Welcome to the annual OCTOBER FRIGHTS BLOG HOP. Every year my friend and fellow writer A.F. Stewart puts together this event to help writers connect with readers and each other. At the end of this post you’ll find a list of participating blogs along with a link to the giveaway.

What happens in Portland is creative chaos and I loved every minute…

With Roni Stinger &
Frances Lu Pai Ippolito

Thursday, October 6th: I land in PDX early in the day and I am pleased to be greeted by a gloomy, grey sky. Perfect, I think to myself. No sun to hassle me here. This bliss lasted around 20 minutes, and the sun stubbornly glared for the rest of my visit.

The native Portlanders tried to act pleased by this, but I think they were embarrassed by the abundance of sun. They all assured me that it was a rare pleasure. I was polite about the assualting brightness and pretended not to notice.

I was visiting my friend Frances Lu Pai Ippolito. As soon as I landed she wisked me off to enjoy a lunch by the water. It was delicious. I suspect she is planning something nefarious for me that involves cannibalism. She pointed out that it is called canibalism, not can’tibalism. I should be worried, but I find myself intrigued. Just in case, I make a secret pact with Roni Stinger in case things get… interesting.

At Raven’s Manor

My suspicions were justified later that evening when she insisted I go to a themed cocktail bar called Raven’s Manor. It was horrifying, further proof that Frances was trying to put me off guard by making me happy. We were locked in an escape room, forced to make our own drinks and then fed more delicious food. Frances was getting into my head. Somewhere between the smoking skull cocktail and the glowing, alcoholic potion I decided I loved Portland.

Luckily, I managed to keep my wits and I was able to retire that evening still breathing. I am apprehensive to see what tomorrow will bring.

Participating Blogs
Always Another Chapter
Be Afraid of the Dark
Hawk’s Happenings
Carmilla Voiez Dark Reads and Intersectional Feminism
Frighten Me
Brain Matter – The Official Blog of JG Faherty
Angela Yuriko Smith
James P. Nettles

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Ryukyuan-American, award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years in newspapers. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year, she shares Authortunities, a free weekly calendar of author opportunities at authortunities.substack.com.


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