Monday, November 17, 2014

Bewitched Cookbooks

The Bewitched Cookbook: Magic in the Kitchen

Published in 1995 and written by Kasey Rogers,
the second actress to play Larry's wife Louise.

What's In It:

~ Cousin Serena's "I-don't-cook" quick-fixes

~ Dr. Bombay's exotic banquets

~ Maurice's special drinks and delicacies

~ Endora's wickedly tasty tricks and treats

~ Samantha's never-before-revealed private recipes
for Perfect Pizza and Benson's Chili Con Carne -
the special dishes that saved Darrin's career

~ Never-before-seen photographs

~ Trivia quizzes,

~ An episode-by-episode index

Where To Get It:

Secondhand, since it's sadly out of print.

The Magic of Bewitched Cookbook:
Clients, Cookery and Cocktails

Written by Gina Meyers,
who's considered a Bewitched expert.
This is her third book about the show.

What's In It:

~ Darrin's favorite meal

~ Serena's Saucy Guide to Life

~ Larry's hangover remedy cures

~ Mrs. Kravitz's sugar cookie recipe

~ Clients Coming Over In An Instant Appetizers

~ Dr. Bombay's Sure to Cure Favorite Home Remedy drink

~ Madison Avenue Mocktails

~ Helpful kitchen tips

~ Trivia tidbits

~ Rare photographs

~ A listing of McMann and Tate Advertising Clients

Where To Get It:

On Gina's site here.

Also the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook,
the Unofficial Twilight Cookbook, and more!

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Sabrina Strong Series by Lorelei Bell

Like the vampire itself, interest in vampire books, movies and shows will never die.
We can do so much with the creature,
they're so malleable that the possibilities are endless.

Hi, my name is Lorelei Bell, and if you couldn't tell by my opening,
I write about vampires.
I was into vampires way before it became cool.

When it came to creating my own series, and heroine,
I chose not to go with the kick-ass chick who went after vampires, demons or whatnot.
Those stories were becoming a dime a dozen. You could throw a rock and hit one.
Nor did I want her to work in some sort of newly created bureau (as in Karen Chance,
Keri Arthur, and Kim Harris novels).
I didn't want to plop my readers somewhere after the beginning of the story and
do a lot of back story. I wanted to begin at the beginning with my reluctant hero,
Sabrina Strong, a sometimes quirky twenty-one year old who has this
unique problem where she can't hold a job because she is a Touch Clairvoyant.
She can't touch anything without going into a trance,
and wears gloves in order to get through the day out in the world.
But, when her father dies, she is forced to find a job —
something she can actually do. Something she was born to do.
So when she answers the ad for a clairvoyant,
she doesn't expect to work for vampires, but that's who wants to hire her.
She's hired to solve the murder of the wife of handsome,
seven-foot tall master, Bjorn Tremayne.
And so the story of Sabrina Strong, Touch Clairvoyant begins.

The series opens with Sabrina heading to the job interview,
but gets attacked by a werewolf.
Enter Nicolas Padarau, the vampire who was to hire her for the job.
He saves Sabrina from the attack by turning into a wolf himself,
after which he sucks the werewolf venom from her wrist.
Then, because she has lost some blood and is woozy,
he drives her to his apartment in Chicago.
She wakes up in his bedroom — not exactly comforting to her,
but it seems he was a gentleman.
We learn as the story goes on Nicolas is smitten with her.
Problem is, Mr. Tremayne has the right to claim her and does... eventually.

Surrounded by vampires, it isn't surprising that when she meets Dante Badheart
(telepath,shape shifter, and shaman), she is relieved she won't be looked after
by another vampire when it appears that someone is trying to kill her.
Dante's task is to keep Sabrina safe, but when she begins having visions
that show her best friend has been abducted by a faceless vampire,
she's off to try and find and save her.
That's when she comes face-to-face with the one vampire who has been
reoccurring in her dreams and visions since childhood,
and she is very certain this vampire was the one who turned her own mother
(who everyone knew was dying of cancer), when she was young.
His name is Vasyl, an over one thousand year old vampire who has been
looking for the sibyl all his human and vampire life — and Sabrina is it!

Sabrina learns she is a sibyl, and is given a magical dagger that poisons vampires,
kills demons, and fallen angels —which is her duty,
although she won't harm those she deems her friends.
Sabrina has to learn who and what she is, and how to do this job throughout the series.
Plus she is given a ring that thwarts vampire thrall. S
he can't escape this responsibility, and learns more about it through Vasyl,
who has been seeking her down through the centuries,
and had to become a vampire in order to continue his search for her.
Vasyl explains that the world has been waiting for her for thousands of years.
The prophesy tells that she is to give birth to a Dampier,
who will become king of vampires.
In her case, she's resisting the call of motherhood, at least in these first few books.

This is not your usual cookie-cutter paranormal romance.
It's urban fantasy with a mix of genres —romance, adventure, mystery, horror.
It's a “closed world”, where vampires exist in our reality,
but not everyone is aware of them, instead of a hypothetical alternate universe.
Throughout the series, Sabrina will visit other worlds as well, learn new talents,
and become more magical as the series goes on, and find a lot of romance in between.

The four books in the series are as follows:

Vampire Ascending
Get it here!

Vampire's Trill
Get it here!

Vampire Nocturne (A steampunk novel)
Get it here!

Vampire Caprice
Get it here!

Learn more about Lorelei at her blog here!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Witches Dishes

First, a belated Halloween gift to all of you:

And the virtual bucket of books goes to... Jason Ghoulscout!
Congrats! I'll be emailing you soon.

Jason picked Serena from Bewitched as his favorite fictional witch,
so the first post for Nomvember will be on the Bewitched Cookbooks!
(No, that's not a typo.)
What is Nomvember?
A month full of freaky food!

Have you conjured up a creepy culinary creation?
Send the recipe to me and I'll post it for all to see!

This comic is courtesy of Lorelei Bell,
who you'll be seeing a post from soon!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Nevermore Rapport

First off,
I've extended the Bucket of Books Giveaway till midnight PST tonight.
Enter by telling me who your favorite fictional witch is here!

What do witches and Poe have in common?

They both love black cats!

So let's celebrate these feared felines by doing the following:

Reading the comic adaptation of The Black Cat from Tales of Terror:
Read the rest of the comic here!

While sipping a Black Cat Martini:
Get the recipe here!

And listening to a spooky song,
such as Read Me a Story by The Clock Work Army:
(I'm quite proud of this video!)
People from past to present pondering over petrifying prose.
Including blogger buds Chris Hewson and Laura Morrigan.

Now visit the other P(oe)arty peeps:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Freaktown Comics Presents: Slashermania

About The Book:

Troubled teens from New York and Los Angeles are taken to a summer camp facility
to be trained as counsellors and mix safely with other people their own age.
Little do they know they are being watched by an audience hungry for sex & violence.
They are the designated victims for a bizarre contest of murder and mayhem –

Masked maniacs from across the USA, Canada,
Italy & the UK compete in various categories:
Best Male Solo Death! Best Female Solo Death! Coitus Interruptus! Sin Punishment!
Most Creative Kill! Biggest Multiple Death! The coveted Slasher of the Year award!

"And the Slashie goes to..."

This original graphic novel was written by Russell Hillman, 
with art by Ron Joseph, Jake Isenberg and Harry Saxon, 
and letters by Sergio Calvet.

Where To Get It:

At the Kickstarter campaign here.

Want to know more before you go there?

Check out the trailer:

And download the FREE Slashermania promo pack here!
(It contains a short prologue,
background info on the killers involved,
and a couple of preview pages.)

Here's the perfect tune to listen to while you read it:

Camp Blood by Magnus Sellergren/Videogram,
featuring scenes from Indonesian F13 knockoff Srigala.

Grab the track from a site below
and get your groove on like Jason!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Comics

See all the comics you can get FREE in shops tomorrow here!

You can also get the best of the bunch (imho) on Comixology!

Speaking of Scooby,
I must mention this groovy Indiegogo campaign:

There's a new issue of Halloween Man on Comixology too!

This MONSTER-sized issue features two brand new stories.
One written by series creator Drew Edwards and the other by roots rocker Julian Dossett!
Plus some of the best loved tales from Halloween Man's long web comics past
AND a special forward by Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley!
So don't delay, dig into this Halloween treat here today!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Freaktown Comics Presents: Deadly Burlesque

About The Book:

The Bowery, Lower Manhattan, 1980.
The New York burlesque scene has faded away,
replaced by strip joints, peep shows and porno palaces.
One small club of indomitable performers – the Luxury Lounge -
still holds out against the tide.

The art of burlesque is dying. For one person, it isn't dying fast enough.
As the bodies pile up, so do the suspects –
could the killer be desperate club owner Mr Barnett?
Cantankerous juggler The Amazing Ralph?
Stale stand-up comic Martin Stevens?

A performer can die onstage a thousand times. Offstage, once is enough.

Deadly Burlesque is a one shot horror story
inspired by the earliest of the first wave of eighties slasher movies.
Written by Russell Hillman, art by Daniel Bell and letters by Sergio Calvet.
24 pages, full colour, £4.00.

My Two Cents:

Reading this comic was like watching an awesome 80's slasher movie.
Background music is even mentioned, which I listened to while I read.
The writing is witty and the story is thought-provoking,
especially the ending.
Plus there's topless girls and gore!
Who could want more?!

Where To Get It:

Thought Bubble Comic Convention in Leeds, England next month.
With online release to follow.

One of you can win an advanced digital copy though,
by entering the Bucket Of Books Giveaway here!