Wednesday Night Wickedness on Beyond Reality Radio

Don’t let your week drag on without a little infusion of good old fashioned supernatural fun! Join me on Beyond Reality Radio, Wednesday, April 19 from midnight to 2 p.m. EST. as we discuss Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings and all manner of things that go bump in the night.

Click HERE to find out how to listen live.

DATE: Wednesday, April 19th

TIME: midnight to 2 p.m., EST/11 p.m. to 1 a.m. CST/9 p.m.-11 p.m. PST

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.


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Friday Night Freakery on Church of Mabus Radio

Your Friday night just got interesting! Join me as I submit to the wit and wicked wisdom of the late night marauder and all devilishly charming Southern gentleman, Jeffery Pritchett, on Church of Mabus Radio. We’ll delve into the world of Fairies, Pookas, and Changelings and whatever mischievous things come to mind. Don’t miss it!

DATE: Friday, April 14

TIME: 8 p.m EST (that’s 5 p.m. PST/7 p.m. CST)

So end your work week right! Pour yourself a cocktail and tune in.

Click HERE to listen.

Click one of the links below to buy my book!

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There’s Still Time to Enter the Fairy Tale Contest!

Have you entered yet? Time is ticking, my fair young muse.

In honor of my new book Fairies, Pookas and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Wild and Wicked Enchanted Realm, I’m running a little contest throughout the month of April.

Here’s how it works. I give you the following intro paragraph and you finish the tale, in 500 words or less (ideally). Submit your entry anytime between the hours of 12:01 a.m. on April 1st through midnight April 30th.

Varla Ventura’s Complete a Fairy Tale (from the Dark Side) Contest

Something twisted in the shadow of the trees as she made her way down the woodland path. She couldn’t quite put her finger on it, but she knew she was being watched. In the far distance, beyond the dusky silhouettes of trees she could see the inky blackness of a pond and beyond that,  the castle lights. Suddenly, she felt something grab at her ankle. Stunned, she turned and saw…

Here are the rules:

Please keep entries to 500 words or less.

You can change the pronoun to any gender you please.

Entries must be copy and pasted into the body of an email. I will not (I simply cannot) open attachments. Should your entry be chosen fear not: we will go through a basic editorial and approval process that involves attachments.

You will retain all rights to your work, however the intro as I have written remains my own. In other words, should you want to republish the work elsewhere, you would need to change the introductory paragraph after the contest is over or just indicate it was written by me. I’m going to put my faith in your ability to do the right thing here.

Submit all entries no later than midnight on the Eve o’ May (April 30) to:

fairytalesfromthedarkside [at] gmail [dot] com

(You know that means right?)

(Please don’t email me regular correspondence, interview requests or the like at this address as I am not able to respond.)

The Winner(s):

First Place wins a complete set of my three Magical Creatures books including Fairies, Pookas and Changelings; Among the Mermaids and Banshees, Werewolves and Vampires along with a box full of strange and wonderful things customized for you by me. The story will be published on and publicized by my team.

Second place: a signed copy of Fairies, Pookas and Changelings: A Complete Guide to the Enchanted Realm. The story will be published on and publicized by my team.

Third place: There is no third place.

Okay, now darlings, get writing!

Order my new book here:

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Tonight! Coast to Coast AM with George Noory!

Hello my darling fellow lovers of the strange! It’s time for some late night freakery on Coast to Coast!

I’m honored to be booked on Coast to Coast AM again to discuss my new book and the wicked subject matter that goes along with it with the one and only George Noory. We’ll talk about fairies, pookas, changelings and all things wild in the enchanted realm of the fae. Join us!

TIME: midnight-2 a.m.

CST: 2-4 a.m.

EST: 3-5 a.m.

Click here to learn more.

Find your local station here.


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The “CALL OF CTHULHU” Cocktail

Can I get a hell yeah?


Call of Cthulhu: A Cocktail

By Peggy Nadramia and Joe Netherworld

Since the beginning of our association in the Cocktail Lab, we have discussed our mutual desire to create a libation evoking the essence of the slumbering horror that is Cthulhu, the cosmic Old One first brought to the consciousness of man by New England author, Howard Phillips Lovecraft. But it couldn’t happen until the stars were right, and we had received the Elder Sign. The time has come.

The Cocktail Vultures have been pleasing your palate for awhile now, but all is not fun and games here at the Lab. Last night we were possessed with an irresistible frenzy to mix, to mix well, and to taste a drink both powerful and beguiling. We have found it.

The short story “Call of Cthulhu” first appeared in 1928, in an issue of Weird Tales, the pulp magazine familiar to every…

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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.

Red Wheel Weiser Staff Picks: Holiday Gift Guide

Check out my publisher’s gift guide! Includes my Banshee book, and lots of other great titles. Death Poems is on my must-have list!

Publishers love books, but we also love to read them! And it’s not just the editors who do all the reading. We’ve scoured our library shelves to bring you staff picks from our back and front list, from the people who make them!

Pick 1: Death Poems

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Death Poems
Classic, Contemporary, Witty, Serious, Tear-Jerking, Wise, Profound, Angry, Funny, Spiritual, Atheistic, Uncertain, Personal, Political, Mythic, Earthy, and Only Occasionally Morbid
Edited by Russ Kick
Disinformation Books. Paperback, $21.95.

Death Poems seems an odd choice for a holiday gift, eh?  Not really.  Though it offers a vast survey of death (320 poems by 200 poets) including the death of children, funeral rites for serial killers, war, elegies for famous people, and more death-ish-ness, it is actually life affirming!  Readers will find Walt Whitman celebrating death as an important part of the richness of life.  Lord Byron pens a beautiful epitaph for his…

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Parascope Freaktacular

Join me tonight on Para-Scope, uncensored paranormal radio extrodinaire. The show starts at 10pm EST (that’s 7pm PST!) I’ll be on at 7:30, and we’ll chat about all manner of beasties and beautifully bizarre things.

Click here to listen to the show: PARASCOPE on HEYZRADIO

Fun fact: After the show I’ll be burning the midnight oil packing/primping/prepping for an amazing journey. I’ll be flying to Denver to tape Beyond Belief with the one and only George Noory of Coast to Coast fame! 

It’s a bit terrifying, but I think you all know how I love terror!

Me, victim of a zombie encounter or just up all night?

Me, victim of a zombie encounter or just up all night?


Guest Post on Caffeinated Book Review~Featuring Pookas and a Giveaway

Hello Fans of the Freakery~

If you haven’t got your paws on a copy of my latest book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night, check out my guest post on the Caffeinated Book Reviewer blog. You can read an adapted excerpt on Pookas, plus enter to win my book! You’ve only got about 12 hours left to enter (but you can read it any time).

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My review of Varla Ventura’s Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires & Other Creatures of the Night

The Occult Detective’s review of my latest book! I love him!!!


If you’re looking for the perfect book to spend the Witching Season with, one to sink your teeth into as you burrow under the covers to escape the cold and dread of October’s grim, then I have just the book for you.

Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night: Facts, Fictions, and First-Hand Accounts by Varla Ventura is a delightful little tome, filled with delicious illustrations and wondrous tales, both real and imagined.

What a gorgeous book this is. The real stars of Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night are cover designer Jim Warner and Dutton & Sherman Design’s magnificent interiors. First, they used one of my all time favorite fonts (Caslon), with additional text printed in Felltype, and they printed it in this rich, chocolate brown on off-white paper. It’s simply beautiful to behold.

One of my best friends has a Letterpress print shop…

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