magical creatures

A Melding of the Paranormal Minds: Tonight! Live!

Greetings you little elves and gnomes and hobgoblins, ye’ merry creatures of the night. Tune in tonight at 6 pm PST/9 PM EST for a delightful hour of the paranormal persuasion. I’ll be a guest on Paranormal Minds Radio. Click here to listen live. You never know where the conversation will lead, although I can …

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Varla on Ghost Chronicles–Tonight, Wednesday the 24th!

Greetings! Tonight I am honored to be on Ghost Chronicles with hosts Ron Kolek and Anne Kerrigan. Ron has been a supporter of my books since lo’ those many years ago when The Book of the Bizarre came out, and he regularly includes a tidbit of Beyond Bizarre on his shows, so not only will …

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I Am an Android

And I’m a tablet, and an iPad and all kinds of other robotic things. Freaky stories available now as apps for your devices! Including awesome bonus things like interviews with me!   My publisher just released the following information:   Dare to explore the dark side with this superbly disquieting collection of tales featured in …

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Ring in the New Year with Murderous Bells: A Very Happy Hour of Horrors

The usual gaiety of chiming bells ringing in the New Year might sound a little more sinister once you get through this short little eBook, selected by me from a collection of fairy and folklore by Welsh “Grimm” William Wirt Sikes. Don’t walk into that churchyard or a schoolhouse without a hard-hat! There are more …

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The Screaming Banshee~A Just-in-Time Cocktail for Thanksgiving’s Happy Hour of Horrors

My Happy Hour of Horrors are usually late Friday themes but since this week is a madhouse of gluttony, joy, and frenzied family freakery, I’ll let you have a drink right now. (I always say drink early and often). But seriously, you know that over dramatic little sister that “can’t quite handle” the family gatherings …

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Sex on the Beach with Mermaids~A Happy Hour of Horrors

As the cold of November settles upon most of us, sinking into the bones and sharpening our breath, even the most heavy-caped of us might find ourselves–even for just a moment–wanting the feel of sand beneath our toes and the lapping of warm waters against our flesh. So how can we achieve these sensations, even …

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Who’s That Knocking on my Coffin Lid? Vampires, Magical Creatures Part Three

Lovers of True Blood, Dracula devotees, and Twilight tweens: I offer you the ancient vamps of my Magical Creatures series! These are the stories that Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice read when they were but wee babes, suckling on their mothers (or the  neck of their mother). These are the groundwork stories about vampirism, both …

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I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream Like Banshees! Magical Creatures Part Two

When I asked readers of The Blog of the Bizarre to comment on their favorite magical creatures, a surprising number of you said banshee! Well, I have to admit the banshee is most certainly my favorite magical creature and with competition from the likes of werewolves and vampires that is saying something. Banshees straddle the …

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