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Month: November 2015

Woman Haunted by Dead Brother

Or, Is This Woman’s Brother Haunting Her From The Grave?

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Woman Claims She’s Being Attacked by the Ghost of her Brother

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For the past six years, Donna Ayres has been plagued by a series of disturbing supernatural experiences. The mother-of-four from England has witnessed everything from the casual levitation of spoons, to light fixtures swinging violently without any wind, and once she was badly bruised from a spirit pinning her down to a bed.

Before you jump to the very logical conclusion that Donna’s house must be haunted, we should note that she’s moved five times since these eerie instances started happening and no matter where she goes, she can’t escape the ghoul who she believes is the ghost of her brother.

“Ever since my brother died strange things have occurred in every house I’ve lived in, it’s been a living hell.”

She says that she and her brother had a very troubled relationship adding, “Perhaps that’s why he’s come back to haunt me.”

“The paranormal activity first started in 2009, around the time my brother died, when I began to hear bangs at night, and then scratches appeared on the wall. Since these first encounters I’ve had nothing but rampant paranormal activity in every house I’ve lived in, I’m just at the end of my rope.”

“I have even woke up with bruises some mornings, despite not being in contact with anyone.”

We know one thing’s for certain—someone is messing with this woman. Whether or not it’s actually a poltergeist, we can’t say.

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A Sad NaNoWriMo Update

Or, The Week Everything Turned Upside Down

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On Monday afternoon I received one of the worst phone calls I’ve ever had. My 35-year-old brother, my only sibling, had suffered a brain aneurysm. After four days in a coma, he remains in ICU fighting for his life.

Obviously, finishing NaNo has taken a back seat to making phone calls, driving two hours to LA every other day, and sitting in terrible waiting rooms. I remain at the 40K mark, but I don’t think I’ll make 50K by the 30th, and that’s okay.

If you’re still in the race, good luck. I’m rooting for you.

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Flirty Friday (Teen Wolf)

Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m posting nothing but Teen Wolf clips this November. I’m really getting into this Lydia and Parrish ship. Check it out. Enjoy!

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Review of Monster by Carmen Caine

Or, My Take On Caine’s 1st Cassidy Edwards Novel

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Author’s Back Cover Blurb:

Revenge. It’s all I’ve lived for. Revenge against those who stacked the cards against me from the start. But I’m changing the deck now. I’m getting even. Born to a vampire, I wasn’t supposed to survive—but I did.

My name is Cassidy. Cassidy Edwards. And I’m the first of my kind.

The Job
Trapping a sixteenth-century Scottish Highlander of a vampire who just might be seduction itself.

The Team
A firedrake with an attitude, a werewolf with a problem, and an imp in dire need of rehab.

The Boss
A dangerously powerful warlock as handsome as sin.

My Problem:
Bluffing my way into a job, my first mission into the Charmed world opens a Pandora’s box of betrayal and secrets … along with attractions of the most lethal kind.

My Review:

I’m always on the lookout for great new paranormal series to read, so I was excited to start Monster. The writing is wonderful and Caine’s world is both fun and scary. There are opposing supernatural factions and lots of creative new monsters along with the traditional vampires and warlocks. I wish the secondary characters had more depth, but perhaps that’s coming in the following novels.

My biggest problem with the book is Cassidy slips into passive Mary Sue territory. As I was reading the big showdown scene it occurred to me that Cassidy didn’t DO much. She’s kidnapped, she’s threatened, and she’s carried around by strong men, but she hardly does anything to change her situation or advance the story. Instead, she’s advanced by others. But if you can forgive Caine for not making her heroine more dynamic, she’s created an intriguing new paranormal world.

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Are Haunted Dolls Real?

Or, Some Stories From Creeped Out Owners

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Haunted Dolls are a Thing, and They’re Not Cheap, Either

Written by Rachel Martin, Mar. 2015

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Some childhood symbols straddle the line between adorable and terrifying. Like clowns. Or Furbys.

Some dolls fit the category, too, with spooky eyes that seem to move or a porcelain pallor. They’re not all Chucky, but some of them just don’t seem quite right.

Listener Anne McLaughlin grew up with a cabinet full of dolls — including a pretty dancer doll and a set of wooden nesting dolls. But one, she says, stood out.

“One of the dolls in the cabinet was absolutely terrifying,” she says. “Very tall, thin doll, and her face was not a doll face. It was a grown woman, so she didn’t have big eyes she didn’t have a smile. She had tiny little eyes. She always looked like she stepped out of one of those New Orleans ghost stories.”

The lady doll was also a music box, and it spun slowly to music when wound. The doll gave Anne the creeps.

So one night, when she was about 10, McLaughlin thought to herself: “I’m going to take her out of the cabinet just to prove that I’m not scared of this doll” — even though she was very scared of it.

So she wound up the doll, left it on the bedside table and walked away. Suddenly there was a crash.

“And right when I turned around, she had just walked to the side of the bedside table, and fallen to the floor with a big crash, ” McLaughlin can’t even finish her sentence. “I went and slept with my parents.”

The next morning, she crept back into her room and placed the doll back inside the cabinet.

“I was really sure to put her in the cabinet facing away from me … so that she couldn’t watch me,” she remembers.

Many listeners have their own memories of haunted dolls. That’s not surprising, considering that haunted dolls are big business on sites like eBay and Etsy.

Jak Hutchcraft, who wrote about the phenomenon for Vice.com, says he stumbled upon the trade one night when he was surfing around the “Everything Else” section of eBay.

“There was an advert for something which was a sadistic, perverted, haunted doll,” Hutchcraft says. “It was this little, menacing-looking sort of troll.”

Intrigued, he noted that the bids kept going up, with 10 people in the running. That doll that looked like a possessed little troll sold for more than $1,400.

Hutchcraft did some reporting to find out why anyone would want a haunted doll — let alone pay for one.

“Some people want to connect solely with the spirit,” he explains. “Some people buy them just for the doll because they’re doll collectors and the spirited aspect of it is just a secondary thing. I thought it was baffling, really, because I can look past the ghost as long as it’s a cute doll.”

Hutchcraft met with a woman who is a major player in the world of haunted dolls, and he found to his surprise that he kind of liked her. He started out as a skeptic but ultimately came to appreciate this seemingly bizarre subculture.

But when it comes to owning a haunted doll?

“I thought about it,” he says. “But the thing is, the more it went on, the more it took over my life for about a year, really … and then I started to think, ‘Will my brain trick me into thinking it is haunted? Or something will happen when I get it.’ And, to be honest, I didn’t have the money to fork out — and I was a little bit scared!”

Many years after McLaughlin’s scary doll “walked” off the table, she got the courage to take the doll out of the cabinet again. She found, upon closer examination, that the music box was off balance — probably the reason the doll fell to the floor.

But I’ve got to admit, I liked the story better when the doll was possessed.

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Flirty Friday (Teen Wolf)

Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m posting nothing but Teen Wolf clips this November. Prepare yourself for lots and lots of Scott + Kira kissing. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

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Tuesday Teaser (Spell of Vanishing #3)

Or, Take A Peek At The 3rd Book In The Dark Caster Series

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Legends of Haunted Sweet Hollow Road

Or, Only Investigate These Sites During The Day!

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There’s a Place on Long Island That may be More Haunted than the Amityville Horror House

Written by Taylor Krauss, Mar. 2015

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Back in November of 1974, a couple and four of their children were murdered by their oldest son. The entire family was shot while they were asleep in their beds.

This was in Amityville, New York, a little town on Long Island.

Soon after, the Lutz family moved into the home…to an unwelcome surprise: they believed the house to be haunted. They said to have experienced things such as oozing walls, apparitions, cold spots and strange odors. It was the house that inspired the Amityville Horror, one of the most iconic horror films of all time.

As terrifying as that sounds, there is a place not far away- about 10 miles- in Melville, New York, that is said to be haunted by some incredibly active spirits.

Sweet Hollow Road

Sweet Hollow Road, running parallel to Mount Misery Road, has been subject to paranormal investigations, and plenty of people going to check it out themselves.

The road itself has the feeling of something truly terrifying. No matter what time of year you drive down Sweet Hollow Road, it always seems to feel like a chilly night in the middle of the fall. There are no streetlights, and it is a long, winding, one-lane road once you cross under the overpass.

One story is of the asylum in the woods off of Mount Misery.

A small asylum was built in the woods back where the road ends, and one of the patients, Mary, supposedly set it on fire, essentially killing almost everyone in the building. Rumor has it that you can still hear the screaming patients from the fire. Even creepier: apparently they rebuilt the asylum…and it burnt down a second time. The second fire was never figured out.

Another story is of a police officer. Supposedly if you’re pulled over on Sweet Hollow Road, take a look at the back of the officer’s head as he walks away…there won’t be anything there!

It is said that a woman driving on the overpass above Sweet Hollow (see picture above) got into a head-on collision, and now if you flash your lights where her car crashed, you will see a shadow sit up. Is it a trick of the eyes, or is it a spirit making herself known…?

There are tons of other legends that are related to Sweet Hollow Road, and each story has plenty of variations. However, each story has something in common- many Long Islanders have experienced the same things. Many have seen a “hellhound” with glowing red eyes that means imminent death, as well, so look out for that one…

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NaNoWriMo Update

Or, How I Found My Groove

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After a tough writing week, I feel like I’ve finally hit my stride. By tonight I’ll have between 24 and 25K words written, right on target. I know I can not only hit the 50K word goal by November 30, but I’m confident I have enough plot to finish. Believe me, there have been years when I reached the 20 or 30K word mark and thought, “I’m done. The story is finished. There’s nothing else to write.” But not this year. I have story to spare, which is a great feeling.

I’m writing a new Red Plague novel this month. It’s a YA zombie paranormal, and I’m loving writing it! I’m so excited to share it with you. Hopefully, it’ll be available for purchase in early 2016.

How is your writing journey going this week?

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Flirty Friday (Teen Wolf)

Or, I’m Sharing My Fave Romantic Montages With You!

I’m posting nothing but Teen Wolf clips this November. Enjoy this sweet video dedicated to first love (Liam and Hayden style)!

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