to read on their website.
LINK TO MY WRITING ON WRITERS-NETWORK
LINK TO MAIN WRITERS-NETWORK PAGE
(USE THE MAIN PAGE LINK IF YOU WANT TO READ OTHER STORIES AND POEMS OR PUBLISH YOUR OWN)
March 19, 2016 Saturday 8:38 P.M.
I just checked out the Writers-Network link to make sure it works. It goes directly to my page with more for you to read there. From my page you can also go to the main Writers-Network page. It is free to join and post your writing. All you need is an e-mail address and user name. While you are on my page you may want to check out some of my friends' writing too. Just go to the comments at the end of my posts and you can get to their pages from their comment posting. Especially check out Deliah5, JudyBall, Iwasapoorgirl, atum, and MaryMills. Delilah5 writes horror fiction set in New York City and is posting short stories and book chapters. Judy writes mostly poetry. Iwasapoorgirl is a serious writer who is posting her novel online and she is very good. atum writes mostly poetry illustrated with beautiful photographs. MaryMills writes poetry and some short stories. These are just a few of my special friends, but there are others who have commented and that are worth reading. There are many other writers posting to Writers-Network also. Writers-Network also has free classic books and poetry to read online. Check it out!
I do have a Facebook page, but won't include the link here until I get the page "cleaned up" and ready to share. I got the Facebook page several years ago because my friend, Mae Cusack wanted me to. I knew nothing about Facebook then. I still don't know that much about it, and only keep the page now because Mae has since passed away, but her page is still there as a kind of memorial to her. I also would lose contact with some of my other friends there if I canceled the page. However, when I started the page, Facebook kept suggesting I "like" various things, and I assumed I was supposed to because they suggested it. So then when I began "liking" everything they kept suggesting, they told me I was "liking" too much, and it wasn't allowed! But now I have companies I would never buy anything from, and even some I'm not sure what they're selling, advertising on my Facebook page, and have had no time to go back and unlike them! I feel kind of mean doing that, but I'm sure they'll have no trouble finding other people who are actually interested in buying their products to let them put ads on their pages! Right now, I can't find much of anything on the page. Last time I was on Facebook trying to read a post from a writers group that I evidently joined, the post was buried in a bunch of other posts while I was checking a friend request, and I never could find it again! So anyway, if I decide the page is salvageable, I will eventually post the link here. If I decide Facebook isn't worth bothering with I will let you know. This is going to be my main website, though.
ROSES SEEN THROUGH THE FENCE ON BELL AVENUE
I took this photo on a walk down Bell Avenue near my home on June 28, 2015
I hope I have given you enough information here to decide if you want to check out any of my other writing and photos that I will be posting here and in other places. I specialize in flower photos also, and have a lot of beautiful ones to share, and will be taking more this summer. The Halloween Street preface here is about what I write, and also about Mariette's stories. Mariette is my favorite character, and the one most like me, and also my Muse, so she gets her own page here just for her stories! Her page will also have lots of old photos, mostly taken by Mama and Daddy, because Nightmare House is based on a real house that Gain and I had, and real events in that time of our lives from the late 1970's to 2005, when Gain died. Unfortunately, although I looked for ghosts many times in the old house, I never saw one. I don't think ghosts allow curious people that idly look for them to see them. Mariette's house is haunted however! In her Nightmare House series of stories it will always be the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Mariette's Nightmare House Library is on her page titled Mariette's Page and is where her continuing series, NIGHTMARE HOUSE, will be posted one chapter at a time as we write it and get it typed up for publication. Eventually there will be links to other places the books are published. Mariette tells me what to write, and I just write down what she tells me happened.
Mariette's Nightmare House Library will also be the place where Mariette will share links to other scary fiction for you to enjoy. Most of it will be links to classic public domain books that you can read online if you want to.
Since I will only have one blog for the whole website I won't be able to publish a new chapter of NIGHTMARE HOUSE every time I write a blog post, but I will post the chapters as often as possible, and also look for other places to post them, and put the links here for you.
ENTER AT YOUR OWN PERIL
PHOTO OF THE OLD HOUSE AT WHEELING, INDIANA
TAKEN BY CLAUDE B. HENSON
Welcome to Halloween Street. Yes, you know where Halloween Street is. It's always October 31st on Halloween Street. Dark masses of century old elms and maples shade the broken sidewalks. The ancient mansions, that have seen better days, are silent, full of shadows and yesterday's dreams. You're always alone on Halloween Street.
Halloween Street is in many places. It is in a little town called Midway down in Southern Indiana. There is a rundown motel in Midway that used to be called the Midway Motel. It's now infamously known as the Zombie Motel because that’s where the Zombie Apocalypse started, and where the last survivors, led by Tex, Mary Sue, and her mother, still live, battling the zombies. The Midway Flea Market closed long ago. Now it is home to Zombie Steve and his band of zombies. Zombie Steve is just trying to survive too, and help his zombies survive and find justice in what is left of the old world, as the new dead world takes its place.
There is a Halloween Street in a city called Old Albany too. Old Albany adjoins Midway. There is a dark narrow house on a street that people, who don't know any better, call Main Street. These same people will even tell you that the house was torn down years ago. Jeanne Marie knows better. She goes back to that house every night in her dreams. She knows it as Nightmare House. There's an old cemetery in Old Albany too. It's guarded by ancient wrought iron gates and filled with centuries old tombstones. A girl named Merry talks to the ghosts at the old cemetery called Northern Burial Ground.
In River City, which also adjoins Midway, there is an old house right next to the river on Halloween Street. The bleak gray stone house is encrusted with gargoyles and carved stone faces. Amy, who came there to work as a governess back in the winter, knows she must discover the reason why the gargoyles are always laughing--cold, hard, silent, mirthless stone laughter. It is a secret best not learned. If you should ever see that house, hurry on by.
There is another gloomy sprawling mansion a bit farther north of River City near a little town called Burnsville. That mansion is decorated with marble cherubs, all sweetly smiling, but with an aura of nameless evil about them. It is called Roselawn. The ghost of a little girl called Angela haunts the family cemetery at Roselawn. Jenny came there to work as a governess to the ghost girl's sister, also named Angela. Stay away from Roselawn too. The ghost girl wants to possess her living sister so she can come back to this life. If she can't possess her sister, any living person will do.
Just across the river from Midway, on the Kentucky side of the river, is a large city of dark towering buildings called Louistown. There is a cemetery there called Haven Of The Angels Cemetery where beautiful swans swim on the lake, and flowers of all kinds bloom, but the city of the dead stretches out to the end of the world. There is a shopping mall in Louistown too, the most beautiful mall in the world, called the Galleria. The mall is all old stone, glass, and sunlight, and feels like money. The same people who told you that the house on Main Street in Old Albany was torn down, may also tell you that the Galleria is gone. Don't believe them. The Galleria is still back there somewhere in a place called Days Gone By. Don't linger too long at Haven Of The Angels or the Galleria, though, no matter how pleasant you find them. Melissa Sue likes them too, and she spends a lot of time at both places. Melissa Sue is a vampire now.
There is another place in Louistown you ought to avoid. It's called Tanglehouse. The same people, who claim that the house on Main Street in Old Albany was torn down years ago, and say that the Galleria closed, will also tell you that Tanglehouse was once a famous amusement park, but that it was closed years ago and is now abandoned. Don't believe them! If you should ever see Tanglehouse and be foolish enough to enter, you will find out that it is very real indeed. All the rides are free now. You will be able to ride the roller coaster, known as the Racing Derby, the Ghost Train, and the other rides forever. And Sam and Sally, the Laughing Couple, outside of Hilarity Hall, will go on laughing their chilling laughter forever as you unsuccessfully search for a way out of Tanglehouse.
Halloween Street is also in a city in north central Indiana called Libertyville. Libertyville is best known for the state hospital called Arcadia, located just outside of town. In Libertyville only the crazy people know that the vampires are real.
Halloween Street is also located in a little town called Crossroads in Carrollton County, just about sixteen miles south of Libertyville. The Crossroads Quik Mart, surrounded by the endless acres of Carrollton County corn, is where Harrison and Marie barely averted the end of the world. Some say that all of the local people haven't given up worshiping their pagan Corn gods, though. They say that someday the scarecrows will come to life in Crossroads again. This time they just may take over the world.
There is a Halloween Street of sorts down in Paradise County, Tennessee. It is really just a dirt road with the Paradise River on one side and the wild tree and underbrush choked hills on the other side. Paradise County is where dreams become obsessions and where it is always yesterday.
There is a Halloween Street down in Florida too. It is shaded by huge twisted live oaks dripping with Spanish moss. Halloween Street is in a ghost town that used to be called Sunset Cove. Sunset Cove can only be reached by haunted Highway 72 that goes on forever through a desolation of pine trees and palmettos that are slowly reclaiming more and more of the land people stole from them. Sunset Cove is still surrounded by the endless orange groves. The dark leaves of the orange trees still catch the Florida light, reflecting a little of it in bright glints, but absorbing most of it. In March the orange trees, now huge and overgrown, still bloom, perfuming the air with their heavy sweetness. It is always dark in Sunset Cove and the vampires own it now. Only Mary Anne, Jack, and Bruce remain, continuing their lost battle against the vampires.
The beginning of Halloween Street is probably on Highway 29 in Carrollton County, though. There is a wide place in the road surrounded by the endless cornfields of Carrollton County. It is called Carrollton Location, and the land where the few houses are now, was once part of the cornfields. Carrollton Location is where nightmares dwell. There is an old dilapidated house in Carrollton Location that used to belong to an old miser named Simon. It belongs to Mariette and her husband, Curt, now. Mariette writes her scary stories in the old house that is still haunted by Simon's ghost. Even she won't set foot in the old house after the sun goes down. She leaves her stories on her desk for Simon to read at night, though, when she goes back to the house trailer Curt set up on the acre and a half property. Simon loves Mariette, as only an old bachelor can love the girl he worships from afar. He is determined to help Mariette make her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist come true. And as soon as Mariette saw the house she loved it, and knew that somehow the old house's past would be hers and Curt's future.
Then one day Mariette writes her first best selling book and all her dreams come true. Her nightmares come true too—for other people. She just keeps writing—because she has to. That first bestselling book, that Simon helped her sell, is titled Nightmare House. It’s about a girl named Jeanne Marie and a haunted house on Main Street in Old Albany. There are many Nightmare Houses, all with many facades, the same way endlessly varied nightmares are all one dream of doom.
In Carrollton Location dreams slowly turn to nightmares. Mariette just keeps on writing, though, no matter how dark the dreams get. The nightmares are a small price to pay for all the money she's ever wanted. And an even smaller price to pay for her own private Storybook Land.
You won't find Halloween Street on any of the maps. But you know where it is. You've seen it a million times in your nightmares. It’s the street that stretches on and on to the end of eternity.
Walk a little farther on Halloween Street if you dare. Keep going past the old mansions with their shadowed lawns. Keep walking as you leave the neighborhood where rich people once lived, until you start to get to the rundown shabby houses with peeling paint and broken windows, where occasionally you see someone looking out through ragged curtains to see who is brave enough to walk alone on Halloween Street. If you keep walking long enough down that street that seems like it will never end, you will get to the downtown. The stores on Halloween Street are all shabby, having seen better days. They all seem to have been going out of business for years. Most of them are empty with boarded up windows.
If you don't turn back, though, eventually you will get to Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore, the place you know you've been looking for all the time you've been on Halloween Street. You'll know it when you see it.
Yes, you know where Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore is. It's in a million different places—in small towns and out of the way corners of cities all over the world. It has many different names, but it's always really the same store. There's one in a city in Libertyville, best known for the State Hospital called Arcadia, located just outside of Libertyville. The life stories of the crazy people written down on the ancient charts hidden away at Arcadia would make a million books if only someone could write them down. Their delusions would make another million books if only they were able to write them down. There used to be a bookstore in Sunset Cove down in Florida before the vampires took over the town. You can still see the empty store if you're brave or foolish enough to go down there. The store in Midway has been going broke for years, but it's still doing a marginal business in the old part of town.
If you love books you've probably been in Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore many times, maybe even without knowing it. It isn't one of those brightly lighted chain bookstores selling the same ever changing selections of new books. Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore is always independently owned, with one of a kind books you won't find anywhere else. Sometimes the books are new. More often they're used. It's always located in the shabbier part of town in a little rented space that only the people who love books find. You can see the books through the plate glass windows. Sometimes the books are for sale at flea markets, and they are part of Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore too. There are many small branches of her bookstore at the Midway Flea Market.
Once you're inside the bookstore the dusty light coming through the windows makes you uncertain if it's morning, or afternoon, or if the day is fading toward evening. You really don't care. All you want to do is wander deeper into the bookstore, among the endless stacks of books, smelling the dry paper smell of old books, and getting lost in the dreams of a million writers.
There is a faint edge of terror here too. The kind of fear you feel in a nightmare that starts out pleasant but progresses imperceptibly toward terror, and that you remember for a long time after you wake up. That's because Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore is just one more variation on Nightmare House, that ghostly house that haunts all of Mariette's nightmares. And you did know that Nightmare House is on Halloween Street, didn't you?
Mariette, who owns Nightmare Bookstore, in all of its many incarnations, spends most of her time writing new stories. She sits at a table in a corner of the bookstore, writing in her notebooks, or walking among the stacks of books. If you come at the right time you may be able to see her, a slender blonde girl of twenty-one, wearing faded and patched jeans. Some people, probably the same people who told you that the Galleria was gone, or that the house on Main Street in Old Albany had been torn down years ago, may tell you that she is only a character in a book called Nightmare House, written by an unknown author called Mary Hazel Upton. Mary Hazel claims she has seen Mariette in the store buying ghost stories, once on a rainy day in October, and again just before closing time in December. So Mariette can't be just an imaginary character, can she?
Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore has become a virtual bookstore now, limited only by the limits of cyberspace. So you might be even more likely to get a chance to see Mariette, or even some of the other characters in Mary Hazel's books. Cyberspace is endless haunted space, where your own imagination is the only limit of what can be.
Welcome to Mariette's Nightmare Bookstore. Enter through Nightmare House if you wish. Enter at your own peril.
If you haven't turned back on Halloween Street yet, maybe you better turn back now. If you keep going just a little bit further, you might come to Nightmare Library.You'd better turn back now. It's getting dark now. And if darkness catches you on Halloween Street, you might have to walk there forever.
What? You’ve decided to walk a little farther? You can’t resist visiting Mariette’s Nightmare Library? Then come on in. The door is always open, open to walk in, but not to walk out.
You know where Nightmare Library is. You’ve been there too. Nightmare Library, like Nightmare Bookstore, is in a million different places too—in small towns and big cities, and little out of the way places everywhere. Only people who love books ever find it. The others just walk on past, not even seeing it. If you love books, probably you’ve been there many times before, perhaps without realizing it.
Nightmare Library has many different names too, but they are all really just one library. Mariette’s Nightmare Library is the first one Mama had taken her to back in her earliest childhood, back when her family lived in Midway. The Clarkson County Library was in an old two story building in River City. It was sheltered from the bustle of the city in a park shadowed by ancient trees. The adult books were upstairs. The children’s books were downstairs. The librarians frowned on children visiting the upstairs sections, and wouldn’t let them check any of the adult books out.
The Nightmare Library you find on Halloween Street will be the first library you remember visiting. While you decide whether or not to enter it, though, or just turn around and leave while you can, maybe you’d like to come a little farther with Mariette.
The night Mariette thought she heard ghostly footsteps in the old house, she dreamed of Nightmare Library. In her dream Mariette was walking through the upstairs of the library, past the stern faced librarians, back to the shelves of books that seemed to stretch on forever. The familiar feeling of greed overtook her as she looked at the many books. She wanted to read them all at once. How To Grow Tomatoes All Summer. That book was filled with bright red color photos of garden catalog perfect tomatoes. Mariette began to read, and as she read, she could smell the hot green smell of the tomato vines. She took another book down. Canning And Preserving. She moved on, browsing the many shelves. She was in the writing department now. She realized that the library had all the books that Writer's Magazine Books published plus many old writing books she’d never heard of. Slowly she realized that the library had every book on writing that had ever been published. All she needed to do was to read them all, and she would have the key to success. A small black book with gilt lettering caught her eye. How To Become Rich By Writing. Eagerly she began reading it. She added it to the arm load of books she already had that she planned to check out.
As Mariette moved deeper and deeper into the stacks of books, she slowly became aware of the silence. It was a deeper silence than there should have been in a library. At the same time Mariette realized that it was dark in the library. The light had that same gray wintery quality as the light in the old house did in the late afternoon. A feeling of unease began to possess her. Slowly it dawned on Mariette that she was the only person left in the library other than the mannequin faced librarian. She didn’t know how she knew this, but she was sure of it.
Unease slowly became fear and then terror as Mariette started back to the librarian’s desk and the exit. Even now the librarian might be locking up the library, leaving for the night, shutting Mariette in with the now sinister stacks of books. Each corridor merely gave onto another narrow corridor of books. Mariette was soon hopelessly lost in Nightmare Library.
Because she now knew that that was where she was. Nightmare Library had two versions, the bookstore version and the basic library version. They were all kaleidoscopic variations of Nightmare House, though. There were as many variations of each basic dream as there were books in Nightmare Library, but like the books, they were all essentially the same. Endless variations on the same plot
Mariette came to a new section of the library. In spite of her fear, she couldn’t resist looking at the books. They all had her name on them. Nightmare House by Mariette Rodgers. The Sleepwalker by Mariette Rodgers. The House Of The Laughing Gargoyles by Mariette Rodgers. The Stone Angel by Mariette Rodgers. The Zombie Motel by Mariette Rodgers There were shelves and shelves of her books, most of them thick horror novels like her favorite writer, Steven Kingsley, wrote. She looked for At Night The Forest Moves Closer and saw it on a shelf along with many other Gothic romance novels all written by her. There were all the books she would write someday!
Greedily she reached for Nightmare House. All she had to do was read it and when she woke up she could write it all down. Mariette had now realized she was dreaming.
She woke up before she could read any of Nightmare House. It was dark and she was alone in bed except for her toy stuffed lamb, Lambie-Pie, whom she was clutching tightly. Curt must have gotten up to watch television as he did sometimes when he couldn’t sleep.
Slowly the terror receded like a dark tide as the dream slowly faded. Before she went back to sleep, Mariette wrote down the titles of her books she remembered seeing in Nightmare Library. Nightmare House. The Sleepwalker. The House Of The Laughing Gargoyles. The Stone Angel. The Zombie Motel. There had been other titles, but they were already fading from her memory along with the other details of the dream. They would all be the titles of her future bestsellers. She knew that just as she knew that her name was Mariette Rodgers.
And that night, the night Robin Michaels, bestselling romance novelist with a bad case of writer’s block, made up her mind to steal an obscure book from a long forgotten author and put her own name on it, Robin also walked through the dim shadowy corridors of Nightmare Library. She found Mariette’s books and they filled her with unbearable terror and sadness. She searched in vain all night for her own books.
Nightmare Library is where you’re at now. And you’re still standing outside on Halloween Street, eh? Still debating on whether to go in even after you’ve read Mariette’s story? If you do decide to go in you can find all of Mary Hazel’s stories here as she gets them typed up and ready to publish. Eventually there will also be links to public domain books, mostly scary ones, that I have found worth reading and that you might enjoy too. If you should want a hard copy of any of my books they will all be at Bookemon and you can buy a copy for your own library. I will also try to include links to Amazon in case anybody wants to buy hard copies of any of the public domain books that have been reprinted and that are featured here.
But you don’t have to buy any of my books. You can just read them free here, or read online at Bookemon for free. I will also be looking for a place to post my books so that you can download free copies if you want to. I thought I had found a publisher for free e-books, but before I had any of my books ready to see if they wanted them, they announced they are going out of business. That is too bad. It is always too bad when any publisher goes out of business, thereby decreasing the supply of books. But I will look for somewhere else to post them, and let everybody know when they are published. And you will also be able to read the public domain books for free. The links will be here. The choice whether to buy a book or read it free will always be yours. That’s why Mary Hazel and Mariette call this website a library, not a bookstore. Books are always free in a library. Free to all, even if they can’t afford to buy books. And in the great haunted libraries of cyberspace, a book is a book. If you can read it, it’s a book, whether it’s printed on paper or it’s an e-book.
Mary Hazel’s library never closes. Stay as long as you like. Be careful you don’t get lost in the stacks, though, especially at midnight, and accidentally step over into Nightmare House. If you do, you might have to stay forever!
Note by author: Mary Hazel Upton. All of the stories and characters mentioned here are from stories that I have written, or am writing now, or plan to write. All of my stories are continuing series because my characters all want more stories! I will eventually be publishing all of them, so check back occasionally to see what is new. I will probably be publishing hard copy books with Bookemon, and also making the complete book available to read for free online at Bookemon. I will be posting them at various other websites on the Internet also. I am still checking into a publisher to post my e-books to for free download.
No links are included for Bookemon yet because I haven’t got anything published with them yet, and want to make sure I will be doing business with them before posting the link.
This website will be the place to check back to from time to time to find out what books I have available and where to read them.
This is my first website. None of the books have been published yet, but will be soon. Meanwhile I am also making the website, and will also post my work here, as well as links to Writers-Network, where I already have some of my shorter work posted. Please check back here occasionally to see what is new. My plans are to make sure my e-books are always free and readers only pay if they want to buy hard copy books. I have nothing but my time in the e-books, so don't think I should charge for them. The books are my own private fantasies, with myself always the heroine, and always young and pretty. I hope someone else may want to read them too, but I would write them even if no one else wanted to read them ever. I, of course, hope to make some money with my writing someday, but plan to try to later get carefully selected ads from companies I have done business with, and found to be reliable, to put on my website and let the advertisers pay me, not the readers. People who want to read books should have the opportunity to read them even if they can't afford to buy them, I think. The main reason I am publishing the hard copy books, since I doubt if many people will actually buy a copy when they can read it free, is to give them a chance to get a hard copy if they want to. And, even more important, because I want my books to be real actual hard copy books also, not just e-books. I want to be able to hold a copy of my book in my hands. Although a book is a book, real or virtual, and all books are precious. When I was just a little girl my Mama impressed that on me.
"It's a sin to throw a book away, any book," Mama said. "Even if you don't want to read it, you shouldn't throw it away, but should give it to someone else who may enjoy it.
I, and Mariette, my Muse, and also my favorite character, both hope you find something you enjoy reading here. We will also have lots of pictures here, some of them very old photographs that Mama and Daddy took, and some that I have taken, as well as other public domain photographs. We will also have links to other sites where I will eventually post my pictures. I will also be posting some of Mama and Daddy's photographs, some of them very old that they took, as well as other public domain photographs. I will look for websites that will allow you to download the photos for your own use. I already know of one that I have downloaded some of their public domain photos, but hadn't uploaded any yet, as I haven't had time yet.
I took this photo in my yard in October 20, 2013. I will upload it to Pixabay for others to enjoy when I get time. One especially nice feature of Pixabay is that you don't have to get anyone's permission to download or upload a photo. You do have to create an account with them, but it is completely free, and all you need is an e-mail address and a user name.
Meanwhile, if you would like to check out some of the beautiful public domain photos that other photographers have generously uploaded for all to download and use both for personal and commercial use here is the link to Pixabay. One thing that is especially nice about this website is that if you don't want to immediately download a photo you can just mark it as a favorite and it will remain in your online account to download later if you want to. There are so many photos that if they didn't have this feature, you might not be able to find the one you liked again! You can also search for particular kinds of photos--flowers, roses, scenery, Christmas, etc.
Eventually I hope to share links to a few companies that I have found that will pay people to work at home on their computers, but I've just started that research too. If I get all that done, I would also like to share writing information and places to get published with other writers, but that is in the future too. I will get to it as soon as I get time, because I love to do research almost as much as I love to write.
Mariette has also told me that eventually she wants an entire Cyber Mall. She, like all of my heroines, loves to shop! She especially wants a coffee shop, and possibly a craft and fabric store, and eventually a bookstore where we can let other writers, especially beginning writers, sell their books, at no charge, if they want to. She has plans for more stores, and eventually wants a paid website where she can sell things for companies that will pay a commission on sales, but I told her that first we will have to get our library built and then add other things as we get time!
April 8, 2016 Friday
I still have more to do on my website to get it ready to publish, but just finished mostly proofing this page. Will need to check it one more time later, and also need to transfer the other websites that are to be deleted to this page before the website is published. I am out of time for today, though. It's going on four o'clock in the afternoon on this rainy chilly April day. Before I quit for today, though, I just wanted to include a brief note here about the possibility of allowing readers to download photos and books directly from this website. The photos can be downloaded--I was able to easily do that. Cherie told me that I could let readers download PDF copies of my books from my website, so I will experiment with that later. I would still like to find another additional publisher that would be interested in converting the books into free downloadable files that could also be read on cell phones or tablets. Bibliotastic did this, at no charge to the authors or the readers, but they are now going out of business. I read some of their books, but had nothing ready to submit to them before getting this news. This is too bad, but I will be looking for somewhere else to post books so that readers will be able to read them on cell phones and tablets. I might eventually be able to do that on my website, but right now all I know how to make are .jpg and PDF files and .rtf and .doc files with Microsoft Word. However, I was able to easily read my own website on Cell Phone Boy, my cell phone, so it might be possible to post the books here for reading, but not download, for cell phones. I will keep you informed of my progress on this, and also my progress in learning to make cell phone and tablet readable files and how to make bookmarks for the books. The problem with posting them here would be that I don't know how to make bookmarks, so you'd have to do like I do with books that don't have the bookmark feature, write down on paper or on a notepad on your cell phone a few words about where you left off reading so you could find your place the next time. So anyway, I will post my progress on these things here as I learn more, but I am definitely out of time for working on the website now! Time to feed the cats and start my own supper!
MORNING GLORY AND YELLOW FLOWERS
I took this photo on September 22, 2015.