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Halloween Poetry by Jo Ann Gilbert Stover

Poetry

The first of the 2015 Halloween Week posts is a unique submission, as this is poetry. The two poems below will be sure to engage the reader and are a great start to this week. Please enjoy, and thank you to author Jo Ann Gilbert Stover.

 

If I Was

‘Cause it’s HALLOWEEN! A Halloween Poem

By Jo Ann Gilbert Stover

If I was a ghost

Would I cause you great fright

If I crept up behind you

And yelled BOO! In the night?

If I was a black cat

Back arched and teeth bared

Would my loud YEOWW!

Cause you to be scared?

If I was a witch

Flying moonlit nights on my broom

Would my cackling laugh

Bring you horrible gloom?

Would a vampire bat

With teeth bared and bloody

Scare you to death

Or at least frighten your body?

Do Jack O’ Lanterns

Grinning on a fence post

Make you shiver and quiver

Thinking it might be a ghost?

Or

Whenever October 31st

Comes on the scene

Do you revel like the devil

 

Bored to Death

By Jo Ann Gilbert Stover

The walking dead

Werewolves and ghosts

Vampires and witches

Jack O’ Lanterns on posts

Weird scary music

Filling the air

Blood on the moon

Giving everyone a scare

But here I sit bored

In front of my TV screen

Watching everyone else having fun

On this Halloween

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Posted by on October 26, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Ten Plus One Questions with Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenAuthor Angie Gallow is the author of The Coven and her book is brought to the world by her pubisher Siren’s Call Publications.  What exactly am I talking about? Well here’s her Biography from her Facebook Page: 

Biography

The author known as Angie Gallow enjoys all things weird and creepy. A great lover of books and words, words, words as Hamlet would so eloquently put it. Even though this is the first novel published, the author has been writing for years, honing her craft through the fine professors at Columbia College in Chicago.

 

 

Question 1: What inspired you to write The Coven?

Inspiration for The Coven came from the old vampire lore, when people were superstitious of people rising from the dead. It came from superstitious stories of clergyman and hunters tracking down the undead and roaming through cemeteries, looking for just-risen vampires. I wanted to infuse that back into the vampire’s world, to make them deal with it again, and make them battle with the notion that their own kind can be the cause of their downfall.

Question 2: Is there any significance to the name names of your main characters?

I just wanted the characters to be memorable. Otherwise, there is no huge meaning or significance to their names at all.

Question 3: During the writing process did you find yourself thinking about any of your memories?

No. This story is completely fabricated of my own imagination with the help of myths and lore. My memories aren’t involved 🙂

Question 4: What were some of your favorite books growing up?

I grew up reading a lot of Roald Dahl. I remember The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett being my favorite book growing up. I read a lot of dark stories; I was a horror lover from an early age.

Question 5: Do you hear from fans of the book, and if you do what do they say?

I haven’t from them yet but I hope they don’t stay quiet for long.

Question 6: What was the feeling like when you saw the very first printed version of your book?

Like a dream was coming true. After sending so much time writing and rewriting a novel that you, at one point, don’t believe will ever get read, it’s amazing. I was quite proud of myself.

Question 7: Do you continue to write?

All the time. It’s in my blood and I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing.

Question 8: What is the message you are want people to take away from the book?

I guess the overall message is, ‘just because you don’t like it, don’t ruin it for everyone else’. We see that in the juxtaposition of the characters Sebastien and Harold. Sebastien, at one point, draws the connection between werewolves and vampires, saying that werewolves can start over and rebuild their clans but vampires can’t. Sebastien just wants to live out his existence peacefully, whereas Harold hates himself, claiming that no one should be allowed to live on forever. He hates being a vampire so much that he will aid the enemy to rid the world on his own kind.

Question 9: If you could envision a future for your main character, what would it be?

I’ve played with that in my head for a while now. I originally had it where the Diocese Club regroups and finds out that it was Sebastien who foiled their plans and comes after him. I thought about having his human companion grow up a bit and get pulled into the fray; maybe have Sebastien find love… but it’s only play in my mind right now.

Question 10: Who are those in the dedication of the book, and their importance to you?

I haven’t made any dedications in the book but if I had to I would have dedicated it to my parents. They’re the reason I’m here and if anyone deserves to share the spotlight, they do.

The + 1 Question:

If you had any one place in the world you could travel to for a book tour, where would that place be, and why?

France. Vampires seem to just gravitate to France because the romantic aspect that France carries; vampires just seem to fit in France, for some reason, even though that’s not where they’re stories originated from. We always see vampires in France.

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Interview

 

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The Coven by Author Angie Gallow

TheCovenWhen first one sees, or hears, the word coven they jump to the thought that witches are going to be the topic of discussion. There will some point be talk about spells, cauldrons, black cats, and ugly old women. It’s the danger when a word gets tied to specific thing and people do not realize its true definition. A coven is simply a collection of people and thus can be things from a stamp collectors meeting to a group of Sailor Moon fans.

The Coven by author Angie Gallow is just such a book that will show you that we are not always dealing with witches. In the case of the book, we have Vampires who are hiding from society in 1910 London. Their home is under the stewardship of Maurice Sorel and son Alaric. They run the coven and although the reader won’t find out till late in the book how ruthless they can be they seem to be good characters. They even tried helping more of their kind come to London under the leadership of Sebastien who was summoned from Normandy to help the traveling group.

As the book opens the reader is informed of what happened on that trip to London. How Sebastien and the traveling group where set upon by other vampires, and many killed. The attackers being other vampires would infuriate anyone as they are killing their own kind. Thus, there can be only one group behind this attack. A group from the church who tortures vampires and turns them against their own kind named the Diocese Club.

The club has a post in London and unfortunately for the vampire coven, they are in the Whitechapel area just as the coven. They may almost be neighbors and the Diocese Club is not the only danger that is out there for Maurice and Alaric.

The Diocese Club’s presence in Whitechapel is led by a very dark and ruthless Harold Strahan. A man, or vampire, that will stop at nothing to find vampires and kill them. This will include torturing the members of his team to finish a job, or to find and kill vampires.

What author Angie Gallow does within the pages of The Coven is introduce the reader to two groups of vampires. One seems to get along, has friends and just tries to survive in the world. This group is the one Sebastien finds himself living in. A group that even has a small human boy as a servant within their ranks. A boy they took in after his family was killed.

The other group on the other hand is pure and simple zealots. They were tortured by members of the church and given the assignment of killing others of their kind. The church is using them as pawns or face severe torture or their own death. This group is the one that holds Harold and his group of killers.

As you read you find that at some point the two groups are bound to find each other. Maurice wants a war just as much as Harold. The question is will cooler heads prevail; will there be bloodshed or a minimal loss of life? This is what is found within the pages of the book. You will find a chess game between groups on who will make the first move. There will be pawns and at some point each team will have members taken that others will do all they can to retrieve alive.

The characters are developed well from the little boy to the different vampires brought out in the book. There is tension built from all sides and this helps add to the story. Vampire fans will really enjoy the book as it shows them in a light not often seen. They are not there to look gorgeous, to rip man apart, but to survive within a world of man without being noticed. The Coven is one of those reads you hold onto till the last page, and the interesting twist within the final pages just makes the book so much better.

 

 

The below information is courtesy of Siren’s Call Publications the publisher of the book.

 

 

The Coven

Angie Gallow

After a gruesome betrayal, vampire Sebastien Vilmont is flung into a whirlwind cat and mouse game when his traveling party is ambushed by an opposing group of bloodthirsty vampires. Maurice, the leader of Sebastien’s coven, makes the decision to not only wage war against the opposing vampire clan, but a clerical organization known as The Diocese Club who wishes to exterminate all vampire-kind.

Trying desperately to protect the secrecy of their coven’s location below the streets of Whitechapel, London, Sebastien finds himself at odds with Maurice in his desire to not engage in all-out war with the renegade Catholic faction. At the same time, he must also battle the other vampire coven to guard their anonymity from humans. In doing so, Sebastien is forced into choices and alliances he might not otherwise have made.

Set in the tone of Victorian England, The Coven is a thrilling and horrific journey through the seedier workings of the vampire underworld, and pious ideology of The Diocese Club.

 

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Posted by on June 26, 2014 in Reviews

 

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Vikings, Vampires and Mailmen by Kevin Glennon: Book Review

Vikings, Vampires and Mailmen is a title of a book written by Kevin Glennon.  I know when I first looked at the title I was unsure how these would all tie together in a book.  The cover is enough to make you wonder as there is an illustrated bullet entry and exit point.   As you turn to look at the back cover and read the brief synopsis of the book you are met by a US Postal Service box that as a unique label upon it. The design on that label has a bat head and wings flying in a logo that is close to the USPS logo.  The other major difference in the well-known USPS logo is that in the fine print it states, “The United States Vampire Service.”

The job of the USVS is to protect those in the United States from Vampires as the best they can. The group is a shadow organization hidden within the federal government and gets the funding they need to get the job done.  There is a reason they use the USPS as a cover, and thus the Mailmen part of the title.

The group is led by one Othniel O’Connor who would probably slug you for calling him Othniel. He goes by the moniker chief to his men and the government contact he works with.  The rest of his crew have unique names such as Pretty, Professor, Sluggo and Larry.  The group is made up an eclectic group of men that do what they can to protect the US, and the world from Vampires.

His men are not the only things that have special names to them.  As you read you will be introduced to the terminology the team uses.  The one name that you may seem a bit heartless is the term “wrappers.”  The reader will understand the reason for this name as you read further into the book.  The vampires are also designated with a different term and are even given their own ranking system.  The great things about these vampires are that their savagery goes back to some of the original vampires you have read about.  These are not the type that sparkle and are out to get the women, well except for a feast.

The weaponry and settings of the book are also things that many military minded readers will find interesting.  These “mailmen” are able to get their hands on some great military technology.  We get a glimpse of their supply chain and more importantly the effectiveness of what they use.

The job that Glennon does in writing this story will have you hooked within a chapter. The dynamics that are seen in the team are greatly done and you can sense the comradeship they have for each other. Those who are fans of military drama will get the sense this is a team that will go through hell for each other.  Their Chief is a man who cares just as much for his men as those they must try and protect.

What Glennon does here is he takes the story of vampires and puts in some unique history in them. As the jacket cover states there is a special Viking artifact that could be creating trouble for people.  This is used in the book in a very creative way and is something you could easily believe in.  The one additional thing that adds more to the book is a group out of Europe who has its own shadowy background and maybe more support from the US than the USVS.

The story is a great read and something fans of many genres will have trouble putting down.  It has elements of horror, sci-fi, history and some military touches to the book.  It is something that many readers will like regardless of their favorite genre.  It’s a book that needs to be talked about and shared with as many others as you can possible talk to about the book.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Reviews

 

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Templar to Monster

The below is a story of the death of a good Knight and the birth of a monster.

I come from a family line that can be traced back to the Templar Knights. A long departed relative name Sir Ralph St. Leger served with the Knights from 1186 to 1202, along with his son. The senior Ralph St. Leger did not always follow the code of the Templar’s. He was able to eat in silence, hold his consumption of meat, but unable to keep his hands off women. He fathered a few “bastard” children and that is where my family came into the order. We happily served the order as squires and some rose to fight with the Templar’s becoming Knights before the treasonous acts of King Philip IV of France used the church to destroy the order to get out of his debt in October 1307. This lead to Pop Clement agreeing to disband the order in 1312 and a black day in the world as it was known at the time.

Fortunately my family was in English and escaped much of the carnage seen in France. We where given a special mission to hide quantities of gold and jewels to the day the order could rebuild. It wasn’t until the year 1523 when I became involved. My name at that time was Ian Ledgerson. As you can see my family took the name of Leger just changing it slightly over the centuries.

I can still remember the cold autumn day in which I was out traveling by horse back with a long time comrade. We had just left the secret hiding place of the treasure and where on our way back to the castle. The sun was setting so we where traveling at close to full gallop when we spotted a man ahead. He had a walking stick, a long cloak and to both of us resembled a man of god. We pulled up our horses and asked if he needed help. He turned to us both and we saw a face so pail and cold we where taken by shock. Our horses suddenly bucked knocking us both to the ground before running away. We stood up cursing the animals and brushed some of the road off our tunics.

We turned to ask the stranger a question but he was gone. Then I heard my comrade grunt and shriek in terror. I turned pulling at the blade on my hip and was hit with fear. The stranger had my comrade by the neck, with long teeth showing about to bite into his neck.

“Please, please, do not kill me I know of a great treasure. Spare my life and I’ll”

“Marcus, do not speak we pledged our life’s to protect that secret.”
“Ian I am not ready to die yet, especially in such a manner.” “

Please sir; whatever you are spare me and I will take you to it”

The stranger for the first time finally opens his mouth and speaks. His voice cold and icy with no emotion in it instantly sends chills down my spine and my hair rises on my neck.

“So. Your name is Marcus; this Treasure you speak of cannot be large for one such of yourself to be keeping watch over it.”

“Sir, it is a treasure passed on…..”
“MARCUS, NO KEEP QUIET!”

I rush at the stranger and Marcus, my goal to kill one of them to protect the Templar’s Treasure. However the stranger should unimaginable speed and using the walking stick trips me at my legs causing me to hit the ground. He then sticks an end on my throat making breathing difficult. He then speaks again.

“So, this treasure must be worth something if this fool is willing to kill over it. You will tell me know about it and I just may spare your life.”

Marcus shaking in fear and having soiled himself begins to weep and divulges the secret we had sworn to protect.

“Sirrr, the, the treasure we, (sniffs) are to protect is but a small remnant of the great Templar’s”

“Ahhh, the Templar’s I do recall that Order of Good doers always marching off to war in the Holy Lands. So tell me boy, how is it protected and most of all where do I find it.”

Marcus breaks down his knees giving way and as the stranger goes to hold him up I’m able to breathe again just shy of passing out.

“Father forgive me.” I hear Marcus say.

“There is a cove of trees back some 5 miles in the woods that leads to a hidden doorway. I do not know how to open it, only Ian knows.”

I scream, “NO MARCUS, DO NOT!! HE’LL KILL YO.” I’m unable to finish the words as Marcus screams as the powerful jaws clamp upon his neck and Marcus after what seems like minutes collapses to the hard road surface dead.

The Stranger then turns his attention to me, grabs the nape of the shirt around my neck and pulls me to my feet.

“Boy, you will take me there and show me everything.”

“I refuse I gave my word that my life will be forfeit before I ever betray the order and the duty I have taken.”

“So be it BOY!”

I do not recall much from there as the next few weeks seem like dreams. All I remember is following the orders of this stranger, opening the cavern, helping to move the treasure during the night and an insatiable hunger.

It is only know these 485 years later that I realize that he took me that night. He transferred me into the beast I am now. I at times still curse him for that but also must thank him. At that moment in time I began a new life and like him became a scoundrel of sorts.

I have traveled the centuries finding ways to gain influence and more importantly financial riches that would embarrass kings. I was a spy for the English during World War I helping them to defeat the German Hordes that went to take over the World at that time. Well, so they thought as I was a double agent actually helping the Germans but they where so poor ignorant to the fact the English had broken their codes I instead turned in one of their greatest spies. One Marta Hari, she was a delectable looking creature but I got more pleasure of watching her face her penalty for spying then I would have enjoyed her.

The thing I did love about war was the ease in hiding the corpses of those I fed upon to stay alive. So many thousands killed in battle or bombings the authorities rarely looked for bite wounds for cause of death.

Then came World War II and the Nazi’s where even a better regime to work for as they where truly more evil then I thought possible. They left such carnage over the countries of Poland and France I almost lost control of myself. The riches I was able to “collect” for myself continue to serve me will today. I unlike the Germans took items I know would not be missed by History or the families they where taken from. I did change some of my tactics and maybe my heart softened when I saw what the Nazi’s where doing to people in their “special” camps, but only time will tell if it will soften much more.

So, now I finally decided to setup a location in the “New World” and I will follow the pattern that has worked for me so well in the past into service here. Of course I begin with purchasing a beautiful home that on the outside blends in with the area but on the inside allows for me to update it to fit my needs.

I then will spend my evening’s setting up video surveillance cameras through out the city in such a manner I can see nearly all corners of the city. If not my own cameras then I will hack into the city’s network and use theirs. I then will simply watch and learn who in the rich in this city of skeletons in their closets and more importantly if more of my kind are around. Granted the greatest need will to be find some sources of nourishment although over 400 years I have found alternate means of feeding and keeping myself well nourished. I just wish that I was not one of 32 years when I was taken to this life as so many seem to look so much younger as I spy them throughout the world.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2011 in Short Stories

 

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