Posts Categorized: Paranormal – fantasy and real life

Every Year my birthday falls close to the pagan celebration Imbolc (pronounced ee-molc).  It’s one of the oldest known Celtic fire festivals and is usually celebrated on February 1 or 2. It’s famously called Groundhog Day in the USA. In the northern hemisphere, it celebrates early signs of spring as it falls half way between the winter solstice and… Read the rest »

A sensory void I hadn’t ‘seen’ anything for years. Hadn’t experienced anything even close to a real life paranormal event. I was starting to believe the scientific explanations for cold rooms, intense emotion attached to specific places, and black spots at the corners of my eyes. But then … I was in the upstairs family… Read the rest »

Would you like to have a short paranormal story published in an anthology? I’m looking for expressions of interest from writers who are keen to publish collaboratively. Your contribution needs to be a well written and edited short story between 500 and 10,000 words. It could be a: Paranormal story you’ve experienced yourself, Ghost story… Read the rest »

Can pets become spirits? Can dogs communicate with us after death? Perhaps with a bark from beyond? Nutmeg, our beautiful Labrador, died while I was at a sales and marketing conference in Brisbane. Home at the time was Adelaide – many hours away. She’d had a stroke some months ago and was still struggling to… Read the rest »

Was it my imagination, or did we experience a real-life paranormal event at our cheap digs in London? You be the judge. My husband and I lived in London while he researched his doctorate paper at the houses of parliament library. We couldn’t afford to live near the Houses of Parliament. We had to find somewhere cheap… Read the rest »

I completed this short story shortly after my 17th birthday, for a writing competition at high school. It didn’t win the competition, but it did help me put an eerily similar real life paranormal event in sharp relief. Real life ‘Sarah’ didn’t die two years after this event — in fact she married, had 3 children,… Read the rest »

How much work is too much, obviously differs amongst different people and different circumstances. Like many writers, I seem to have more ideas than time … and a disturbing ability to dither between multiple projects without managing to make a lot of progress on any of them! At the moment, in addition to trying to… Read the rest »

Wormwood has been used for healing and in magical spells for centuries. Earliest references to it are in ancient Egyptian medical tracts that explain how to use an infusion of wormwood to expel bodily worms! Wormwood is most famously known as the bitter herb used to flavor the now banned liqueur absinthe (the favorite of… Read the rest »

A paranormal A-Z wouldn’t be complete without a V for vampire section  🙂 I don’t write about vampires. I’m not sure why, because in the past I’ve read vampire books voraciously, and fallen in love with any number of impossibly gorgeous vampire hero’s. There are already a number of best vampire book lists around, but… Read the rest »

In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, I’ve created my own vision of a two layered underworld. In the Shadow Glades, spirits who are not yet ready to be dead roam freely. In the Sanctum of the Dead, the spirits of those who have died and never want to return, rest in peace. When Meagan learns… Read the rest »