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* ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Creator/MarioBava, [[Film/BlackSunday Barbara Steele,]] Don Coscarelli, [[Film/HammerHorror Terence Fisher]], Creator/WesCraven, Creator/JohnCarpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and [[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Alvin Schwartz]].

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* ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Creator/MarioBava, [[Film/BlackSunday Barbara Steele,]] [[Film/JohnDiesAtTheEnd Don Coscarelli, Coscarelli,]] [[Film/HammerHorror Terence Fisher]], Creator/WesCraven, Creator/JohnCarpenter, [[Film/TheBeyond Veronica Lazar, Lazar,]] Michio Yamamoto, and [[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Alvin Schwartz]].


TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Set in 2006.

AdultsAreUseless: No one that could possibly be helpful is helpful.

AdultFear: Teenagers and a young child are Natali's first victims in the story.

AssholeVictim: Natali infiltrates the bathroom of the jerkass mayor [[spoiler:who was partially responsible for her death.]]

BadassBoast: "Taste some a' mama's home cookin'!" Moira chortles as she beats the hell out of Natali.

CassandraTruth: No one believes Moira when she says there's a dead person doing all the murdering. It turns out they are fully aware of who Natali Strestesky was and [[spoiler:that most of them killed her and hid her body after she murdered forty people. They just refuse to believe she's come back from the dead.]]

CatapultNightmare: Moira does this when she has a nightmare of being attacked in her motel room.

ChairmanoftheBrawl: Moira when she shows up to Natali's home with rubys on hand. It does not go well for Natali.

DaylightHorror: Natali doesn't need it to be nighttime to cause mayhem.

DistractedbytheSexy: Eric, when Natali visits him in one of her bedrooms in the middle of the night.

DownerEnding: Moira and her boyfriend [[spoiler:manage to destroy Natali and survive, but after they leave, Natali uses one of their murdered friend's bodies to reconstitute herself.]]

FauxAffablyEvil: Natali.

GhostButler: When Natali leaves a room after murdering Eric, the door slams shut on its own.

NightmareFuel: The illustration of Natali with her face ripped off is... disturbing to say the least.

OldDarkHouse: The "Lake House" Natali dwells in outside of town. When she wants it to seem presentable, it is, even to outsiders. [[spoiler: But in reality, the house is in an irreparable state of decay.]]

OnlyOneName: Brian goes devoid of a surname the entire book.

OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Natali Stretesky seems like a fully formed human being, though she is ultimately a ghost. She's truthfully a flesh-and-blood ghost.]]

OverlyLongTongue: When Natali assaults the mayor's mistress, she yanks off Natali's face and a long, wet tongue flops out of her skull's mouth and lands on her face.

PoliceAreUseless: Moira's attempts to get the help of the police go nowhere. While they all know who Natali Stretesky is [[spoiler:(mostly because they murdered her),]] they refuse to believe Moira's claims that Natali's ghost is still there. This is despite the fact their town even has an urban legend about her as a ghost.

RedEyesTakeWarning: The whites of Natali's eyes glow orange when she becomes really angry.

ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Creator/MarioBava, [[Film/BlackSunday Barbara Steele,]] Don Coscarelli, [[Film/HammerHorror Terence Fisher]], Creator/WesCraven, Creator/JohnCarpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and [[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Alvin Schwartz]].

SinsoftheFather: [[spoiler:The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been apprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making things much, much worse.]]

TearOffYourFace: Natali's face slides off when the mayor's mistress grabs it while they are fighting.

TooDumbtoLive: Moira's crew. Also, the mayor.

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TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: *TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Set in 2006.

AdultsAreUseless:
2006.
*AdultsAreUseless:
No one that could possibly be helpful is helpful.

AdultFear:
helpful.
*AdultFear:
Teenagers and a young child are Natali's first victims in the story.

AssholeVictim:
story.
*AssholeVictim:
Natali infiltrates the bathroom of the jerkass mayor [[spoiler:who was partially responsible for her death.]]

BadassBoast:
]]
*BadassBoast:
"Taste some a' mama's home cookin'!" Moira chortles as she beats the hell out of Natali.

CassandraTruth:
Natali.
*CassandraTruth:
No one believes Moira when she says there's a dead person doing all the murdering. It turns out they are fully aware of who Natali Strestesky was and [[spoiler:that most of them killed her and hid her body after she murdered forty people. They just refuse to believe she's come back from the dead.]]

CatapultNightmare:
]]
*CatapultNightmare:
Moira does this when she has a nightmare of being attacked in her motel room.

ChairmanoftheBrawl:
room.
*ChairmanoftheBrawl:
Moira when she shows up to Natali's home with rubys on hand. It does not go well for Natali.

DaylightHorror:
Natali.
*DaylightHorror:
Natali doesn't need it to be nighttime to cause mayhem.

DistractedbytheSexy:
mayhem.
*DistractedbytheSexy:
Eric, when Natali visits him in one of her bedrooms in the middle of the night.

DownerEnding:
night.
*DownerEnding:
Moira and her boyfriend [[spoiler:manage to destroy Natali and survive, but after they leave, Natali uses one of their murdered friend's bodies to reconstitute herself.]]

FauxAffablyEvil: Natali.

GhostButler:
]]
*FauxAffablyEvil: Natali.
*GhostButler:
When Natali leaves a room after murdering Eric, the door slams shut on its own.

NightmareFuel: The illustration of Natali with her face ripped off is... disturbing to say the least.

OldDarkHouse:
own.
*OldDarkHouse:
The "Lake House" Natali dwells in outside of town. When she wants it to seem presentable, it is, even to outsiders. [[spoiler: But in reality, the house is in an irreparable state of decay.]]

OnlyOneName:
]]
*OnlyOneName:
Brian goes devoid of a surname the entire book.

OurGhostsAreDifferent:
book.
*OurGhostsAreDifferent:
[[spoiler: Natali Stretesky seems like a fully formed human being, though she is ultimately a ghost. She's truthfully a flesh-and-blood ghost.]]

OverlyLongTongue:
]]
*OverlyLongTongue:
When Natali assaults the mayor's mistress, she yanks off Natali's face and a long, wet tongue flops out of her skull's mouth and lands on her face.

PoliceAreUseless:
face.
*PoliceAreUseless:
Moira's attempts to get the help of the police go nowhere. While they all know who Natali Stretesky is [[spoiler:(mostly because they murdered her),]] they refuse to believe Moira's claims that Natali's ghost is still there. This is despite the fact their town even has an urban legend about her as a ghost.

RedEyesTakeWarning:
ghost.
*RedEyesTakeWarning:
The whites of Natali's eyes glow orange when she becomes really angry.

ShoutOut:
angry.
*ShoutOut:
The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Creator/MarioBava, [[Film/BlackSunday Barbara Steele,]] Don Coscarelli, [[Film/HammerHorror Terence Fisher]], Creator/WesCraven, Creator/JohnCarpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and [[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Alvin Schwartz]].

SinsoftheFather:
Schwartz]].
*SinsoftheFather:
[[spoiler:The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been apprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making things much, much worse.]]

TearOffYourFace:
]]
*TearOffYourFace:
Natali's face slides off when the mayor's mistress grabs it while they are fighting.

TooDumbtoLive:
fighting.
*TooDumbtoLive:
Moira's crew. Also, the mayor.


SinsoftheFather: [[spoiler:The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been apprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making thing much, much worse.]]

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SinsoftheFather: [[spoiler:The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been apprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making thing things much, much worse.]]


SinsoftheFather: The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been aprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making thing much, much worse.

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SinsoftheFather: The [[spoiler:The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been aprehended apprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making thing much, much worse.
worse.]]


ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Mario Bava, Barbara Steele, Don Coscarelli, Terence Fisher, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and Alvin Schwartz.

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ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Mario Bava, Creator/MarioBava, [[Film/BlackSunday Barbara Steele, Steele,]] Don Coscarelli, [[Film/HammerHorror Terence Fisher, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Fisher]], Creator/WesCraven, Creator/JohnCarpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and [[Literature/ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark Alvin Schwartz.
Schwartz]].


OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Natali Stretesky seems like a fully formed human being, though she is ultimately a ghost. She's truthfully a flesh-and-blood ghosts.]]

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OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Natali Stretesky seems like a fully formed human being, though she is ultimately a ghost. She's truthfully a flesh-and-blood ghosts.ghost.]]



PoliceAreUseless: Moira's attempts to get the help of the police go nowhere. While they all know who Natali Stretesky is (mostly because they murdered her), they refuse to believe Moira's claims that Natali's ghost is still there. This is despite the fact their town even has an urban legend about her as a ghost.

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PoliceAreUseless: Moira's attempts to get the help of the police go nowhere. While they all know who Natali Stretesky is (mostly [[spoiler:(mostly because they murdered her), her),]] they refuse to believe Moira's claims that Natali's ghost is still there. This is despite the fact their town even has an urban legend about her as a ghost.


DownerEnding: Moira and her boyfriend manage to destroy Natali and survive, but after they leave, Natali uses one of their murdered friend's bodies to reconstitute herself.

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DownerEnding: Moira and her boyfriend manage [[spoiler:manage to destroy Natali and survive, but after they leave, Natali uses one of their murdered friend's bodies to reconstitute herself.
herself.]]


ChairmanoftheBrawl: Moira when she shows up to Natali's home with ruby's on hand. It does not go well for Natali.

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ChairmanoftheBrawl: Moira when she shows up to Natali's home with ruby's rubys on hand. It does not go well for Natali.


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OldDarkHouse: The "Lake House" Natali dwells in outside of town. When she wants it to seem presentable, it is, even to outsiders. [[spoiler: But in reality, the house is in an irreparable state of decay.]]


Added DiffLines:

OurGhostsAreDifferent: [[spoiler: Natali Stretesky seems like a fully formed human being, though she is ultimately a ghost. She's truthfully a flesh-and-blood ghosts.]]


CassandraTruth: No one believes Moira when she says there's a dead person doing all the murdering. It turns out they are fully away of who Natali Strestesky was and they most of them killed her and hid her body after she murdered forty people. They just refuse to believe she's come back from the dead.

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CassandraTruth: No one believes Moira when she says there's a dead person doing all the murdering. It turns out they are fully away aware of who Natali Strestesky was and they [[spoiler:that most of them killed her and hid her body after she murdered forty people. They just refuse to believe she's come back from the dead.
dead.]]


AssholeVictim: Natali infiltrates the bathroom of the jerkass mayor who was partially responsible for her death.

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AssholeVictim: Natali infiltrates the bathroom of the jerkass mayor who [[spoiler:who was partially responsible for her death.
death.]]


->"''So... should we wait for Dan Aykroyd to get here?''"

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->"''So... should we wait for [[Film/Ghostbusters1984 Dan Aykroyd Aykroyd]] to get here?''"


The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead named Natali Stretesky who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.

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The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her Despite the police arresting a suspect, Moira's digging uncovers a an unassuming woman thought long dead named Natali Stretesky who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.


The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.

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The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead named Natali Stretesky who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.


''A Specter Tale'' is a 2018 horror novella written by Constantine Furman. The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.

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->"''So... should we wait for Dan Aykroyd to get here?''"
-->--'''Brian'''

''A Specter Tale'' is a 2018 horror novella written by Constantine Furman.

The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.



BadassBoast: "Taste some a' mama's home cookin'!" Moira chortles as she beats the hell out of Natali.



GrievousHarmwithaBody: Freddy clubs Ron with Tina while in the midst of causing her to float around the room.

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GrievousHarmwithaBody: Freddy clubs Ron NightmareFuel: The illustration of Natali with Tina while in her face ripped off is... disturbing to say the midst least.

OnlyOneName: Brian goes devoid
of causing her to float around a surname the room.
entire book.

Added DiffLines:

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[[caption-width-right:350:...but hopefully not read]]

''A Specter Tale'' is a 2018 horror novella written by Constantine Furman. The people of a small Nebraska town are being mysteriously murdered. When information about these murders gets to Moira Sanders, the host of an {{Series/Unsolved Mysteries}}-type show, she takes off to investigate. Her digging uncovers a woman thought long dead who may be responsible for the town's recent unexplained deaths.

Followed in 2019 by a sequel, ''Another Specter Tale'' and in 2020 by ''A Specter Tale Continues.''
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!!Tropes found in ''A Specter Tale''
TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: Set in 2006.

AdultsAreUseless: No one that could possibly be helpful is helpful.

AdultFear: Teenagers and a young child are Natali's first victims in the story.

AssholeVictim: Natali infiltrates the bathroom of the jerkass mayor who was partially responsible for her death.

CassandraTruth: No one believes Moira when she says there's a dead person doing all the murdering. It turns out they are fully away of who Natali Strestesky was and they most of them killed her and hid her body after she murdered forty people. They just refuse to believe she's come back from the dead.

CatapultNightmare: Moira does this when she has a nightmare of being attacked in her motel room.

ChairmanoftheBrawl: Moira when she shows up to Natali's home with ruby's on hand. It does not go well for Natali.

DaylightHorror: Natali doesn't need it to be nighttime to cause mayhem.

DistractedbytheSexy: Eric, when Natali visits him in one of her bedrooms in the middle of the night.

DownerEnding: Moira and her boyfriend manage to destroy Natali and survive, but after they leave, Natali uses one of their murdered friend's bodies to reconstitute herself.

FauxAffablyEvil: Natali.

GhostButler: When Natali leaves a room after murdering Eric, the door slams shut on its own.

GrievousHarmwithaBody: Freddy clubs Ron with Tina while in the midst of causing her to float around the room.

OverlyLongTongue: When Natali assaults the mayor's mistress, she yanks off Natali's face and a long, wet tongue flops out of her skull's mouth and lands on her face.

PoliceAreUseless: Moira's attempts to get the help of the police go nowhere. While they all know who Natali Stretesky is (mostly because they murdered her), they refuse to believe Moira's claims that Natali's ghost is still there. This is despite the fact their town even has an urban legend about her as a ghost.

RedEyesTakeWarning: The whites of Natali's eyes glow orange when she becomes really angry.

ShoutOut: The book is dedicated to several names associated with the horror genre who inspired it: Mario Bava, Barbara Steele, Don Coscarelli, Terence Fisher, Wes Craven, John Carpenter, Veronica Lazar, Michio Yamamoto, and Alvin Schwartz.

SinsoftheFather: The people of Layford, Nebraska ganged up on Natali one night when she was drunk in a bar and murdered her. After she'd already been aprehended and escaped from a mental hospital, they thought they were protecting their town, but had no idea they were just making thing much, much worse.

TearOffYourFace: Natali's face slides off when the mayor's mistress grabs it while they are fighting.

TooDumbtoLive: Moira's crew. Also, the mayor.

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