|Photo by Alfredo Garcia Jr.|
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This idea for this story came to me as soon as I heard what this year's theme would be. I wanted to do something with the harvest moon (the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox). The fact that this year's harvest moon was also a blood moon (given reddish appearance by a lunar eclipse) and a supermoon (the full moon closest to the earth for that year) was too good to pass up. I mean, that confluence of events has to be magical in some way, doesn't it?
Of course, in my stories, magical can often mean bad. So, this particular moon doesn't bring good things to the people of New Lakeford, Massachusetts.
"Harvest Moon" has a connection to my Parted Veil series of books, so those who have read any of my books are in for an extra treat. "Harvest Moon" is a standalone story though, and you don't need to be familiar with the Parted Veil series to enjoy, or be disturbed by it.
I hope you like "Harvest Moon," and I hope you continue to check out all of this month's Night Harvest entries over at Pen & Muse. If you dig any of those stories or pieces of artwork, go support their creators by buying one of their books or prints. There's a ton of very talented people participating in this event.