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Vampires – To Shift or Not to Shift?

Guest post by Kate Hill One of the things I like best about writing is the freedom to explore and reinvent legendary paranormal creatures like vampires. Share this on Facebook>>> When creating a new vampire world, you can pick and choose which traditional characteristics you want to keep and which ones you want to discard. One characteristic of a traditional vampire that I chose to eliminate in the Blood and Soul/Scarlet Nights books is the ability to shift shape. I don’t have a problem with shapeshifting vampires. Depending on the story, shapeshifting can be a fascinating ability. The reason I decided not to make these particular vampires shapeshifters is the same reason I gave them the ability to eat food and made them living beings instead of the “undead.” The vampires in this series, depending on their bloodline, were put here to either tempt and terrify humans or defend them. Either way, people would need to relate to them and vice versa. These vampires drink blood, practice mind control and heal quickly from most wounds. …

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ParaNormal This Week! Oct. 30, 2015

It’s another sennight of paranormal, and we have Halloween to thank for the improved quantity and quality of our paranormal news. Share this on Facebook>>> 1)Demonic possession is back! In the movies, that is. Move over vampires and zombies, what was old is new again, and Hollywood is cycling back to possession. 2) Whatever happened to good old, magical wars? A Salem witch is suing a local warlock for phone and internet harassment. Is this what we’ve sunk to, people? 3) A doctoral candidate researches the “real vampire” community of New Orleans. And it’s… interesting. 4) Were real human bones used in the original Pirates of the Caribbean ride? Answer: maybe. 5) And more good stuff from Atlas Obscura — the story of the creepiest, most cursed, haunted doll ever. I wish I’d seen this story before I created a creepy doll room in my imaginary paranormal museum. 6) Here’s a list of 31 monsters from around the world. Snallygaster, anyone? 7) And the rise of the “hipster witch.” This is actually a book review …

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ParaNormal This Week: July 31st

1) The classic, 1922 vampire film, Nosferatu, is getting a remake by director, Roger Eggers. Eggers won this year’s Top Director award at Sundance for The Witch, a movie I have yet to see but am looking forward to. 2) And in more horrifying witch news, a woman was beheaded in Assam, India, by a group of angry villagers for being a witch. She wasn’t. She was just a member of a much-persecuted minority group in the region. The villagers were riled up by a 35-year-old, self-appointed “goddess” who said the victim was a witch who would bring bad luck to the village. No word on whether the authorities will take action against the so-called “goddess.” Cynical me says “no.” 3) And in South Africa, a man was burned alive for witchcraft. They also burned his car. All in all, a good week for angry mobs, a bad week for their victims. 4) Is Bollywood coming to the rescue? To combat the spate of witch hunting in India, Bollywood is plotting a film to highlight the …

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ParaNormal this Week: July 20th

  1) California’s drought is forcing some farmers to turn to the not-so-dark arts. Some are turning to water witches, people who can locate water using dousing rods, to find new wells. 2) And in a genius bit of marketing, Transylvanian officials are offering concert-goers free tickets in exchange for blood. Blood donations are low in Romania, so the government is capitalizing on the Dracula legend to lure Romanians into becoming donors. 3) Silicon Valley techies are turning to a local witch to help them solve supernatural tech problems. I wonder how much she charges? 4) A new book, The Witches, is coming out this October about the Salem witch trials. So much has been written about this era, it will be interesting to see if this Pulitzer prize-winning author will be able to come up with anything new. 5) Did authorities cover up a long-ago UFO sighting in England’s Rendlesham Forest? Because the only thing better than a good UFO story is an X-File sized conspiracy about UFOs. About the Author Curator Kirsten Weiss is the …

Review: Blood and Spirits

I’m always hesitant to review vampire novels. The genre seems done to death. But Blood and Spirits by Dennis Sharpe is a worthy entry in the field. No sparkly vampires here. The blood suckers are true creatures of the night, drifting through a moral swamp of prostitution and the restless undead. Share on Facebook>>> A taut mystery lies at the core of the story, as the vampire heroine, Veronica, struggles to understand the net that’s tightening around her, and the reader comes along for the ride. The book is soaked in threat. The author, Dennis Sharpe, has an original voice and a seamless writing style. If you like your vampires on the darker side, you’ll probably enjoy Blood and Spirits. 5 Stars. BLOOD & SPIRITS Author: Dennis Sharpe http://dennis-sharpe.com/ Small-town life can be hard for a dead girl… For Veronica Fischer the night to night life of a bloodsucking madam in Middle America is tough enough before she adopts Rachel Gregory, an eight year old ghost. After her house is set on fire and Rachel disappears, …

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Top 5 Vampire Novels!

A Guest Post by Margo Bond Collins, author of Sanguinary. 1. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black http://www.amazon.com/Coldest-Girl-Coldtown-Holly-Black-ebook/dp/B00BAXFB3C/ I loved Black’s short story of the same name and was initially a little disappointed to discover that the novel was not, in fact, a continuation of the same story but rather a new story set in the same world. But that disappointment quickly disappeared as Black’s novel drew me in. The vampires here are horrifying—and being the single (potential) exception to that rule makes the love-interest vampire equally terrifying and attractive, adding up to the kind of vicarious adrenaline rush that draws me to vampire tales in the first place. 2. Sunshine by Robin McKinley http://www.amazon.com/Sunshine-Robin-McKinley/dp/0515138819/ I re-read this book every year or two—I just finished the latest re-reading in November. McKinley does a beautiful job of setting up a world that is almost, but not exactly, like our own. The eponymous protagonist almost seems to ramble sometimes, but the voice is perfectly her own and the things she reveals about herself are beautifully …

Interview with Jessica Myers: What Lies Inside

Who’s your favorite paranormal character in pop culture, and why do you remember him/her? JM: I think my favorite and definitely the most memorable paranormal character in pop culture for me is Louis in Interview With The Vampire. Having a mega crush on Brad Pitt who played the character was part of it. The rest was the insight into a modern view on vampires, showing the good and bad and human side to this race of dead bloodsuckers that lived in secret among us. Watching Louis, a human-turned-vampire long for death, an end to his horrible and meaningless existence portrayed a side of a would-be monster that evoked sympathy and understanding. Though there are many vampire stories before and after this one, Louis’ tale that bridges the gap between supernatural and humanity has and always will be a favorite of mine. Can you tell us one fun/interesting paranormal fact you learned in your book research? In my book research I learned about many centuries-old vampire tales where humans who committed heinous acts were accused of …