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Why Fantasy Captivates Me

Myths, legends, and fantasy stories – these have always captivated my mind, ever since I was a little girl. I wish I could pinpoint exactly what my first fantasy novel was, but I’m not sure I’ll ever know. What I can say is that when I was around ten or

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Flying High on the Wings of Dragons

“Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.” Always a good nugget of advice to follow.   I’m not sure when my first experience with dragons happened, but I imagine it was somewhere in my pre-teen years, when I was reading Tolkien’s The

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Do You Like Free Books?

Okay, so you’re a reader. You have piles of books on your ‘to be read shelves’, you’re subscribed to your favorite authors’ newsletters and blogs, maybe you’ve even met a few of them outside of the computer or the pages of their books. Now you’re thinking about writing a review

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August is National Wellness Month

Burnout happens.    It’s a fact of life, whether you’re an author, a reader, or just about anyone else in the world. We all have times where everything just hits us at once and we feel overwhelmed and at a loss as to how to manage our time, energy, and

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Japanese Spooky Stories and Urban Legends – Guest Blog

Today, keeping in line with our Hot Summer Horror theme, I’ve asked a guest blogger to join us. Please enjoy this terrific post about Japan and its “spooky season” – which will begin next month!   Japanese Spooky Stories and Urban Legends   By Alex Matsuo (@thespookystuff) | alexmatsuo.com  

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What Gives You Goosebumps?

When the Goosebumps books first came out in 1992, I was at just the right age to start reading horror books on my own. I hadn’t yet hit double digits at this point, but I had a library card and an unquenchable thirst for good stories, and it wasn’t long

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Residents of the Twilight Zone

One of the longest running sci-fi and horror franchises has to be ‘The Twilight Zone’. I can’t remember when I first began watching it, but there are some stories that have stayed with me (and not just because they are some of the most quotable): “To Serve Man”, “Time Enough

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Where my Love Affair with Horror Began

My own love of horror stems from when I was a toddler. My mom often enjoys regaling my friends with stories of how I could use the VCR almost before I could walk, and that I knew which movies I could watch (A Family Circus Christmas and Disney films) and

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Let’s Gather Around the Fire

Summer. A time for hanging out with friends. A time to enjoy yourself and forget about school and all other responsibilities for a while. A time for camp, and being away from the familiar.  A time-honored tradition at many camps is the gathering of campers around the fire to share

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What Waits in the Dark?

  Here we are in June, and summer is racing around the northern hemisphere with temperatures that may yet again break records thanks to climate change (seriously – the Earth has warmed 2 degrees in the past century); however, the official start of summer doesn’t occur for another week and

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