Wake Up with Mermaids, Sunday August 11th at 9 EST

I’ve been keeping a secret (sorta). A couple weeks ago the crew from CBS Sunday Morning came to my humble abode to interview me for a segment on mermaids! I got to sit knee-to-knee with the amazing Faith Salie who made me feel like a Mermaid Queen as we talked, walked and laughed. For any fan of this long-running show, you’ll be pleased to know that every person treated me with such graciousness and respect, from the camera man to the producer, and I had more fun doing an interview than I ever thought possible. Can’t wait to see the whole thing put together and grateful to have been part of it

Grab a coffee and watch it live, with me!

This Sunday, August 11th, be sure to watch! Faith went to Weekie Watchee, Coney Island and Varla’s parlour!

Click here to find out what time it airs in your neck of the woods.

And remember, shows are archived on the site so you can watch it later, too….in case you stay up a little too late Saturday night. Ahem…

 

And check out the books!

Amazon: 

Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea 

Fairies, Pookas & Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild & Wicked Enchanted Realm 

Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings 

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts 

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Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea 

Fairies, Pookas & Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild & Wicked Enchanted Realm 

Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings 

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts 

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Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths, Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea 

Fairies, Pookas & Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild & Wicked Enchanted Realm 

Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances, and Tales of True Hauntings 

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts 

The Poltergeist Within: An Excerpt from Paranormal Parlor

We Are Family

The idea of family ghosts, or ghosts that attach themselves to people and are “inherited” from generation to generation can perhaps be traced back to a time when families remained in one place for longer periods of time. Were these “inherited” ghosts simply ghosts of a place, a castle for example, where all of the bloodline was destined to live? The Irish Banshee is sometimes equated with a family ghost, as at one time this supernatural songstress was said to belong to the original clans of Ireland (from which all Irish bloodlines are descended). In Germany, we find the White Lady, a warning phantasm associated—like the banshee—with those of ancient lineage. She warns her mortal family of impending death and is not attached to place so much as person, as she will follow from town to town as the descendants move. In Austria, a White Woman appears howling on rooftops to warn families that someone in the house below will die within the month. And in Italy there are numerous examples of “inherited” spirits, especially among prominent families of royal lineage. In Venice, for example, the Donati possess a ghost in the form of a disembodied head that floats into the doorway of a doomed family member. But are these ghosts attached to a family or is it that the ability to see them—the second sight, the Shining, the clairvoyance—is actually what is inherited?. Either way, ghosts are no doubt in our DNA.

What ghosts haunt your family? Is it a clan thing? 

—an excerpt from Varla Ventura’s Paranormal Parlor: Ghosts, Seances andTales of True Hauntings 

Available June 1st on AmazonBarnes & Noble & IndieBound and wherever books are sold.

image credit: Annie Spratt via Unsplash

What Happens When You Crawl Out From Under a Rock: Beyond Reality Radio

I’m baaaack. I’ve been hiding in the darkest and most wonderfully terrifying of places but more on that later. Let’s celebrate together. Pour yourself a large glass of something that burns going down and tune in to Beyond Reality Radio this Monday, April 11, at 9 p.m.-midnight EST.

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Co-hosted by hosted by Jason Hawes (TAPS/Ghost Hunters, awesome dad, badass, author) and JV Johnson (promoter and organizer of SCARE-A-CON and publisher/editor of TAPS ParaMagazine & The Horrophile, all around insanely cool guy) that should be enough for you to tune in. But if it isn’t then think of me, dear ones. How wretchedly distraught I will be if you can’t join.

Click here to listen in.

 

What Big Eyes You Have: Werewolves

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It seems that unlike the mindless zombie or the ancient mummy, or event the licentious vampire, we don’t fear the werewolf so much as feel sorry for the werewolf. It is a wild beast caught in a trap. We worry for him, we wish it could be another way. We don’t want to become werewolves the way we want super powers or immortality. We want the werewolf to be free of the curse that binds him. Free to be either beast or man, not tragically stuck being both.

Here are a few interesting facts about werewolves you may not know:

  • Werewolves are not always mean: In medieval romances, such as Guillaume de Palerme, the werewolf is not the terrifying creature of more modern tales, but rather benign, appearing more like a victim and less like the enemy. (True also of Harold in Eugene Field’s story).
  • Werewolves are not always male: The 1588 story from the mountains of Auvergne tells the tale of a she-wolf whose paw was cut off by a hunter. When he opened the bag where he had placed his prized paw he discovered instead a woman’s hand. It didn’t take long to figure out who was missing the hand (a nobleman’s wife) and she was burnt at the stake. That’s one way to end a marriage…
  • Werewolves are not always wolves: Were-creatures can be in the form of many beasts. In variations of lore from around the world we find examples of were-cats, were-sharks, were-bears, and even a were-dolphin.
  • Werewolves are not always fictional: There is a rare but very real disease now called clinical lycanthropy. Those diagnosed believe themselves to able to transform into a non-human animal, specifically a wolf.

For those of you who aren’t such fans of the werewolf you will want to avoid the darkest of woods at night, especially any woods that looks much like the one described above—full of ravens, vampires, and serpents—and you should never, ever go out on a full moon. You may fare well, as the heroine of our story does, but to hedge your bets you might want to keep a little satchel with you full of silver bullets (you’ll need a gun to fire them) on hand, or a silver dagger if you can’t get a gun. If you are a dead-mark a bow and arrow might do, but it is very risky. Oh, and make sure to stock up on wolfsbane. It will ward off wolves but it can also be an antidote to wolf bite, if taken within a few hours of contact.

Check out my book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night. 

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Photo: James Finister via flickr

Book cover by James Warner, copyright Weiser Books 

 

What Are You Doing RIGHT Now? Get Thee to a Listening Device

Paratruth Radio Show, tonight at 8pm EST/5 pm PST. Me, a couple of freaky hosts, and a whole lot of banshees. And probably a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf or two.

Listen here:

PARATRUTH RADIO LIVE NOW!!

T-minus 20 minutes or so. old-radio

Get Freaky With Me and the Citizens Awareness Vanguard: Jan. 16th

Tune in, my prettys! THURSDAY, Jan. 16th to Citizens Awareness Vanguard radio for a strange creature chat with Chris & Mark. I’ll be on LIVE. Show starts at 9 PM EST/6 PST. Grab a glass of something strong and lock the front door.  Creatures of the night are afoot!

Listen by clicking the following link:

CAV RADIO SHOW 

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A Magical Buffet of Me: Creature Feature Review

I just found out that the amazing Magical Buffet did a late-night, double-creature-feature review of both my books, Among the Mermaids and Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night. It’s a super sweet review and you can read it here:

Magical Buffet Creature Book Double Feature

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Spend a Late Night in the Midlands With Me, Tonight!

Come spend a Late Nate in the Midlands with me–or an early evening if you’re on the West Coast. Host Michael Vara and I will be discussing all things freakish, ghoulish, odd, and bizarre. That includes Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. 

Tune in tonight via the link below, at 6:30 PST/9:30 EST. The second hour includes callers, so be sure and give a shout!

Late Night in the Midlands on Blogtalk Radio banshees, werewolves, vampires

2014, The Year of the Freak: My Episode of Beyond Belief with George Noory (TV!!!!!)

 

 

BB-Mkt_Promo-VarlaV-1Should auld acquaintance be forgot…don’t forget my face! LIVE on Beyond Belief on  Gaiam TV.  Come nurse your hangover with a little cure for what ails you: my peeling laughter and wicked antics.

Here is how it works. Click this link. On January 1st, this link will take you directly to the show. Before then, the link takes you to the main page for Beyond Belief, but once the show airs it will remain the direct link to my episode.

Beyond Belief with George Noory: Creatures of the Night with Varla Ventura 

If you want to watch it YOU MUST SUBSCRIBE. You can get a FREE 10-DAY TRIAL, and watch it any time or as many times as you want during that 10 days, plus any of the other episodes! After the 10 day period if you want to keep watching it, because you want to wake up to/fall asleep to the sound of my voice throughout the year, you have to sign up to GaiamTV.

Once you’ve signed up for the 10-day trial, you can stream the video of  me and George yukking it up over vampires, banshees, a little bit of Crowley, and other delightful horrors, through your computer, tablet, phone, etc.  Here’s a little info about the show!

Creatures of the Night, Beyond Belief with George Noory

Banshees, werewolves, and mermaids are all the stuff of fantastical legends stretching beyond the limits of recorded history. But what if there was some truth to the tales of these mysterious creatures? Author Varla Ventura’s passion is researching the bizarre and she reveals the truth behind the legends of several creatures of the night in this interview with George Noory originally webcast January 1, 2014.

 Varla Ventura is a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the author of Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night and curates the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. When not burning the midnight oil writing about weird news for her Blog of the Bizarre, she can be seen traversing the hidden cemeteries and phantom ships in the greater Bay Area. She can be found online at www.varlventura.com. 

Don’t I look like a happy little freak? See more of me than you ever thought you wanted to.

www.beyondbelief.com 

 

A Melding of the Paranormal Minds: Tonight! Live!

Greetings you little elves and gnomes and hobgoblins, ye’ merry creatures of the night. Tune in tonight at 6 pm PST/9 PM EST for a delightful hour of the paranormal persuasion. I’ll be a guest on Paranormal Minds Radio.

Click here to listen live.

You never know where the conversation will lead, although I can guarantee you will probably want to double check your locks after. Varla Promo