Breaking News: Clarissa Yip at ROMANCE AUTHOR HOTSPOT features SOS Aloha in today's blog. Clarissa will be my guest here at SOS Aloha on December 9. I met Clarissa through RWA's Aloha Chapter and she is a enterprising author!
It's dawn. Creatures emerge from the shadows. They pound on the door, demanding to come in ...
... they are holiday shoppers on Black Friday! I can't think of anything scarier.
"guardian of the beasts and comes during the Twelve Days of Christmas to check on the spinning. Today the Perchten are still a traditional part of Salzburg and Austrian holidays and festivals (such as the Carnival). The wooden animal masks made for the festivals are today called Perchten."
I asked paranormal authors what scares them .....
Laura Bickle: Sparky the fire salamander is Anya Kalinczyk's familiar in SPARKS. Anya's an arson investigator in her day job, so it was natural for me to give her a familiar associated with fire. Salamanders haven't gotten much press since Paracelsus' time. They are the elemental avatars of fire. Our ancestors assumed that they were the spirit of fire, as they were often seen crawling out of logs tossed into hearth blazes. The salamander was probably annoyed to have his peaceful woodland home turned to tinder, and was making a fleet-footed escape. But alchemists and sorcerers made the link between salamanders and flames, and the association has endured.
Tara Nina: I hate spiders so the scariest creature to me would have to be Aragog from the Harry Potter books. A giant king of spiders who controlled a whole army of spiders. Yikes. Gives me chills just thinking about it. I have to leave the room when the part of the movie where Harry and Ron face Aragog in the forest comes on. I had nightmares about giant spiders after the first time I saw that movie.
Linda Robertson: The scariest, creepiest kinds of creatures, to me, are things I see in video games--not that I play. I am sooo not a gamer, but I know plenty of gamers and I see what they play. Creatures that are similar to human in form yet have been mutated are teh creepiest to me. Like the Trogs from Fallout, the Hanged Scratchers or Mumblers from Silent Hill. Or things with wormy-tentacles like the Uroboros from Resident Evil. Creatures like that are gross and squigg me out.
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Scary creatures can be defeated by a hero - a hero like St. Andrew. Join us on Sunday, November 28 as we kick off St. Andrew's Week with authors who write Scottish historicals.
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Black Friday Paranormal Giveaway.
From our guests:
Laura Bickle, Embers, Sparks
Tara Nina, Blue Moon Rising, Night Ranger's Moon
Linda Robertson, Fatal Circle, Hallowed Circle
Susan Squires, A Twist in Time
Alayna Williams, Dark Oracle
And from other SOS supporters,
Jenna Black, The Devil Inside
Lori Devoti, Amazon Ink, Amazon Queen
Jeaniene Frost, Destined for an Early Grave
Nancy Gideon, Masked by Moonlight
Seressia Glass, Shadow Chase
Heather Graham, Ghost Shadow
Molly Harper, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs
Jen Hollings, My Immortal Protector
Linda Howard with Linda Jones, Blood Born
Sharie Kohler, To Crave a Blood Moon
Marjorie Liu, The Wild Road
Karen Marie Moning, Dark Fever
Michelle Rowan, Tall, Dark, and Fangsome; Stakes and Stilettos
Christine Warren, Big Bad Wolf
Alayna Williams, Dark Oracle
My favorite "paranormal" story is THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This Victorian tale is based on local lore that a beast roamed Dartmoor. To research the story, Sir Arthur stayed at the Royal Duchy Hotel in Princeton, Devon. Princeton is home to the Dartmoor Prison, adding to the grim atmosphere atop the bleak moor. Dartmoor Prison and other notable sights are featured in the book.
My grandmother lived in Torquay, Devon - a 20 minute drive to Dartmoor. My fondest memories with her are exploring Dartmoor - walking down to Widecombe, climbing up to Haytor, skipping stones at Dartmeet, and looking for pixies in the hills. Separate from the legend is the rock formation called Hound Tor - do you think it looks like a hound?