The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp

Hello all our Rebel Ink Blog Hoppers and welcome to my world.

I am glad you are here to share in my happiness over the release of my short “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp” available at all quality e-book vendors.

First of all, isn’t that an amazing cover?  Carl Franklin the graphic artist at Rebel Ink Press is a genius.  It is a work of art worthy of framing.  I think I’ll do that!

The Galloping Ghoul story came about when Rebel Ink Press put out a call for twisted tales to come out Halloween in an anthology form.  I couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by.  I wasn’t familiar with RIP at the time but gave them a pitch that was a twist on the “Headless Horseman” story by Washington Irving.  They loved the pitch and I proceeded to write what we called for a long time as a work in progress, The Horseman.

This sexy story is an erotic male male historic romance between Nathaniel Hawkins and Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor.


The Galloping Ghoul rides each full moon, exacting revenge by frightening those who tormented his past. By day, he is one of the town people, Nathaniel Hawkins, an affluent entrepreneur. He identifies with Ike Sandhill, a government surveyor, and wants to protect him from the same thugs who drove Nathaniel to revenge. Ike goes to the extreme to prove to everyone how straight laced he is. He pursues Misty VonMix with the intention of marriage. Nathaniel doesn’t know how to confess his desire without driving Ike away. He comes up with a plan of seduction. Before the night is over Ike discovers things about himself he always knew, yet denied.  

Nathaniel is a powerful man and it is charming to see his attraction and hope of a love with Ike take him apart.


“Massachusetts, 1790

Somewhere in the Bridgewater Triangle, old wives tell tales in hushed tones about strange lights in the sky and the Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp. They say the specter rides on the night of the full moon. They don’t know what drives him to haunt unsuspecting travelers. Those who’ve crossed his path flee in fear for their lives. If the victims know why he rides, they never say.


…Nathaniel drew closer in the deadly race. The gap closed but not fast enough and his heart jolted when the tired animal stumbled.

“Socrates!” Ike shouted the encouragement to his floundering steed.

Nathaniel struggled to rescue Ike from himself. He didn’t have time to calculate a fancy plan. He just needed one that would work. His options were limited but inspiration with a dose of blind luck seldom failed him. He threw back the cloak of his headless ghoul disguise, surprised the costume survived the mad race. The muskmelon head he carried to aid his full moon revelry would be forfeit. “Mother luck, do not fail me now.” Nathaniel lobbed the ball shaped fruit at Ike’s ridiculous hat  to save the life of the man he’d benefactored, secretly lusted after and suspected he loved.”

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Raynia Castellano is drawn to purchase an amethyst pendant as an impulse buy but not before the clerk assures her the magic is in the woman not the necklace that seems to call to her. And given that Raynia has just left an adulterous ex-husband and has recently settled into a law practice with her oh so sexy and oh so apparently gay law partners, Chase Thompson and Peter Thornton, surely a little magic is required.

8 responses to “The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp

  1. Looks hot hot hot! And I really enjoyed Raynia’s Magic. What’s next for you, Eden?

    • Aww Abigail. Thank you! I am so glad you enjoyed Raynia’s Magic!!! Thank you for asking about my next project. I am working on a f/f paranormal romance that is almost wrapped up. The working title is Darkind Promises. It is another novellette and ties into one of my novels yet to be published “Dragon’s Mark”… as “Raynia’s Magic” did. I know you like a good cat story…This one will make you laugh in places but with a good measure of suspense as well.

      BLURB: (DRAFT)

      “Darkind Fairy, Maura comes to the human dimension on a search and rescue mission for one of her race. The success of the mission rests on her wits and the skilled aid of her feline tracker Zelia. Unfortunately, Zelia is experiencing unpredictable shifts between feline and human forms.

      Maura distracted by the sultry woman in her bed, struggles to stay focused on their quest.If they are unable to figure out how to gain control of Zelia’s shifting, all hope is lost for success of their mission as well as any possibility of their future together.

      Worse yet, an ancient evil targets Zelia and Maura in a bid for power and control of their magic.

      Zelia is willing to risk becoming trapped in feline form and losing the love she’s found with Maura if it means she can save Maura from the evil hunting them. Maura searches for the strength to abandon the quest for her lost ‘sister’ if doing so will save Zelia’s life and stabilize her shifting abilities.”

      I am working toward the finish now. The tie in is a scene where Maura (the Darkind Fairy) finds a dragon chained with iron in an abandoned slaughterhouse facility. Iron is of course, poison and she can’t help him other than an enchantment so that the next time white magic is called by dragonkind while in earth dimension, it will bring the user to that location.

      Of course fans of Dragon’s Mark will know the dragon as Kiernan and now understand how Cathwren was brought to his aid.

      The tie in between “Raynia’s Magic” and Dragon’s mark is a little more illusive. Raynia was a random customer at Salynne’s Crystal’s and Thyme on the morning Caleb and Ethan rescued Wren. Caleb is of course the clerk that sells her the amethyst necklace.

      Thank you for asking.

  2. angelicadawson

    What an interesting concept. I’m eager for more. authorangelicadawson at gmail

  3. Sounds like I need to grab me a ghost story!

    • LOL J.L. Oiler. I don’t know about ghosts. But The Galloping Ghoul of Hockomock Swamp has one charming and sexy hunk disguised as a ghoul!!!

  4. Hi! Congrats on your release! Sounds great! Loving the excerpt! Cant wait to read more!! 😀 Thanks for sharing!