Author Spotlight: Martin J. Best What inspired you to write a book? I grew up in an actively haunted house, and have had several paranormal experiences since, which has given me an abiding interest in the nature of supernatural phenomena. I suppose that my inspiration comes from a need to convince the reader that ghosts are real. I like explanations, and unlike some stories where the supernatural element just is, in the ongoing Ghost Hunter series I try to explore plausible explanations for the hauntings that my characters investigate. Similarly, with the Celtic Gods that feature in the...Read More
Month: September 2019
Princess Gives it Away By: Dab 10 How far would you go to exact revenge? To what depths would you travel? Would you stop at absolutely nothing to inflict your own particular brand of vengeance? Or maybe you would be more likely to turn the other cheek and simply walk away. Whatever path you decide to take, make no mistake, the concept of revenge has been around for as long as humans have roamed the earth! Nevertheless, one person’s idea of getting even may be quite different than that of another. In his short story “Princess Gives it Away“, ...Read More
Hope By: Terry Tyler When settling down to read Hope by author Terry Tyler, keep the following passages from Charles Dicken’s masterpiece A Christmas Carol in mind: “At this festive season of the year Mr. Scrooge, … it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. Many thousands are in want of common necessaries.” Scrooge- “Are there no Prisons?” “Plenty of prisons…” Scrooge- “And the Union Workhouses. Are they still in operation?” “Both very busy sir…” “Those who are badly off must go...Read More
The Relationship between Scenery & Place to Storytelling & Character By: Nina Romano Scenery is the natural features of a landscape considered in terms of their appearance, especially when picturesque. Place is the setting or the environment in which a story or event occurs. I think of these terms as almost interchangeable. Place is the setting, which provides the backdrop to the story and helps create mood. Setting can include specific information about time and place. Breaking it down: setting is scenery, time and place. Setting is the context in which story or scene occurs and includes the time, place, and social environment. It is important to establish a setting in your story,...Read More
Montana Strawberries By: Timothy W. Arnzen Do you believe in ghosts? I mean truly believe in the possibility of an unexplained supernatural spirit? Perhaps you have walked into a room and mysteriously felt a sudden temperature drop as the little hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up. Many individuals swear by their belief in the supernatural and have a whole host of reasons for doing so. Others- not so much. What everyone does have in common however is the desire to see their departed loved ones again. Frequently, such passion even has the non-believers secretly longing...Read More
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And I did not speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn’t speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not…
If this was to be your last day on this planet, would you be satisfied with the life you have lived? Have you existed in harmony with those around you- and within yourself? What if your answer to these questions is a resounding ‘No’? …