Speculative Fiction—an all-encompassing genre created to describe stories of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, and other stories that have an element of “What if...” in them. A story in speculative fiction is one that adds an element of the unreal, or asks, what would become of our society if history took a different direction at some important event? Fiction with a little something extra thrown in.—William D. Richards
PODS! And Other Supernatural Tales by D.F. Holland
Release date: November 11, 2016
Sub-genre: Horror, short stories
PODS AND OTHER SUPERNATURAL TALES will take you on a spine-tingling
voyage, where you’ll encounter deadly sea creatures, cursed objects,
custom-made Hells, alien killers and other worlds – all in the blink of a
Hang on tightly as you read this collection of
chilling, supernatural horror and fantasy - from the author of TALES
FROM THE BEAUMONT HOUSE.
How did the sky have the
audacity to look beautiful while hovering over such a grim scene? The sky was a
bright, cheerful blue with barely any clouds within sight. How did the sun dare
to come out that day?
The blue-green water
sparkled under the massive, white cruise ship. It was a Tropical Island Ship;
one the largest and most expensive of its kind. The interior was modern and
magnificent, furnished with plush, white carpeting and silver and black
accents. The deck had imported velvet-like lounge chairs which surrounded the
pool. There were four pools in total. The cabins were luxuriously furnished as
well as the many elegant dining rooms; dripping with sparkling chandeliers and
atmosphere. Everything was top of the line including the food. Chefs had been
imported from around the globe. From a distance the scene was breathtaking. But
closer, it was quite a different story. Although passengers were aboard there
wasn’t a single sound except for the cry of seagulls above. Their wailing was
the only sound that suited this ghastly scene.
A smaller ship approached,
breaking the silence and the green water. It had been sent because there had
been no communication from the Tropical Island Ship; nothing at all from the
Captain, crew or passengers. The families had not heard from their loved ones
for quite a while and all were worried. As the crew stepped on board to explore
the ship, their jaws dropped open in shock as they viewed perfect skeletons
laying aboard lounge chairs, surrounding one of the pools. The stunned crew
scattered to search the ship only to find more skeletons. Some seated in dining
rooms with food still fresh on their plates. The waiter skeletons remained standing
with large trays of food still atop. Others sat as if viewing the menus; as if
their skulls contained eyes. Some were in their cabins and others were in gift
shops, standing in place. The Captain was at the helm; at least his skeletal
remains were. It was like a dinosaur museum-display, where the skeletal remains
are posed. There was no blood aboard the ship, not even a blood spatter. It
didn’t appear that any type of attack took place. They searched with great
caution and with guns pointed as they tip-toed through the massive ship.
Whatever had caused this
could have remained on board. They carefully searched the luxury liner and
spoke in whispers while their hearts pounded. Only skeletal remains were found;
there was nothing left alive on the Tropical Island Ship.
The dazed crew contacted
the Coast Guard and they, in turn, contacted other agencies. A helicopter
landed on the ship containing police, a forensic expert and a detective. They
took several hours to explore the entire cruise ship, taking photos and notes.
They gathered on the deck afterwards among the skeletal sun-bathers.
D.F. Holland is a longtime admirer of the Twilight Zone, The Outer
Limits, the works of Ira Levin and other works of fantasy, sci-fi and
horror. TALES FROM THE BEAUMONT HOUSE is the author's first novel.
Holland was born and resides in New York and is currently working on a