CRITD: Beyond the Borders – What I submitted and what inspired O.W.L.S.

The next anthology in the Crossroads in the Dark series is coming soon. I submitted my story O.W.L.S., which is a sci-fi story. I’ve wanted to do something dealing with aliens for a long time but I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to, but I made it work.

This particular story revolves around a woman being torn between reality and her belief she’s losing her mind. It’s a short story. You will find yourself questioning just along with her. You may even feel for her if you’ve ever had similar things occur. I wrote this inspired by how many alien experiences mentioned owls, yes the bird, or seeing them. The large eyes of the bird mimic the same description of the large-eyed greys.

There are tons of theories that are on the internet, some connecting owls to aliens and then on to Atlantis. Some say aliens shapeshift into owls to watch over humans. Some even say it’s just the human mind becoming confused with what the being is experiencing, blurring the birds and the well-known description of greys. Whatever the case may be, I was instantly inspired when looking around the net and my own library researching for what I could do.

This title is coming soon.

28 DoBR: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Dracula by Bram Stoker is a staple in my collection. In my youth, I was a huge vampire novel reader. I loved it all! It wasn’t the seductive nature of the vampires that pulled me in but the living forever and how much one could see in an entire lifetime. My father, not understanding, became worried about how much I loved them in fact. I couldn’t blame him, at the time he had displayed his concerns people had murdered to ‘become a vampire’ or ‘because a vampire told them to’. He was calmed when I explained it was more of history that could be seen, the living forever-young.

This book is a recommendation on it being a staple alone. If not for the vampires, but for it being a classic story. The book is wonderful and the movie with Gary Oldman that came out in 1992 is one of my favorites.


Dracula is an 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula’s attempt to move from Transylvania to England so he may find new blood and spread undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women led by Professor Abraham Van Helsing. Dracula has been assigned to many literary genres including vampire literature, horror fiction, the gothic novel and invasion literature. The novel touches on themes such as the role of women in Victorian culture, sexual conventions, immigration, colonialism, and post-colonialism. Although Stoker did not invent the vampire, he defined its modern form, and the novel has spawned numerous theatrical, film and television interpretations.