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Two more books land in my mailbox

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Hello everyone, another week has come and gone. It was a sad week, a dear friend of the family has passed away and he will be missed.

Bookwise, I have received two new books. New Page Books was kind enough to send me a copy of Lisa Barretta’s book “Conscious Ink: The Hidden Meaning of Tattoos:


Mystical, Magical, and Transformative Art You Dare to Wear”. I didn’t like her last book but this one looks much better.

“Conscious Ink” … There is hidden, powerful wisdom in tattoos. Did you ever think of your tattoo as a charged body talisman or a portal into your spiritual self? Ancient cultures practicing shamanic tattooing laid the groundwork for our modern exploration of consciousness. Tattoos are both a revelation and a proclamation of your embodied archetypes, dreams, emotions, even a hint of past-life memories.



Hampton Roads was kind enough to send me a free review copy of “Fortune Teller’s Handbook” … For those who have wanted to try their hand at fortunetelling, this comprehensive sampler of divination strategies offers a thorough introduction to a wide range of options.

From more elaborate systems such as numerology, palmistry, and the I Ching to simpler dice and tea reading, you’ll come to understand the history and usage of these ancient arts. Learn to read futures in a crystal ball, tarot cards, runes, or your own visage. Predict ups and downs in love, career, relationships, and finances. Find meaning in dreams, the structure of a flower, and even the placement of moles on a person’s body. Expert insights, sample readings, and instructive illustrations provide practical guidance for the budding fortune-teller.

This book is fun to use for yourself or with a gathering of friends. Techniques include: crystal ball reading, numerology, rune reading, using a pendulum, palmistry, tea leaf reading, and using the I Ching.

Are you destined for good luck, money, and a great career? Will you find love or travel to distant lands? The answers can be found in these 20 easy-to-use predictive techniques.

Should be some fun reading next week…

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Posted by on November 18, 2017 in book news


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In my mailbox: The Eagle’s View

Picture 17I want to thank Cloverhurst Publications and Warwick Associates for this free review copy of “The Eagle’s View” by Paddy Elevet. I’m looking forward to reading this one…

Inspiring and highly motivating for seekers of direct connections to God, The Eagle’s View: Five Steps to Modern Mysticism is a tutorial in how to discover and enhance one’s natural gift of mysticism. A beloved intuitive, a best-selling author, and a trusted teacher and source of wisdom, Paddy Fievet offers in her newest book a clear path to spiritual transformation.

Fievet burst into the Mind-Body-Spirit genre with her books, The Making of a Mystic, and When Life Cried Out, the dramatic memoir of her spiritual journey after personal heartbreak and psychological breakdown. Her mystical encounters around the world, and life-altering guidance from Spirit, prompted her life-long mission of helping others to realize their mystical skills, through her writings, speaking engagements, and media interviews.

front-cover-final-675x1024Amid the Five Steps to Modern Mysticism are extensive questionnaires, detailed exercises, Key Points for each chapter, awareness-provoking questions, and more ways for readers to engage in the process of acquiring spiritual wisdom and personal freedom through Modern Mysticism. The author’s wise answers to the questions below become real-life solutions for her readers, who experience profound oneness with the Divine when they delve deeply into and participate in The Eagle’s View.

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Posted by on November 1, 2017 in book news


Coffee with Poe

Who wouldn’t want a little Poe with their coffee? Source…

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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in book news


To Kill A Mockingbird — banned

When I was a little boy, I had a few heroes. I loved Horatio Hornblower, Cyrano de Bergerac, Batman, and Atticus Finch. They were, in a certain sense, role models for me then like the Kardashians are for today’s children.

Imagine my disappointment in learning than a school is banning To Kill A Mockingbird because it makes people uncomfortable.

“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ’em all away from you. That’s never possible.”
― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird


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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in Barry rant, book news


Santa Muerte Book Trailer

source: Weiser

Death welcomes everyone. This is the foundation for the veneration of Santa Muerte, or “Holy Death.” Considered to be the female personification of death, she is associated with protection and safe passage to the afterlife. She is also the patron saint of people who live on the fringes of society and often face violence and death. In recent years her constituency has expanded to include the LGBT community and people who are marginalized or whose jobs put them at significant risk of death such as military and police personnel. Santa Muerte is hailed as their potent and powerful protector, capable of delivering them from harm and even granting miracles.

Santa Muerte is a complete ritual guide to working with this famous—and infamous!—Mexican folk saint. It takes us beyond the sensational headlines to reveal the truth about why Santa Muerte is so beloved by so many. Author Tracey Rollin presents simple, straightforward methods for working with Holy Death that may be used alone or easily incorporated into your own magical practice.

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Posted by on October 7, 2017 in book news



Something steampunk this way comes

I have just received an email from Titan Books. They are sending me a copy of Steampunk Style 2: Goggles, Gas Masks and Aviator Styles. I’m psyched!

Steampunk Style 2

This is the second edition to what I hope will be a series. I reviewed the first Steampunk Style ( link ) a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. Thank you Titan Books…

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Posted by on October 3, 2017 in book news, Steampunk


On my reading list The Ghost Studies by Brandon Massullo


The Ghost Studies

New Perspectives on the Origins of Paranormal Experiences

Author:Brandon Massullo
Dimensions:6 x 9 inches


You’ve just laid down for the night when suddenly doors slam and the curtains shift. The lights begin to flicker and a white mist forms in front of you. You shut your eyes and keep muttering, “ghosts aren’t real.” But then you open your eyes and realize that “harmless” mist has shifted into the form of a man, staring intensely at you, as he floats above your bed.

What causes ghostly experiences?

Are ghosts real?

Why do certain people report numerous ghostly encounters and others none?

For centuries these questions have intrigued, puzzled, and bedeviled science, skeptics, and even believers. Based on cutting-edge research and new theories, The Ghost Studies provides insight into some of life’s greatest mysteries.

This fascinating book is far more than a compilation of ghost stories. The Ghost Studies provides scientific explanations for paranormal occurrences, including:

  • New and exciting scientific theories that explain apparitions, hauntings, and communications from the dead.
  • The latest research on the role of energy and electricity in hauntings.
  • The role that emotions, bioenergetics, and the environment play in supernatural phenomena.
  • New research into why some individuals are more prone to ghostly encounters.
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Posted by on September 30, 2017 in book news


In my mailbox: Odin

How many people can say that they found Odin in their mailbox? I found “Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, & Norse Magic” by Diana L. Paxson — it looks awesome!

51442httn2l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Odin is arguably one of the most enigmatic and complex characters in Norse mythology. Revered since the Viking Age, Odin has been called the greatest of the gods―the god of words and wisdom, runes and magic, a transformer of consciousness, and a trickster who teaches truth. He is both war god and poetry god, and he is the Lord of Ravens, the All- Father, and the rune master.

Odin: Ecstasy, Runes, and Norse Magic is the first book on Odin that is both historically sourced and accessible to a general audience. It explores Odin’s origins, his appearances in sagas, old magic spells, and the Poetic Edda, and his influence on modern media, such as Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Each chapter features suggestions for rituals, exercises, and music, so readers can comprehend and become closer to this complicated god.

Author Diana Paxson, an expert on Viking-era mythology, provides a complete portrait of Odin and draws on both scholarship and experience to provide context, resources, and guidance for those who are drawn to work with the Master of Ecstasy today.

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Posted by on August 25, 2017 in book news


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Rue Morgue Halloween edition

Do you love horror mags as much as I do? If so, you love Rue Morgue’s Halloween edition.


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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in Barry rant, book news


In my mailbox: Paperbacks From Hell

I want to thank the good folks at Quirk Books ( link ) for sending me this free advanced reader copy of “Paperbacks From Hell” by Grady Hendrix. The book will be available September 19th so keep this one on your radar screen if you love vintage horror.



51wg5ivqbpl-_sx348_bo1204203200_Take a tour through the horror paperback novels of the 1970s and ’80s . . . if you dare. Page through dozens and dozens of amazing book covers featuring well-dressed skeletons, evil dolls, and knife-wielding killer crabs! Read shocking plot summaries that invoke devil worship, satanic children, and haunted real estate! Horror author and vintage paperback book collector Grady Hendrix offers killer commentary and witty insight on these trashy thrillers that tried so hard to be the next Exorcist or Rosemary’s Baby. It’s an affectionate, nostalgic, and unflinchingly funny celebration of the horror fiction boom of two iconic decades, complete with story summaries and artist and author profiles. You’ll find familiar authors, like V. C. Andrews and R. L. Stine, and many more who’ve faded into obscurity. Plus recommendations for which of these forgotten treasures are well worth your reading time and which should stay buried.

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Posted by on August 22, 2017 in book news


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