Occult or Not To Occult

Source: Occult or Not To Occult

The Pipes! The Pipes!

Source: The Pipes! The Pipes!

Soldiers of Fortune

Source: Soldiers of Fortune

Here is my interview with Suzie Lockhart

A thoughtful and interesting interview from the Editor of ‘Killing it Softly’ Vols 1 and 2, a collection of horror stories reprinted from the works of women authors.


NameSuzie Lockhart

Age 51…ugh

Where are you fromPittsburgh, PA

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

Born in 1966, I was adopted by a lovely older couple who had tried to have a baby for 20years. I discovered a love for writing in 5th grade, and was highly encouraged by many English teachers to WRITE! But I was also good at art… I graduated from Norwin Senior High School in the fun & fabulous 80’s, and a little later that decade, graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I was a ‘Jack—or Jill-lol—of all trades; I worked in retail, then back at the Art Institute as an Admissions Rep. After my third baby, I freelanced as a caricature artist, a Pampered Chef Representative, and a jewelry designer. It was after I had my fourth child, my only daughter, that writing called me home.

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Truly, Madly, Musketry

Bev Allen, author

I do love a bit of research and my next book “The Lord of the Faran Hills” required a fair bit of it. Admittedly being married to a military historian does mean a lot of it can be done by shouting “Hey, babe” through the connecting wall and waiting for the answer, but some it has to have a bit more hands on experience…okay, not so much of the hands on, no fool was actually going to allow me to handle a matchlock musket, but I got shown a great deal and not just on You Tube…black powder smells delicious by the way, just like flowers.

But, having said that, here is an excellent film on how it is done. The noise is terrific.

The book is set at a time when armies are beginning to evolve into the sort of fighting units which is more familiar to modern eyes…

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Blowing My Own Trumpet

Bev Allen, author

A couple of weeks ago I was having a nervous break down about the quilt show I was organising. Remarkably everything went very well and we made £500.00 for the charity we were supporting this time.

I thought I would share pictures of the quilts made by me…trumpet blowing in fact.

The first is a traditional block quilt, it is huge, king size bed. I called it “Winter Warm” and I am keeping it for me.

The second one is called “Four Square Dance” after the block. I made it for my best friend for a special birthday.

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Mercenaries, Muskets and Monkeys.

Bev Allen, author

I will be honest, I added the “monkey” bit because it sounded good, but there is a reason for the mercenaries and the muskets.



Currently with Dave, my lovely editor and undergoing his rigorous scrutiny is my next offering “The Lord of the Faran Hills”.

This is a bit of a departure for me, because it is fantasy, although fantasy without magic, I reserve magic for the weird stuff like in “A Solemn Curfew”, but it is fantasy and not science fiction.

However, I am returning to a favourite theme…soldiers. I have a soft spot for all things military, having been married to a military historian for quite a few years. Normally my soldiers are regulars, but this time I wanted to explore the world of the soldier of fortune.

Normally these guys get a very bad press and rightly so, but there are many who don’t deserve it…

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Going Home

Bev Allen, author

I haven’t posted a short story in a while, so I thought you might like this one.  My large extended family lives on each side of the Atlantic and even after all the years, there is still a fine thread which goes back and forth across the ocean joining us together.

My Aunt Jean was one of my grandfather’s many sisters, she followed a brother and a sister to Canada in the 1920s. She always said you have to go back before you really know where you belong. Her life in Canada was the subject of many, many family stories, some of which might possibly have been true.

The picture is because “moose in the lake” was one of my favourite of all those stories, along with black bears in the trash bins and mistaking a skunk and babies for the family black and white cat and her kittens.

 Going Home

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Tina at the Dracula Society. For the Next Two Years she will be their Poet in Residence.

On Saturday evening a group of writers all belonging to the Dracula Society. including – Sue Gedge, Tony Lee, Tina Rath, Katherine Haynes and Jason D. Brawn gave readings from their work, and talked about writing in a Q and A Session with Tracy Lee

I was also introduced as the new Poet in Residence, following in the fine footsteps of Cardinal Cox, the well-known performance poet, who was also poet in residence of a local cemetery for three years…as you might judge from my expression, I have a hard act to follow there.

asSaTina at the Dracula Society Horrors Evening

Our furry friends #6

Source: Our furry friends #6