Coffin Hop Day 7: Brewing up Mayhem!

Three Witches Enhanced

dark Cave.  In the middle, a Caldron boiling.  Thunder.

Enter the three Witches.

1 WITCH.   Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.

2 WITCH.   Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.

3 WITCH.   Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!

1 WITCH.    Round about the caldron go;

In the poison’d entrails throw.—

Toad, that under cold stone,

Days and nights has thirty-one;

Swelter’d venom sleeping got,

Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

ALL.   Double, double toil and trouble;     Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2 WITCH.   Fillet of a fenny snake,

In the caldron boil and bake;

Eye of newt, and toe of frog,

Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,

Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,

Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—

For a charm of powerful trouble,

Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

3 WITCH.   Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;

Witches’ mummy; maw and gulf

Of the ravin’d salt-sea shark;

Root of hemlock digg’d i the dark;

Liver of blaspheming Jew;

Gall of goat, and slips of yew

Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse;

Nose of Turk, and Tartar’s lips;

Finger of birth-strangled babe

Ditch-deliver’d by a drab,—

Make the gruel thick and slab:

Add thereto a tiger’s chaudron,

For the ingrediants of our caldron.

ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn, and caldron bubble.

2 WITCH.  Cool it with a baboon’s blood,

Then the charm is firm and good.

Let’s face it. Few people can cook it up like The Bard. The three witches at the opening of *whispers* MacBeth *normal voice* set the tone for a right proper horror play. I mean, c’m on, it’s *whispers* MacBeth *normal voice*.

Now, you may wonder why I whisper when I say *whispers* MacBeth. *normal voice*. *Whispers* MacBeth *normal voice* is to theater what illness is to Jewish people. Now, now, hear me out. There’s that wonderful scene from Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs when Eugene Morris Jerome (the main character) talks about how his family, when they speak of someone who is ill, will whisper the name of the illness lest, I dunno, God or the Devil hears them or something. Theater people don’t talk openly about *whispers* MacBeth *normal voice* just like they don’t call out, brightly, “Hey! Good luck!” I’m remembering this at the moment because we’re about to stage a Bob Hope USO Show that will benefit the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project. We’re doing a Duck Dynasty parody. I’m Miss Kay. If THAT doesn’t scare you, NOTHING else will. And, for the love of GOD, don’t wish me luck! Wish that I should “break a leg” or something … especially because my sons in the skit are 10 to 15 years older than me. There’s a trick.

I’m sure there’s a horror story in there somewhere….

So, back to horror and brews and spells and mayhem. Halloween is nearly upon us! I have figured out the Rafflecopter, so let’s see how it works! Congratulations to our previous winners, but this is one you’ll be DYING to win. Bwa ha ha! Get it? It’s Coffin Hop and you’ll be dy — . Sigh.

Prizes to help you brew up some mayhem (and snuggle back and enjoy the chaos)

Call of CthulhuLittlest Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu in hardbound form (upon release)

Death By Drive InCoffin Hop: Death By Drive-In in PAPERBACK

Green TeaA tin of Octavia’s Serene Green Tea

Tsimshian Designed Mugs

Winner’s choice of a Red or Black Tsimshian Designed Tea Infuser (that you can also make coffee in …)


A bag of Raven’s Brew Wicked Wolf Coffee (because we’re equal opportunity here)

Thanks for hoppin’ by! Coffin Hop continues!

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Coffin Hop Day 5: The Ghosts of Kuskulana

The Ghosts of KuskulanaII

I grew up reading William Hope Hodgson and H.P. Lovecraft. Anyone who has read The Fishing Widow knows the influence of Hodgson goes beyond Mike Passarella’s quote from The Ghost Pirates. Indeed, The Fishing Widow is a marriage of that book and Moby Dick (among other stories). I wrote the original version of The Ghosts of Kuskulana back in May. It was a short story for submission to a New Adventures of Carnacki Anthology. I am thrilled to report that the story will appear in Carnacki: The New Adventures due out from Ulthar Press in early 2014! I am also thrilled to tell you that I found this out last night whilst I was mixing the last of this collaboration between myself and the venerable Axel AR Howerton.

My husband is also a Carnacki fan. After reading the original draft of Ghosts, he set down the manuscript, smiled at me, and said, “Please marry me and bear my children.” I laughed. “It’s a little late for that, don’t you think?” He winked. “I love you so much right now.”

So, this was also an exercise in writing something that both of us wanted to read: an adventure for Hodgson’s Carnacki, The Ghost Finder set in the Alaskan wilderness.

The background: In 1912, Carnacki is summoned by a wealthy syndicate to investigate the paranormal goings-on that are affecting the transportation and commerce of a copper-rich mine in Interior Alaska. While Carnacki bristles under the imperial tone of the summons, he receives a desperate telegram from the manager of the Alaskan concern. Intrigued, he travels to The Great Land. What he finds is a chilling tragedy of loss, murder, and a Supernatural Echo that draws him into its Darkness.

The audio short story is presented as part reading/part atmospheric drama. The telling is well within the vein of the original Carnacki stories. My undying affection goes out to Axel Howerton for his time and talented reading of the story.

I truly hope you all enjoy it.

And, of course, since it is Coffin Hop, there is a contest! Please comment as to what is your favorite Paranormal Investigation story–be it Hodgsonian, Lovecraftian, or a modern day telling.

**As an aside, I ship anywhere in the world, so if you are beyond the US and Canada, no worries, I can get the prize to you!**

The prize today is three fold:

A container of Death Mints Death-Mints_3186-l

One of the Steampunk-inspired (but not this one) Coffins!


…and … one of the DesignClinic UK Bronze Skulls! (These are small, just so you know, but they are oh, so EPIC-LY COOL!)


Happy Coffin Hop! Keep hoppin’!

And The Winners of The St. Patrick’s Day Blog Hop Contests Are……..

Thank you for your patience! I touched base with Paul and Maedhbh of The Irish Ghost Hunters, and we have our winners! These folks have already been contacted, and their prizes will be winging their way (um… does mail “wing?”) as soon as they can get off the island! The winners of the scariest and funniest ghost story win a Raven’s Brew Deadman’s Reach hoodie, and the winner whose comment was chosen at random (thanks to wins a Raven’s Brew Deadman’s Reach Ball Cap.

The WINNER of the SCARIEST Ghost Story is ….. Maria Pronounced Mariah !! She submitted this story in the comments:


Not sure how scary it is but it is true. It was scary when i was a 6 year old little girl!

I lived in a 120 year old refurbished school house with my parents and 8 year old brother. My mother always said that she thought the was a ghost in the house…well one night when my brother and I were sleeping in our rooms that were upstairs our furniture was rearranged. I’m talking I ended up in his room and him in mine with us still in our beds. My dad was not home that night and my mom woke up to scraping noises on the floor. She is very small and has always had back problems so there is no way she could move beds and dressers.

We used to find other things moved around and lights turned on but the night above is the most drastic ever.


The WINNER of the FUNNIEST Ghost Story is ….. Savannah! She left this story in the comments:

Okay I don’t know if this counts but its funny well at least to me.
When me and my hubby first started dating I told him I can’t watch scary movies and go to bed…… he didn’t believe me so that night he rented the grudge and we watched it and went to bed, in the middle of the night I got up to use the bathroom and when I came back a ghost was sitting in my bed……… I screamed and ran forward, knocked the ghost over and tried sitting on it, I was scared in my mind at that moment attacking the ghost made sense. Needless to say after a second or two I was over my panic attack and realized I just attacked my boyfriend, who was being sweet and sat up in bed to make sure I wasn’t scared when I got done in the bathroom. I still lived with my parents so my little sister came running to my room to make sure I was okay my dad came over in his boxers  🙁 which was mortifying. My boyfriend who is now my hubby laughed at me and to this day still makes jokes about the grudge ghost coming to get me, on the plus side he now believes me about not being able to watch a scary movie before I go to sleep 🙂

(I love that…)

AND, the WINNER whose comment was drawn at random for the Deadman’s Reach Ballcap is ……Pamela Jo!

THANK YOUS go out to Paul Moynihan and Maedhbh Larkin (Maedhbh, I love typing your name!) of The Irish Ghost Hunters and to Raven’s Brew Coffee (Deadman’s Reach: Brewed In Bed, Raises The Dead), to Carrie Ann Ryan, whose amazing cat-herding skills led to the creation of a fantastic blog hop, and to EVERYONE who stopped by and left a comment and read the interview with our fantastic guests!


Coming Soon …..

I’m losing my mind and taking up the challenge set by a fellow writer. In between posts about writing and character development and process, I’m going to write a novel LIVE–as in no editing, just OUT HERE, posted as I go (yes, I’m terrified, why do you ask?). The inspiration came from the closing words of an email from IGH Paul Moynihan. I’d seen them all my life, but they didn’t hit my like this. Hope you stop back by and read along (the fun … um … terror..?) starts tomorrow. Trust me, it’s not what you think…. and it’s gonna be great!