Kings River Life Magazine is a California online magazine with a focus on the San Joaquin Valley and beyond. It has a very strong mystery section and a growing fantasy/horror section as well, which features not only reviews of all sorts and author interviews, but also short stories. Kings River Life was created by local journalist and published mystery author Lorie Lewis Ham, who launched this online magazine on May 29, 2010.
A Halloween Masque by Avril Adams was the third place winner in KRL’s 2014 Halloween Mystery Short Story contest. Here is a preview of A Halloween Masque:
Bridget drove a mile down the gravel road that ran parallel to the highway. She had almost forgotten about it as the shortcut to Cromwell. Bridget’s mother never took that road anymore, since the accident, but Bridget was in a hurry. When they curved around the first bend Bridget’s headlights illuminated a massive, twisted oak tree, its branches extending far across the road. There was a long, deep gash in the trunk of the tree where Victor’s car had veered into it that night last year on his way to the Junior Halloween dance. Bridget saw something moving in the brush beside the tree.