Merry meet all,
I have some exciting news to share. My short flash horror fiction story about a child munching pumpkin is published in the Horror Novel Reviews: One Hellacious Halloween Volume 1 eBook. Here is the link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.ca/Horror-Novel-Reviews-Presents-Hellacious-ebook/dp/B00GHPU3VI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1385384995&sr=1-1&keywords=horror+novel+reviews+Hellacious+Halloween+volume+1
I am real excited about that. I found out last night. The other news is that I am published in Moon Books’ Paganism 101: An Introduction to Paganism 101 by 101 Pagans anthology. Here is the link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Paganism-101-An-Introduction-Pagans/dp/1782791701/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1385149907&sr=8-2&keywords=Paganism+101%3A+An+Introduction+to+Paganism+by+101+Pagans
My essay on Sedna: The Inuit Goddess of the Sea is slated to appear in the Winter Solstice issue of Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine. My article on winter herbs is slated to appear in the Winter issue of Essential Herbal magazine. Here are the links:
Essential Herbal magazine: http://www.essentialherbal.com/index.php
Eternal Haunted Summer Ezine: http://eternalhauntedsummer.com/
This writing has kept me on my toes!! The next spin in the turn in the Wheel of the Year is Winter Solstice. I plan to post lots about that. Stay warm and enjoy Samhain.
Merry meet all,
I was on a walk the other night on the trail. I saw the ethereal veil between the worlds. The trees looked so ethereal. I kept walking down the trail and admired the colourful trees. As I did, I stopped in my tracks. What to my wondering eyes should appear but a face in the trees!! No kidding. The tree boughs formed the face in the trees. I couldn’t believe my eyes!! The face looks outward. The nose was pointed and sharp and so was the chin. I was amazed. Let me know if you spot the face in the trees.
A friend pointed out two faces. Can you see them? if you can, comment on this post.
It’s getting closer to Samhain. I don’t want to postpone Samhain but I don’t want October to end. October is my favourite month of the year.I shall post more about Samhain soon. I hope you’re all busy preparing and having fun.
Lady Spiderwitch )O(
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Merry Meet All,
I apologize for the lapse in my blog posts. Life got in the way. I am going to review a book I picked up at Chapters yesterday. Most of you are aware that I am penning a paranormal novel. I believe I was meant to pick this particular book up.
The Ghost Handbook – An Essential Guide to Ghosts, Spirits and Specters is a beautifully designed and illustrated book. It is a small book but it is packed with enough colorful photos for anyone who is an avid fan of the paranormal. The book explains the differences between ghosts, spirits and specters. It includes true ghost stories and haunted places, including the infamous Leap Castle. The image of a dusty skeleton lying on the ground, covered in dead leaves and dirt might startle an unwary reader. To be sure, this book is not for the faint of heart. It also includes the tale of the actual Flying Dutchman ghost ship.
I am impressed with this book from Barron’s Educational Series. A ribbon can be pulled over the front cover to close the book or pulled back to open the book. Inside the book, you have to open the door (a page) to read the table of contents. The book is full of tips, facts and strange true stories that might keep you reading all night- or checking over your shoulder. I was surprised about the tale of the Black Abbess, an evil nun supposedly, who turned witch in the last years of her life, searching for herbs and roots in the wild and reading tarot to the royalty.
If you can find this book, pick it up. It is worth it. It was published last year.
Merry Meet All,
Today I am going to talk about the books I have found to be the most beneficial in writing on the subject of the paranormal. I love the paranormal. It is fascinating to me. Hopefully it holds the same amount of fascination for many others.
Here is a list of books to read to get a good background on the subject. Novels, especially the classics, are great to read to study how to write about the paranormal. Dracula by Bram Stoker should lurk on everyone’s bookcase who want to write a horror novel. It is a classic. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the works of Edgar Allan Poe, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Best Ghost Stories by Stephen Hrennan. Some other books to read (that I don’t own, but have read) are Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin and Amityville Horror. Pay attention to the writers’ craft and develop your own original voice. Read widely in the genre you have chosen to write in. Chilling Tales anthology by Michael Kelly and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. Watch the movie of Something Wicked This Way Comes. You will be awake all night.
Once you have read those books, you may have ideas spinning around in your head and want to try to write a short story or a novel. I recommend also buying the books and not borrowing them. I do this because if I want to read or refer to a chapter or a page, I simply pluck the book from my stuffed bookcase and it’s there. I do not need to travel to a bookstore or library in the rain or snow and waste two hours. I like to support small bookstores. Go ahead and get some cool bookends. Dragons, unicorns, whatever strikes your fancy.
Get a good dictionary and thesaurus. Learn your grammar. (I need to.) Don’t be afraid to set a story in a region you are fond of. That can make your story original! You want to be original.
A list of useful books:
The First 50 pages by Jeff Gerke
Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Dave King
On Writing Horror by the Horror Writers Association
OXford Canadian A-Z of Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
Formatting and Submitting your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino
That may seem like a lot to read, but it is important to get the basics down. I hope this inspires you to pen your own great story. You may be the next Charlotte Bronte or Percy Bysshe Shelley. Good luck!