Halloween Horror Story Giveaway!


It’s not often that Salty Running does a giveaway, but today just happens to be your lucky day! Our good friend Mark Matthews is an accomplished author and his most recent release is a running horror story called On the Lips of Children. I have to admit, I am a megawuss and not a big fan of the horror genre, but when I heard this one revolves around a double jogging stroller, I had to read it. Woo! It did not disappoint; I could not put this sucker down! It has to be the ultimate running horror story.

However, we know it’s not the only one! That’s why this contest is not your typical giveaway – to enter you can do the usual leave a comment here and we will randomly select one to receive a Kindle version of Mark’s book, but to win the big prize, a paperback copy of On the Lips of Children signed by the author and the Kindle edition, you will have to share your own running horror story! More details after the jump!


A signed hardcopy and a digital copy could be yours if your horror story rocks our world!
A signed hardcopy and a digital copy could be yours if your horror story rocks our world!

Before we get into how to enter, let’s talk a little more about this book. Here’s a plot summary:

Meet Macon. Tattoo artist. Runner. Father of one. He travels to San Diego to run his first marathon.

During the darkness of a predawn shake-out run, Macon is kidnapped by a bizarre family raising their twin children in a Tijuana-to-San Diego drug tunnel. When Macon doesn’t return to the hotel, his daughter and her mother follow him down the trail. What happens next will test their strength, endurance and will-power more than any marathon ever could. 

26.2 miles never hurt like this.

Based on a real run on a dark, San Diego trail, On the Lips of Children has become an Amazon best selling horror novel.

Here’s what others have said:

“Mark Mathews’ On the Lips of Children is a fast-paced, sleek rush of a novel. It takes off like a runner out of the blocks from the opening graphs.” ~ John F.D. Taff, author of Little Deaths.

“Excellent horror story for runners” ~ Blogger, Detroit Runner

“A very dark read that will haunt you on your next dark run! Not for everyone … but I could not put it down! Mark nails the runner’s mentality and how a hard run at a time you should be tapering can lead to more trouble than ruining your race” ~ Randy Step, co-owner of Running Fit

“One of the scariest novels I’ve read this year.” ~ Alicia Banks, The Horror News Network

“The only thing bad about this book, is that it had to end! A raw, adrenaline filled ride about what lengths a person will go to to save the ones they love. It will keep you glued to the pages until the very end.” ~ The Kindle Book Review

“After reading just the first few pages, I found myself bound and trapped into reading this thriller. Like the running drug itself, this story will leave your veins pulsing and wanting more with each turn of the page.” ~ Farra Rust, Ultra-Marathoner

“One scary-ass book that I could not put down. As a mom who often runs with my double running stroller, this was extra creepy. I do have to say, that no marathon will every feel quite as difficult again after reading about this one run!” ~ Salty, Salty Running (ok, I just added that, but it’s true!)

So now that we’ve convinced you this is a great read, here’s what you have to do to win. 

For the GRAND PRIZE autographed copy plus Kindle version

Email your real-life running horror story to saltyrunning@gmail.com by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 29. It can be scary. It can be hilarious. It can be mortifying. WHATEVER! If it can arguably be a horror story, send it! Please limit submissions to no more than 200 words. We will select our favorite story to win the prize. We will publish the winner’s story along with the runner-up stories on Thursday, October 31! *

For a Kindle version of On the Lips of Children

All you have to do is comment on this post and tell us what you’re afraid of by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 29. Be sure to use a valid email address so we can notify you. We will randomly select one of you to win! That’s it! We will announce this winner on Thursday, as well.

Good luck!!!!


*The winner will be selected by a panel of Salty bloggers and will be notified before publication. Salty Running reserves the right to publish any stories submitted.

Salty Running boss and mother of 3 little ones with PRs of 3:10:15 (26.2), 1:25:59 (13.1) and 18:15 (5k). I love to write about running culture, mental training, and fitting in a serious running habit with the rest of a busy life.

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  1. Although I believe I am ineligible to win, I do have a real live horror story (kind of)!
    When I first started running, I used to run to the main highway and back to my house (about a two mile loop that seemed SO long). I ran on the sidewalk until the final 50 yards to the main road, which was dirt and assorted weeds from an empty lot. One run, as I was turning around as I reached the street, I was hit by a car. The car was moving slowly, so I wasn’t hurt in a dire fashion (just some road rash and blood), but instead of stopping, they sped away.

    I’d swear that I heard diabolical laughter too…

    It’s a good thing I wasn’t seriously injured! I keep one eye open and one ear headphone-free when I run now.

    1. Oh no! That’s awful! I have a similar story, but I was on my way to run. I was 6 months pregnant with my first, and I came home from work to change. I was backing out of my driveway to hit the park and on my way, I backed into my mailbox! EEK. I knew my husband was going to be PISSED! So I pulled over to see how bad it was and while I was assessing the scene and I heard tires squealing and then a car scraping along the guardrail and looked over and saw a car full of teenagers losing control and veering all over the road and then aiming RIGHT AT ME! I froze. The car swerved and went over my lawn, aimed at me and then at the last second swerved the other way and as they passed me a kid stuck his tongue out at me and heshered! It was so petrifying. I stood there in disbelief watching them head out of view and I was so shocked and scared I never got a plate. I called the police and it took so long to come and I was fine that I just left and went running. But man, I still look for the tan sedan with the front end damage (from where they swiped the guard rail before heading my way).

      1. That’s scary! Totally changes how you see that guardrail! I always was extra careful on that corner after that (but I was too messed up to see the car so I could look out for it in the future)!

  2. I am afraid of the raccoons that like the running trail at night. I run early enough in the morning that I light my way by headlamp, and those little glowing eyes definitely get my heart rate up and spur an impromptu speed workout…

    1. I’m afraid of coyotes around here and have run clapping my hands trying to make lots of noise to ward them off when it’s dark because I’m so scared!

  3. Can’t wait to read this…and my next work trip is actually to San Diego. Guess I’ll be running on the TREADMILL!!!

  4. I’m afraid of getting lost in strange places. And sometimes my mom. And rarely but not never that there’s a quiet ax murderer in the back of my car.

  5. The other day I was running through Park Slope, a very safe-feeling, residential neighborhood with lots of people, and I screamed my butt off and leapt back when I saw a guy lunge at me out of the corner of my eye. Turns out it was a Halloween decoration–a scarecrow with a gross mask–hanging off a brownstone, and the thing hadn’t lunged at all.

    The scariest part is that someone across the street saw the whole thing and laughed at me. There went my dignity!