Teaser Intro 4: Anonymous Portrait
While I'm still slightly surprised that "Remember Me" was published, this next story makes sense that it was published. I'm not one for bragging (unless I'm drinking) but this was probably the best story I had written at that time.
It's no secret that I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, so when I came across a call for submissions for an anthology of short stories inspired by the author, I jumped at the chance to write one. "Anonymous Portrait" is one of the few stories I've written that has no real roots in New Jersey, but instead was set in Baltimore, in honor of Poe himself.
It would have been easy to write a sequel to any of his many masterpieces, or a pastiche on his style of writing, but I wanted to keep the story true to me and my writing. The story came together easily and quickly.
When Sir Malcolm Riley's automobile breaks down outside an antique store, he passes the time exploring the humble establishment's contents. He comes upon the titular 'anonymous portrait' and is drawn to it for reasons unknown. When the shopkeeper explains that it appears no one living knows the subject of said painting, despite the face being vaguely familiar to Sir Riley, he insists he must have it.
Later, hanging it in his home, the good sir realizes this isn't a story of mystery, but of horror.
Unfortunately, after I had written and submitted the story to the publisher, they closed up shop. That was when I happened upon NorGus Press, and their call for stories about lost and found items. I had been steadily expanding my portfolio of stories, but at the time it was a little more than lucky that I happened to have a story that fit the call.
Onto the teasing part, here's the intro:
To find out what happens to Sir Riley, and what makes this a horror story, you can purchase Look What I Found with "The Anonymous Portrait" here