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Bill of Frights         
Bill of Frights
By League of Eclectic Authors
ISBN: 978-1-929763-57-3
Price: $14.95
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Bill of Frights is a short fiction horror collection of fourteen tales. When darkness slowly descends on the Nation`s Capital, and a full moon balances among ancient oaks, a mist begins to form in the deepening gloom. And from this mist, ghostly apparitions, eaters of souls, diabolical demons, and other mortal fears emerge to take up the power struggle. Join in for the first anthology by The League of Eclectic Authors with variegated horror tales and vicarious pleasures.

Bill of Frights is also available as an ebook on Amazon.com for the Kindle.

Book Review Details:
Reviewed Appeared In: Gazette.Net
Reviewed By: Katelyn Newman
Text Of Review: Do You Know Your Bill of Frights? Collection of scary stories set to haunt the Washington metropolitan area

While you may know your Bill of Rights, the book Bill of Frights offers a new take on horror stories to put you in the Halloween mindset.

The League of Eclectic Authors published Bill of Frights this year to bring horror stories closer to those living in and near Washington, D.C.

Started in 2011 by Clint Mesle and Clint Collins, the League consists of writers throughout the greater Washington area, as well as a few out-of-state members from Florida, New York, California and Texas. For this anthology, the group wanted to publish a collection of short, spooky stories set in Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

We figured horror stories in the D.C. area were something that has never been done before, said Mesle. We thought it was a good idea because it was a good place, but something we have never seen before.

Although there is no age limit for reading the horror, sci-fi and fantasy stories in the anthology, there are a few stories out of the 14 that Mesle said he would not recommend for kids under the age of 13 to read.

Mesle, a Vienna, Va. resident, said he based his story, Bunny Man Returns, on the semi-true story of a man who ran around with an ax in northern Virginia in the 70s, but was never caught.

When I moved here, I was very young. I was 10 years old. One of the first things I heard from the other kids was the story of the Bunny Man, said Mesle. He`s kind of like the urban legend of northern Virginia. I`ve always been fascinated by that urban legend.

Mesle said that the League meets once a month to critique personal works as well as develop future group anthologies. The group has 35 standing members, no age limit and no restriction on the form of writing. With screenwriters, fiction and nonfiction writers, a radio personality and a multimedia artist in the mix, the League comes together because of their love of writing.

For Poolesville resident George Crawford, his inspiration for his short story in the Bill of Frights had a more historical context. The Last Post is set at the same location as the battle of Ball`s Bluff in Loudoun County, Va.

During the Civil War, there was a battle fought at White`s Ferry in which the Confederate forces outsmarted the Union forces, causing them to flee toward the Potomac River. Many soldiers were shot or drowned in the affair as they tried to make it across the river, said Crawford, and bodies were still washing up by George Washington`s estate two weeks later.

The most scary thing I can think of is something happening to my daughters, so I wrote a story about two young girls who meet a ghost at White`s Ferry, said Crawford. It`s got a lot of twists and turns. People freak out.

While Crawford`s story only took him about 10 hours to write, it took the group a year and a half to publish the anthology with the Pocol Press. Featuring a cover design by Crawford`s wife, Traci Crawford, the book was released for sale earlier this year on March 24.

It was a fun project to do, and we work with a really fun group of people, said Crawford, who has been in the League almost two years. The publishing industry`s tough, and this was just a really good opportunity to get this out in the D.C. area and to entertain.

Mesle said the League is currently working on two more anthologies, including a sequel to Bill of Frights that hopefully will come out in the next year and a Snowpocalypse collection of short stories with the central theme of an `end-of-the-world` snowstorm.

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2014
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