Hellbound: The Tally Man

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Hellbound: The Tally Man

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Book Description:

His crimes – unforgivable. His death – inevitable. His suffering – just beginning. 

Obadiah Stark aka The Tally Man, is executed at ADX Absolom, his death sentence watched by the world’s media, victim relatives and one investigative reporter, Joe O Connell. Penning an account of Stark’s personal history and subsequent crimes in the hope of determining what elements make the sociopathic mind tick, Joe discovers clues and inconsistencies which cause him to investigate Stark’s execution. 

While this is happening in the real world, Obadiah Stark awakens to an afterlife where he has a wife and daughter bound to his childhood hometown. Following his natural predatory instinct, Obadiah proceeds to torment the town, committing multiple murders before being gunned down by the police. He awakens to find that everything has reset, with no one recalling his murderous spree a reality which offers no escape. As the scenes repeat, he is forced to submit to emotions he has never experienced before… and with it, a poisonous dose of morality.


 

David McCaffrey

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David McCaffrey lives in Redcar with his wife Kelly and is the proud father of 2 children, 8 year old Jake and new addition to the family baby Liam. In between writing he works as an Infection Prevention and Control Nurse in a local hospital. His wife Kelly is his muse and ardent (but constructive!) critic of his work. His 8 year old son Jake once took some draft pages of his Daddy’s work to school to draw on which prompted the school to become concerned about the books Jake was having read to him!!! The school were relieved when they found out Jake was not being subjected to books such as Hellbound.  Hellbound was David’s debut novel and was voted one of W H Smith’s Most Underrated Crime Novels of 2014 by readers. A short story prequel was released in August  2015 on Kindle with a follow up due for release August 2016. 

Learn more at www.DavidMcCaffrey.net.


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Onyx Webb

Today’s Featured Authors and Book

Onyx Webb: The Series

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Book Description:

Delectably Creepy. Gripping. Fascinating. Get Entangled in Onyx Webb: An Addictive New Paranormal Suspense Series

Onyx Webb is a multi-genre mash-up that combines supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more.

Onyx Webb is a ghost. Billionaire playboy Koda Mulvaney becomes obsessed with a girl he sees inside a mirror. Juniper Cole is on her way to the prom and… well, we don’t want to spoil anything – we’ve probably told you too much already. How all these events are related is part of the mystery that is, Onyx Webb. 

The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times. The billionaire Mulvaney family, piano prodigy Juniper Cole and her brother Quinn, paranormal show hosts Cryer and Fudge, and a few others make up the core of the series. Written like a book version of a supernatural soap opera (think: American Horror Story) each character’s story moves forward with most every episode. 

It may appear that the characters are entirely unrelated and yet episode by episode, the connections will become clearer. Like being an inch away from a spider web, with each book, the web will move further and further away revealing the full story of every character and most importantly, the stunning conclusion for Onyx Webb herself.


Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz

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For as long as Richard can remember he wanted to be a speaker. He gave his first paid speech at the age of eight. He took plastic dinosaurs and set them up on a table in his basement, then invited everyone in the neighborhood over to hear him talk about them. As he recalls, he charged 5 cents per person to get in. When Ms. Clark told him he was quite a ‘professional’ speaker, he decided that was his calling. Unfortunately, he let that dream go until finally, right before he turned 40, he decided that “One of These Days… Is Now” and he launched his business as a speaker, trainer, and author. 

Fast forward 20 years later and he’s a professional speaker and the author of several business parables including the best-selling title, Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There. His wife and business partner, Andrea, and he speak to audiences all over the world about overcoming fear of failure and rejection and how to reprogram they think about the word, No.  

He loves the fiction-aspect of fables so much that his newest passion, along with Andrea, is writing their fictional series, Onyx Webb. Onyx Webb is a cross genre series in the paranormal category. They’ve written it to feel just like you’re watching your favorite t.v. series, whether that’s Downton Abbey or American Horror Story. 

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Andrea Waltz is a professional speaker, co-author of multiple business fables and most recently has added fiction to her resume. 

As co-author of the best-selling title, Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There she is wildly passionate about teaching audiences how they can overcome fear of failure and rejection and reprogram how they think about the word No!  

Her newest passion is writing and creating a paranormal suspense series, Onyx Webb with author Richard Fenton. Onyx Webb reads like a supernatural soap opera in book form. Their writing is inspired by great t.v. series’ such as Downton Abbey, Bates Motel, The Americans, The Fall, and many others.

To learn more about their business fables, visit www.GoforNo.com 
To get entangled in the Onyx Webb series visit them at www.OnyxWebb.com


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Mother by Thorne & Cross

Today’s Featured Author and Book

Mother

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Book Description:

A Girl’s Worst Nightmare is Her Mother … 
Priscilla Martin. She’s the diva of Morning Glory Circle and a driving force in the quaint California town of Snapdragon. Overseer of garage sales and neighborhood Christmas decorations, she is widely admired. But few people know the real woman behind the perfectly coiffed hair and Opium perfume. 

Family is Forever. And Ever and Ever … 
No one escapes Prissy’s watchful eye. No one that is, except her son, who committed suicide many years ago, and her daughter, Claire, who left home more than a decade past and hasn’t spoken to her since. But now, Priscilla’s daughter and son-in-law have fallen on hard times. Expecting their first child, the couple is forced to move back … And Prissy is there to welcome them home with open arms … and to reclaim her broken family. 

The Past Isn’t Always as Bad as You Remember. 
Sometimes it’s Worse … 
Claire has terrible memories of her mother, but now it seems Priscilla has mended her ways. When a cache of vile family secrets is uncovered, Claire struggles to determine fact from fiction, and her husband, Jason, begins to wonder who the monster really is. Lives are in danger – and Claire and Jason must face a horrifying truth … a truth that may destroy them … and will forever change their definition of “Mother.” 


Tamara Thorne & Alastair Cross

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In collaboration, Thorne & Cross have written The Cliffhouse Haunting, The Ghosts of Ravencrest, and Mother, as well as the ongoing Ravencrest Saga, a serialization with new installments appearing every four to six weeks. They are currently at work on their next solo novels and a new collaborative project. In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

Neither has any intention of slowing down anytime soon.

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Tamara Thorne: http://www.tamarathorne.com/
Alistair Cross: http://www.alistaircross.com/


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The Sword Chronicles: Child of the Empire

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The Sword Chronicles: Child of the Empire

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CAUTION: We LOVE Michaelbrent Collings, and we laugh our asses off every time we speak with him!  So, get ready to laugh along with us…and hear about his work…and gain great insight too!  

Book Description:

She is a Dog – one of the many children and teens across the empire of Ansborn who have been sentenced to fight in the arenas. There they fight in battle after battle until they die for the sport of the people of Ansborn – an empire built atop the peaks of five mountains. 

But one day she picks up a knife… and everything changes. 

She discovers she is a Greater Gift – one of a handful of magic users with powers so great they have only two choices: to join the Empire as one of its premier assassins, or die as a threat to the Empire itself. 

She is no longer a Dog. Now, she is Sword. And she will soon realize that in this Empire, not all is what it seems. Good and evil collide, and she can never be sure whom to trust – not even herself. 

She holds life in her hands for some. Brings death by her blade to others. 

She is a killer. 
She is a savior. 

She is Sword.


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Michaelbrent is an internationally bestselling author, produced screenwriter, and makes amazing chocolate-chip waffles.

Learn more at michaelbrentcollings.com.


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The Haunting of Black Tower Mansion

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The Haunting of Black Tower Mansion

Debra Robison

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Book Description:

Deedsy Cooter’s rundown mansion is haunted by a ghastly spirit who reappears each time tragedy strikes her family. No one knows exactly why the ghost haunts, only her identity: Lucia Ryan. Deedsy believes it somehow involves the century-old feud between her family and the Ryan’s. When Deedsy’s old classmate Nick Ryan returns to town, history is inadvertently recreated, and the dreadful specter shows up along with a series of gruesome murders. A growing suspicion that one horrific event from the past still impacts the present fuels Deedsy’s race to find and destroy the appalling connections between them all. Obsession, possession and the terrifying past stalk the present, and an ancient unpunished evil triggers ghostly revenge in this supernatural thriller.


The Mastermind behind The Haunting of Black Tower Mansion:

Debra Robinson

Debra Robinson is a singer, songwriter and author of seven paranormal novels. She is a sensitive and resides in Northeastern Ohio.

Learn more at www.debrarobinson.net.

**The book she wrote about her son is A Haunted Life: The True Ghost Story of a Reluctant Psychic.  


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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

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Top 10 Author Interviews for 2015

We decided to share our top 10 author interviews for 2015.  It was exceptionally challenging to choose only 10 as we interview hundreds of authors and dearly LOVED so many of them.  

This is not about the top 10 books, but rather the authors themselves and their interviews. Every single one of these interviews are ones you should put on your “must hear” list…and perhaps, you’ll put their books on your “must read” list 🙂

We’ve opted to share these on the show as well as here in the shownotes in order of interview date versus in order of our favorites.  


Tash McAdam

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Book Description:

Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.


Michaelbrent Collings

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Book Description:

The Douglas family just wants to live their lives, and maybe find a bit of happiness. But when the ghost in their home breaks out of a centuries-long sleep, all hope for happiness will die. Because the thing that haunts them is not just evil… It is something much, much worse. Watching them from the shadows. Hungry to start killing once more. And thirsty for the blood of the children, the blood he has so long been denied. The thing that haunts them is not just evil. It is twisted.


Michael Modzelewski

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Book Description:

A memoir of my life as a Cosmo Bachelor with some names and locations changed to protect the not so innocent along with the innocent.


Jane Carroll

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Book Description:

Bertha-Size Your Life! Is a book of personal transformation that reads like a series of entertaining and humorous stories. Bertha, a zany redhead, mysteriously appears in the narrator’s life during a walk in the park. Quicker than a man can hand off a baby with a dirty diaper, she has moved into the narrator’s empty nest and the fun begins. 

You never know what Bertha will think up next from flying a hot air balloon to singing to her begonia, she’s always up to something. Bertha delights in standing on her soapbox while dispensing down-home wisdom and perky advice, explaining The Law of Attraction in a refreshing, humor-filled, practical way that has the reader going aha! instead of humph! 

Throw in a conniving nemesis, an antagonistic cat, lime green spandex and high-heels and you’ve got a book that’s sure to tickle your funny bone and leave you wearing your thinking cap as you read and reread each vignette. 


James Goi Jr.

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Book Description:

How to Attract Money Using Mind Power may be the most concise, usable book of its kind. It sums up key points taught in countless mind power, metaphysics, and success books. It shows how to apply this knowledge to attract money. In twenty brief chapters, the science of attracting money is presented in such a simple, straightforward way, that any person of average intelligence will be able to grasp and use these profound teachings. Now, using the techniques given in this astounding little book, anyone can attract all the money they want by harnessing the power of their own mind.


Melissa Krivachek

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Book Description:

BOLD Is The New Sexy! Everyone dares to be great but very few ever have the courage to step into their greatness.” Have you ever wondered what it was like to jump off a cliff and soar or take a leap of faith knowing it will work out? Following the principles shared within the book the authors have created the life and lifestyle they truly desired. But it wasn’t the titles, accolades, power, or money they’ve acquired that has made them BOLD because when they first started they had none of that yet they jumped anyway. 

Sharing their passions, stories, and expertise you’ll discover why BOLD is the new sexy! You don’t have to be smart, sassy, strong or sophisticated to be BOLD but as a result of being BOLD you become all of that and so much more. In fact you’ll find yourself running up the cliff without fear ready to take on the world as you explore opportunities you never knew existed while playing with a child-like behavior, and what was once just a dream soon becomes your reality. If you know you deserve better than mediocrity, excuses and the BS stories you tell yourself then…….. you owe it to yourself to get BOLD! 


Ernie Lojoi

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Book Description:

The Preyers, Lijoi’s latest blockbuster in his best-selling crime thriller series based on his true life service as a deep cover undercover cop using his guise of Eddie Pannoni, drug dealer and gun-runner extraordinaire.

Targeted for assassination because of his success in infiltrating the organized crime families, resulting in their arrests and imprisonment, Pannoni (Lijoi) has had enough. Five innocent people are killed as the drug lords from Columbia unleash their killer, seeking revenge. 
First they murder New England’s main narcotics connection. Then they take out his partner. Then it’s time to punch Eddie Pannoni’s ticket. But Eddie is no novice to the gun game. 

Eddie (Detective Ernie Lijoi, Sr.) and his partner Detective Jack Wade decide not to wait for the Columbians to send their henchmen, but to go after the drug syndicate with all guns blazing. It’s a fight to the finish and the devil takes the hindmost.


Mark Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Designer Relationships

Book Description:

Contemporary relationships are in a state of rapid evolution. These changes can and should empower people with the opportunity to develop partnerships based on their own sexualities, understandings, and agreements. This makes it possible to create what Kenneth Haslam, founder of the Kinsey Institute’s Polyamory Archive, has called “designer relationships.”

Designer relationships may encompass: people who bond emotionally but not sexually; people who agree to be non-exclusive; single people who have occasional lovers or friends with benefits; multiple partner configurations where long-term bonds exist among all or some; partnerships in which people are kinky and that make room to explore kink.

The possibilities are limitless, and thinking about a partnership as something people can craft allows for flexibility and change. Relationships can open and close or have varying degrees and kinds of openness as circumstances demand. In the context of a designer relationship, decisions are made mutually, consciously, and deliberately. Best-selling authors and nationally known relationship experts Patricia Johnson and Mark A. Michaels are exemplars of this life choice, and have studied polyamory for over 20 years. This book explains exactly how you and your loved ones can design your own life and love.


Paul Margolis

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Book Description:

Three years ago, Jack was a brilliant young detective with the LAPD. Now he plays poker to make ends meet, and to forget the horrific event that ended his police career. Out of the blue Jack gets a call from his father Joseph Pearl, a distinguished Harvard professor who is in Los Angeles for a philosophy conference. The two haven’t spoken in years yet Pearl seems anxious to discuss some matter in person, behavior strangely out of character for the emotionally-distant dad who Jack still blames for the family tragedy that tore them apart. But when the philosopher fails to show up and can’t be found, Jack knows something is wrong and feels compelled to find him. 

As his shaky detective instincts kick in, Jack tracks down a beautiful yet troubled Yale grad student named Claire who was having a clandestine affair with Pearl. Together they search for the man they both have issues with and uncover secrets and lies in the world of philosophy, including a trail of murder and no shortage of colleagues who wanted Pearl dead. The more Jack risks his life for answers, the more he fights old demons and his growing attraction to Claire. Then just as he learns the shocking truth behind his father’s disappearance, Jack finds himself drawn back into the haunting, unsolved case that got him kicked off the force. 

Impossible to put down, THE NAKED PHILOSOPHER is a gut-wrenching, heart-stopping crime thriller about family and revenge that keeps the reader guessing to the very last page.


Bill Cortright

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Book Description:

In Bill Cortright’s new book, TRUTH: The Ten Minute Life Plan, we explore the real reasons we procrastinate. How diet, exercise, self-talk, childhood programs, and stress will cause us to procrastinate. You are going to gain easy-to-use tools that will help you break through and break out. If you claim any of these tendencies, this simple book will change your life. 

DO YOU HAVE A TENDENCY TO: 
• Put things off to the point you rush in “panic mode” to complete them? 
• Daydream about what you are going to do one day but never seem to get it done? 
• Get lost with distractions such as computer games, social media, television, movies, etc.? 
• Start a new diet or proclaim the same New Year’s Resolutions every year? Do you lose weight and gain weight on a regular cycle? Are you overweight? 
• Make “To Do Lists” that are never completed? Do you feel overwhelmed with so much to do but get little accomplished? 
• Believe that there is a “magic time” when things will get done? 
• Put off what you should do now with a set time in your head for when you will make up for the lost time?


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Twisted Reveries

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Twisted Reveries

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Book Description:

This collection of 13 tales will have readers on the edge of their seats. The suspense in each story, tinged with horror and ending in surprising twists, is sure to entertain.


Notes: 

We interviewed Meg while she was at the Houston Writers’ Guild for a speaking gig.  We got to talk with her via Skype from her hotel! So much fun.

Birds. Birds are a huge fear factor for Meg! 


The Mastermind behind Twisted Reveries:

Meg Hafdahl

A native of British Columbia, Canada, and Duluth, Minnesota, Meg studied literature and creative writing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where she received a grant for playwriting.  Her story, “Dark Things”, was a recent finalist for the 2014 Jane Austen Short Story Award.  She had published short stories with Spider Road Press, in Eve’s Requiem, as well as with Inklings Publishing’s Eclectically Criminal anthology.  Currently, Meg lives in Rochestor, Minnesota with her husband and two young sons.


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The Crimson Corset – Bram Stoker Eat Your Heart Out

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The Crimson Corset

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Book Description:

Welcome to Crimson Cove

Sheltered by ancient redwoods overlooking the California coast, the cozy village of Crimson Cove has it all: sophisticated retreats, fine dining, and a notorious nightclub, The Crimson Corset. It seems like a perfect place to relax and get close to nature. But not everything in Crimson Cove is natural.

When Cade Colter moves to town, he expects it to be peaceful to the point of boredom. But he quickly learns that after the sun sets and the fog rolls in, the little tourist town takes on a whole new kind of life – and death.

Darkness at the Edge of Town

Renowned for its wild parties and history of debauchery, The Crimson Corset looms on the edge of town, inviting patrons to sate their most depraved desires and slake their darkest thirsts. Proprietor Gretchen VanTreese has waited centuries to annihilate the Old World vampires on the other side of town and create a new race – a race that she alone will rule. When she realizes Cade Colter has the key that will unlock her plan, she begins laying an elaborate trap that will put everyone around him in mortal danger.

Blood Wars

The streets are running red with blood, and as violence and murder ravage the night, Cade must face the darkest forces inside himself, and perhaps even abandon his own humanity, in order to protect what he loves.


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The Mastermind behind The Crimson Corset:

Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published by Damnation Books in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ghosts of Ravencrest. Their newest novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, and this summer also sees the release of Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.


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Halloween Special w/President of Horror Writers Association

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Halloween Special!!!

President of Horror Writers Association, StokerCon 2016 &

Ghosts: A Haunted History

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Key Points:

  • Dean Koontz was the first Horror Writers Assoc. President!
  • There is a strange relationship between horror and comedy.
  • The HWA is really like a family as there is a lot of camaraderie in the association.
  • Members (new writers) can even get a professional horror writer as a mentor for one year!
  • Debut of StokerCon 2016 in Las Vegas
  • Where did Halloween even come from?
  • Discussion of Lisa’s book, Ghosts: A Haunted History

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Book Description:

Ghosts Haunted

From that cheerful puff of smoke known as Casper to the hunkiest potter living or dead, Sam Wheat, there is probably no more iconic entity in supernatural history than the ghost. And these are just recent examples. From the earliest writings such as the Epic of Gilgamesh to today’s ghost-hunting reality TV shows, ghosts have chilled the air of nearly every era and every culture in human history. In this book, Lisa Morton uses her scholarly prowess—more powerful than any proton pack—to wrangle together history’s most enduring ghosts into an entertaining and comprehensive look at what otherwise seems to always evade our eyes.

Tracing the ghost’s constantly shifting contours, Morton asks the most direct question—What exactly is a ghost?—and examines related entities such as poltergeists, wraiths, and revenants. She asks how a ghost is related to a soul, and she outlines all the different kinds of ghosts there are. To do so, she visits the spirits of the classical world, including the five-part Egyptian soul and the first haunted-house, conceived in the Roman playwright Plautus’s comedy, Mostellaria. She confronts us with the frightening phantoms of the Middle Ages—who could incinerate priests and devour children—and reminds us of the nineteenth-century rise of Spiritualism, a religion essentially devoted to ghosts. She visits with the Indian bhuta and goes to the Hungry Ghost Festival in China, and of course she spends time in Mexico, where ghosts have a particularly strong grip on belief and culture. Along the way she gathers the ectoplasmic residues seeping from books and film reels, from the Gothic novel The Castle of Otranto to the 2007 blockbuster Paranormal Activity, from the stories of Ann Radcliffe to those of Stephen King.

Wide-ranging, informative, and slicked with over fifty unearthly images, Ghosts is an entertaining read of a cultural phenomenon that will delight anyone, whether they believe in ghosts or not.


The Mastermind behind Ghosts: A Haunted History:

Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and the short story collection Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She currently serves as President of the Horror Writers Association and can be found online at http://www.lisamorton.com.

 


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What is the Heart of Romance?

Brand new author, Sandra Ely shared with us how she loves horror novels and Stephen King. One of her reviewers commented, “‘Hey, Sandra must be a vampire too, otherwise there is no way she can describe with so much detail what a vampire feels.’ So, I guess she is either a vampire or a very good writer.”

During our conversation she shared with us that at the heart of romance is the recognition that everyone has a past, and it is important to let go of the past.  In Kiss of Death, Sandra’s characters have to come to this realization, too, if they want to relish in life and relationship.

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A stay at home wife and mother of two incredible boys, Sandra Ely enjoys writing fiction dealing with supernatural aspects. She is an up-and-coming new author, specializing in romance, fantasy and horror.

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