All posts tagged: The Hoodoo Detective


How to Make Magnificant Magic: A Witch’s Reading List

Being a witch isn’t all running about naked beneath a full moon. I guess it could be. But when it comes to witchery, many modern witches prefer to mix instinct with intellect. So whether you want to rev up your magical life or simply write more witchy, here’s a list of my top seven books, in no particular order: 1) Highways of the Mind: The Art and History of Pathworking, by Dolores Ashcroft. Both high-level witch and high-level writer, Ms. Ashcroft turns a “how to” on pathworking –  a key tool in the witch’s arsenal – into an engaging journey through time and space. Which is sort of what pathworking is all about. 2) Cave and Cosmos, by Michael Harner. Shamanism is (I believe) the ur-magic, the root of all magical thought. When the witches rise through the chimneys on Walpurgis night, doesn’t that seem like an echo of a classic shamanic journey, rising on smoke to upper world? (Trust me, sometimes shamans rise on smoke to upper world). Michael Harner doesn’t say anything about this particular theory of mine, …


Hoodoo, Skeleton Keys, and the Crossroads

Kirsten Weiss is the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. Watch for book six in the series, The Hoodoo Detective, available this Halloween.

Hoodoo Halloween Blog Party: Day 1

Welcome, to the Hoodoo Halloween Blog Party, Day 1   If you stopped by earlier and added your link to the previous post, please add it to the comments in this post too. We don’t want to miss you! Remember, you’re welcome to post your party on either day or on both days if you like. So when you are ready to make your rounds check both Saturday and Sunday’s posts for new additions. There’s a crescent moon rising over St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. What’s that flickering behind the crypt? [Tweet this!] Whew. Just a row of candles. Their reflected flames glitter off the offerings of faded Mardi Gras beads and bottles of beer. Let’s give our best wishes to voodoo queen, Marie Laveau, and follow the sound of music and laughter to Bourbon Street. There’s a lovely little bar, Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, a low, brick building on the corner of Bourbon and St. Phillip Streets. It’s horribly haunted, of course. Is that the pirate, Jean Lafitte, quaffing a brew beside the jack-o-lantern at the bar? …


7 Songs to Get Your Witchy Groove On

1. Witchy Woman, Eagles This song was inspired by several women encountered by the Eagles, but Don Henley said top of mind was Zelda Fitzgerald, wife and muse of F. Scott Fitzgerald of Gastby fame. Whatever. I like to think it’s about me. And I’ll bet I’m not the only woman who’s had that fantasy. 2. Rhiannon, Fleetwood Mac This version for the 1997 MTV awards starts a bit slower than what I’m used to, but I confess. The lyrics are more understandable. And the tempo picks up. Plus, check out Stevie Nicks’s fab witchy costume. All hail the goddess of rock! 3. Spooky, Joan Osborne Yeah, it’s a cover. But I just love this version. There’s something raw and powerful in Joan’s voice, a lounge singer with an edge. 4. Death Dreams, Delphic Oracle Delphic Oracle’s music has a thoroughly modern, more meditative groove, and it’s 100% magic. Their performances are part devotional, part recreational. 5. Beast, Lara Runars Icelandic artist Lara Runars brings the primal magic of that country to her music. One of the most accessible songs …


5 Kick-Ass Halloween Reads

Halloween is on its way, and with it… Halloween-themed books! Especially when it comes to mystery and suspense, it seems Halloween is a favorite setting. And why not? The scent of pumpkin and nutmeg, flickering jack-o-lanterns, and the ever popular, witch-who-flew-into-a-tree decoration add a certain something to a work of fiction. Here are my top 5 Halloween paranormal reads. 1) Hallowed Bones, by Carolyn Haines. With the help of her family ghost, Jitty, Southern Delta PI, Sarah Booth Delaney, investigates a faith-healer accused of murdering her infant daughter. 2) Fool Moon, Grave Peril, Dead Beat, and Cold Days from the Dresden Files. Okay, I’m cheating here by giving you four books in the series, but what can I say? Harry’s awesome. Chicago wizard, Harry Dresden, was born on Halloween. Unsurprisingly, things tend to get intense in the paranormal world around that date (contra: Buffy Summers).   3) The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, by Washington Irving. This story is to Halloween what A Christmas Carol is to Christmas. 4) Be Careful What You Witch For, by Dawn Eastman. I totally …

The Hoodoo Detective Kirsten Weiss

The Hoodoo Detective: Cover Reveal

Hoodoo, Haunts, and Horror. Riga Hayworth’s supernatural TV series is exploring the magic of New Orleans. All she wants is to return to home and husband. But when she stumbles across a corpse, she becomes a police consultant on a series of occult murders, murders that become all too personal. A vengeful necromancer from her past has mayhem on his mind. Riga’s convinced he’s to blame for the killings. But with threats at every turn, is her judgment clouded?  And it seems the harder Riga tries to keep those she loves from jeopardy, the closer danger creeps. The Hoodoo Detective is book six in the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mystery novels. Release date: Halloween, 2014. About the Author Kirsten Weiss is the author of Steam and Sensibility, a steampunk novel of suspense, and the Riga Hayworth series of paranormal mysteries: the urban fantasy, The Metaphysical Detective, The Alchemical Detective, The Shamanic Detective, The Infernal Detective and The Elemental Detective. Book 6 in the series, The Hoodoo Detective, will be available on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble on October 31, 2014.

Agatha Christie Supernatural

3 Layers of Agatha Christie’s Supernatural Subtext

Subtext propels “readers beyond the plot… into the realm of what haunts the imagination: the implied, the half-visible, and the unspoken.” — Charles Baxter, The Art of Subtext Agatha Christie was the master. Sorry (cough). Mistress. Mistress of plot twists, mistress of puzzles, mistress of mystery. And while I haven’t found any Christie novels that could be classified as paranormal, Murder is Easy proves Dame Agatha had a dab hand when it came to supernatural subtext. Here’s the setup. A retired policeman meets and old bitty on a train. She confides that she’s on her way to Scotland Yard to report a repeat murderer in her tiny village. He writes her off as harmless and overly imaginative. But when he learns she’s killed on her way to Scotland Yard, and the next man on her list of people in danger dies shortly thereafter, our hero decides to check out the village, Wychwood-under-Ashe, for himself. He poses as a writer researching local superstitions. Here are three layers of supernatural subtext in Murder is Easy. 1. The spirit of the place. The village of …