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Taking the leap to self-publishing with the release of my debut urban/paranormal fantasy, God Johnson; the Unforgiven Diary, has been a mondo-learning experience, especially after having gone the traditional publishing route with all my nonfiction books. One of the most trying hurdles for any self-published author is just getting the word out that your book exists! I’m truly grateful, then, for a new site offering personalized ebook recommends http://www.TheFussyLibrarian.com that has chosen God Johnson as its Urban Fantasy pick of the day for Dec. 3, 2013.

The site only considers books with a minimum of ten reviews and at least a 4-star average rating on Amazon.com, so the bar is set a little higher at the outset. Readers can choose to be notified of books that fit their own preferences, choosing between 40 genres and three ratings for sexual/violent content. 

I think this type of site will prove to be a popular and lasting service to help readers in their search for the self-pubs best suited to their tastes, and hope everyone here hops on over to visit The Fussy Librarian. I guarantee you won’t be shushed!

Podcast with Bigfoot Tonight Show

Chuck Prahl and friends asked me to retell my own encounter from last summer, and we also talked about the 1936 “Gadara” incident and the Maine Wolf Pack encounter I wrote about in Real Wolfmen that was featured on Paranormal Witness.

My Life as an Accidental Werewolf Chronicler

Here’s an interview recently published in JSOnline after a chat I had with writer Tea Krulos.

http://onmilwaukee.com/myOMC/authors/onmilwaukeecomstaffwriters/milwaukeeghostswerewolf.html

The Uninvited

Since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d share an example from the spookier side of the reports I receive. As I often note, the great majority of creatures described by eyewitnesses feature unusual but not necessarily supernatural behavior — mostly walking or running on two legs. There’s a small but steady minority of reports, however, that describe something I call the “house or bedroom invaders.” These involve creatures that appear inexplicably inside people’s homes. In my opinion they are not at all the same things that others report jumping from cornfields or snarling on nature trails. Their descriptions detail a taller creature that seems more humanoid in form and is utterly black in color. They normally vanish after a minute or so, and often seem to totally ignore the witness. They do not behave like aliens in an abduction scenario or like the legendary, demon-like visitations of the entities known as “old hags,” incubus or succubus. One witness who saw two of them in her room at night said she felt they had extreme intelligence. 

I received a new one recently from a Rock County, Wisconsin couple whose encounter occurred several years ago. I’ll let the writer tell it in her own words:

“You mentioned in that radio show something about all black ‘wolf like’ bipedal creatures randomly appearing in a person’s house and then disappearing. It gave me chills because a few years ago something similar happened to us. (A lot of other weird stuff happened during that time, but this one thing stood out the most.)

We were bunking in my parent’s basement … One night during the first few weeks, after a lot of horrible drama in the house, my husband and I both woke up at exactly the same time early in the morning (it was almost 3 am.) Standing in the corner of the room, which was pitch dark, was an even darker image of something about 7 to 8 feet tall.Image

I don’t remember ever being able to see any facial features, but I remember the legs and hands clearly. The legs were abnormally long, and it looked as if a person standing on their tippy toes, or what my dogs look like when they are standing on their back legs. Except the foot seemed longer and almost human like. The knees bulged out and were rounded like a dog’s leg, and the ankle stuck out in the back like a dog. This thing was blacker than the dark, which was probably the one thing that really got me scared. At first I thought it was just a dream, and I don’t remember falling back to sleep at all. I just saw it, then it was morning. I shared my “dream” with my husband and his whole face turned pale, jaw dropped, because he saw the same thing and also thought it was a dream.”

Many of those who have reported this phenomenon say the creature or creatures remind them of Anubis, the canine-headed god of the Egyptian afterlife. None of the writers have reported being physically harmed, and most are confused and curious as to what the creatures wanted and what they were. Some have guessed that they are interdimensional travelers, others that perhaps they are some kind of nearby earth spirit. At least one of the incidents occurred in bright morning sunlight, so it isn’t just a night time phenomenon. 

I don’t feel I have enough information to even hazard a guess at what these home invaders may be, but again, they are extremely different than the usual dogman or Manwolf sightings. All that I can say until more of them come in for study and comparison is — Happy Halloween!

 

There’s nothing that should be covered up about Nick Redfern’s new book on government cover ups of anomalous creatures. In Monster Files: a Look Inside Government Secrets and Classified Documents on Bizarre Creations and Extraordinary Animals, Redfern uses the Freedom of Information Act along with some Class-A sleuthing to tease out possible plots by governments world-wide to find Bigfoot, turn cats into robo-animals for surveillance purposes, and engineer human-animal hybrids.

My own main take-away from Redfern’s book is the sure but uneasy realization that that topics most likely to be ridiculed by the authorities are also the very things the government privately seems to consider most interesting.

For instance, the word “Yeti,” which is the name for a creature similar to Bigfoot in Nepal, has become almost a standard synonym for “joke” in today’s media, and is often used in police logs in a denigrating manner when people dare to report sightings of unknown, upright animals. And yet, Redfern demonstrates over and over again that our government has had a long and abiding interest in these creatures for many decades, beginning with a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Nepal in 1959 that decreed any photographs or other evidence found of a Yeti must immediately

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be turned into the local authorities, and that any news reports were required to undergo government scrutiny before release to the public. Redfern includes a photo of the document lest anyone doubt.

Redfern has found equally appalling scenarios and cases of government programs involving other “extraordinary animals” from werewolves to dinosaur-like creatures. There’s a lot more to some of these cases often dismissed as mere conspiracy theories than I, for one, ever knew. He also follows certain common threads, such as the appearance of orb-like lights that seem to link many of these closely surveilled phenomena.

Readers of my work know that one of my abiding interests has been the fact that mysterious, sometimes phantom creatures keep appearing to thousands of sane and credible people for unknown reasons. Monster Files points us in many new directions in the search for these reasons, and may just begin to explain some of those  “Unexplainables.”

Faerie Chick’s Blog Reviews God Johnson!

New Cover!

New Cover!

I’m tickled beyond flying sphinxes that Vanessa Strickler has reviewed God Johnson on her Fairie Chick’s fantasy book blog! God Johnson will also have a new cover soon, watch for it by the end of next month. Thanks again Vanessa! Click on my God Johnson page  here for pictures of Madison story locations and more on the book!

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I’ve been staying pretty close to home base while on deadline for my current book project. I’m still on deadline but getting cabin fever and I do have a few things coming up this month. If you care to have a listen or take a little drive to some Southeast Wisconsin locations, please join me:

Upcoming Events (all times are Central)

July 2013

Tuesday July 9: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/sasquatchwatchradio 8 pm, Bigfoot in SE Wisconsin – my little-known Bigfoot research and personal encounter. Phone in: 1.347.237.5070

Thursday July 11: Man, Myth and Monsters Radio with Wm. Lester 8-10 pm http://www.popodysseyradio.com/2012/2012/10/23/man-myths-and-monsters/

Saturday July 13: Talk and author Q&A at the Sci-Fi Café, Burlington WI http://www.burlingtonnews.net/scificafe.html

Saturday July 20: Barnes & Noble Author Panel, Signing and Writing Seminar at Racine, WI store, Monsters of Wisconsin and new fantasy e-book God Johnson – Southland Shopping Center, 2710 S. Green Bay Rd., Mt. Pleasant WI 53406  262-598-9757

Tuesday July 23: Paranormal Geeks Radio 8 pm http://liveparanormal.com/radio/geek.html

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