Dear MSN

I loved your Webtv for two weeks shy of 14 long years, I tolerated your sheenanigans for that. *kiss* I will miss you…

However,  (now, bear with my small request) I realize it’s Halloween, but having a gigantic spider the size of a small moon (it’s actually closer on the size of the Death Star if you ask me) on your homepage is not the way to make a faithful user out of me! I know it’s Halloween but sheesh!! Pick a snake or something once in a while. *lol*

Freaky Friday–M.R. James

Doing something slightly different today in that I thought I’d introduce one of my favorites: Author M.R. James. I first read his Casting the Runes in college and never forgot its creepy vibe.

From Wikipedia:

M. R. James, was an English mediaeval scholar and provost of King’s College, Cambridge (1905–1918), and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James’s protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the “antiquarian ghost story”.

Spooky Isles recently celebrated this great’s birthday–back in August.

http://www.spookyisles.com/2012/08/happy-birthday-m-r-james/

James, along with Poe, and Shelley, and Lovecraft comprise my circle of favorite creepy authors. If you haven’t read Casting the Runes, you should.

Enjoy and have a freaky Friday. ;)

#gratitude

It’s that month again. Time for some #gratitude. Needing coffee, but I wanted to say thanks! To all my readers: you guys (and gals) rock! Good news coming…wait for it…

*hugs*

In the meantime, we had winners for the Halloween shindig. I’m still waiting to hear from some though. but Sandy Rowland won Susan Macatee’s giveaway. *claps* Congrats!

Thanks for checking into that party. I hope y’all enjoyed it. Now for the Thanks for Books giveaway. The winner is:

Tara!

Congrats! I’ll be dropping you a line soon. Have a great day and enjoy the rest of the holidays!

The Ghostly Guardians of Korner’s Folly

I ran across an interesting article Kala Ambrose wrote  for FATEMAG.COM . The thing that drew my attention was her mention of the famous Winchester House. There’s a house that holds some things that make one go “hmm…“, don’t you think? My dad was intrigued by it and it was a general joke that one day ours would look the same. That’s another story though….I’m not going to say it had any influence whatsoever on a certain little attic I wrote about in my novel but is it possible? *nodsnods* Maybe so.

I hope you enjoy Ms. Ambrose’s story on these ghostly guardians and mysterious houses as much as I did.

FATEMAG.COM » Blog Archive » The Ghostly Guardians of Korner’s Folly.

via FATEMAG.COM » Blog Archive » The Ghostly Guardians of Korner’s Folly.

The only political thing…

….possibly that I’ll do for–well, the next four years.
Today is election day! Have you voted yet? No. Well, get out tomorrow then, and vote! Democrat? Republican? Doesn’t matter to me. I just want you to make your voices heard (god knows that’s hard enough in this life).

You know what they say, if you don’t vote, don’t…..gripe! ;)

from Public Domain Clip Art

Political advert done. Now, second most important thing. Go out there and…read and have fun!

Now for the real question: Lestat or…. Edward?

 

Show of hands, girls. ;)

Animal Bones as Grave Goods in Iberian Burials

Juli D. Revezzo:

I thought this was neat, history geek that I am. Enjoy! http://ow.ly/eZ3Fy #amwriting

Originally posted on Bones Don't Lie:

Human and Horse Burial from Bronze Age China

When we think of bones at cemetery or burial sites, we immediately think of the human remains. However, many prehistoric and early historic graves also contain the bones of animals. These faunal remains may be accidental as part of the backfill, or purposeful as either food or sacrifice. Animals may also be included in the grave as pets or loved ones who died at a similar time (remember the Natufian human and fox burial site). These faunal remains can be just as informative as grave goods for inferring social status and ritual funerary behavior, and therefore need to be considered as part of the grave context. A new study by Canadell, Subira and Ruiz (2012) examines the presence of faunal remains as part of the grave goods assemblage in order to better assess the social and cultural differentiation in Iberian communities.

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