All posts tagged: paranormal

Nephilim

Angelic Names

Angel Lover: Names Matter in the Angel Assassins Series Guest post by Tricia Skinner. Scroll to the bottom for the giveaway — three lockets! Share this on Facebook>>> Did you know angels have names? Of course you did! Think about the big ones: Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel, Uriel, and Raphael. Those aren’t Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, my friends. Those are archangels who are rumored to bring the pain. When I developed my gritty world of angels and Nephilim, I researched names to add a bit of authenticity. Angel Lover’s hero is Kasdeja, and the heroine is Mariel. I chose to play around with the meanings of their names (see below). Only the most curious reader would dig through the thousands of words in the novel to then go off to Google the characters. Hey, why not? I did, and what I found was awesome. Here are a few (sources: http://www.angelsghosts.com/, http://hafapea.com/angelpages/directory.html, and http://whisperingworlds.com/.) Kasdeja: one of the seven leaders of the angel rebellion from Enoch I. Azriel: name for the angel of destruction. Forfax: angel of …

Tarotscope Kirsten Weiss

July 2015 Tarotscope

We’ve got a new feature on ParaYourNormal — monthly Tarotscopes! Here’s how this brand of divination works: one card is drawn for each sign from the Tarot’s Major Arcana and the second from its elemental suit. E.g. since Gemini is an air sign, one card is drawn from the Major Arcana and one from the Tarot’s air suit, swords. Share this on Facebook>>> Here’s a quick rundown of the correspondences: Air/Swords: Libra, Aquarius, Gemini Water/Cups: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces Fire/Wands: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius Earth/Pentacles: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn Disclaimer: these are for entertainment purposes only, so enjoy! Cancer, June 21 – July 22. Wheel of Fortune and Queen of Cups. The Queen of Cups knows that sometimes you’re on top, and sometimes you’re not, and she takes both the highs and lows philosophically. An even better way? Find your way to the center of that wheel — your true self — and you’ll see what really matters. Leo, July 23 – August 22. The Lovers and the Three of Wands. Have you been aching for that ship to come in? …

coffin ghana

A Sennight of Paranormal

Your pretentious word of the week is: “sennight,” meaning “week,” and is from old English. And here’s the paranormal week in review… Share this on Facebook>>> 1. What will those wacky kids do next? Summon demons via the Internet, apparently. Calling up an online demon named Charley has become all the rage, another sign of the decline of Western civilization. Whatever happened to the personal touch when it came to demon summoning? In my day, we got together with friends and used a damn Ouija board. Kids these days have no social skills. And get off my lawn. 2. An article on Ghana’s novelty coffin industry.   If you ever make it to Houston, their National Museum of Funeral History has an excellent exhibit of these coffins. 3. Hulu has renewed its paranormal comedy, Deadbeat, for a third season! This makes me happy beyond reason. The hero, Kevin, is so haplessly charming. 4. A ghost may have photobombed a wedding in Virginia. I’m hoping we’ll soon learn the perfectly logical explanation for this, because as ghosts go, this one is f-ing …

steampunk

Clockwork Alchemy Workshops!

It’s May and Clockwork Alchemy is back! Clockwork Alchemy is the San Francisco Bay Area’s premiere Steampunk convention. Once again, it will be held at the Double Tree Inn, San Jose CA, on Memorial Day weekend. The theme this year is Myth, Legends and Lore, so there should be an extra dose of paranormal goodness mixed in with the steampunk. Share this on Facebook>>> I hope to see you there, where I’ll be presenting the following workshops (and they are workshops, not lectures, because I think lectures are boring): Magical Creativity Friday, May 22nd at 2 PM The Victorians produced a remarkable crop of artists, writers and dreamers – from Emerson to Yeats to the Victorian fairy painters. Many of them also dabbled in psycho-magical philosophy. In this workshop, we’ll explore Victorian techniques for expanding your artistic vision and creativity. If you’re a writer, artist, or would just like to learn techniques for boosting your creativity, join us! DIY Magical Societies Saturday, May 23 at 3 PM Learn how to build your own steampunk magical society. In this workshop, you’ll practice steampunk magical rituals, including …

the dead files

Interview with Amy Allan and Steve DiSchiavi of the Dead Files

Guest post by Abby Normal. Reprinted with permission from her blog. On Saturday, April 25, The Dead Files returns for its 7th season.  The Dead Files is a paranormal investigation show with a twist. Steve DiSchiavi is a retired New York homicide investigator that is paired up with Amy Allan who is a physical medium. Steve DiSchiavi researches the facts and history behind the selected location and Amy Allan talks to the dead to understand the paranormal activity directly from the source. This season the team leaves the United States for their first investigation at a tropical resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. To find out more about season 7 we join Steve and Amy with a group of inquisitive reporters. Steve DiSchiavi:   Hi guys. Yes, the season premiere is pretty exciting for us because we’ve never been out of the country doing an episode. This one was in Montego Bay, Jamaica which is pretty exciting because I’ve never been there. I heard a lot of spooky stuff about Jamaica, but I didn’t realize they had …

Deadbeat is Back!

At long, last Season 2 of Deadbeat is here, and clueless medium Kevin Paclioglu is in fighting form. Well, not really fighting… But he’s in some sort of form in this Hulu original comedy about a medium who will do anything to help a ghost cross over. Any. Thing. Share this on Facebook>>> This season, Kevin’s got a ghostly girlfriend, Sue. In his single selfish act, he’s keeping her earthbound, tangling himself in a hilarious web of lies in the process. Meanwhile, fraudulent medium Camomile White is determined to use Kevin for her own nefarious purposes. She’s landed a reality TV show and needs Kevin to keep disruptive ghosts off the set. Kevin, played by Tyler Labine, helps a slew of ghosts in need, including a chef who can’t get past a negative Yelp review, a spirit who wants one last dance with his old partner, and the ghost of Abraham Lincoln who just wants to see the end of the play. The regular cast is joined by guest stars Danny Devito as a murderous cult leader, Fred Armisen as a wronged …

Of Mice and Mechanicals

Of Mice and Mechanicals

Of Mice and Mechanicals, the second installment in my pre-steampunk series, is available for pre-order now on Kobo and Amazon! You have no idea how happy I am that this book is finally finished. Oh, the editing heck… It’s got the full range of Victorian occult goodness – table rappings, aether research, and even a mysterious nature spirit. Because no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to write a story without the supernatural. Here’s the blurb: Mechanicals, Mayhem, and Murder. All Sensibility Grey wants is to tinker in her new laboratory in boomtown San Francisco. A stranger in a strange land, she is finally making a life for herself as a purveyor of mechanicals to eager miners. But a pair of government agents have other things in mind. Loves and loyalties fracture, and mysterious forces threaten to destroy Sensibility and her clockwork secrets. Tangling with occultists, aether gone wrong, and a local vigilante group, Sensibility must decide where her allegiances lie, and whom she can trust. OF MICE AND MECHANICALS is book two in the …

possession

A Mind of Your Own: Faces of Possession

Guest post by author JD Spikes Most people hear the word possession and go right to the Devil. Demonic possession is by far the most familiar type of take-over by other-worldly beings. We’ve had years of books (and almost equally books to film) detailing the horrors that befall the possessed. Unsuspecting innocents and occult dabblers alike fall prey to the insidious breakdown of control of their bodies and minds until little remains of their originality, their life, their ‘selves’. Share this on Facebook>>> From the pea-soup spewing tween of William Peter Blatty’s ‘The Exorcist” to the body-contorted new adult of Dr. Felicitas Goodman’s “The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel” (which became the movie ‘The Exorcism of Emily Rose’), we as humans have been both terrified and mesmerized by the possibility of our psyches being taken over and out of our control. Questions abound. Where do ‘you’ go? What effect would it have on your body? On your soul? Could we –would we –ever regain control? I will never forget the book “Psychic Summer” by Arnold Copper …