For the last five years (!!) Meredith has run an interactive Halloween-themed choose-your-own-adventure storytelling event throughout the month of October. This year, she’s taking a well-deserved break! But: Aveline is taking the spooky queer reins and will do their best to Not Fuck It Up.
So! Starting October 1st, 2021, I’ll be posting a daily short section of a Halloween story and ask you, dear readers, to leave comments suggesting the next steps. What should our intrepid protagonist do? What bad decisions should they make? Who should they flirt with? It’s up to—well, it’s up to me, but you get to have significant input in shaping the story.
You don’t have to comment or follow along every day: it’s OK to hop back in and out (though please do comment as much as you’re able because that definitely helps with the interactive part of interactive fiction!) I’ll incorporate as many of the suggestions or ideas as it makes sense to: majority influences, but doesn’t necessarily rule.
You can get notified when there are new sections a couple ways:
- “Subscribe to Updates” via the form in the right side of our homepage (here)
- Follow me on Twitter (here)
You can also take a look through the archives to read Meredith’s excellent stories from previous years and to get a visual idea of how this works!
This Year’s Story
Some decades prior, rifts opened up across the world that enabled magic, mayhem, and monsters to seep into the mundane world: fey, vampires, werewolves, witches, dread horrors, you name it. Most of the strangeness is contained to the areas clustered around these rifts—literal uncanny valleys where communities have sprung up and run by their own rules.
Our lovely protagonist is nonbinary, pansexual, polyamorous, and the literary equivalent of a grumpy NPC who’s unwillingly found themself thrust into an adventure with a bunch of people that are just so unnecessarily fucking extra.
What can you expect? Well, my working taglines include:
- Vampire Fuck Mansion (and all I got was this lousy t-shirt)
- We Can’t Stop Here, This Is Bat Country Club
- Opening Up a Boy With The Cold Ones
- And some questionable songcalls
So, you know, it’s gonna be a perfectly safe time!
The Fine Print
I reserve all rights to this work. If I eventually get this published in any form that requires me to take this version down, I will send copies of this online version, with comments left intact, to everyone who contributed suggestions, if I am reasonably able to get in contact with them.
New sections will go up between 5-9PM PST. Cutoff time for suggestions is 4PM PST.
EXCITED AND EQUALLY NERVOUS! Let’s go! To get us kicked off, comment here with your favourite cryptid, monster, or spooky creature. For science.
October is just five days away, and with it will be Meredith’s yearly Spooky Serial Interactive Fiction! Past stories are at that link if you want to peruse, but it’s basically a live choose your own adventure game — Meredith writes a part, and you leave a comment suggesting what the protagonist should do. The next day, she’ll write the next section of the story based on your comments, and it will continue like this, reaching its climax by the end of October! (For more info about how she runs this, check out this Twitter thread.)
Keep an eye out for the instructions going up on Sept 30, and check back every day throughout October for new story to engage with. Enter your email in the “Subscribe to Updates” section of the sidebar to be alerted to new story sections as they go up so you don’t miss a thing!
Otherwise looking for spooky stories to set the Halloween mood early?
- Empty Vessels: A psychic young man knows he has to overcome his anxieties to protect the local monsters from something terrifying lurking in the night. Along the way, he finds romance in unlikely places, between the ghost that keeps him company and the deer-antlered man running the mysterious antique shop. Monster kissing, flirty horned boys, mindscapes, and creepy dolls. (Rainbow Awards 2018-2019 Runner-Up Best Gay Book.)
- Only Human: When an excitable human nerd gets hit with a necromantic curse, he finds himself getting close to his doctor’s receptionist, a kindly frankensteinian zombie with body issues. It’ll definitely take some communication to make this unusual relationship work. Coffee shop dates, curses, would-be mystery writers, and fans loving fans! Sweet and steamy.
I’m looking forward to playing with you all this year too!
A big announcement today…
We’re happy to announce the preorder for If Wishes Were Fishes! Release date: May 15, 2020.
❤ PREORDER HERE ❤
The boys from Empty Vessels are back in a new story about family, communication, and learning to let go of the past… and about trying to get along with your immortal boyfriend’s persnickety grown-ass kid whose lover has gotten himself trapped in the form of a fish. (A M/M/M polyamorous paranormal romance featuring a soft psychic, a sweet ghost, and many cute cryptids). Learn more about it over here!
If Wishes Were Fishes is a standalone sequel—reading Empty Vessels is recommended, but not required. But to make it a bit easier to do so, we’ve put Empty Vessels on sale for 25% off its usual price of $4.99!
Despite everything happening at the moment (whew), we want to continue releasing creative things into the world. We’re indie authors, so we’re especially grateful for any support (retweets of our tweets, reviews, recs, etc)! Please add the book on Goodreads, and if you’re a reviewer or book blogger interested in acquiring a review copy, feel free to contact us.
Stay safe out there!
We’re so sorry about the recent lack of updates. 2020 has been… well, you all know how 2020 has been. 🙁 We want to do what we can to help bring a bit of joy to people in an isolating time where funds may be tight and spirits a little low, so:
We’re making How Saeter Robbed the Underworld free until the end of March! How Saeter Robbed the Underworld is a novella-length M/M story and the Rainbow Awards 2019 winner of Best Bisexual Fantasy-Romance. Featuring found family, shape-shifting tricksters & a happy ending. Click here for content warnings, an excerpt, and additional information.
The link above should be showing as free on all major retailers, but it might take some time to trickle down from Amazon.com to other regional Amazon sites. If so, or if you want to download it directly, we have also posted it in epub, mobi, and pdf formats over on Itch.io.
Meredith’s 2019 Halloween Interactive Fiction is now complete! Thank you so much to everyone who read and participated—it was a lot of fun. Now that it’s done, you can read through the whole thing here, or ask any questions or give feedback here at the Q&A post!