Saturday, July 20, 2013

Demons in Detroit

I haven't been able to do my usual ghostly exploring lately. Real life has made me way to busy for the dead, but I have been able to do a lot of reading.  My latest read, Ghost of Southeast Michigan by Kristy Robinett, has been wonderful  fun.  I will tell one of my favorite stories from this book here and if you want to find the rest you'll have to check the book out yourself.

This story was called Demons in Detroit.  It is a simple tale that sounds almost too much like something from a horror movie, but the author investigated this case herself and claims it is real.  It is set in a lovely house on Cherry Hill across from Mount Kelly Cemetery.  According to the author, she met Mark and Connie at their lovely home outside of Detroit. The two had bought the house recently and loved it and didn't want to move.  However, since they moved into the house, they had felt an evil presence tormenting them.  At first, the presence revealed itself subtly.  Connie couldn't sleep.  She felt things push her or brush past her.  The couple had terrible nightmares.   But things quickly escalated,  all the knives in their drawers vanished, and Mark found them buried upside down in the backyard.  Other items would relocate.   Finally,  the couple decided to purchase some crosses to hang about the house to bless it.  The crosses always fell down.  The other pictures would stay up, but the crosses fell down.  One time when Connie was walking down the stairs,  something hot pushed her and left a burn mark on her arm.   Finally, the desperate couple called a priest to bless the house.  The priest walked through the house doing the blessing and when he left, he told the couple that something evil was in the house with them and they should leave.

The author says that the couple were finally able to free their home of the demon with the aid of a priest and a demonologist.  They still live there and have had a baby girl since then.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

New Cover Art: The Monster Hunter's Manual

The Monster Hunter's Manual is the story of Gabriel.  Gabriel is a boy who has just lost everything.  His parents have died and he's forced to move to a strange county, France, to find a new home.  He dislikes his crazy aunt, who he has to live with, he doesn't want to learn French, and to make matters worse, the only real family he has left is his whinny, baby brother.  Despite all this, as soon as Gabriel enters his aunt's ancient castle, he realizes that all these disasters might be the beginning of a grand adventure.  In the castle of Chateau Larcher, the walls groan and the attic talks.  Shadows take on strange shapes and Gabriel becomes convinced the castle is haunted.  But the ghosts in Chateau Larcher aren't what Gabriel expects and he soon learns that skeletons aren't always scary and ghosts can tell the most interesting stories.  Even Aunt Perrine can end up being the most powerful monster hunter in the world.

The Monster Hunter's Manual is my first children's book and the first in a series of books which will chronicle the adventures of Gabriel and Alex.  Hopefully, it will be coming out soon.

This beautiful cover and all the inside illustrations were done for me by the amazing Irina Grabarnik.  You can look at more of her work at www.irinagrabarnik.com .   She has created some really beautiful work for my book!