All posts tagged: paranormal

Mayhem and Magic

  This action-packed COMIC BOOK series tellsa brand-new story in Sarah Fine’s RELIQUARYuniverse! Bestselling author Sarah Fine (Marked, Sanctum) gives hard-boiled noir a magical edgein this stand-alone four-issue comic book adventure—where crime collideswith conjuring in the spellbinding world of her Reliquary series. Featuring an action-packed script by Alex De Campi (No Mercy, Grindhouse)and stunning art from Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir). Issue #1 Freelance thief-for-hire Asa Ward’s latest job is heisting a powerful magic relic from a gangster’s lair. But what should be an easy payday quickly becomes larceny the hard way—when he’s dragged into a three-way crime war where mind-bending, body-racking magic is the most lethal weapon of all. And just when Asa thinks he’s scored, the ruthless kingpin he’s ripping off strikes back…threatening the only life Asa values more than his own. Issue #2 Backed into a corner by the crime boss Conti, Asa must do the gangster’s bidding or lose what he cherishes most. That means infiltrating a swank, secret auction and stealing the enchanted objet of honor from an even more dangerous …

What is Western Gothic?

By Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall, noted (at least by each other) authorities in the field of Western Gothic studies Western Gothic is a fairly narrow but very deep and wildly entertaining literary genre. We say that as recognized (by each other) experts in the field of Western Gothic Studies, a field and (and likely a genre) we created, and with all the confidence an exhaustive, seconds-long Google search can bestow (see sidebar). So what is Western Gothic? It is a style of fiction that transplants the moody, death-obsessed themes of classic gothic fiction (think Castle of Otranto or, of course, Dracula) to the wide open, inspiring vistas of the modern west (Riders of the Purple Sage, or All the Pretty Horses). We’re pretty sure we invented the genre with The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, a series of four books set in the modern west and featuring sexy, brooding vampires bent on world domination. We wrote the first book — The Cowboy the Vampire: A Very Unusual Romance — in 1999. Our fourth and …

Conspiracy Theories and the Paranormal

Hey there avid readers! I’m Neil Rochford, author of The Blue Ridge Project and writer at ThoseConspiracyGuys.com. Put on your tinfoil hats and pull up a seat while I bend your ear about conspiracies and the paranormal. Share this on Facebook>>> Ever since I was a young boy, I was always fascinated by the concept of the paranormal. Unexplainable things happening outside the normal range of experience? I was all over it. Psychics, spirits, demons, aliens, Power Rangers, that was my jam. Then, as I got a little older, I started to realize how much of it could be safely filed away in the bullshit section. If there were so many paranormal occurrences taking place, how come there was no definitive proof? With thousands of people involved and a million different accounts of strange things happening, how has not one single case been acknowledged as actually having taken place? Surely, if any proof of paranormal activity existed, or investigation into it, the people in charge and the media would have reported extensively on it for …

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Saint Odd: Review

Saint Odd is the final book in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series, and I can’t imagine a more satisfying ending. This is definitely a series to read in order, and each book is well worth it. Share this on Facebook>>> Odd is back where it all started, in Pico Mundo, California. His psychic senses tell him something bad is coming, and tens of thousands, if not more, will die if he can’t stop it. But he doesn’t know the what or the who. As usual, this journey into the nature of reality, good, and evil is a non-stop thrill ride. The usual cliches apply: page-turner, couldn’t put it down, up reading late into the night. But nothing in this book is a cliche. Dean Koontz can write. I marvel at his prose, but it’s not so weighty as to get in the way of the narrative. (If you want to improve your writing – reading Dean Koontz isn’t a bad way to start). Buy it, read it, savor it. But start from the beginning of the series. Can I …

October Tarotscopes! 2015

We’re drawing one card for each sign from the Tarot’s Major Arcana and the second from its elemental suit. E.g. since Libra is an air sign, one card is drawn from the Major Arcana and one from the Tarot’s air suit, swords. (Standard disclaimer: these are for entertainment purposes only). Share this on Facebook>>> Libra, September 23 – October 22: The World and the Six of Swords. The not-so-nice stuff is moving into the rear view mirror, as you enter a positive phase of your life, filled with possibilities. The key here is to know that you have the power to make things happen (and good stuff won’t come automatically – you need to work for it). This will go easier if you release what no longer serves you. Scorpio, October 23 – November 21: The Magician and the Knight of Cups. What happens when a magician goes on a quest? All sorts of awesomeness! (Assuming you’re not stuck in a Journey Quest Video, that is). So gather your crew and set forth. Adventure awaits! Sagittarius, November 22 – December 21: …

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Who Are the Morrigna?

Interview with Rachel Rawlings.  Share this on Facebook>>> Q: Who are the Morrigna? Rachel: Ooh, I love this question! You’re the first person to ask me this! I get to wave my nerd flag super high right now, I am so excited! Ok, ok, let me get myself together, lol. **clears throat** The Morrigna is a triad, three sisters who just so happen to be three pretty bad ass Pagan war goddesses. Morrigan, Nemain and Badb. What becomes of a goddess when old religions die? Well, let’s just say she has a lot of time on her hands to plot her come back. Maurin had her hands full taking on those three! Why do we see the number three in magic so frequently? Ok, so I totally didn’t use the word three, three times answering the first question on purpose! Three is a powerful number and appears over and over again throughout history and religion- from Celtic mythology, Bridgit is threefold, countless triads (like the Morrigna) to Christianity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. It’s connected …

History and Mystery: the Witches’ Ladder

In 1887, Dr. Abraham Colles published an article about an odd object discovered in a Somerset Attic. Share this on Facebook>>> Workmen found a string, a meter and a half long and stuck through with rooster feathers. Alongside it were six brooms and an old chair. The workmen insisted the string was used as a ladder for witches to cross roofs. Colles was never able to figure out where this idea originated from, but he published and presented his findings. In later issues of the journal, other scholars speculated about the possible magical uses of the mysterious “rope and feathers.” But what was it, really?  Colles’s editor, Edward B Tyler, presented the ladder at a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Two audience members stood up and told him it was really a sewel, used to manage deer. An 1867 book on deer park management describes the sewel as, “lengths of cord on spindles, with turkey feathers knotted onto them, at the interval of a couple of feet.” The book explains “it is …