I have an exciting character spotlight for you, courtesy of horror author Stephanie Ayers, as part of the tour for her new dark stories collection, The 13: Tales of Illusory, just in time for Halloween. Without further ado, let's get to it!
Character: A vintage camera
Tale: No Returns
Background: Possession, once lived with an Indian shaman.
Best Trait: looks good in white
Special Talent: Capturing souls
Do you have any regrets?
Just one. I wish I’d changed my film before I took those last 30 souls. It’s awfully crowded in there.
What is your worst fear?
As long as I have film, I’m indestructible. To take my film means death--to me and to the souls I possess.
What do you enjoy most about what you do?
My favorite thing ever is when the soul I collect is a creative one. I can exist on several planes at once
when an artist or writer takes that final, fatal step.
What is your least favorite thing about what you do?
I really, really hate it when they resist. I mean, don’t get me wrong- there’s nothing as exciting as claiming a soul not ready to let go, but when they are really stubborn? You aren’t going to win, you know? Just let go already.
You travel a lot. Is there one place you call home or one certain hot spot you like to linger in?
I’m a camera. I practically live in that box. I’d like to be worn around a neck again, displayed with pride. Find someplace quiet. These souls, they never stop screaming.
Would ever consider a career change?
What would I do? Collect dust on a shelf?
Oops, there’s my ride. Could you do me a favor? Could you scratch my back?
No, harder. You really gotta get in there.
Snap. Scream. Snicker.
They fall for it every time.
Love what you saw here? This is just 1 of 13 awesome tales in the compilation. Want to learn more? Be sure to join the tour and all the fun stops along the way.