Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie was New Orleans’ answer to Countess Báthory—a high society woman who abused her power and position to inflict unspeakable horrors.

Of all the stories I have heard of her, one in particular has always stuck out to me.

One of the short-term owners of her murder mansion boasted about their encounter with the ghost of LaLaurie. He had ordered a portrait of her and hung it proudly in the living room, which had apparently summoned her spirit, creating a violent haunting that only abated once they removed the painting.

Okay, my thoughts? “Um, what about the victims?”

Our protagonists of Volume 10 also encounter some unexpected consequences at the hands of artwork. Rumors of a curse are tested in Pictures on the Wall. Photography shows that good intentions don’t always lead to good results. And, in An Artists Purpose, a painter’s nightmares might just be affecting more than his own mind.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many of them are whispering secrets better left unheard?

Other volumes in the series:

Short Horror Stories Volume 10 is now available on Amazon.


See you in the shadows,

Sara Clancy