Something Wicked This Way Comes: An Excerpt from My New Book!

I’ve a little surprise for you tonight. My newest book, Fairies, Pookas, Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm is due on April 1st. You can pre-order it now at Amazon, B&N, Indiebound, or at any local bookshop. If the title is not enough to convince you, perhaps a little excerpt from the intro will entice you.

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Johann Heinrih Füssli’s (Henry Fuseli) Titania and Bottom, c. 1790. Image courtesy Wikimedia commons.

From the introduction to Fairies, Pookas, Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm

If you are usually a fearful person, who likes to barricade your door and hunker beneath the bedclothes each night, worried about what might rattle the locks or slip through the cracks, you should not undertake to read the book that follows this introduction. Many of the stories in this book harken back to a different era: one without the niceties of today. A time when most homes did not have electricity, where candlelight failed to chase away all the night shadows, horses were the main mode of transport, and the fairies and goblins of olde still roamed the earth in large numbers. Today, we can leave a night light on or we can listen to the soothing sounds of ocean waves on our iPods lull us to sleep. We fear burglars or worse; our nightly news is more terrifying than some gentle old tale. Or is it? If you think fairies are not merely delicate beings who follow you about on gossamer wings, you are in for quite a shock: The Kingdom of the Fairy is one of vengeance, thievery, trickery, and wild creatures who wish nothing more than to steal your child, drown you in the bog or spoil your best Sunday shoes. The woods are lovely, dark and deep. You have been warned.

Before we head deeper into the shadowy forests and craggy caves of the Fairy Kingdom, I should begin by explaining what I am referring to when I say fairy. The Irish or Gaelic word for fairy is sidheóg or sidhe, (shee). The bean-sidh (bahn-shee) is a wild and fearsome member of the fairy kingdom signified by her mourning like wail, but can also refer to any female fairy spirit, and daoine sidhe (deenee-shee) can be any fairy creature. The Dutch, German and French words are all similar: fée. In Russian, the phonetic translation is feya and Italian or Latin, fata all of which give root to the modern word for fairy, faerie and fae. They are known as the Good People, the Little People, the Wee Folk. Around the world there are terms for magical beings who dwell in a land not far, far away, but rather one that co-exists or overlaps with our “regular” world. Fairyland. It can be accessed on purpose by witches and seers, on accident by drunken fools, and without effort by children. Faeries can be called upon to help as they can be implored to bring harm. Their trickery is legendary and perhaps this is the origin of the phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.”

Under the domain of fairies one might find all manner of loathsome, fearsome or irresistibly naughty beings. They love to test human nature. Hobgoblins, sprites, bogeys, pixies, changelings, pookas, goblins, bonga, duende and elves, all dwell in the Kingdom of Fairies. They creep about at cross roads, they hide beneath leaves. They are the twig-snap behind you on a walk in a moonlit forest, the rattle at the window that you can only hope is just the wind. They are seen with a drunken eye and with a sober nod, a fit of laughter and a scream of terror. The hobgoblin will clean your house for a saucer of milk but the banshee will destroy every cup and saucer in your cupboard with a vengeance stronger than a hurricane.

Read more when the book comes out!

Preorder at:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Indiebound 

Excerpt copyright Varla Ventura/Weiser Books 2016.

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!!

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Swim Through the Murky Depths with Me and Jim Harold

Get out that mP3-pod-listening-device-computer-radio machine and listen to this lovely podcast. Then, throw off your shoes at the sands of a beach and go for a stroll while staring out at the sea and pondering the existence of mermaids. Not near the sea or a lake or any large body of water. Mores the pity on you! Go draw yourself a bath or fill up a bucket to soak your feet. It makes it much more fun to talk of mermaids. Last ditch, do the dishes with headphones on.

 

Click the link below to listen to my interview with Jim Harold of Paranormal Podcast. And you might want to check out his other interviews too, because they rock in all manner of freakery and supernatural spectacularness.

 

http://content.blubrry.com/paranormalplus/Among_The_Mermaids_with_Varla_Ventura-The_Other_Side_91.mp3

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Oddsalon: Learn Something Weird! And a Secret About Me

goblin shark oneIf you have not yet heard of OddSalon, you should click the link  immediately after reading what I have to say. There is a secret announcement hinted at but not really announced at the bottom of this post.

Oddsalon is a new parlor-style forum that hosts twice monthly salons about weird things, or perhaps better stated, a weirder view of the ordinary including lost history, secrets, crimes, hoaxes, tricks, enlightenment, disasters, and so much more.The shared brain-child of three gal pals who are contributors to Atlas Obscura, Death Salon, and The Order of the Good Death, they cull creative ideas, topics, and people from around the SF Bay Area for a truly entertaining and enlightening evening.

Oddsalon: Fake! Tues., Mar. 25th, 2014

This one includes a wide variance of interpretaions of the word “fake” including the topic of mermaids–real, hoaxes, or a little of both? The speaker has (with my permission) used my book Among the Mermaids as major source material. And she’s terribly entertaining. And if you go, and stick it out, you just might learn something fake about me.

Think you know the secret? Attend the OddSalon and then reply to this post with the answer to this question: What was the last slide of the night? If you are right, you’ll win a signed copy of my mermaid book (or another book I wrote if you prefer).

The event is in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge.

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

Tonight! Interview with Mark Eddy on Open Canvas 11/4/13

Greetings greedy goblins and lovers of the strange! I’ll be interviewing tonight with Mark Eddy and Thomas Becker, hosts of Open Canvas on Revolution Radio (www.freedomslips.com). You can log in before the show, listen live by following THIS LINK. Scroll down to the bottom and click the Open Canvas link. This will create a pop-up window with a player that will stream the show live. There’s even a chat room you can join: look for Studio A. this is tonight, the 4th of November from 10-midnight EST. That’s 7-9 pm PST.  Come join us for vampires, mermaids, and more!

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