A Melding of the Paranormal Minds: Tonight! Live!

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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 guarantee you will probably want to double check your locks after. Varla Promo

Red Wheel Weiser Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide

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Varla Ventura:

Check out my publisher’s gift guide! Includes my Banshee book, and lots of other great titles. Death Poems is on my must-have list!

Originally posted on RWWGroup blog:

Publishers love books, but we also love to read them! And it’s not just the editors who do all the reading. We’ve scoured our library shelves to bring you staff picks from our back and front list, from the people who make them!

Pick 1: Death Poems

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Death Poems
Classic, Contemporary, Witty, Serious, Tear-Jerking, Wise, Profound, Angry, Funny, Spiritual, Atheistic, Uncertain, Personal, Political, Mythic, Earthy, and Only Occasionally Morbid
Edited by Russ Kick
Disinformation Books. Paperback, $21.95.

Death Poems seems an odd choice for a holiday gift, eh?  Not really.  Though it offers a vast survey of death (320 poems by 200 poets) including the death of children, funeral rites for serial killers, war, elegies for famous people, and more death-ish-ness, it is actually life affirming!  Readers will find Walt Whitman celebrating death as an important part of the richness of life.  Lord Byron pens a beautiful epitaph for his…

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Hear Me Scream Like a Banshee on Ripley Radio

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Tune in this Monday the 16th of December for a frightfully delightful show with host Tim O’Brien of Ripley Radio and his weekly Oddcast. Check out the show’s press release. Lots of great guests and topics, from Twinkie overload to banshee screams!

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Twas the week before Christmas and things got weirder than usual onRipley Radio, the official radio broadcast of Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  We hear how hot-dog eating champion Joey Chestnut added dessert to his repertoire and won a Twinkie eating contest by downing more than 10 pounds of those sweet little delights accounting for 18,000-plus calories!  And, Jodi Pliszka reveals how drinking a whole lot of cola over a long period of time, can be quite detrimental to your health.

Additional Wacky and Unbelievable Stories on the Dec. 16 episode of Ripley Radio: Angela unveils where the most unusual, and most dangerous drinking locations are in the world; Florida TV personality Scott Fais explains how the state’s snowbirds this year may be upset to learn that a popular hot springs soaking spot located in a deep sinkhole, has been closed; in Texas, lightning does strike twice when it hits the same man twice within seconds while he competed in the off-road challenge – Paychecks for Rednecks; and Varla Ventura,  author of Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night, provides a primer on the Irish fairy creature, the Banshee.

Chris Kenner provides this week’s musical egress with the original version of 1961’s I Like it Like That!

Ripley Radio is a journey through the weird, wacky, whimsical, wild, and totally unbelievable world of the odd, strange and unusual. Each show provides listeners with amazing and absolutely true tales of today, as well as unbelievable facts culled from the extensive archives of the company that has been freaking out families for more than 90 years!

Parascope Freaktacular

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Join me tonight on Para-Scope, uncensored paranormal radio extrodinaire. The show starts at 10pm EST (that’s 7pm PST!) I’ll be on at 7:30, and we’ll chat about all manner of beasties and beautifully bizarre things.

Click here to listen to the show: PARASCOPE on HEYZRADIO

Fun fact: After the show I’ll be burning the midnight oil packing/primping/prepping for an amazing journey. I’ll be flying to Denver to tape Beyond Belief with the one and only George Noory of Coast to Coast fame! www.beyondbelief.com 

It’s a bit terrifying, but I think you all know how I love terror!

Me, victim of a zombie encounter or just up all night?

Me, victim of a zombie encounter or just up all night?

 

Tonight! Interview with Mark Eddy on Open Canvas 11/4/13

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Greetings greedy goblins and lovers of the strange! I’ll be interviewing tonight with Mark Eddy and Thomas Becker, hosts of Open Canvas on Revolution Radio (www.freedomslips.com). You can log in before the show, listen live by following THIS LINK. Scroll down to the bottom and click the Open Canvas link. This will create a pop-up window with a player that will stream the show live. There’s even a chat room you can join: look for Studio A. this is tonight, the 4th of November from 10-midnight EST. That’s 7-9 pm PST.  Come join us for vampires, mermaids, and more!

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21st Century Radio Banshee Bash Tonight!

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Now that we’ve all (hopefully) recovered from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations, we can relax with a nice cuppa (whiskey!) and get cozy with some of those creatures we are all “pretty” sure we saw these last couple of dark-of-the-nights. Tune in tonight, November 3rd, from 8-9 PM EST (that’s 5pm West Coasters!) for a celebration of all things strange with the one and only Dr. Bob Hieronimus on 21st Century Radio.

Listen here:

http://21stcenturyradio.com/

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Wicked Wednesday: Ghost Water and Damnation

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It’s almost Halloween so make this Wicked Wednesday the best (or worst) one yet by banishing evil spirits, cavorting with ghosts, and damning your enemies. Woo hoo! It’s the Witching Hour!!!

wicked witch of the westDragon’s Blood Floor Wash

This floor wash is used to drive away negative energy, banish evil spirits, and eliminate anger directed at you. It also creates a barrier of protection.

-1 cup dragon’s blood powder

-1 cup High John the Conqueror root

-1 cup quinta maldicion herb

-1 cup kosher rock salt

-1 cup espanta muerto herb

-Florida Water

Start by scrubbing the back of the house, making your way out to the front step to drive away evil spirits, anger or general negative energy. It is best to start before dawn. Throw the remaining water to the east at or before sunrise.

Ghost Water

To make spiritual water specifically for communing with the dead, go to a cemetery at midnight and bring a bottle of spring water. Place the bottle of water on the grave of a person who represents the deceased you wish to speak with. For example, if it is a child, place the bottle on a child’s grave. If you are seeking assistance from the dead for a particular purpose, such as protection, then place the bottle on the grave of a known police officer. Allow the water to stay on the grave until just before dawn. When you remove the bottle, be sure to pay the spirit with a small bottle of rum and three pennies before you leave.

Damnation Spell

The purpose of this spell is to undo your enemies and tae the power to harm you away from them.

Take two drachmas of the damnation powders and two drachmas of the water powders. Make a package of them and send it to the home of the one who has spoken badly of you or treated you poorly. This will cause damnation and trouble for the enemy.