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 review of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar

My review of The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags by Elhoim Leafar.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books. 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.”

SAM_0044Charm bags, also known as mojo bags and gris-gris bags, may be the most popular style of amulet or talisman in the world today. Around the globe, they are crafted by people from many cultures and spiritual traditions and are created for many purposes. Until now there has been no definitive guide to the art of creating these magical power objects. The Magical Art of Crafting Charm Bags remedies this situation.

Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2017

61bbdvzoual-_sx331_bo1204203200_Nebula Awards Showcase 2017
by Julie E. Czerneda
http://amzn.to/2sw0iSB
Series: Nebula Awards Showcase
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Pyr
ISBN-10: 1633882713
ISBN-13: 978-1633882713

Product description:
The Nebula Awards Showcase volumes have been published annually since 1966, reprinting the winning and nominated stories of the Nebula Awards, voted on by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This year’s editor, selected by SFWA’s anthology Committee (chaired by Mike Resnick), is Canadian science fiction and fantasy writer and editor Julie Czerneda. This year’s Nebula Award winners are Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, Sarah Pinsker, and Alyssa Wong, with Fran Wilde winning the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book. Also included in this volume are works by N. K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie.

My thoughts:
WIN_20170429_08_21_16_ProThe Nebula Awards Showcase is an excellent opportunity to read top-notch short stories, novellas, and poems in the Science fiction genre. I hopscotched through the book hitting the stories that interested me until, with the exception of the Novel excerpts, I finished the book.

I suppose that my favorite part would be the “From the Author” introductions that precede each story. It’s really cool to get a little background from the author. All in all, this is a nice collection of stories and I give Nebula Showcase 2017 5 stars out of 5.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pyr. 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: Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans

practical-astrologyPractical Astrology for Witches and Pagans: Using the Planets and the Stars for Effective Spellwork, Rituals, and Magickal Work

by Ivo Dominguez Jr.
Paperback: 216 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books
ISBN-10: 1578635756
ISBN-13: 978-1578635757

Product description:

Learn How to Use the Planets and Stars in Your Magickal Work

More often than not, people think of astrology as a tool for divination or the exploration of one’s personality. Astrology is considerably more than that. It is a sacred science, a highly descriptive symbolic language, and it is also a technology that can be applied to ritual, herbalism, the use of crystals, and much more.

But it can be daunting to take on the study of Astrology. After all, it’s a field so huge it would take several lifetimes to master it. And that’s why Ivo Dominguez, Jr., wrote this book–to provide practitioners of magick with a Pagan perspective on Astrology and the core concepts of Astrology that are most useful to building rituals and creating effective magick.

When we look at an astrological chart, what we are actually looking at is a map of the multiple planes of existence summarized and flattened into an understandable diagram–a kind of magickal cartogram. Now, what to do with this map? How can we best use it in our magickal work? That’s precisely what you’ll discover in the pages of this concise, focused, and expertly presented book.

My thoughts:

All in all, Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans comes in at slightly less than two hundred pages. It sports several charts in it’s six Appendixes. You’ll find a number of charts throughout the 17 chapters of the book.

While I found some of it to be very interesting, I found much of the book to be dull, dull, dull, and did I mention that it is dull? That wasn’t my biggest problem with the book. I don’t  remember one footnote in the book. No footnotes, no Bibliography, no Index, no suggested reading.

With the lack of footnotes, I had to wonder about the accuracy of almost everything that was written. If I want to do my own research where do I start? Who made the Astrology charts? Did Dominguez draw them? Did he get them from a Google search? How do these charts compare to other charts? Where is the work? Where did HE get this information?

No Index? Really? Make sure that you have plenty of bookmarks if you want to return to this book to glean something.

The man has a good reputation in the Pagan community, but I really can’t recommend this book. It comes off as dry and unfinished. I’m giving Practical Astrology for Witches and Pagans 2 stars out of 5. I’d give this one a pass and I suggest Planets for Pagans: Sacred Sites, Ancient Lore, and Magical Stargazing instead…


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Weiser Books 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: The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals

my_photo-1-2The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals: True-Life Paranormal Encounters in Asylums, Hospitals, and Institutions

by Richard Estep

Paperback: 255 pages
Publisher: New Page Books;
ISBN-10: 1632650266
ISBN-13: 978-1632650269

I would like to take a moment to thank New Page Books and Warwick Associates for this free review copy. This book is scheduled for release in a week and a half and I recommend it for the paranormal enthusiast.

513rgfinlnlThe World’s Most Haunted Hospitals by Richard Estep is just over 240 pages with a modest Notes and Index section. In it’s 17 chapters, Estep covers many of the well-known haunted hospitals from around the world.

I have to admit that I really enjoy this sort of book and I found it to be a very compelling read. Each chapter is an easy-to-consume size, paced nicely, and littered with interesting pictures. While Estep’s Introduction set the table nicely for the book, I think that I would like to have seen a conclusion chapter to tie everything up.

All in all, I thought that The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals was superb and I recommend it for the Paranormal fans. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Product description:

If hospital walls could talk, what tales would they tell?

Hospitals are the nexus point between life and death, the place into which people enter this world, but also exit it. In The World’s Most Haunted Hospitals, paramedic and paranormal investigator Richard Estep recounts some of the most fascinating–and often chilling–stories of hospital hauntings from across the globe, including:

The ghostly apparitions at an old Utah hospital, now a nursing home, whose appearances are said to predict a patient’s death.
The Italian island referred to by locals as “the gateway to Hell,” where the restless spirits of thousands of plague victims prowl the dark streets and fields.
The terrifying screams and violent phenomena that keep visitors away from an abandoned airbase hospital in the Philippines.
The ghostly nurse in grey who haunts the corridors of a London hospital and has frightened generations of doctors and nurses encountering her restless spirit.

Join Richard on this fascinating journey around the world, stopping off at a wide spectrum of haunted hospitals and asylums, old and new, and shiver at the personal encounters of doctors, nurses, patients, and others with the strange and inexplicable.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from New Page Books and Warwick Associates. 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: Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk

Review: Storm and Steel by Jon Sprunk.

I want to thank the folks at Pyr for this free review copy.


An empire at war. Three fates intertwined.

The Magician. Horace has destroyed the Temple of the Sun, but now he finds his slave chains have been replaced by bonds of honor, duty, and love. Caught between two women and two cultures, he must contend with deadly forces from the unseen world.

The Rebel. Jirom has thrown in his lot with the slave uprising, but his road to freedom becomes ever more dangerous as the rebels expand their campaign against the empire. Even worse, he feels his connection with Emanon slipping away with every blow they strike in the name of freedom.

The Spy. Alyra has severed her ties to the underground network that brought her to Akeshia, but she continues the mission on her own. Yet, with Horace’s connection to the queen and the rebellion’s escalation of violence, she finds herself treading a knife’s edge between love and duty.

Dark conspiracies bubble to the surface as war and zealotry spread across the empire. Old alliances are shattered, new vendettas are born, and all peoples—citizen and slave alike—must endure the ravages of storm and steel.

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