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Though this collection of short stories is predominantly dark erotic paranormal—at times verging on horror—it runs the gamut in sub-genres and eras—from contemporary to historical time-travel, and back again. Please note: the series also incorporates both m/f and m/m couplings, plus some multi-partner interaction.
A seemingly harmless paranormal investigation sparks a series of haunting events that ultimately sends an international team of supernatural investigators to Ireland and to one of the most haunted destinations in all of Europe.
Travel Through Time and Unravel the Mystery of Cairnnon Castle
Part 1 - Meet Me in the Dark
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)
Crishtin Davenport thought she was attending a simple Halloween event—a good scare to get the blood pumping. Little does she know her actions that night would unleash an ancient evil.
Part 2 - Dark Foursome
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)
A foursome takes on a whole new aspect when a fledgling couple, is hijacked by two randy spirits, who then use their corporeal bodies to recapture the sexual pleasures they enjoyed while inhabiting the physical world.
The saga takes a sudden medieval time-travel twist in Part 3 - The Fall of Cairnnon Castle
(m/f, time-travel, Ireland, historical, paranormal, dark erotic, verging on horror)
Cairnnon Castle is one of the most haunted places on earth and home to one of the most evil entities ever documented. When an enthusiastic troop of paranormal investigators descends on the ancient stronghold, all hell breaks loose.
Meet the O'Cairnnon's - a fate most do not survive
Part 4 - Rising From the Darkness
(m/m, paranormal, erotic, contemporary)
U.S. paranormal investigators return to Ireland to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of Castle Cairnnon. But what they find instead might set the paranormal community on it’s collective ear.
Part 5 - Dark Seed
(paranormal, erotic, contemporary, m/f story with m/m interaction)
The investigators' astonishing discovery at Castle Cairnnon, can only be described as a miracle.
Or is one blessing, just another curse.
Part 6 - Bending Darkness
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, time-travel, historical)
The Cairnnon curse threatens to turn one woman's dreams of happily-ever-after into a hellish nightmare.
And Part 7 - Dark Defeat - The stunning conclusion to the Lustful Possession saga
(paranormal, dark erotic, time-travel, historical, an m/f story with f/f and m/f/f interaction)
Hell-bent on saving her children, a mother will stop at nothing to defeat the evil that stalks her family, or at the very least, she’ll die trying.
Evil never gambled on battling one pissed off mother!
Please be aware: This erotic paranormal collection of short stories contains both mf & mm pairings, & cliff-hangers. Installments must be read in order.
Enjoy this excerpt from Part 2 - Dark Foursome
Almost every night of the following week, Josh and Crish connected over Skype. Right or wrong, she kept searching for a glimpse of Miles. It was difficult, as she’d developed some pretty strong feelings for both men.
Strangely, though, every time Crish laid eyes on Josh, she was taken aback by his rapidly declining appearance.
“Josh, are you all right?”
“I’m fine,” he snapped. “You ask me that every night. You’ll get the same answer.”
“Okay,” she responded, cautiously. “You just look a little haggard. Are you not sleeping well?”
His eyes were red rimmed and watery looking. His dark hair stuck up at odd angles, as if he’d been running his hands through it. His sculpted features were gaunt and hollow, just in the few short days since his and Arnie’s departure.
Out of her line of sight, he reached for something. She soon realized he had a tumbler full of amber liquid. Inhaling deeply, he then tossed the drink back in one swallow. His breath whistled through his teeth.
“Now, what were you bitching about?” His head wobbled a little from side to side as if that hadn’t been his first alcoholic beverage of the evening.
Pissed by his behavior, Crish grabbed the computer mouse. “You know what, Josh, the good thing about the first few weeks of a new relationship is you learn so much about the other person. Especially when they relax, you know, and let their guard down and truly start acting like themselves. Instead of putting on airs to impress. And I’ve learned you’re a dick. Another cool thing is, I don’t have to put up with it. I’m out!” With great satisfaction, she clicked the sign out button and pushed back her office chair.
For the next hour, he kept trying to re-engage her on the social site, but she ignored all the alerts.
A little while later, Crish’s best friend Lana called.
“Hey, Crish,” Lana greeted. Her tone lacked its usual cheerfulness.
“Hi, Lana. How’s things?” Crish asked.
“All right, I guess. Have you talked to Josh at all this week?”
“Pfff, yeah,” Crish scoffed. “You? To Arnie?”
“Yes, but he seems really... um, I don’t know, I can’t quite put my finger on it. First of all, he looks awful.”
A cold tingling worked its way over the back of Crish’s neck.
“And he’s really abrupt with me. Almost angry. He’s not at all like that, either. And I know I haven’t done anything.” She sighed.
“That’s kinda weird, Lana. I hung up on Josh about an hour ago. He was being a complete ass. I don’t need his shit.” She had her own problems to deal with. “He’d been drinking, though. But he also looks like hell. His eyes are all...”
“Red rimmed?” Lana’s voice rose.
“Yes. Arnie’s too?”
“Yeah. I’m worried, Crish.”
“I’m sure they’re fine,” Crish reassured her friend. “They’re most likely suffering some jet lag. They’re working hard and in a foreign city. It can’t be easy. Let alone documenting whatever they’re investigating.”
“That’s just it. Do you know anything about the place?”
“Not really. Some castle in Ireland. O’Conner, O’Carroll... something like that.” She shrugged.
“O’Cairnnon.” Lana stated, and an all-out shiver raced up Crishtin’s spine. “Cairnnon Castle. Arnie was so excited. He’s always wanted to go there. It’s one of the most haunted places in the world, you know. Number two on the top ten most haunted list.”
“No, I didn’t,” Crish answered.
“I’ve been doing some research on line. I don’t like what I’ve found. I’m afraid for him. For both of them. There are actual documented apparitions there. And one of them is malevolent. They call it Bás a thagann. It means death comes.”
This time Crish physically shuddered, though she tried to alleviate Lana’s unease.
“They’ll be fine. Arnie knows what he’s doing. And aren’t they with an international team of highly regarded paranormal investigators, Lan?” Crish did her best to reassure her friend. But deep down, after what she and Josh had just been through, Crish was not so confident.
Arnie might know his stuff, but Josh was still learning. And the glaring mistakes he’d made at the Allen house, plus with Shelley and Miles, just proved his inexperience. Josh had said himself that he’d made an error by convincing her to welcome the spirit couple to use their human bodies.
“Arnie asked me to accompany him before he left, and he’s still pressuring me to meet him in Ireland. I’m thinking of going, Crish. Besides, he’s got this new little intern that he keeps talking about. She’s with the international crew. I think we should check her out, being around our men folk and all. Wanna join me?”
The prospect of a vacation should have been an exciting idea, but the dread Crish felt in her stomach coupled with the anxiety in her friend’s voice made the whole plan less than appealing.
Using work as an excuse, Crish begged off. After that Lana seemed in a hurry to get off the phone and bid a hasty good-bye.
Crish wandered over to her desktop computer to research Cairnnon Castle. She clicked on the first result the search-engine displayed.
She read aloud. “The stronghold of Cairnnon is one of the most haunted destinations in the Celtic regions, home to one of the most active and malevolent spirits ever documented. The locals have dubbed the entity Bás a thagann. Loosely translated, it means simply death comes. Fantastic,” she added dryly.
Scrolling further she read on, “The castle’s past is quite horrific and brutal, but also shrouded in mystery and conjecture. A mass poisoning annihilated the majority of the O’Cairnnon sept. The culprit of this heinous crime was never found. Yet the legend attributes the downfall of Cairnnon to Bás. No one seems to know for sure how or why the archfiend came to reside in the keep.”
Crish reached for the little silver crucifix she always wore on a chain around her neck.
“Cairnnon Castle sits abandoned now, except for thrill seekers, paranormal investigators, and demon worshippers.”
Crish cleared her dry throat, then kept reading.
“People who’ve spent any time at the castle often complain of depression, fatigue, despair, bursts of anger, panic attacks, night terrors, skin crawls, and red rimmed eyes.”
Shit! Josh is exhibiting several of those symptoms.
“Since 1976, fourteen unexplained deaths have been accredited to Bás. The locals blame the entity, of course, reckoning the poor souls were quite literally scared to death.
“In conclusion, this thing is evil, unpredictable and horrifying. It makes one consider—could Cairnnon be, perhaps not the gates, but the epicenter of hell.”
Crish shuddered as she exited the site. She was not just nauseous—true fear had wound its way into every fiber of her being.
© H K Carlton
For a +18 adult excerpt hop on over to Pick a Genre Already, for a teaser from Part 3 - The Fall of Cairnnon Castle, and for a more disturbing teaser click over to Pick a Genre for an extract from book 4 - Rising from the Darkness