My thoughts on Water Witchcraft by Annwyn Avalon

I was rather pleasantly surprised by Annwyn Avalon’s Water Witchcraft: Magic and Lore from the Celtic Tradition. Maybe the book caught me in a good mood, or maybe it just appealed to my Piscean nature, but for a someone new to the craft, it’s pretty thorough and has a voice that will appeal to most…

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Project Blue Book is still solid TV entertainment

Catching up on Project Blue Book, History Channel’s retelling (mostly reimagining) of the US Air Force’s investigations into UFO sightings from 1952 – 1969, the series continues to be a treat. Admittedly, the stories have been as far from reality as one can manage, but entertaining, none-the-less. The show is big on atmosphere and Aidan…

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Happy Birthday, Robert E. Howard

Today marks the 113th anniversary of the nativity of my favorite author — Robert E. Howard. In, what is arguably his finest work, Beyond the Black River, he wrote, “Barbarism is the natural state of mankind. Civilization is unnatural. It is a whim of circumstance. And barbarism must always ultimately triumph.” In a letter to…

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True Detective resurrects the Ghost of WM3

Season One of True Detective was brilliant television and, despite some controversy regarding Nic Pizzolatto’s appropriation of the works of Alan Moore and Thomas Ligotti, was near universally acknowledged as being fresh, original, and disturbing. It was like Twin Peaks and the Wire had a lovechild. Season Two? Not so much. Oh, it had its…

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History’s Project Blue Book

What follows is a true story. In 1976 I was a fifth grader at Converse Elementary. We were housed in the old Converse High School, about a decade before they razed that beautiful building in favor of progress and cost reduction. It still doesn’t sit well with me, but that’s another matter. In that glorious…

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9th Annual Occult Detective Awards

BEST OCCULT DETECTIVE NOVEL 2010 — A Gathering of Crows by Brian Keene 2011 — Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis 2012 — Tortured Spirits (Jake Helman Files) by Gregory Lamberson 2013 — Love is the Law by Nick Mamatas 2014 — The Last of the Albatwitches by Brian Keene 2015 — Human Monsters (Jake Helman…

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Cabbage on the morrow

Let’s cut to the chase — The defining moment of 2018 was the death of my father near the end of July after a horrific battle with cancer. It was an exhausting ordeal, for everyone, and I’m still feeling the weight of it these many months later. My father had a lot of faults, but…

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