This past Saturday night, the God of Hellfire and I were guests on a “couples night” edition of End of Days Radio, which also featured husband-and-wife demonologists Kenneth and Farah Rose Deel. You can listen to the whole thing if you want, or you can start at about two hours and twenty minutes in, when our part gets rolling. Not only do we talk about poltergeists, but we also answer some personal questions about our relationship, if you’re into that kind of thing, or are nosy about how we got together. Heh. Enjoy!
Listen for the Sound of Your Master’s Voice: Audiobook News!
So, we had a very productive weekend, thank you very much for asking. Our dear friends Demetrios Pappas (aka DJ Lavidicus of Memento Mori at Independent Bar Orlando) and his lovely wife Jen Draven (of 13th Angel) spent many, many hours at the Hellfire household, enjoying the GoH’s stellar Indian cuisine and recording me reading both The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist and my upcoming magnum opus, House of Fire and Whispers. Both books will be available as audio books in fairly short order, and an audio book of The Rochdale Poltergeist is also on the agenda in the very near future. Gotta say, I had never recorded an audio book before, and I now have nothing but undying respect for folks who do nothing but voice work for a living, because DAMN, it’s way harder than it looks. Much honey tea was consumed, much swearing and mispronunciation was edited out, but in the end, we got two books knocked out over two days. Now all that has to be done is final editing and mastering, and we’ll be good to go. So if you ever wanted to read my paranormal books without actually having to read them, then just sit tight, because soon you’ll be able to listen to my mellifluous tones reading aloud to you in the privacy of your own home/crawlspace/bunker/man-cave.
Oh, and I also recorded an interview about my new book with Aaron Hunter of the Real Paranormal Activity podcast, which will air at 10pm EST on Monday, August 8th, so please listen in! I will post another link closer to the day of the show.
Thank you, and keep it creepy, my friends.
Rochdale Poltergeist in Phenomena Magazine!
The UK’s Phenomena Magazine (which was founded by my Rochdale Poltergeist co-author, parapsychologist Steve Mera) has a full page ad and press release (that I wrote and designed) for our book in this month’s issue! Read the whole thing for free right here.
On a related note, I will also be recording an interview this evening for Outer Edge Radio, along with Steve, about the Rochdale book. I’ll let you know when the interview airs!
Jenny Ashford and Steve Mera on Restricted Airspace Radio!
In case you missed it, here we are discussing The Rochdale Poltergeist on the Restricted Airspace radio show last Friday night! Enjoy!
Radio Free Goddess, Round 2: Electric Boogaloo
Tune your earholes to the Restricted Airspace radio show this Friday, November 6th (10pm Eastern Time), because your intrepid Goddess will be on there flapping her jaws about The Rochdale Poltergeist, along with co-author and parapsychologist Steve Mera. Listen and heed, paranormal pals. And then buy the book; it’s rad.
The Rochdale Poltergeist Is Out, and Here’s a Trailer!
I know you have all been waiting on the fabled tenterhooks, so now, finally, HERE IT IS! The Rochdale Poltergeist is an account of the famous 1996 case that I wrote with the honest-to-gosh, real-life parapsychologist who investigated the case, Steve Mera, the director of the Scientific Establishment of Parapsychology (SEP) in Manchester, England. It’s available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon, so buy, read, review! And here’s a short trailer I made to whet your appetite! Happy haunting, paranormal pals!
Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist on KTPF Community Talk Show!
Here is me and the God of Hellfire discussing The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist on the KTPF Community Talk Show yesterday, Sunday, August 9th. Our bit starts about half an hour in. Enjoy, then buy a copy of the book here to get the rest of the chilling story! Thank you, and keep it creepy!
Our “Paranormal Central” Interview is Right Here!
The God of Hellfire and I were interviewed on Paranormal Central last night, and here’s the whole show! The hosts start talking about The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist at about the 25:50 mark, and then a few minutes later they call us up and we start yapping. Please listen in, if you’d like! 🙂
Coming soon: “The Mammoth Mountain Poltergeist”
My new book, a paranormal nonfiction account co-written with Tom Ross (the God of Hellfire himself) will be out soon! Here is the cover and blurb to whet the appetite…
“Our first instinct was just sheer disbelief. We were trying to tell ourselves that it couldn’t be real. It couldn’t be happening. But it was.”
In December of 1982, when Tom Ross was thirteen years old, he took a week’s vacation to Mammoth Lakes in California with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Almost from the moment they arrived at their condo, they experienced a near-constant barrage of bizarre phenomena that escalated over their stay, and seemed to follow them after they left.
Items moved around by themselves, shades flew open when no one was near them, bloody tissues appeared out of nowhere, words appeared on windows in empty rooms, a blue haze seemed to hover near the ceiling, a door chain was broken from the inside by what appeared to be a clawed hand, and disembodied voices emerged from corners.
The family was simultaneously terrified and amazed. Thirty-two years later, the four witnesses decided to tell their story.
What’s Scarier in a Horror Movie: Realism or Supernaturalism? Also, The Goddess Picks Her Top 20 Scariest Supernatural Films
I have loved the horror genre for as long as I can remember, and I have been a skeptic of the supernatural for almost as long. But therein lies an interesting contradiction, for as regular readers of this blog will no doubt have gathered, I am most often frightened by horror films featuring supernatural elements, particularly ghosts, demons/the Devil, and witches, even though I emphatically do not believe that any of those things exist.
Why should this be? Logically, you would assume that people in general would be most terrified by a film that portrays something that could actually happen, or that they at least believe could actually happen. By this criteria, for example, movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel, Wolf Creek, or The Last House on the Left, by virtue of being realistic, should be far scarier than anything that features a white-clad wraith drifting through the halls of a decaying Victorian mansion.
This is not so in my case, and I’m curious as to whether it’s true with other fans of horror. Please do not take this to mean that I’m not a fan of more realistic horrors, because I definitely am. I do not, however, find these movies particularly frightening, and I’ve always wondered why. Why should I be so disturbed by situations and images in film that I’m certain will never happen to me in real life? Is it because I have a greater handle on reality than I do on my own subconscious? Is it simply because I’m more terrified by the unknown than the known-but-horrible? I’d really like some insight into this conundrum, so here’s a poll that you may participate in if you’re so inclined:
Also, if you’d care to expound upon any theories as to why you feel the way you do about the horror movies that scare you the most, then please share them in the comments, because I really am curious and would like to get a discussion going.
And now, because I want to, I present a collage of my Top 20 Scariest Supernatural Movies, in no particular order. How many can you identify? Again, answer in the comments! Until next time, Goddess out.