From Scout Media comes A Haunting of Words—the third volume in an ongoing short story anthology series featuring authors from all over the world.

In this installation, the reader will experience a multi-genre journey beyond traditional haunts; from comedy, to drama, fantasy, romance, and horror, these stories put eclectic spins on the every-day ghost tale. Whether you are running from the ghost of a vengeful mother, falling in love with an apparition, touring with a deceased famous musician, saving a newborn from a possessed crib, or having a specter cat as a sidekick, these stories of hauntings and apparitions will warm your heart, send shivers down your spine, and tickle your funny bone.

Whether to be enlightened, entertained, or momentarily caught up in another world, these selections convey the true spirit of the short story.

-What inspired you to become a writer?

Kari: I’ve always read or wrote. Life had one of those rare moments when everything lines up, and I was able to do so.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Kari: In A Haunting of Words, I’d visit the battlefield that Gunpowder and Wool takes place on. If I couldn’t do that, I’d love to pet the polar bear.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Kari: Gunpowder and Wool is based on real life experiences. I did learn while reading A Haunting of Words that clowns scare the mess out of me.

-Which of your characters would you go out for pizza with?

Kari: Go to a pizza buffet and bring them all. I can’t pick between the best friends.

-You’re in a tavern, and a dwarf challenges you to a duel. What do you do?

Kari: Oh! Are we in World of Warcraft? There’s a dungeon where the dwarves begin to attack. For the Horde! I digress. I’d pick up the nearest mug of ale, and if that didn’t slow him down, I’d knock his block off with the cup before using his beard as reins.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Kari: I haven’t found a genre yet. I’m willing to give anything a chance at least once.


The first line of men knelt. The rifle butts pressed against their shoulders. Some hands shook with nerves. Manly men sighted down the barrels, no different than if varmints were their target.

“Brace more, you son of a bitch. Control your hand, boy, before you shoot out your eye.” Corporal Hulett leaned over Private Sherman, first man in the squad, before shouting into his ear.

The first volley of ballistics shot across the field. Overhead, the whizzing lead balls made men flinch. On either side, dirt exploded as the mortars buried themselves into the dirt. The tiny flecks of sand and clay stung as they showered upon the men. The squad behind the kneelers took aim and fired with the commander’s orders.

The men Hulett had been commanding hurried to grab their powder horns. The tiny black grains looked like sand as they poured into the barrel. Metal slid on metal as the ram rods encouraged the musket balls into place.

The scent of gunpowder grew in the field as the men fired again and again. Colleagues fell, and nothing could be done until the final warble of the horn sounded tonight. The men closed the gaps and began to march forward. The drum’s pulse increased to match the beat of the battle.

“Give no quarter to these yellow-bellied fledglings.” The thrill of battle rang through Hulett as he raised his short sword in rally fashion.

A southern belle with flare, Kari Holloway is a native to Leesburg, Georgia where she spends her days chasing her toddlers, chowing on sweets, and growing things. A self-proclaimed foodie, she enjoys being in the kitchen. In her spare time, she spends time with her family at local historical spots, zoos, & aquariums. You can check out all the mischievous things she gets into on her website.

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  1. I love stories that have a surprise ending or a twist at the end. This story grabbed me as one of the best right off the bat because of how it fools you throughout the story, did you always know there was going to be a \”switch\” of percieved reality when you were writing it, or did that just come about as you approached the ending?

  2. Oh I knew. That is probably one of the few short stories that I knew what was going to happen before even writing it. I laughed so hard writing Gunpowder & Wool, and I'm not sure if it was the twist or the fact that I could hear Hulett and Doty in my head laughing. Probably both.

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