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Ghosts In The Tornado: The Notes
By Nickolaus A. Pacione
Posted: Saturday, July 22, 2006
Last edited: Friday, December 20, 2013
This short story is rated "PG13" by the Author.
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A Gothic horror story by Nickolaus A. Pacione featured in the July / August 2006 Issue of Insomnia Magazine. Authors speaks about the story here, and gives a little basis for the plot. The author's notes so to speak. The story isn't available online anywhere -- these are just the short story's notes. This was the final issue to feature fiction, from what I last heard. Now it's a part of Nickolaus Albert Pacione Delivers: A Library of Unknown Horrors.

First I assume some of you are looking for the story to be posted here like the others in the past, well this is going to be a change.  I will actually post the notes to this one here and if you read the story in the magazine, go ahead and post your thoughts on it below as a review.   The basis for the story is a ghost story but having a natural disaster slant in it.   
        I wanted something that stood out for me and something that will be an exclusive to boot.   It has the sarcasm of some of my older works posted in the anthologies but this one is a bit more serious compared to the others.  Elements of mystery and elements of horror mend together in a strong element of a science fiction story.  True this magazine might be a horror fanzine but it is carried in some gothic shops in the United Kingdom, so I am going to make some notes about the story upon writing it.   I had a lot of ideas for this one and they wanted to run a longer story but break it up in two issues,  instead of doing that I gave them this one.  
          Repint rights are available for this one if you're stateside, but the story captured much of what I did with natural disasters and combined it with the supernatural.   A young couple moves into a house in Lake County, Illinois,  and they don't know the history of the house.  Similarities will draw from The Amityville Horror in that sense but at the same time I wanted something original with the story,  so I wanted to do the ghost story around the concept of someone who died in a tornado or vanished.   
         It is rated PG-13 for language and storm dangers,  it is just actually frightening -- and wanted to do something that showed that I was an American and did something that is distinct with it showing that I am from Tornado Alley too.   This is shown first with a story in Collectives titled Tornado.   I had the tornado in the story destroy a Kingdom Hall of Jevohvah's Witnesses, which is the reason why it is a hard PG-13 rating.  
       One thing that I don't have in this story is a lot of gore.   I want to show in the story how horrific a tornado can be, but at the same time showing what happens when someone refuses to tell the family living there now the truth about what happened in the house and everything they receive are bits and pieces of the truth,  ie videocasette or scrapbook and when they put two and two together, the horror of what came to be becomes the reality of what happened there and the traces of the tornado and the former family who lived there remind the couple that they still live there -- from beyond the grave.
           Being that I am billed as the author in the magazine this issue,  I am also in good company with model,
Tragic Wrath.  The momentum about this story -- the key thing was the speed and reflecting the horror of what happened to the previous family.   Everything about this one will draw a bit from Utica because they are set in a similar time frame.  This isn't a sequel to Utica, but if you read UTICA, ILLINOIS,  there is going to be a kinship between the two stories here.  As some say,  is it possible for the dead to have ghosts after a natural disaster?   I will answer that question in this new short story.  The magazine is also availabe at a  website called Kate's Clothing,  a gothic web store that sells clothing for those who are in the darker subcultures.
            This magazine is found along side with Gothic Beauty Magazine,  so go ahead and check out the rest of the magazine while you're cracking open to the page where Ghosts In The Tornado begins.    The new one is downright heavy and my room mates had a lot of fun reading this one,  in fact this wasn't the usual fare that the one reads either.  It is the type of story I will say will be most appreciated by the Stephen King and Richard Matheson fanbase since it does give a nod to those two authors in the way the story is told.   The characters in the story are active with both the Goth and Metal subcultures,  boyfriend and girlfriend. 
          The CD that comes with the magazine rocks,  so when you get to read the short story -- you get to listen to some rather killer Goth and Metal bands as well as those who grew up listening to punk.  Hard hitting Midwest Horror invading the U.K   So if you read the story post your reviews below.
   The short story weighs in at exactly 4,382 words and 12 pages in length on a 6x9 paperback format, but the story is presented in a two column format.   My interest in natural disasters started up when I did the anthology,  QUAKES AND STORMS, then went on to do a science fiction story playing around with the theme -- so here I am doing one more story which follows the eye of the storm closely and giving it a supernatural horror edge but at the same time, giving it a natural disaster science fiction feel too.   I have Melyssa G. Sprott to thank for this one because she did this with the story she wrote for the anthology.  Now if you want this short story, you can't read it free.   What are people afraid of and intrigued by the most -- natural disasters because they reflect what H.P. Lovecraft once wrote,  "The Oldest and Strongest emotion of mankind is fear -- the Oldest and Strongest Kind of Fear is the Fear of the Unknown."
        The story now will be featured in the United States in the print magazine The Dark Magazine,  which is helmed by the author of "O'Shea's Pub" in Tabloid Purposes 3.   It was edited by Melyssa Sprott for this run, and this will always be one of my favorite newer stories I wrote.  The magazine will feature an exclusive interview from me too by Melyssa Sprott too.
       You want to see more details on the Pacione Horror Machine,  watch the interview that up on  This did have an
interview with myself and Mike Philbin comparing notes on our editor projects.  If you want more information about The Dark Magazine,  she is available for questions on  I am also reprinting this story to an anthology I have available now for purchase -- you can get the anthology either on or,  I provide the purchasing information on The LiveJournal Goth Community.  (Since I helm that community -- I will also use it for my vlogging too. ) 


Web Site: grab the new anthology here.  

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Reviewed by Helen Downey 7/28/2006
Wel I just ordered the Magazine. I am very interested in reading horror. I too enjoy Stephen King. I am sure your story will be just as good. I will let you know as soon as I read the story.

Helen :-0

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