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Friday, October 14, 2011

Oliver Presents Sharon Donovan

From the cemetery looming high above the haunted mansion, Bloody Mary’s screams echo through the parlor. Organ music plays louder and louder as the image of Bloody Mary appears in the mirror. Sharon and Count Oliver sit on the blood-red settee, casually sipping on Bloody Mary cocktails.  The candles flicker, the raven screeches thirteen times and Count Oliver makes the introduction.

Good Evening! The lovely Sharon Donovan has a chilling tale on this most enchanted night. My dear, let us begin with a toast.

The glasses clink.

Who was Bloody Mary?

According to legend, some say Mary Worth was a woman who was horribly disfigured in a car crash. Others believe she was a witch that was burned at the stake and has risen from the grave to seek revenge. Still others say she is the devil incarnate coming to claim your soul.

Over the years, Bloody Mary’s spirit remains a mystery. The legend claims that the evil woman can be summoned by standing in front of a mirror in a dark room lit by one candle and chanting her name thirteen times. When her spirit appears in the mirror, beware! She may claw your eyes out, draw you into the mirror never to be seen again or kill you.

Loosely based on the legend of Bloody Mary, the 1992 horror film Candyman was released. By reciting his name in the mirror five times, his spirit would appear and kill you with his hooked hand.

I remember playing with myths and legends as a child. A few weeks before Halloween, my brother, sister and I were at a friend’s house playing games in her basement. We decided to conduct a séance. Quite honestly, I don’t recall who we tried to bring back. But I’ll never forget what happened. The four of us were sitting around a candle-lit card table in the dark holding hands beneath a window. After chanting the deceased’s name several times, there was a loud knocking on the window. We all screamed loud enough to wake the dead. Our friend leaned down and hurriedly blew out the candle. To our horror, she caught her hair on fire!  Fortunately, no one was hurt but
we never called upon the spirits again.

Have a spooky tale to share?  The Count and I are hungry to hear them!


For a chance to win an autographed copy of MASK OF THE BETRAYER: Send your spookiest tale to me by Hallow’s Eve!

Sharon Donovan lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her family. Prior to the loss of her vision, she was a legal secretary for the Court of Common Pleas where she prepared cases for judges in Domestic Relations. Painting was her passion. When she could no longer paint, she began attending creative writing classes and memoir workshops. After a long and winding road, a new dream arose. Today, instead of painting her pictures on canvas, Sharon paints her pictures with words.
Sharon writes stories of inspiration and suspense. She has certificates in business and medical transcription. Echo of a Raven, a narrative non-fiction about her struggles with diabetic retinopathy, received a CTRR award for outstanding writing, and The Claddagh Ring is a 2009 CAPA nominee for best inspirational of the year. Mask of the Betrayer was voted book of the week at LASR and its video by Triad Productions was a second place winner at You Gotta Read. Other books by Sharon Donovan are Touched by an Angel, Lasting Love, Her Biggest Fan and Charade of Hearts. You can visit Sharon at

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Mary Ricksen said...

I have a good tale to tell and will send it as soon as I finish my skit!
I didn't know it was 13 times, I thought it was just three times you had to say it in the mirror.
Should I try 13? Hmmm. don't think I will.

Sharon Donovan said...

Don't do it, MARY!!

katsrus said...

That Bloody Mary in the mirror tale always scared me to death. I don't care even if it's fake I ain't doing it. Candyman either. LOL. They are using the bloody Mary in the mirror in the new Paranormal 3 movie I believe. Creepy.
Sue B

Oliver said...

Creepy indeed, Sue, have a chilling Bloody Mary grin

Hywela Lyn said...

Ooh that is so eerie sweet friend, I can't think why anyone would want to envoke Bloody Mary! :) And how about your friend's hair catching fire, I'm not surprised you didn't try to call up the spirits again.

Oliver dear, I think I'll pass on the Bloody Mary, I think a cup of chai tea would settle my nerves better!

Sharon Donovan said...

Hugs Lyn sweet friend. I remember my friend's hair catching fire like it was yesterday.
I agree about summoning Bloody Mary although our soul sister Mary had other ideas. Is it any wonder, LOL Yes, let's pass on the chilling cocktail and enjoy a soothing cuppa Chai, oh OLIVERRRR