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  • Witches Almanac #39 - New Articles

    The theme of the latest issue of The Witches' Almanac is Stones: The Foundation of Earth. Graced by a beautiful cover by Kathryn Sky-Peck, Issue #39, Spring 2020-2021 contains three articles I wrote.“Holey Stones” — The magickal power of stones with natural holes in the middle.“Witch […]

  • The Sacred Herbs of Samhain

    Author Ellen Evert Hopman, herbalist and Druid, gave me the pleasure of a sneak peek into her latest herbal tome, The Sacred Herbs of Samhain.Covering 216 pages, this book starts with some herbal basics and then moves on to categories such as herbs of protection, herbs to contact the spirits, herbs to communicate […]

  • Witches Almanac #38 - New Articles

    I've had a sneak peek at the proof copy of the upcoming issue of The Witches' Almanac, whose theme is Animals: Friends and Familiars.Three articles of mine appear in Issue #38, Spring 2019-2020:"Horseshoes"  — The folklore and future of horseshoes."The Black Dog"  — Phantom black dogs and […]

  • Witches Almanac #38 - New Articles Coming

    The cover for Issue 38 of The Witches' Almanac sports a gorgeous black cat, appropriate for a theme of Animals: Friends and Familiars.I will have at least one article, "Horseshoes" in this issue. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Number 1 Rule for Clearing Out Old Papers, Part 1

    Most of the items cluttering my writing room are paper: Newspaper clippings, old magazines, marked-up manuscripts, correspondence, and samples of marketing ideas from other writers. Magazines and newspaper clippings linger in the hope that they will give me new ideas or substantiate facts for non-fiction articles. I […]

  • Oh, Those Holiday Decorations

    I'm decluttering in preparation for an eventual move. As I go through every nook and cranny of the house, I'm thinking of two things: How much would it cost me to move this, and if my new living space is a lot smaller, would this crowd out my writerly possessions?As a writer who is inspired by the supernatural and […]

  • Demonic Bookcases, Part 2

    Part 2 of guest blogger Kathryn Ptacek, a writer who lives in rural northwest New Jersey and shares her old Queen Anne home with lots of books, the requisite author cats, teapots, and the occasional visiting mouse.She's tackling the most common writer clutter problem: Crowded bookcases. Demonic Bookcases, Part 2by […]

  • Demonic Bookcases, Part 1

    Today's guest blogger is writer Kathryn Ptacek, who lives in rural northwest New Jersey and shares her old Queen Anne home with lots of books, the requisite author cats, teapots, and the occasional visiting mouse.She's tackling the most common writer clutter problem: Crowded bookcases. Demonic Bookcases, Part 1by […]

  • VWnG036 Inanna Arthen: Beyond Twilight, Part 3
    by Morven Westfield on January 25, 2014 at 1:15 am

    This is part three of Inanna Arthen’s talk on the history of vampires in fiction. In this lively talk, recorded at Books and Boos in Colchester, Connecticut, on April 20, two thousand thirteen, Inanna traces the history of vampires in fiction and debunks some of the common mistakes and misinformation about the […]

  • VWnG035 Inanna Arthen: Beyond Twilight, Part 2
    by Morven Westfield on December 18, 2013 at 2:47 am

    This is part two of Inanna Arthen’s talk on the history of vampires in fiction. In this lively talk, recorded at Books and Boos in Colchester, Connecticut, on April 20, two thousand thirteen, Inanna Arthen traces the history of vampires in fiction and debunks some of the common mistakes and misinformation about […]