Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Six of the eeriest SFF stories inspired by true events

Sam Riedel is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. One of the six eeriest SFF stories inspired by true events he tagged at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog:
Gideon, by Alex Gordon

Despite Gideon's intensely supernatural plot—in which a woman becomes entangled not only in her dead father’s double life, but in the ramifications of a two-century-old witch-burning—its first scene is chillingly connected to real life. As 19th-century Midwesterners prepare to burn a malevolent spellcaster, they are suddenly engulfed in a “witchstorm” that freezes them to death in moments, along with the entire countryside. Though almost certainly not caused by arcane forces, records claim the region did experience a bizarre cold snap on December 20th, 1836, during which humans and livestock alike were frozen in their tracks.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue