To Dance with the Dead By: Terry D. Scheerer


To Dance with the Dead
Part Three
By: Terry D. Scheerer

Author's Note:

I would like to thank all of the readers for such a great response to my story, "To Dance with the Dead" (although there was at least one reader who didn't care for it). This was originally written over 25 years ago and was one of the first full length stories I ever attempted to write. There has been quite a lot of conversation--in the Forum--about this story being a 'first person' narrative. I chose this style for the story because I wanted to tell it from the main character's point of view, so you (the reader) would be able to experience all of his feelings and thoughts, directly, rather than being told what they might have been by a second party. The idea of writing a story in a narrative form I 'borrowed' from the great horror writer of the 1930s, H.P. Lovecraft and if you enjoyed my story, you should read Lovecraft's work. He was another writer (like Poe, for instance), whose work was basically unknown while he was alive and only became popular some time after his death. Lovecraft's books have now been translated into many foreign languages and have been reprinted hundreds of times and original copies of his work are extremely rare and highly sought after.

"To Dance with the Dead" is based on an actual incident that happened in my life and all of the descriptions regarding the mausoleum in this story are factual. I actually spent many hours wandering around in that huge necropolis after my grandmother was entombed there, many years ago and the idea for the story was born within the unusual underground crypt described in Part Three.

Since this story is some 10,000 words long, it has never been published before, as very few magazines will accept stories of this length, so it has seen the light of day for the first time here in the pages of "World of Myth". And, as I just happen to have another 10-12,000 word story gathering dust in my collection of 'probably unpublishable stories due to their absurd length' category, perhaps I will post it here, some time soon, for your (hopeful) enjoyment.

So, thank you again for your support and I hope you enjoy the final chapter of, "To Dance with the Dead".

Terry D. Scheerer

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About the Author

Terry D. Scheerer has been scribbling out stories, off and on, for several decades (for the most part, apparently, for his own amusement, at least according to the numerous editors who have returned his work), but he only began writing seriously since about the turn of the century. (No, THIS century!). He has been fortunate enough to have had a few short stories published... Click here for full bio
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