Spooky Legends: Kelly Meding’s Teresa West on Finger-lickin’ Chili “TRANCE”

October 24, 2011 Guests, Spooky Legends 13

*This post was accidentally posted yesterday for a brief time.*

Today’s Spooky Legend introduces us to a new character from a familiar author and guarantees you won’t be eating chili tonight.  Kelly Meding’s Teresa West, from the first book in the new MetaWars urban fantasy series, TRANCE (available on October 25, 2011 from Pocket) is taking over the blog.  If you missed my review of this new superhero infused series, I said, “there is a real X-Men/The Incredibles vibe to this story that really worked.“

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Teresa West on Finger-lickin’ Chili 
Kelly Meding

So raise your hand if you haven’t heard the one about the woman who said she found a human finger in her bowl of fast food chili?  Raise your hand if, when police discovered it was all a setup, you laughed and said "I knew it," even though you actually believed it at the time?

Thought so.

I’ve worked in food service since I was a teenager.  In this post-War economy, it’s one of the few growing industries.  I don’t know if people are just too lazy to cook for themselves, or if dining out is the new Family Fun Night, but people still eat out.  Which means they need waitresses, and that’s good because it’s something I don’t suck at.  And us waitresses talk.  A lot.

I could tell you all kinds of stories, some of them funny, some of them embarrassing (not for me).  But it’s almost Halloween, and this about urban legends, so let’s go for something gross.  Something chili related.  It didn’t happen to me, but it was told to me by a friend of a friend and…yeah, you get the idea.

A few years ago, this little hot dog place in Portland was starting to go under.  You’d think a hot dog place wouldn’t have a problem keeping business, because hot dogs are hard to screw up.  But the owner (we’ll call him Mick) was losing business, and he soon realized it was because of a dog cart set up a few blocks away (we’ll call this place The Stand).  This cart owner was offering what people called the "Best Chili Dog in Portland," and it was booming, while Mick’s little hot dog restaurant was flat-lining.

Mick decided the only thing to do was to improve his own chili dog and compete.  He brought in a guy from the east coast to teach him proper Coney sauce.  He brought in a guy from Texas to learn about good Texas chili.  He tried all kinds of different recipes, but none of them were as good as The Stand’s chili.  Mick was still losing money, and he was desperate.  This was his livelihood, and he wasn’t going to lose it because of some upstart hot dog cart vendor.  He decided the only way to compete was to steal The Stand owner’s chili recipe.

So one night, Mick staked out The Stand, and when the cart owner closed up for the evening, Mick followed him home.  He discovered where the owner stored his cart and where he lived, so he made a plan to break in the next day while The Stand was in operation.  Only the next day, during Mick’s break-in, The Stand owner came home early because of a terrible cold, and he caught Mick in the act.  The two men had a violent fight, and in his rage, Mick killed the other man.  Terrified of being caught, Mick knew he had to get rid of the body, but how?

Well, I’ll leave you to guess the answer.  As the story goes, two days later Mick debuted a new dog on his menu.  He called it the Back Street Chili Dog, and advertised it as a limited edition chili.  It was a hit, and even when the Back Street chili ran out, his customer base remained, and Mick’s is still going strong today.

And he even has a Missing Persons sign in his front window, for the disappeared owner of The Stand hot dog cart.


About the author:

imageA native of the Delaware seashore, Kelly Meding briefly attempted life in the bustle of the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area, before retreating back to the relative quiet of the Eastern Shore.  She lives in a small town near the beach, with a neurotic cat who occasionally meows at ghosts.  Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication in 2002 and she hasn’t used it since, preferring instead to wile away her non-writing hours on the sales floor of a national retail chain.  After discovering Freddy Krueger at a very young age, Kelly began a lifelong obsession with horror, science fiction, and fantasy, on which she blames her interest in vampires, psychic powers, superheroes, and all things paranormal.  When not writing, she can be found crafting jewelry, enjoying a good cup of coffee, or scouring the Internet for gossip on her favorite television shows. 

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Book Details

TRANCE by Kelly Meding

Trance (MetaWars, #1)

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery 

Available on October 25, 2011 from Pocket Books


Kelly Meding’s war-ravaged Los Angeles is ground zero for the ultimate Meta human showdown in this sexy, action-packed new series.

Fifteen years ago, Teresa “Trance” West was a skilled telepath and a proud member of the Ranger Corps. But ever since the Rangers were inexplicably rendered powerless at the climax of the devastating Meta War, she’s bounced from one dead-end job to another. Now her powers have reappeared just as mysteriously as they vanished— only they’re completely transformed and more potent than ever. And they’re threatening to destroy her.

Trance heads to Los Angeles to track down the surviving Rangers and discover who restored her powers—and why—but a phantom enemy is determined to kill them before they can reassemble. As they dodge his deadly attacks and come to terms with their new role as heroes, Trance and the rest of the team set out to annihilate the sinister madman . . . only to discover their own powers are his greatest weapons.

Read an excerpt|Read our review

Light bulb**Don’t forget to visit Dark Faerie Tales today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Rosalie Lario author of BLOOD OF THE DEMON**

Blood of the Demon (Demons of Infernum, #1)

13 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Kelly Meding’s Teresa West on Finger-lickin’ Chili “TRANCE””

  1. Anne

    I remember reading about this. I hope Wendy's sued the pants off of them.

    Trance sounds great (but the cover makes me think YA). I liked her Evy Stone books.


  2. erin

    Bleh… I'm gonna wipe this from my mind so it doesn't interfere w/ my love for chili 🙂

    I really love this author and I can't wait to try her newest series 🙂

    Thanks for a great post!

  3. Na

    I did hear about this story when it first came out. Poor chili! Makes me want to take a closer look at my food before eating…


  4. Pamk

    That pic done it for me I'm not even going to read the story lol. Love your old series and this new one looks like it will be just as good. Looking forward to reading it
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  5. Danielle D

    This is why I only eat home-made chili.

    Books looks like it will be a good read also

  6. Barb P

    The old body parts in the food stories! Love it if it's only a story, not real. I have heard some really awesome things about Trance and I would love to read it. Thanks for the giveaway. [email protected]

  7. Anonymous

    I've just sworn never to eat chili again… But I still love Kelly Medling's books!

    Mickie T
    mdturett at juno dot com