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Halloween

by Kathleen Costa


Another engaging story with a favorite character in Kathi Daley’s literary family! Kailani “Lani” Pope, lifeguard at the Dolphin Bay resort, has found another dead body, this one at the bottom of a cliff. However, and here is Kathi’s twist, the discovery has Lani perplexed since this body was reported to have died five years ago! Sure, no body had been found then, and Lani’s father was first on the scene, finding the murdered body of an heiress, chasing the possible killer to a cliff and witnessing that man jump. All believed no one could have survived that leap.

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by Mallory Moad



It’s a quiet, early morning in October. The approaching fall has brought a chill, and a mist hangs in the air. But something’s afoot in these peaceful surroundings. From the distance comes a groan—a shriek—the sound of shuffling feet—giggles. Wait, what? Giggles?

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by Terrance McArthur


Have you ever had a celebration…with 1,500 of your closest friends? I’ll do that on Halloween night, at the Sanger Chamber of Commerce’s 29th Annual Trick-or-Treat Party.

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by Katherine Fast


Grabbing as much as his pudgy hands could hold, Butch raised the treasure high in the air over his squatting figure and released a cascade of multi-colored objects that flashed like sparklers in the moonlight before lightly thudding on the forest floor.

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by Sharon Tucker


Don’t look for much grit in Laura Resnick’s Urban Fantasies despite the fact that they have New York City as the backdrop. Oh, it isn’t that the streets aren’t mean and that the characters lack the infamous New Yorker’s brusqueness, rather it’s the fact that the stories are told in first person by heroine/actress/waitress/elf Esther Diamond who is nothing if not upbeat to the point of Micawberism. Even when she’s strung out over her never-quite-boyfriend Detective Connor Lopez or freaked about being unemployed, there is a strong positive undercurrent that tells readers she will triumph. Of course alliance with a 350-year-old Mage, Dr. Maximillian Zadok makes getting out of the scrapes Esther gets into much easier.

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by Denise Johnson


“I hate working this shift.” Kim snapped the gum in her mouth as she slammed the door on the SUV.
Quite the parking job,” Nick always busted her chops, especially when it came to driving.
The two plain clothes detectives made their way across the quiet, suburban street to where a dead body lay.

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by Guy Belleranti


Roy heard his wife even before she burst into his writing room. Though Elaine padded about either in slippers or barefoot, the floorboards still creaked whenever she ascended the stairs of the old house. Noises…always shattering his concentration.

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by Cynthia Chow


Despite the disappearance of his wife just three weeks ago, Darius Witherspoon has no intention of cancelling plans for his catered Halloween costume party. As seen in the first chapter, Darius’s refusal to cancel the celebration isn’t exactly a stoic honoring of Penelope Witherspoon’s favorite holiday.

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Tales From the Tomb

IN THE October 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andEvelyne Vivies
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by Evelyne Vivies


“Fear the living, not the dead,” says delicate, black widow dressed, Dallas Pattee, posed elegantly on a bench in the cemetery where we met. Everything she is wearing is authentic period attire. From the black lace and jet mourning earrings, right down to the lock of hair in her necklace.

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by Margaret S. Hamilton


As Lizzie Christopher and her husband, Nick Cameron, stood at the entrance to a Halloween party, a man grabbed her arm. His eyes and nose were obscured by a small mask.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Meera Lester


Getting stung on the face by one of her bees was the first sign for Abby Mackenzie that Paola Varela and Jake Winston’s vow-renewal ceremony wouldn’t end well. The second sign was actually being leered at and hit upon by the groom. Abby had kept her mouth shut about her reservations concerning her friend’s marriage, but Paola was adamant that Jake had mended his ways and the ceremony was testament to his commitment.

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by Kathy Eide Casas



If you’re looking for the biggest, the best, and the most Spooktacular Halloween Party in Fresno, look no farther than The Standard’s 10th Annual Halloween Party. Known far and wide for this event, which continues to grow and grow, the Standard’s 2017 Haunted Mansion Halloween Party promises to offer another bewitching night of fun and festivities.

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by Kathleen Costa


Zoe Donovan-Zimmerman always promised that when pregnancy came it would not effect her behavior; she could handle it. But if crazy dreams, emotional overload, frustration with her mother-in-law over ‘pink,’ and tears coming at the drop of the hat were any indication, she hasn’t been successful. BFF Ellie understands completely, wasn’t it her in tears last Halloween who Zoe helped over costume problems!

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The Haunted Yard

IN THE October 14 ISSUE

FROM THE 2017 Articles,
andArts & Entertainment,
andLorie Lewis Ham
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by Lorie Lewis Ham


As we continue to cover fun things to do this Halloween, the latest one is The Haunted Yard, put on by the City of Fresno’s P.A.R.C.S., and a Production of The Ted C. Wills Community Theater, a free drama program for youth ages 8–17. We chatted with Wendi Danyluk, a Recreation Specialist with the city, and she runs the Rec. and Drama program at TCW’s.

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