The Creep Factor in Shadow Eyes

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I thought you guys might find this guest post pretty interesting. I know I did! Shadow People really freak me out. Have you ever had an experience with them?

 

The Creep Factor in Shadow Eyes

by Dusty Crabtree

 

Thank you for hosting me! I’m super excited to be here at such an awesome and unique blog! Although Shadow Eyes doesn’t have vampires or other things with fangs, it does have some creepy shadows that will make your skin crawl.

 

For those who don’t know, Shadow Eyes, my YA urban fantasy, was first released in 2012 by Musa Publishing. Musa closed in 2015, so after a lot of thought, I decided to self-publish it this time.

 

(Everyone, don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win a print copy of Shadow Eyes and a $50 gift card to Amazon!)

 

Let’s check out the synopsis for Shadow Eyes before we get deeper into the creepy stuff…

 

Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year- old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with watching shadows harass everyone around her, Iris is soon forced to question everything she thinks she knows about her world and herself. Her sanity, strength, and willpower are tested to the limits by not only the shadows, but also a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows, a new friend with an awe-inspiriting aura, and a mysterious, alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend. As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, Iris must ultimately accept the guidance of an angel to revisit the most horrific event of her life and become the hero she was meant to be.

 

The Creep Factor

 

First of all, what is “the creep factor”? To me, “creep factor” means that thing you see over and over in the book that will leave your spine tingling, skin crawling, and mind reeling. That thing that makes you shudder, but not so much that you want to stop reading. Instead, it makes you want to keep reading because it freaks you out in a good way!

 

So what is the “creep factor” in Shadow Eyes? You guessed it. The shadows. If you can’t tell, the shadows in the book are essentially demons. All are dark and shadowy, but they come in different forms. Some are in the shape of people and are capable of expressions – mostly creepy, of course. Then there are those that range from huge storm clouds to mild fogs. These are without any type of human-like characteristics but are still extremely intimidating and creepy.

 

Throughout the book, Iris sees shadow after shadow harass the people around her. Sometimes it’s a mild incident, but other times it’s intense enough to freak her out, even though she’s seen a lot in her three years of having this vision. The ones that are the creepiest in my opinion, though, are the shadows that seem out of place and different from the others. The ones that seem to be staring at her, or even mocking her.

 

True story – There is one part in the climax of Shadow Eyes that when I wrote it, I paused, shuddered, and took a deep breath because I freaked myself out so much. Lol. It was really the wording and the image it created – well, one word choice in particular – that did it. Of course, I can’t share that part with you because it would give way too much stuff away! Sorry! You’ll just have to read it and guess what part it is that creeped out the author.

 

I can, however, give you a different excerpt from the book. Not the creepiest part of the book, but creepy nonetheless. The section has been edited with ____ to not give away anything.

 

 

I should have just gone back____, but some driving force within me had to make sure she was all right. I circled back and crept to_____, just like the stupid victim in a horror movie that was drawn toward the eerie noise behind the door while everyone watching yelled at her to run. I went anyway.

My hand was on the doorknob. Another earsplitting scream. This time, I recognized the type of cry. It was the intermittent bawling of a child who’s hurt herself so badly she can hardly breathe. The result is an intense silence between each gasping wail. I tried to picture ______ as the child, her eyes shut tight and mouth wide open in strange silence, until she recovered her breath and the loud burst broke forth again.

I twisted the knob and cracked open the door just enough to peek in. Immediately, my heart sank to the floor. How could I not have guessed the real cause of [her] torturous pain? She was lying on the hardwood floor _____, flat on her stomach and face. Her hands clenched into fists on either side, and her tangled hair fell in disarray around her head. On top of her, sat an oppressive, ponderous mass of a shadow, as black as night and as ominous as a wall cloud. What passed for its hands shoved on [her] shoulders and head as it leaned in for added force.

With a sadistic grin, it glanced at a second shadow off to the side that I hadn’t noticed. It was smaller but somehow exuded even more evil and dominance than the first. As [she] let out one more furious, deafening cry before choking into silence again, the second shadow tilted its head back and opened the dark abyss of its mouth. What came out was the most horrible noise I had ever heard. It sounded like the echoing cackle of a demon drowning in a deep well. As piercing as nails on a chalkboard yet as murky and surreal as a nightmare.

I had never heard a shadow make a noise before. To say I was shocked would’ve been an understatement. In my astonishment, I failed to realize that I’d been gradually opening the door more and more until my entire head was in clear view of ____’s captors.

The second shadow finally noticed the intrusion. It whipped its head to me in a blurry flash and glared with a look that arrogantly demanded, “What are you going to do about it?”

My eyes sprung wide open. I shut the door as quickly but quietly as possible. Immediately after the door shut, another scream cut through the thick air like a knife. My heart ached. The idea of leaving _____ with such vile fiends made me sick to my stomach, but I was so helpless and afraid I could hardly breathe, much less come to her rescue. ____

“Nothing,” I whimpered in reply. Absolutely nothing.


Shadow Eyes

By: Dusty Crabtree
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 315
Published on: September 2, 2016
The Creep Factor in Shadow Eyes

Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year- old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with watching shadows harass everyone around her, Iris is soon forced to question everything she thinks she knows about her world and herself. Her sanity, strength, and will power are tested to the limits by not only the shadows, but also a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows, a new friend with an awe-inspiriting aura, and a mysterious, alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend. As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, Iris must ultimately accept the guidance of an angel to revisit the most horrific event of her life and become the hero she was meant to be.

 
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About Dusty Crabtree

Dusty Crabtree loves a good story, but she also loves young people. These two loves are evident in all parts of her life. She has been a high school English teacher since 2006 and a creative writing teacher since 2014. She's also been a youth sponsor at her local church for as long as she’s been teaching. She feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relationships with teens on a daily basis. With her love of reading in the mix, becoming an author of young adult books was just a natural development of those two passions in her life. She lives with her husband, Clayton, in Yukon, Oklahoma, where they often serve their community as foster parents.

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2 Responses to The Creep Factor in Shadow Eyes

  1. Thanks for having me! Hopefully I creepet out somebody today. 🙂

  2. Creeped…my bad. That’s what I get for typing fast and not proof-reading. Lol.

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