Congratulations to Richard Alan Scott for the suggestion of "Coleridge" for the name of the house in my currently untitled novella. For his creative efforts, Richard will receive a signed copy of the novella upon its release and be mentioned in the acknowledgements for his contribution. To hold him over until then, I'll be sending him the Cemetery Dance signed limiting hardcover of Josh Malerman's On This, the Day of the Pig. That's signed by Josh, not me!
I'm very curious as to how Richard decided on Coleridge. Samuel Taylor Coleridge is famous for writing The Rime of the Ancient Mariner...and later for being an incurable laudanum (opium) addict. But I digress. The name Coleridge inspired me to reread the famous poem (that I so dreaded in high school) and was fascinated by it. Several passages intrigue me, none more than this:
Like one, that on a lonesome road
Doth walk in fear and dread,
And having once turned round walks on,
And turns no more his head;
Because he knows, a frightful fiend
Doth close behind him tread.
I think there are more edits to the novella in my future.
Thanks again to Richard Alan Scott for the winner, and to all those who participated. Keep an eye out for more contests by subscribing to my newsletter!