Remember the Day Holidays Like…Dia De Los Muertos BY Natalie-Nicole Bates Genre: Holiday, All Souls Day, Paranormal
Every All Souls Day, photographer Lindy heads to her local cemetery to photograph families alongside their departed loved ones' graves. Seeing the bit of joy or comfort that it brings to people makes this her favorite activity of the year. But this year is different. The cemetery looks the same, but a beautiful girl with an angel's face awaits her arrival. Does she have the answers to life and death, or does her appearance only serve to confuse Lindy even more? A short story in the Holidays Like Mini-Series.
Queen of Souls: La Calaca Holidays Like…Dia De Los Muertos BY Kristen Collins Genre: Holiday, Folklore, Legend, Fantasy
The name’s Mictecacihuatl but everyone in the underworld just calls me Mic. I rule Mictlan as the Queen of Souls and my sole purpose is to guide and protect my people. Every year, I navigate the three most important days of the year: Halloween, el Dia de los Inocentes, and All Souls Day. The humans celebrate Halloween on one night but unbeknownst to them, it really lasts until Nov 2nd (also known as Dia de los Muertos and the most stressful time of my year). As the veil thins by midnight of Halloween, the gates of Mictlan are opened and the souls of children are released back into the land of the living to be with their loved ones.
But this year, when the souls of the children fail to return by midnight of el Dia de los Inocentes, I am left with no choice but to take off to the land of the living to retrieve them.
If I fail to retrieve them by midnight of All Souls Day, they will be lost forever! Who took them? Can I find them in time? Or will their souls be doomed to being shredded by the Soul Eaters?