Where else could you have received an afternoon of entertainment with Travis Rhett Wilson as Edgar Allan Poe performing "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Annabel Lee," and "The Raven?" And also see psychic medium Susan Grau share her unique abilities? Spirit showed up and she read two people in the audience. Charlie Ray was the perfect MC and he sang his original Halloween song. Mike Raff showed his book trailer for his new novel, "Skeleton Man," and I showed my video for "Simone's Ghosts." We had nine authors on hand everyone sold books. It was a fabulous event all around.
An amazing woman in the California Writers Club, High Desert Branch runs the Victor Valley Arts and Education Center. She has made a dream of hers come true by organizing the first ever High Desert Book Festival which takes place October 1, 2016 in Victorville, California. I'm honored to be one of the authors at the event.
Horror Book Fest 2016 is only two months away. We are going to have a great time. Of course, we are promoting the horror and paranormal genres once again, but this year will include both the dark and the light. The dark is Poe with master impersonator, Travis Rhett Wilson. The light is Susan Grau, a medium who comes from a healing place of love.
Susan Grau, nationally recognized Evidential Master Medium and Psychic who comes from healing love and light, will talk about her gifts and give us a demonstration of those abilities.
It's official. We're doing it. Third annual Horror Book Fest here we come. Last year's event was fun. We expect this year's fest will be even better. We're keeping the same venue because it worked nicely. But the presenters are all new. Not saying what we have lined up yet. But soon. Very, very soon. And let's just say, that picture you see, it's a hint.
I was born with an interest in ghosts. As a kid, if a story had a ghost in it, I wanted to hear it. In putting my talk together, I realized four things influenced and developed this interest.The first is a short story titled “Georgie.” Georgie is the original friendly ghost. The tale was in my beloved childhood anthology, “The Tall Book of Make-Believe.” I must have read that story a hundred times. I started naming pets Georgie, too.
Another influence is a poem titled “The Highwayman.” In it, lovers are willing to die for each other and in doing so become ghosts who will be together for all eternity. To my young mind, ghosts were romantic.
In sixth grade, my class had to memorize the poem, “The House with Nobody in It.” We had to punctuate it correctly, too. But that’s not the point. The second stanza of the poem laments that the house “wouldn’t be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.” Once again, ghosts are viewed as something positive.
And finally, as a thirteen-year-old, I read “Rebecca.” If you know the story, you know there is no ghost per se in the book. But Rebecca is such a force to be reckoned with, her memory haunts the living. The book haunted me. Maybe I love to be haunted and that’s what I try to do with my novels: write stories that will haunt the reader.
I’ve been asked to come back to Menifee and give my “Ghosts in Literature” talk in September. Of course, I said yes.
If you visit this page you'll learn a lot of interesting facts about this paranormal mystery novel.
It includes pictures of the house and real life woman, Baby Doe Tabor, who inspired the book. You'll also find a great book trailer.
I had fun updating this trailer. Better pictures. Enjoy.
Since I write in the paranormal genre, October seems to be the perfect month to market. The truth is, you have to market every month, but October is great fun. So, I have book signing events set up for every weekend. Last weekend was a craft fair in Barstow. I guess they had their lowest turnout of foot traffic ever. But, I'll tell you. With airshows and chili cook offs and a lot of other events going on in the area, a craft fair still attracted a few. Saturday was better than Sunday.
Three different people bought Bouquet of Lies, which is not a paranormal novel. The next day, after taking a look at the book, a lady returned to tell me she really liked what she saw and bought The Secret of Lucianne Dove, Chapel Playhouse and The Accordo -- even though scary is not her thing.
Even without a lot of book sales, it's good to stay visable, hand out cards and stay active. Next weekend is The Desert Rocks show in Hesperia. I'm look forward to it.
Marketing books is hard work. Thinking outside the box a friend (Michael Raff) and I formed Nevermore Enterprises to market our books. One of the results is Horror Book Fest, a celebration of the horror/paranormal genres. We put on our first festival last year and did it again this year, bigger and better. On the slate was Julie Adams, a wonderful actress who is well known for The Creature from the Black Lagoon. But she has done so much more than that. She has an amazing body of work. We also had E Van Lowe who is an award winning writer. Attendance was bigger this year and we had six book vendors in addition to me and Michael. Because Michael and I shot videos for the event, we almost literally lived this event for nine months. You can see more pictures of the event at www.horrorbookfest.com
Horror Book Fest is almost here! It was listed as the number one thing to do in our area this weekend. I'm excited to debut my video "Norman Loves Lavinia" which is based on a scene from my book The "Accordo." If you like horror and the paranormal and haven't read it, read the reviews. See if you might like to give it a try.
Here goes . . .
I write novels. I've written screenplays, short stories, newsletters, business communications and articles. I'm not great at thank you notes. My sister is, but she doesn't know it. I'm not much for blogging. Don't have something to say worth reading everyday. But this is a blog and we'll see what turns up.