18 October 2010

Haunted Halloween: Brenna Yovanoff

The Cop Car Story
By: Brenna Yovanoff

Now, I have absolutely no proof that this is a paranormal story—but still, you have to admit it's pretty creepy.
I grew up in the foothills above town. The roads were very narrow and to get down, you had to drive around the end of the reservoir. Because we were so far from town, everyone from my neighborhood had a tendency to drive much too fast to make up for lost time.

(Here is the part where I embarrass my mother.) Going around the reservoir one day, my mother got pulled over for speeding. The officer came up to the driver's side and remonstrated with my mother through her window. In the backseat, my sister was reading Stephen King's Christine, which is the thing that makes this whole situation very creepy, and also kind of makes this my sister's story. For those of you who don't know, Christine is a book about a car that does pretty much whatever it wants.

As the office was lecturing my mother on traffic safety, his cruiser, which was parked on the shoulder behind our car, began to pull out into the road. It did this as neatly and self-assuredly as if someone was driving. But no one was. My sister kept reading Christine. The cruiser kept operating itself.

The officer noticed his rogue cruiser at about the time it swerved around our car and cut across both lanes of the county road, heading straight for the reservoir. To his credit, he did try to stop it. He jumped in front of it with his hands braced on the hood and only gave up when it almost ran him over and my mother yelled at him to get out of the way. The cruiser rolled over the edge of the road, down fifty feet of embankment, and straight into the water.

For a minute or so, the officer just stood at the edge, looking down at his rapidly sinking cruiser. Then, he walked back across the road to our car and said to my mother, with great dignity, “Ma'am, I'm going to have to let you go.”

Title: The Replacement

Synopsis: Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

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  1. Whoa thats so cool/creepy!


  2. I bet he was embarrassed, nice story. ^_^

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  3. Wow. What an interesting book! Going on my To-Read list for sure. Thanks for the post about it!


  4. Haha, thats awesome.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  5. What a way to get out of a ticket or at least that stern lecture! Pretty creepy.


  6. WOW! Looks like a great book!


  7. Great post! I cannot wait to read this book :D

    Don't forget to check out my giveaway.


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  8. Great story. I loved reading it!


  9. Haven't read this one yet - wish I'd do soon!:)

  10. I loved this book. I just finished it a couple of weeks ago. Really dark, which is exactly what I needed. Great job!!


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  11. How embarrassing for the cop! It's great that your mom got out of a ticket too.

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  12. I would say that the cop just happened to leave his car in neutral or something, but the fact that Brenna's sister was reading Christine leads me to believe the cruiser decided to take a hint from the book and go rogue. Thanks for sharing Brenna :D


  13. I just got this one, and can't wait to read it!!!

    Great post!


  14. Funny/ weird story! I need to get a copy of this book, too!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

  15. Wow cool story! That's so freaky that the car just began to move by itself while your sister was reading Christine!

    sophiayunjin @ gmail . com

  16. lol...i just had to read that story aloud to my friends, it was very amusing.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  17. Crazy story. Thanks for sharing. I have the Replacement, but I haven't started yet, and I can't wait.

  18. I agree- that was pretty dang creepy...


  19. Thats kind of funny. Did he ask for a ride? lol

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  20. My sister just got the Replacement. I shall have to steal it from her sometime.


  21. That's a little creepy, but super funny too!


  22. Awh, I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for sharing :)

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  23. Thanks for the story. The book sounds great.


  24. Ooops, I just noticed I got so excited I commented twice! I don't know how to delete one, but I promise I wasn't trying to cheat:( Please remove one for me:)

  25. that is creepy but at least your mom got out of the ticket!

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  26. Ha! That must have been so embarrassing for the cop. Hey, maybe your sister is telekinetic? You never know...


  27. LOVE this story! The Replacement has been near the top of my wishlist since I first saw it!


  28. I have heard soooo many great things about the Replacement. I am so curious to read it.

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