Review: Werewolves, Dogmen, and other Shapeshifters Stalking North America

Product description: Have you ever been driving, alone, at night, and know that what you saw along the side of the road was not human? Do you ever wonder just what was howling on your last camping trip? Have you ever felt your skin crawl as you passed by that hitchhiker in the fog?

Join Pamela K. Kinney as she explores the North American tales and mythology that deal with shapeshifting frights. From the arid deserts of the American Southwest to the dense forest of the American Northwest, and even farther north to the Last Frontier of Alaska; from the Midwest to the Appalachian Mountains, continuing to the Atlantic Ocean in the east and down south to Florida, the tales of were-beasts are myriad—and hauntingly similar.

With all these stories spanning cultures and landscapes, might there be some spark of truth to them?

My thoughts: Need a werewolf fix ? Have I got a book for you. Pamela Kinney has wandered away from haunted locations for a topic more on the wild side … werewolves! What perfect timing, I was reading Kinney’s book while watching wolfman movies on Svengoolie.

Seriously, I had no idea that there were so many werewolf sightings in North America. While I remain highly skeptical of the stories, I have to admit that I enjoyed reading through the various accounts. Interestingly, Kinney draws a line between wolf and canine.

Her next section covers the legendary Dogman. Once again, I had no idea that there were so many Dogman stories. I guess that my biggest misconception was my impression that the Dogman stories were fairly recent, but they do have some age to them.

All of that said, my favorite part was shapeshifters from Native American folklore. Kinney covers some of these legends and expands with some interesting facts from several other cultures. Let’s be honest, how could you not love the Celtic folklore about the badger ???

I highly recommend this one. If you are interested in cryptid this book is for you.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pamela K. Kinney and  DreamPunk Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

My thoughts of The Way of Kings


 I finished Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings and it was fantastic. The world-building and characters were superb, though I have to admit that I struggled with Sanderson’s pacing. After adjusting to Sanderson’s writing style, I found myself hooked and ready to learn more about the Cosmere.

I’ve picked up book 2, Words of Radiance and I plan to start it sometime after Easter.

According to mythology mankind used to live in The Tranquiline Halls. Heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms. And the Voidbringers followed…

They came against man ten thousand times. To help them cope, the Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, known as Shardblades. Led by ten angelic Heralds and ten orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won.

Or so the legends say. Today, the only remnants of those supposed battles are the Shardblades, the possession of which makes a man nearly invincible on the battlefield. The entire world is at war with itself – and has been for centuries since the Radiants turned against mankind. Kings strive to win more Shardblades, each secretly wishing to be the one who will finally unite all of mankind under a single throne.

On a world scoured down to the rock by terrifying hurricanes that blow through every few day a young spearman forced into the army of a Shardbearer, led to war against an enemy he doesn’t understand and doesn’t really want to fight.

What happened deep in mankind’s past?

Why did the Radiants turn against mankind, and what happened to the magic they used to wield?

The Way of Kings

Review: On the Trail of Bigfoot: Tracking the Enigmatic Giants of the Forest

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07XMF9TZ6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Page Books (April 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 13523 KB

I should have enjoyed this book but I have to say that I really can’t recommend “On the Trail of Bigfoot”. Maybe it was something about the size of the pictures on a kindle but I just wasn’t impressed with any of the pictures in the book. Dupler’s writing style wandered across the page like a drunken sailor and his opinions were based on an amazing lack of facts. From time to time, I wondered if I was reading a satire (it was published on April Fools Day).

The only chapter that I enjoyed was a chapter on Bigfoot in Pop Culture. His epilogue was brief and talked about the ecology rather than a summary of the book and his sources were anemic. One of his online sources hasn’t been updated in over a decade and Cryptomundo hasn’t been updated in 2021 and only twice in 2020.

I’d give this one a pass…

Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark

Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark
Review: Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hachette Books (September 21, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0306874350
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0306874352

I should start out by admitting my bias, I love Elvira. I love old schlock B horror movies and Halloween so it should come as no surprise that I love things associated with Elvira. In my youth, I had an Elvira poster and my girlfriend was so jealous of it that I had to take it down. I should have kept the poster and got rid of the girlfriend, but that’s another story.

Speaking of stories, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) shares anecdotes from her life in a very conversational way. If you are a fan of Elvira, you’ve heard some of these stories before and other stories were fleshed out with bloody details that I wish that I hadn’t learned. 

We all have our own scars. Let them be a blessing and not a curse.

As I said before, there were some details of her life that I wish that I hadn’t learned. One of the photos is of an underage Cassandra working at a Go Go Club that just crushed me. She looked so sad and uncertain. Her encounter with Tom Jones has made me look at Tom in a different light — he’s a dick. Don’t get me started about what she did in Europe.

All in all, it’s an excellent book and I’m glad that I have read it. It’s not for everyone but if you enjoy Elvira you’ll enjoy Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark.

My thoughts of “The Song of Achilles”

With a score of about 4 1/2 stars and over 15,000 reviews on Amazon, you would think that I would love the story. I didn’t like it. In “The Song of Achilles”, Madeline Miller retells a portion of the Iliad as seen through the eyes of Patroclus.

My biggest problem with the story was the broken character of Patroclus. He is an extremely unlikable character who constantly whines about being unloved. At one point, he injures another kid and rather than calling for help or trying to help the injured child he runs away and lets the child bleed out. He is exiled from his Kingdom, for the child’s death, and is sent to live with Peleus the father of Achilles.

While living with Achilles, the boys enjoy a friendship that blossoms into a sexual relationship. This relationship is contrary to the original Homeric tradition. Having said that, this sexual relationship is the core of the story with the Trojan War a backdrop. In short, “The Song of Achilles” is a gay love story.

All in all, I didn’t like the story. The characters were broken tragic characters and knowing how the story would end was like having the sword of Damocles hanging over my head. I give “The Song of Achilles” 1 star out of 5.

Review Threshold by Sharon Day

Threshold is the third book of the A Seek Team Adventures by Sharon Day and should be available in April. While you don’t need to read the earlier books in the series A Ghost of a Chance and Tall, Dark, and Elusive, I’d strongly recommend starting with those books. Knowing the story from Ghost and Elusive will add a lot of depth to much of the dialogue in Threshold.

In this adventure, the SEEK Team tackles portal phenomena. I love Day’s cozy, paranormal adventures. Where else can you find lines like, “If you were a pterodactyl, where would you hide?” I swear, there were occasions, while reading this book, that the theme of Jonny Quest played in my head. What’s better than an easy-to-read, page-turner during a stay at home? Love, laughs, and a strong mix of adventure make up “Threshold“. I highly recommend it.

I give it 5 stars out of 5.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Mystic Publishers Inc. . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: Haunted Surry to Suffolk

Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460

By Pamela K. Kinney

Product description:

Take a journey along Virginia’s scenic Routes 10 and 460 eastbound to enjoy the lovely countryside and metropolises that spread around these two roads. Most of all, discover that some historical houses, plantations, battlefields, parks, and even the modern cities, have more than touristy knickknacks, ham, and peanuts to offer. Many have ghosts!

Bacon’s Castle has spirits haunting it since the 1600s. Stay in a cabin overnight at Chippokes Plantation State Park and you might find you have a spectral bedfellow. The city of Smithfield has more to offer than the world’s oldest ham; it also has some very old phantoms still stalking its buildings. Take a ghost tour of Suffolk and see why the biggest little city is also one of the spookiest. Discover the myths and legends of the Great Dismal Swamp and see what phantoms are still haunting the wildlife refuge. And if that’s not enough, Bigfoot and UFOs are part of the paranormal scenery. These and other areas of southeastern Virginia are teeming with ghosts, Sasquatch, UFOs, and monsters. See what awaits you along 460 south and 10. No matter which road you take, the phantoms can’t wait to SCARE you a good time.

My thoughts:

Haunted Surry to Suffolk was very hard for me to put down, because I love this kind of book. Kinney takes us on another ride to haunted locations and this book was an entertaining as her last book Paranormal Petersburg, Virginia, and the Tri-Cities Area.

I have to say that almost all of the ebook was interesting but the chapter Bigfoot and UFO Encounters from Surry to Suffolk was excellent. It was just packed with dozens of legends and stories. I wish that Kinney had spent more time on them.

Those who live in the area and tourists who visit claim they see wispy white things, especially around the lake, but no doubt what they saw could be foxfire, a substance given off when certain fungi decay wood. Again, maybe they did see something. The place can be eerie, especially if shrouded in fog or mist. And besides spirits, you might run into Bigfoot or fairies. Do take care and don’t strike out alone in the woods and head off the designated trails, for you never know who or what you might meet. You might encounter more than animals and birds in the Great Dismal Swamp, and the haunts and Bigfoot are waiting to welcome you, even if it means taking the portal to Hell.

The pictures are excellent but I didn’t see the anomalies that she circled. I guess it’s just part of my doubting nature. As I understand it, the pictures will be in black and white, as opposed to the free review copy provided to me from the author, which were in color. Sadly, that will take a little something away from the reader’s experience.

I’m giving Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460 4 1/2 stars out five. If you live in the area or plan to travel there, this book is a must-have.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pamela K. Kinney. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

My thoughts of Spider-man Noir

I am a big fan of retro, steampunk, dieselpunk, atompunk, etc.. Give me a little dark noir, some dieselpunk, with a murder mystery and you have the makings of a hit with me. Marvel has taken one of it’s popular superheroes and placed him in New York City in 1939.

This noir-treatment isn’t new, it’s been done before in both Marvel and DC and Spiderman has had the noir-treatment before. You may remember seeing the Spider-man Noir in the Spiderverse and Spider-man Noir in Webwarriors.

I loved the art. The story is excellent and hooked me almost from the start. I can’t wait to see where this goes …

Review: A New Way to Age: The Most Cutting-Edge Advances in Antiaging

  • File Size: 4353 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (January 7, 2020)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2020
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

All in all, I would have to say that I enjoyed this ebook. I guess, at the age of 61, books about aging seem to catch my eye. I can’t say that this book was a life-changer for me or that I came away with some sort of epiphany but I thought that it was something that people my age should read.

Basically, it is Suzanne Somers interviewing specialists in various fields. The documentation seems solid and the ebook is structured for easy navigation.

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As I said before, I enjoyed “A New Way to Age: The Most Cutting-Edge Advances in Antiaging” and I give it a thumbs-up.

Product description:

There is a new way to age. I’m doing it and it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. I love this stage of my life: I have ‘juice,’ joy, wisdom, and perspective; I have energy, vitality, clearheadedness, and strong bones.

Most of us are far too comfortable with the present paradigm of aging, which normalizes pills, nursing homes, and “the big three”: heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. But you don’t have to accept this fate. Now there’s a new way to grow older—with vibrancy, freedom, confidence, and a rockin’ libido. This health bible from Suzanne Somers will explain how to stop aging like your parents and embrace cutting-edge techniques such as: balancing nutritional and mineral deficiencies; detoxifying your gut for weight loss; pain management with non-THC cannabis instead of harmful opioids; and much more.

Aging well is mainly about the choices you make on a daily basis. It can be a fantastic process if you approach it wisely. After a lifetime of research, Suzanne came to a simple conclusion: what you lose in the aging process must be replaced with natural alternatives. In order to thrive you have to rid your body of chemicals and toxins. Start aging the new way today by joining Suzanne and her trailblazing doctors as they all but unearth the fountain of youth.

Review: Tall, Dark and Elusive by Sharon Day

Tall, Dark, and Elusive

by Sharon Day ( http://www.ghosthuntingtheories.com/ )

NewLink Publishing ( https://mysticpublishersinc.com/ )

Tall, Dark, and Elusive is the second book of the A Seek Team Adventures by Sharon Day and should be available in October. While you don’t need to read the first book A Ghost of a Chance, I’d strongly recommend it. Knowing the story from Ghost will add a lot of depth to some of the dialogue in Tall, Dark and Elusive.

In this edition, Isabeau “Beau” Fraser and her team seek the elusive Bigfoot. I have to admit that I’m not really a romance story enthusiast but I really loved the setting and the Bigfoot research. It wasn’t hard to find myself hooked on an excellent story.

The characters are rich, deep, and nicely fleshed out. As I got to know them, I could almost anticipate what they were about to say. Of course, my favorite character would have to be Marco Petrov. There is simply something about him, both good and bad, that I identify with.

As the air turns crisp and cool, nothing beats a good cozy romance tale. Simply put, Tall, Dark, and Elusive is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NewLink Publishing Mystic Publishers Inc. . I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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