21st Century Radio Banshee Bash Tonight!

Now that we’ve all (hopefully) recovered from Halloween and Dia de los Muertos celebrations, we can relax with a nice cuppa (whiskey!) and get cozy with some of those creatures we are all “pretty” sure we saw these last couple of dark-of-the-nights. Tune in tonight, November 3rd, from 8-9 PM EST (that’s 5pm West Coasters!) for a celebration of all things strange with the one and only Dr. Bob Hieronimus on 21st Century Radio.

Listen here:

http://21stcenturyradio.com/

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Varla on Coast to Coast TONIGHT 10/29

I’ll be burning the midnight oil tonight with George Noory talking about Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires and Other Creatures of the Night, including ghosts, ghouls, and other bizarre entities! It’s always a great time with George. Join us!!

I will be on MIDNIGHT to 2am (that is 10pm to 12 am EST).  This is the SECOND half of the show, but tune in early because the first half of the show sounds freaktacular too!

 http://www.coasttocoastam.com/show/2013/10/29You can look on the Coast to Coast website to find what local station broadcasts, or listen live online.

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Halloween Fun with Wisconsin Public Radio–10/29!!

I will be doing an interview with the esteemed WPR today at 1:30 PST, 3:30 CST, 4:30 EST talking about Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night.

This is a great afternoon show, and I’m honored to discuss such trickery and freakery with the hosts!

You can listen live, HERE.

FYI: This is a show that takes callers stories and questions so please listen and join in.  halloween-candy_

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).

http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2013/10/banshees-werewolves-vampires-creatures-night-varla-ventura.html

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The Lucky S.O.B. Has Been Chosen: Good Choice Reading’s Fall Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

And the winner of the Fall Blog Hop Giveaway is  Cindi Clubbs

Cindi, please contact me at varlaventura AT gmail dot com and I’ll get the address to send a signed copy of my new book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. Thanks again to all who entered, and keep your eyes open for MORE giveaways this month!

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Fall Blog Hop Giveaway with Good Choice Reading

welcomingthefallWell my pretties, it is officially autumn and we all know that Halloween is just a scream away. To help get you in the mood, I’m doing a giveaway as part of Good Choice Reading’s Fall Blog Hop. One lucky s.o.b. is going to win a copy of my NEW book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night Comment on this post to enter to win.

Contest begins…now! and ends at 12am on September 27th.

Mermaids and George Noory: Coast to Coast AM TONIGHT

among the mermaidsGreetings guys and ghouls! I’ll be conversing with the great George Noory tonight, Wednesday the 17th, on Coast to Coast AM and I hope you can join us! The show starts at 10pm PST , and I’ll be on at 11PM PST. We’ll be discussing mermaids, and other strange and mythical beasties, banshees, and things that howl and bump in the night!

Click the link below to find out what stations will be airing the show. If you are a subscriber you’ll get it as a podcast too.

http://www.coasttocoastam.com/

Check out my new book, Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths and Enchantments of the Sirens of the Sea. and keep your eyes here for special give-aways, Varla-approved book trailers, mermaid swag and other goodies.

Summer reading for supernaturalists!

If you’d like to read an excerpt, click here: mermaid excerpt

 

 

Calling all Vampires!

Perhaps the most enticing and desperately attractive creature of the supernatural realm, ask some folks and they will tell you vampires are quite real. And there are often more to them than meets the eye. So whether you’ve had your blood drawn, your energy drained, had an odd encounter with a bat, or self-identify as a vamprie (or vampyre) I want to hear from you. I’d like some first-hand accounts for my forthcoming (October of 2013) book Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. Send me your encounters at varlaventura AT gmail.com.

(I’ll contact you for permission if I want to put your story in my book.)

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Calling all Werewolves!

werewolfLycanthropy is a clinical disease, one in which a supposedly deranged individual “imagines” that they are a werewolf. And according to Sabine Baring Gould, everyone of us has the potential to be a werewolf–we all have a primal, uncontrolled element to us that manifests in some people as madnees, others as cravings, and others as murder. Not quite as “sexy” as the vampire, werewolves have an element of the pathetic and loyal dog, so often seeming to be animals without choice. In many stories the werewolf tries desperately to hide who he is, attempting to protect the ones he loves from his own animal-urges.

Have you encountered a werewolf or seen a were-creature?

I want to know! I’d like to include your first-hand account in my forthcoming book, Banshees, Werewolves, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night. Email me at varlaventura AT gmail.com. I’ll contact you if I’d like to include your story in my collection.

 

 

Calling all Banshees!

Banshee CounterpartsBanshees are among the most feared creatures of the fairy and supernatural realm,  and this may be in part to the sympathies they invoke when you hear their wailing. You could easily be lured into the dark of night, hoping to help the pathetic creature who sounds as if she is in mourning. Some tales recount that banshees are the ghosts of women who have died in childbirth; others say they are the restless sprits of unrequited lovers.

It is common for families to inherit the banshee, who arrives time and time again to warn of an impending death.

To quote Raymond Buckland from his book The Weiser Field Guide to Ghosts:

“It has been said that a banshee is really the disembodied soul of someone who once lived and was attached to the family in some way.  It depends upon the relationship that the banshee had with the dying family member as to how the banshee announces his or her coming death.  If the person about to die was of a gentle, kind disposition, then the banshee will appear and sing soft songs of warning, summoning the person to death.  But if the person destined to die was of a hateful disposition, then the banshee will make her announcement with horrible cries and screams.”

Have you ever seen or heard a banshee? I want your first-hand accounts for my upcoming book, Banshees, Werewovles, Vampires, and Other Creatures of the Night (Weiser Books, October 2013).

Contact me at varlaventura AT gmail.com (you know how to actually type that, right?) and let me know what creepy creatures you’ve encountered.