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The United States Vampire Service by Kevin Glennon

I am going to take some liberty and paraphrase the United States Postal Service’s unofficial creed here. Neither snow nor gloom of night nor length of fangs nor claws nor strength of vampire will stop the US Vampire Service from hunting their foe. You may have read that and asked what am I writing about? It’s rather simple when you take time to read the pages of author Kevin Glennon’s newest book. The United States Vampire Service is Glennon’s second book detailing the USVS and back in charge is Chief Othniel O’Connor.

The book does a great job of introducing the readers to the primary character, Chief O’Connor, the team’s mission and who his team is. The opening pages will take you their current vampire hunt and readers may get a laugh out of some of the team’s terminology that is introduced. Examples of a vampire are actually called a bug and their submachine guns those are called hoses.

Glennon also goes out of his way in the opening chapter to explain how the USVS works. You will read why the Postal Service is the best group to use as cover. The gear the team uses, from their hoses to the tactical gear they wear. There will be introductions to other team members with names like Sluggo, Cracker, Boo, and Larry. An introduction to how the team must sometimes work with the local police, and the dangers that can come from working on them. Dangers? The reader will find an accidental shooting within the opening chapters.

The United States Vampire Service will see the team take on a case near the Naval Base in Newport, Rhode Island. The case may have global repercussions as there is a major event taking place that is bringing top Naval leaders from across the globe to Newport. The complication of the potential fight over jurisdiction won’t stop with the Naval Police. The local Newport police will find themselves involved as well as the Rhode Island State Police. In truth, there are very few law enforcement agencies that will get involved in this case. It’s not hard to understand why as it seems that the bugs are popping up in so many different locations across the area.

As you continue to read a complex story, that will take you all over Newport, that will involve many beyond those already mentioned. A few locals will become invaluable to the team, and this goes from a police officer and even three little girls. There are a few members of the Navy who will also be featured within the pages. The daughter of an admiral and a very complex Commander Tommie Hubbard.

I point this out as author Kevin Glennon does a great job in handling all the complexity of the story and getting one engaged in the characters. As you read the book you will find favorite characters as you read. This is done due to the character development that is given from not just the good guys, but to the bad guys as well.

The story itself is well written and it does become clear as you read that this “bug’ outbreak in Newport has some direct ties to the USVS. There are things that will come out about Chief O’Connor that he was not aware of. The past of the team will lead them to learn about their history and who could be behind what is going on in Newport. All the time the team must avoid creating an international incident, and stopping the world from finding out about the USVS.

Those who enjoy a good mystery will find this book an interesting read due to the fact there is truly something that needs to be uncovered within the pages. Fans of horror and thrillers will also enjoy this book due to the bug, or vampire, the action that takes place within the pages. In truth, I would expect many who just enjoy a good read to find The United States Vampire Service to be a great read. If you find yourself enjoying this book and have not read Vikings, Vampires, and Mailmen yet, what are you waiting for?

 

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

 

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Social Media, Communication and Suicide

I first wish to start this post with a disclaimer:

The words and opinions utilized within this posting are of my own mind. In NO WAY do they represent the thoughts of my employer or family. If they do manage to match the ideas the reader has then it is purely coincidental.

Suicide rates are pulled from The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 

I’m going to start by pointing out that the internet and its original ideals of allowing for the easy sharing of ideas across the world. I think those who created the internet could not fathom all that could potentially transpire from the invention, be it good or be it bad. This all came about over decades and became commercial in the mid-1990s.

One has to only look at how quickly technology grew after this period and one of the biggest growths seen was that of social media. A platform that saw Myspace become the real big first platform in 2003. At the same time, a disturbing trend was seen elsewhere starting to click upwards. This trend is a slight increase in suicides.

As we step forward to just 3 years, it’s now 2006 and Facebook and Twitter have now gone public as well. Some could say that this was a game-changer when it came to social media as there were multiple platforms that people could utilize to stay in touch with friends and family. The drawback is at the same time people learned fake profiles, anonymous usernames could be created and utilized for hate, cyberbullying, and other hateful acts.

Now, it wasn’t till about a year after that Twitter and Facebook began to take off. As each grew, so did their membership to the point Myspace began to decline, and until new platforms became available many people rushed to the big companies when it came to social media.  Again, as we look at the graphic suicide rates began to inch upwards, each year after 2006.

Now, from here on down I’m stepping into the realm of speculation.  I am sure I could do some additional research to find a multitude of papers on the dangers of social media and what it does to society. However, I’m going from my own experiences as someone who grew up with the precursor of social media and back previous to the world wide web growth.

I’ve seen how over the growth of the internet people really do not communicate. You are going, wait how can you say that, I text, I use messenger, I use Twitter, I use FaceTime, and so much more. The fact is, its not true communication in the sense we do not really talk to each other. We use a device to type words to each other. The emotions in those words can be lost no matter how many emoji’s, smiley faces, or memes that can be used. There is nothing like seeing the emotions those real words have on someone’s face. Do your words bring joy, laughter, smirks, tears, hate, or a multitude of other emotions.

I theorize that as we grow more and more inclined on using technology as our main form of communication we will get desensitized to real emotions. We could find ourselves laughing at someone we bring to tears. We may even make fun of the person for reasons we do not understand just as we forget to act, talk, deal with REAL emotions.

It is here that I firmly believe lies partially the primary reason for the suicide rate. In truth, I somewhat wonder if due to this if it doesn’t lead to other social ills such as the shootings that have been plaguing the country.

Now, wait how can I make such a conclusion? In my mind, it is rather simple. The more we escape our real world, our real problems, or real emotions to one that is found thru the acceptance of an online world the more people suffer. Humans want acceptance, we want friends, no matter how much of a loner we are, we still want some form of recognition. It’s when those dreams are busted when hate and ridicule become our world that it brings out the negative in us.

A great example is looking at social media platforms that low anonymous user names. You can look and see people ridiculing others, using names and terms that they’d never (well hope they wouldn’t) use when talking to a person one on one. It’s even worse when people do it using their real name when using a platform like Facebook.

The thing that really bothers me about this all is so many adults, be it a parent to a celebrity we call for civility. We want all the bullying to stop but look at the example that the “adults” set for the younger generations. If your political ideology differs you call others names, break off friendships, call for boycotts, and other things. As adults, we throw mixed messages at the young generations. It’s a case of doing as I say, not as I do.

Hey, wait are you not off track? How does this lead to suicide and other behaviors that are so anti-social?

Again, to me, the answer is obvious. This all plays out so much on social media. The platforms were originally created to share with friends and family. Instead, they are deemed to be used more to spread hate, ridicule, judgment and other forms of hate. Things that people pick up on and can lead to depression. If you see the world around you as a lonely world, a hate-filled world, a world of judgment how can one stay sane? It’s not like we can openly share our emotions as we will be seen as weak, a loser, a crybaby and all those negative connotations that come with it.

This thus leads to other antisocial behavior, a lashing out, and finding a TOOL to make others pay for the feelings and emotions that have bottled up for so long. It doesn’t help that the media puts these events all over the news. So, those clambering for the attention we cannot find online, get the attention we may want in another form thru murder, suicide, and other crimes as the news will share it with everyone. If the news doesn’t do it, well you can count on a story getting thrown around on social media.

The long conclusion here is that although there are many great assets to social media, is that we have forgotten how to be really social. We really need to put down the phones, the tablets, step out from behind the computer and just talk. Find reasons to remember what REAL EMOTIONS are and not emojis, smileys, and memes. Instead make it a real smile, a laugh, even a good cry and really understand where a person is coming from. If we can find a way to change one person, it can spread and maybe just maybe those suicide numbers will drop.

NOTE:

Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other mentioned companies are not owned by me and are owned by their own companies. I have no ownership within either. They are only referenced as examples of social media and no blame should be placed upon them for comments made upon their platforms by their users.

The emotions graphic is from the public domain from Pixabay.com

 
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Posted by on September 5, 2019 in Personal

 

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Upcoming Return to “Normalcy?”

I took some personal time and thus, it’s been some time since I finally made a click/clack sound and let my fingers dance across the keyboard. I have several books I finished reading and need to get reviews written for them. The big one is sequel to a book I read sometime back. I’m not giving the name here, but just let me give you a hint on what the story is about. I’ll just say the United States Postal Service, the US Navy, law enforcement, FBI and vampires. Yep, I’ll let those who read this post let their imaginations go wild with the possibilities on that one.

As I work on the reviews, start reading yet another book, I wanted to start with getting some new content out on the blog. I am sure I have lost readership due to lack of content, and even my part for not really posting about the blog in some time on my social media.

So, I have been kicking around what I could potentially put out to help build content. I have many old movie reviews that I published on a different site when I was working with a Horror themed podcast. I then thought about more original content, some short stories, maybe my ideas on working environments (my managerial style).

I finally came down with the idea of letting things go a bit free-flowing. I guess let the muse hit me as some would say. I hope to try and get more content out, if possible daily, or every few days. I did make a decision that my first full post back I will make some assumptions on a theory I have (I’m not a scientist) on the correlation between suicides and the growing usage of social media. This could even tie into other events that I will not mention. I do hope people will find that an interesting post, granted if I do not get it how I want well I will do something else.

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2019 in Personal

 

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The Resurrected by Kevin Hopson

I must be honest when I first started reading author Kevin Hopson’s book, The Resurrected, I jump to a conclusion. I’m not sure if was the well-done cover or the opening sequence of the book.  I just know that when I read about the fire that was engulfing the woodlands and moving closer to the city, well, yep conclusion born.  You see, I thought at first this could be a book dealing with a potential walking dead type of scenario.  I didn’t do my due diligence and read to much about the book up front as it was by Hopson, and I’ve enjoyed other books by the author.

I have to admit I was wrong, and for that, I do apologize to Hopson. I got to add that the opening did get me hooked and it was a very nice surprise to find that, The Resurrected, was not a medieval walking dead or cursed book.

Instead, readers will find a book set in a period of walled cities, broadswords, an Emperor, and political intrigue.  You will find that those flames are actually those of an encampment of a group that wishes to oust the Emperor of the land. The head of the Emperor’s guard, Asgall, had fought and killed for the man. Some of those were his friends, and those behind the attempted coup are called, The Resurrected.

As mentioned, the book will start informing readers of that fire as it moves closer and closer to the city walls. Those walls are protected by Asgall and his Emperor’s guard.  Their primary mission is to ensure the ruler is protected and at the same time, they must investigate threats from within. It leads one to ask who was the man who blackened the eye of an older male citizen of the city. All Asgall and the guards knew was that he bore that mark, the mark of the Resurrected.

As you read the story you will yourself meeting other key players that will have an impact on the pages. I will not name their allegiances as that may give things away. You will, however, get to meet them through Hopson’s character development. These players are Colum, Owin, Nesta, and Berian. Again, I will not give away who they are but they are players that will have impacts on Asgall, and the kingdom.

The Resurrected is book 1 in the Emperor’s Guard Series by Kevin Hopson. It is a good opening to a series as you will find when you read the story.  I found it to be an engaging read considering its length and do hope to see more of this series.

Please enjoy the video book trailer below.

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Reviews

 

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A Self Reflection on Multiple Sclerosis

I wish to continue putting some additional focus on Multiple Sclerosis for this month of March, 2019. I am doing this as I have not seen much in the way of social media postings, or awareness being brought. Yes, I could be living in a bubble, but I have just not seen much other than the standard groups.  MS organizations and even drug manufactures are out their promoting it but not much else that I have seen.

So, what I am doing with this posting is linking back to several past articles I have written about MS. The posts I am sharing go far back into the archive going back to maybe 2014.

The below are links to several of those postings I wanted to share with a blurb that was the opening to each of the pieces. I do hope you will find these interesting and share to help others who may find strength from the writings, or find some useful information.  One thing you will note is as I’ve written over the years my grammar and writing has improved, I hope. (smiles)

 

Suicide is Painless

This is not an easy blog post to write. I have started over multiple times as the subject is not one that people want to hear about. It’s one that many feels belong in the shadows, that the problem is all in someone’s head. The fact is, it is in their head. Their emotions are all over the place from any form of issues which includes, and not limited to, the short list below:

July, 2018… https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/suicide-is-painless

My Answers to 5 Frequent Questions on Multiple Sclerosis

I’m one of those people who is not afraid to take time to talk to someone about the beast that is now part of my life. The beast is nothing that is seen upon my body. You do not see a creature hiding behind me, on my shoulders or hugging my leg. Granted at times it does feel like it is hugging both legs and even my arms. The beast is called Multiple Sclerosis.

July, 2018…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/my-answers-to-5-frequent-questions-on-multiple-sclerosis/

Strong Legs and a Lesson

My original plan was to write a post on a book review but then I saw something that had me change my tactics. The source too many is hated and one of the worst news sources in the world, and that is Fox News. So, what could I find from there that would have me creating a blog post? I’m sure there are a lot of ideas running in people’s heads, but I’m sure they are in most guesses wrong. The title of this post may have given an idea, but what brought me to this post is simple. Her name is Janice Dean; she is a meteorologist for Fox News and most importantly has Multiple Sclerosis.

January, 2015…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2018/01/15/strong-legs-and-a-lesson/

Personal Insights into me and my Multiple Sclerosis

I’m not one to do year in review type of posts. I do think it is important to learn from the past and to move forward, but not live in the past. So I do not go for the end of year, or highlights type of things. Instead I noticed I have not mentioned much about my Multiple Sclerosis and what that brings to my life in some time. So, that is the point of this post, my life since I got diagnosed.

December, 2017…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/personal-insights-into-me-and-my-multiple-sclerosis/

M(s)onster Awakens -A True Story

I wish I could say that the reason for the lack of content over the last few weeks was due to something new and exciting. Sadly I would be lying if I stated that as much of my lack of content has been more relating to health issues.

I’ve written about my Multiple Sclerosis before and after the survey results it was revealed people wanted to see more content around it. So this post is a glimpse of the struggles I’ve been dealing with over the past few weeks. They are health related and I have no fear exposing myself, not in that way people, to the world when it comes to the MS. Yes I am still me and got to throw out some odd humor to lighten a serious mood. It’s just who I am. I must now get back on track, so back to the meat of the post.

March, 2015…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2015/03/30/msonster-awakens-a-true-story/

Fall and the Monster

The change from spring to the fall is one of my favorite times of the year. The leaves turn from their summer green to hues of yellow, orange, and red before they fall to the ground. It’s beautiful to see those colors as they hang from the countless number of trees, at times it looks as beautiful as a sunset. The one drawback the leaves falling gracefully to the ground, and creating a carpet of color is raking them off the yard. This brings me to the main topic of this long promised post, The Fall and Multiple Sclerosis.

November, 2015…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/fall-and-the-msonster/

Dangers of First Impressions (Opinion by Shawn Micallef)

As many know a first impression is the mental image a person forms regarding another person when they first meet. This is usually is something that comes from a first face to face encounter, but today I’m sure can be formed through internet interactions were people never see each other. Well, I should add never see each other at first.

April, 2014…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2014/04/11/dangers-of-first-impressions-opinion-by-shawn-micallef

In Darkness There is Light: Depression, MS, and Suicide

I am ending the year of 2014 with what must be my most personal of posts I have ever written on the blog. This one will get into some deep corners of my mind as I feel in sharing some of that darkness I may be able to bring some light to those who finish this long post. I say that as I will endeavor to show a positive that comes from dealing with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and depression. I will warn that this is a lot of free flowing thoughts and grammar may be bad. The intent is in the message not the grammar and I just had to get this written and shared before I lost my nerve.

December, 2014…https://knightmist.wordpress.com/2014/12/29/in-darkness-there-is-light-depression-ms-suicide/

 

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2019 in Multiple Sclerosis

 

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March is MS Awareness Month

The month of March is designated as Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month. It is why on this 3rd day of March in the year 2019 that I write this posting. I will do this in a different form from of my other postings as the point is to help brings awareness to the disease.

I will start by stating the MS is not as rare as originally thought for Americans. It was recently reported that after a 5-year study by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society that nearly 1 million Americans have the disease.  This is a major change in the disease as for the longest time it was thought to impact under a half million people.

I know that I saw some on social media applaud this change in numbers impacted. They were thrilled that the numbers were higher as it meant there would be more funding. They also mentioned how this report could help bring light to all those that suffer from the disease. I, on the other hand, understand their thinking but disagree.  I say that as considering how MS can impact people in so many different ways, I saw it as more people are going to potentially suffer.

You see, for me, MS has not been to life-changing to me, yet. I am still the same guy I was prior to my diagnosis over 10 years ago now. I have my “odd” humor which is a mixture of sarcasm, some self-deprecation, and just overall goofy as I just want people to laugh and smile. I want people to see me for who I am and not the disease that is within me.

I got to say that for me the biggest issues is the MS Fatigue that can come on out of nowhere. I mean imagine being wide awake, energy level on full, and boom your eyes can’t stay open. You just want to sleep. Your head bobs down,  you snap back hurting your neck, down it goes again and again. It’s maddening, and sometimes a dose of caffeine will help me get awake again. Other times, well glad I got some comfy furniture for napping. (yep sign of that humor here)

The other issues I get are sore legs, and arms at times. I will say, just imagine that someone is sticking you with 100 needles all on the inside of your body focusing on those appendages. Yeah, if that helped you get a sense, at times it feels like 10 times that number. I got to say it really doesn’t hurt like you think it would but it’s enough to cause quite the discomfort.

Other problems that come to light due to the MS. Well, just say I’m glad I work from home and I have a bathroom really close to my home office. Otherwise, if I was in the office we may find out why most garbage cans are plastic lined. Yeah, I know that may have been an overshare, but it’s about awareness right.

Now, I got to say I am also one of those “warriors” that will not let this MSonster take me down. You see where I live there were over 5 or more feet of snow that fell this past February. I live in a home that has multiple adults within these walls. The ironic thing, I am probably the healthiest one so much of that snow removal fell on me. I may complain about it, but really it’s exercise and a few times I know I pushed it. My legs were in pain, my arms hurt, but I did it.

I feel pride in seeing the concrete on the sidewalk and my driveway. I look around at neighbors and many of them are still snow covered and ice underneath. I will be clear I live on a corner so I have plenty of sidewalks to clear but I do it. What is my motivation to make it so clear? Easy.  I imagine someone like me who may have balance issues, or just unsure about walking in the snow. I imagine them slipping and falling on my sidewalk and breaking a bone. I mean I recently fell and if anyone saw me they would have laughed. I had to crawl up into a snowbank to get my footing back. There was pure ice under me so each time I had tried to get up, oops down again I went. This is why I go all out, I do not want someone having to experience that.

I know this is going long so let me bring up another subject quickly. It’s the awareness that is brought by celebrities going out in public talking about MS. Selma Blair was getting headlines for her courage for going to an Oscar’s Party after her diagnosis. She was utilizing a cane to be able to walk, as well.

I got to say by celebrities being willing to talk about their struggles helps to bring even more awareness to the disease. My major issue with that is there are so many others that show the same amount of courage or more on a daily basis. These are some of those near million people who have the disease. The main difference they do not have that celebrity status so they go unseen.

So, here let’s bring this all back together using that word unseen as the final point. You see, MS is can be one of those silent diseases. It is one that you cannot just look at a person and go, “They have MS”. We don’t all have canes, we do not all need wheelchairs, or other forms of transportation to get around. We put one foot in front of the other just like so many able-bodied people. The problem, inside we could be in pain. We may be exerting a lot of effort to just walk around a store. We may have handicap placards for our cars and look normal getting out. We get judged for that, but there is one thing I always want to say to those individuals. “I’ll happily trade my MS for this parking spot if you’d like.”

I’m not sure how much awareness I am bringing to MS with this posting. I am sharing at least my views and letting you into my thoughts. I hope no one got scared of getting a bit inside my head.

I’d love to share some names of those with MS that are like me, no celebrity, but I know some folks don’t even share with their family they have it. Why? It’s their choice as sadly like depression, MS can have a stigma with it.

So, with that stated instead let’s look at some of the celebs who have shared their diagnosis. Why? It’s to show you that MS does not discriminate.

Celebs with MS (Shortlist)

  • Jack Osbourne
  • Selma Blair
  • Janice Dean
  • Clay Walker
  • Tamia Hill
  • Montel Williams
  • Jamie-Lynn Singer
  • Trevor Bayne
  • Teri Garr
 
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Posted by on March 3, 2019 in Multiple Sclerosis

 

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Author Interview with Doug Lamoreux

I do have a normal Ten + 1 Question I ask an author about their book and process but for Sauy Jacky I decided it needed it’s own set of questions for Author Doug Lamoreux.  I also felt that since I have reviewed several of Doug’s books in the past he was due a new set of questions as well. As always, when the author does the review all I do is copy and paste to the blog editor to post. I DO NOT edit for spelling, grammar, or anything else. I am in no way saying there are issues, as normally those are my issues, but want it clear these are the author’s words. So, without further comment………………………………….

Question 1: What was the driving force to write the book, Saucy Jacky?

A big project had fallen through and a solid draft of a manuscript had to be shelved. Six months of writing time had been wasted and I was more than a little angry about it. I funneled that anger into an idea I had been kicking around for a very long time; the possibility of telling the London Ripper murders of 1888 from the killer’s point of view. I started writing – found Jack’s voice immediately – and the novel took off.

Question 2: How did your friends/family react when you stated you were writing about Jack the Ripper?

I don’t, as a rule, discuss ‘works in progress’ in any detail at all. I save the detail for the work. Family and friends rarely ask what I’m working on and usually only get one or two sentences in reply. In this case, it went something like this: “I’m writing the Whitechapel murders from Jack the Ripper’s point of view.” Followed by silence. Followed by a hesitant, “Oh, yeah?” That was the extent of it. With the exception of one good friend (and his wife), who were deeply interested and very excited. They wanted details and often inquired how it was going and repeatedly asked when it would be finished. The novel is dedicated to both.

Question 3: During the initial writing process how was it to work with Ripperologists?

When I’m writing a solo novel, I don’t work with anybody. I made an intense study of the works of numerous ripperologists before the writing began. Then I had to make solid decisions as to which direction I would take my story. No one knows who Jack the Ripper was (despite fierce assertions to the contrary). There are many ‘official’ suspects and staunch advocates in every camp. I pushed aside all the ‘usual suspects’ for what I thought was a simpler and more likely explanation: he was a complete nobody – which made him very interesting indeed.

Question 4: What were some of the Newspapers, or journalists, from the period you recall had some great information on Jack? 

I name them in the novel; over a dozen different papers (with many journalists) covering the crimes. All had great information and, some, misinformation, to inform, amuse, and annoy Saucy Jacky – who must have been reading about his work on a daily basis.

Question 5: What are you working on now? What Genre?

I have four or five novels started and in various stages. All in the horror or mystery genres, save one. None has caught fire in my imagination yet.

Question 6: Who do you imagine being the people reading your book? 

Saucy Jacky is a historical horror novel. It pulls no punches in regards to the atrocities committed, neither does it gratuitously exploit them. It is exactly what it claims to be: The Whitechapel Murders as told by Jack the Ripper. The reader goes with the killer to his place of legitimate employment, on the job when he commits his murders, and back home again (every moment inside his head). It is sometimes grim, but it is also – I think – very entertaining and oddly amusing at times. All sorts of very nice, perfectly reasonable adults read and enjoy well-written horror and suspense. But it is for adults. 

Question 7: Do you expect any reaction from those who call themselves Ripperologists?

Not particularly. I know many have a copy and have added it to their reading piles, but those are often tall piles. There are a lot of ripper scholars with many points of view. Some don’t bother with fiction at all. They are serious students of historical crime and punishment. Of those that do read novels, I have the same hope I have for all my readers – they find something entertaining about my presentation. We’ll see. (For a lark, I added a few ‘Easter eggs’ for ripperologists; my Saucy Jacky encounters a number of famous historical ‘suspects’ in passing as he moves through London’s East End. The average reader won’t notice a thing.)

Question 8: Any good suggestions for those who want to try writing their own book, based on a historical figure?

I never give writing advice – to anyone. Good writers don’t need it. Bad writers won’t take it. I’ll just say: If you’re writing a grocery list, know what you want to eat. If you’re writing a historical novel, know your history. Then all you need do is sit down and write. If you do it long enough, you’ll get good at it. That’s the extent of my advise.

Question 9: When not writing how do you like to spend your time?  

I read – a lot. All good writers read – a lot. And I collect and watch old films, horror films, thrillers, westerns, you name it. I disappear into the past.

Question 10: Any plans for future romps into historical fiction? 

It’s always possible. I’ve written several (Saucy Jacky, 1888; Dracula’s Demeter, 1897) and love the writing and love the research. It’s always possible.

The 11th Question: Any thoughts on who you think Jack may have been? 

All kinds of thoughts. We could talk forever regarding who he ‘might’ have been. But I am open-minded on the subject. I have no convictions and, in truth, I have no real idea.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2019 in Interview

 

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