Stairway to Hell, the second Pierce Mostyn Paranormal Investigation, goes live Monday, February 26. Three weeks ago I gave a sneak peek into the story and I thought I’d do the same this week.
Pierce Mostyn and his team are in rural Oklahoma investigation an ancient stairway, accidentally uncovered, that leads deep into the earth. Construction workers have disappeared, and some have been found with their entire personality gone.
This is definitely a job for the Office of Unidentified Phenomena, but something doesn’t want Mostyn and his people to come anywhere near the stairway. Here’s today’s sneak peek.
Shortly after sunrise, Mostyn and his team were peering into the excavation site. At the bottom, on one end, was the uncovered stairway.
“From here, the workmanship of the stone looks to be pretty advanced,” Zink said.
Baker took several photographs of the stairway, the large pit, and the surrounding area. The staircase was about twenty-five feet below the surface of the ground.
“Let’s go down and take a closer look,” Mostyn said.
On one end of the excavation, was a ramp leading down into the large hole in the ground. The team walked down the ramp. Four Rangers and two military police remained above. There were no construction workers. They’d been sent home pending the outcome of the investigation conducted by Mostyn and his team.
“What was that?” Doctor Slezak said, her voice betraying a trace of fear.
“What was what?” Kemper called out.
“I felt something push against me,” Slezak replied.
“That was Jones trying to get into your panties,” Kemper shot back.
“I felt it, too,” Doctor Beames said. “Perhaps there are spirits here.”
“Ghosts?” Kemper said, her tone of voice taunting.
Beames stopped. “Don’t you feel it?”
The others stopped and looked at her.
Beames continued, “The evil, the malevolence.”
“Yes,” Slezak said softly.
A wind sprang up, swirling dust and dirt around the group.
“Something’s pushing me,” Slezak cried out.
DC Jones rushed to her side, and the wind ceased as abruptly as it started.
“This isn’t normal,” Beames said, “There are evil spirits here.”
Kemper guffawed. “Evil spirits. You can’t be serious.”
Beames was angry. “I am serious, Doctor Kemper. There is something very bad here.”
“Alright, ladies, now is not the time to argue,” Mostyn said. “We have a mission to accomplish.”
Mostyn started walking towards the opening where the stairway was located. Almost immediately a wind sprang up.
“Good God,” Zink blurted. “It’s as if something’s trying to deliberately stop us from going to the stairs.”
Kemper muttered, “Superstitious twits”, charged ahead, pushed past Mostyn, and suddenly fell backwards.
He rushed to her side, and at the same time a shot rang out. Behind him he heard, “Did you see that?” And, “A ghost. I saw a ghost.” Mostyn stood and looked up at the MP with his rifle trained on the stairway opening.
“What the hell is going on?” he demanded of the soldier.
“I saw a white shape, sir. It pushed, or seemed to push, Doctor Kemper.”
Dirt and small stones were swirling about the opening. And then Mostyn himself felt as though something took hold of his wrist and was pulling him away, pulling him back the way he came. He shook his arm and took a step back. Dotty stood and went to his side, where both felt invisible hands, as it were, pushing against them. They looked at each other and then Mostyn gave the command to fall back.
Slezak and Beames ran up the ramp and out of the excavation site. Zink and Baker followed. Jones waited, pistol in his hand, until Mostyn and Kemper were halfway up the ramp and then he, too, followed, walking up the ramp backwards. Once everyone was at the top of the ramp, the wind in the hole ceased.
I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek into the next Pierce Mostyn adventure. Comments are always welcome, and, until next time, happy reading!Share This!