The Truth About Anti-Matter

Engineer: “Why has the captain ordered self-destruct?”

Scotty: “I would say, lass, because he thinks…he hopes…that when we go up, we’ll take the intruder with us.”

Engineer: “Will we?”

Scotty: “When that much matter and anti-matter come together, oh yes, we will indeed!”

~ Star Trek

We all interact with matter every day of our lives. Indeed, we are all made of matter. But what of anti-matter? How can the opposite of matter even exist? Scientists not only affirm its existence, but experiment with it as well, despite it being a possible trigger to our destruction.

big bang anti matter antimatter

The big bang should have created equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the early universe.

Does Anti-Matter Exist?

We all remember how, on the original Star Trek television series, engineer Scotty was always pulling his hair out worrying about the starship’s engines. Those fictional engines ran on a ‘matter and anti-matter’ mix, which gave the futuristic craft enough propulsion to whiz it to other star systems without the need for putting the crew into cold storage. But does anti-matter really exist?

Star Trek Warp Core

Star Trek’s Warp Core

Making Anti-Matter

The answer is yes, absolutely. It exists. In fact, scientists create it in their laboratories all the time. But it generally does not last. And that’s the real trick. When you makes anti-matter, you need to do things with it – and quickly. First of all, you need to keep it from touching anything else. If you make an anti-electron, and it touches a regular electron, then it annihilates into a very high-energy photon, so it has to be trapped and kept away from everything else. Fortunately, there are techniques to do exactly that. The particle accelerator at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland – the world’s largest particle physics laboratory – is used to collide protons with other protons.

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Antimatter is created at CERN Labs

Frightening Implications

But can we make enough anti-matter to create a power sufficient enough to propel a spacecraft like the Enterprise? Or, of greater concern, an explosion? One might think that all that was needed would be to bring together a large amount of matter and a large amount of anti-matter and boom – the dreaded apocalypse. But that would be a very inefficient way of making an explosion. The amount of energy one would need to make to create that huge amount of anti-matter in the first place might just as well be put to work making an ordinary explosion.

anti matter bomb

Hope for the Future

Work with anti-matter is now decades old. Recent fears that CERN would create a black hole and suck the entire earth into it turned out to be unfounded. These scientists know the risks, and obviously have not blown up our world – and themselves – during their experiments. Humanity’s best interests have to be their priority.

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The Lost History of Planet Earth

Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock

There exists a lost civilization, a forgotten episode in human history. That, according to alternative historian Graham Hancock, author of Fingerprints of the Gods. Was this lost civilization, as he and an increasing number of his contemporaries stipulate, connected with the end of the last ice age about 12,500 years ago? “It takes an almost wilful blindness on the behalf of archaeologists to ignore it,” Hancock states.

It does seem that, at times, society has a vested interest in a particular view of history – that we, ourselves, are the apex and the pinnacle of the human story and that we should be proud and self-satisfied. This idea is still, to this day, taught in mainstream archaeology. A central part of that view is that all civilizations before ours must have been less advanced, much less advanced than we are.

But what kind of cataclysmic event could have occurred that might have wiped out almost all traces of an early, hitherto unknown civilization? Surely there would be artefacts. Some non-biodegradable artefacts would definitely survive for a very long time. A massive cataclysm would have had to have happened.

Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock at Sacsayhuaman megalithic site Peru ~ Photo by Santha Faiia

Japan's Underwater Ruins

Japan’s Underwater Ruins

Submerged In Mystery

What scientists do recognize is the end of the last ice age when for about one hundred thousand years large parts of the earth’s surface were covered by enormous ice sheets; the whole of North America was covered with ice over two miles thick. A similar ice sheet covered almost all of northern Europe. Most of this ice melted very rapidly – no one really know why – and poured its contents into the oceans and raised the level of the sea by more than four hundred feet all around the world, swallowing up ten million square miles of land (roughly the size of Europe and China put together). If there are remnants of Atlantis, Lemuria, or any other lost civilization, most of it could be underwater.

Many myths and traditions speak of an episode of technological advancement in the past, perhaps very different from our own. Artefacts of such civilizations might not even appear to be technological in nature.

In 1999, Graham Hancock and his team dove into the blue waters off of Okinawa, Japan, to see what local fishermen described as the remains of an underwater city. At a depth of one hundred and twenty feet beneath the sea is a gigantic, Stonehenge-like stone circle. The geological evidence showed that this circle has been underwater for more than twelve thousand years – one of a large number of enormous stone monuments found under Japanese waters. “All of this adds up, in my mind,” says Hancock, “to compelling evidence for a forgotten past of the human story.”

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Taking Time by Ellie Garratt

Fantasy author Ellie Garratt, fresh from her success with her anthology of the macabre, Passing Time, releases Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories! Congrats to Ellie from Written Worlds – this one looks to be another creep-tastic smash!

Taking Time by Ellie Garratt

Taking Time by Ellie Garratt

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Science fiction stories of time and space…

The future of humanity must be decided in Next Phase. Winning the Planetary Lottery is not as lucky as it first seems in Schrodinger’s Gamble. An apocalypse and its aftermath threaten to tear one couple apart in Daiker’s Children. In Life As I Know It a reclusive man finds both his heart and home invaded during an alien harvest. In Taking Time a demon seeking shelter on a distant planet finds himself facing a very different kind of demon, after answering a frontier settlement’s plea for help.

Stories range from flash fiction to novelette in length.

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Author Ellie Garratt

Author Ellie Garratt

A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead.

Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre was published in March 2013 and contains nine previously published stories. Taking Time and Other Science Fiction Stories is her second short story collection.

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Excerpts

Schrodinger’s Gamble

They–the lottery officials–are waiting for me. It turns out the last door on the right isn’t an exit, rather a walkway that leads past the fleet relay station, now buzzing with activity, and on to lottery headquarters–a large room with a metallic desk and four chairs in one corner.
“Hi,” I say as I walk into the room. An elderly man and middle-aged woman I recognise from lottery advertisements are standing behind the desk.
“Charles Schrodinger?” the elderly man asks.
“Yes.”
“Excellent,” he says.
I hear an eruption of cheers travelling our way from the flight deck and suspect I’m being ousted from the draw after all. I glance at my ticket and begin examining it for signs of forgery.
“There are a few things we need to go over before the planet is officially yours, Charles. You understand there are matters that need to be addressed?”
I must give the impression of being vacant at that point because the old man repeats himself twice.
“But that would mean I’ve already won,” I mutter.
“Yes. We thought you’d been briefed.” The old man and woman glance at one another.
The female official, who I finally remember is called Janna Brisbane, makes a tutting sound.
“Take a seat, Charles. There are a few things we need to discuss,” Janna says with an exasperated tone to her voice. I stay standing.
Ignoring my failure to sit, she continues. “The thing is safety–your safety. We couldn’t possibly leave you out there to be savaged by the fleet. Have you any idea of the tactics those friendly-faced terraformers would use to part you with your ticket? The deceit they would employ to pass themselves off as you? No. We won’t even start talking about the religious groups. So, the draw is pre-determined in this way.”
“Pre-determined?” I ask.
“You don’t think we leave it to chance, do you? Let a random person or ship win a planet. Considerable research and thought goes into deciding who is the best candidate for the job. Of course there’ve been mistakes; the first planet and the isolationists, but on the whole I believe we got it right.”

Daiker’s Children

I picked up the heavy bundle of survival rations left for me in the exit corridor, took one last look at the door to The Facility through which one kind of future was offered, and then walked out into the yellow-tinged atmosphere of Southern England. The aliens’ offer of a safe living environment and human facsimiles stopped being an option the moment I learnt Jen had not made it to their facility. I had to find her even if it cost my life. She was my world, and a world without her was not one I wanted to live in.
During the days of alien-enforced quarantine–I have no idea how long it lasted because there were no clocks to tell the time or date–I forgot just how acrid Earth’s atmosphere had become. The toxic air outside the facility scratched my lungs like cats clawing sharp talons down my windpipe. My breathing slowed and became more laboured. I could hear myself starting to wheeze. As my eyes burned and watered and my vision deteriorated, I dropped my heavy backpack on the ground and pulled out the gas mask they gave me. A few fumbling seconds later, the clear plastic mask covered my nose and mouth, and cool, clean air refreshed me. Within seconds, my breathing returned to normal though the mask could not remove my memory of devastation’s stink–the sweet scent of burned bodies and a burnt-out civilisation.
I found it hard to believe there was ever a world, a safe world, as I gazed in horror at the toxic wasteland before me. A sea of atomic destruction blinked back. Nothing remained standing or intact except for the ruins of Exeter in the distance. I’d allowed myself to bask in a happy kind of naivety, ignorant of the destructive power our governments and military harboured. Now I faced the consequences. I vowed never to be so naive or stupid again. To find her meant questioning everything.

Taking Time

A tall, lithe woman of a similar age to Ing approached me. Her short-cropped hair was the colour of darkness, and there was a confidence to the way she swaggered up to me. She was the person in charge.
She stopped only a couple of inches from my face, almost breathing down my throat. I prayed she didn’t notice my lack of breath–the undead had no need for air in their lungs.
“You don’t look well, bounty hunter,” she said.
As I stood taller, so that my already imposing six-foot frame loomed over the human female, I knew I’d have to talk her around. “I’ve not been on solid land for a few months. I’ve been running down illegal passage ships and cargo. Illegal cargo.”
Her eyes flashed bright with something. I wasn’t sure what it meant, but the word illegal had excited her.
She held out a hand for me to shake. “The name’s McCaffrey. Formerly of any planet left to colonise.”
I took her hand and shook it, then re-introduced myself. “Victory Dead. Formerly of Earth.”
McCaffrey dismissed everyone but the scare-faced Ing, and they took me into a bar like all the others I’d passed through since travelling the frontier–a cheap and fast assembly metal-frame construction. It contained only the most basic furnishings. There were more patrons than I could count, and they went silent when we entered.
When I reached the bar, a stone-faced human male behind the counter slid a bottle towards me. I wasn’t sure what it contained but accepted it anyway–to refuse would have been rude and invited trouble. “Compliments of Daring,” he said as I placed my supplies on the floor beside me.
“Thanks,” I replied before pretending to sniff the contents of the bottle. As a vampire, I could only smell blood.
The bartender turned his attention to McCaffrey and scar-face. “Evening, Captain. Thought I told you to keep Ing away.”
Ing scowled and stepped forward, his hands balled into fists. McCaffrey placed an arm across his chest.
“You know it’s not Captain anymore. I haven’t been a captain since I crash-landed here three years ago. And Ing won’t be causing you any trouble while I’m here. You have my word.”
The owner grunted something and then moved off to serve another customer.
I wasn’t sure how long a Revelation year lasted, so when McCaffrey spoke of crash-landing three years ago she could have been talking any number of Earth years or months.
“Well it’s about time,” said a voice behind me, interrupting my thoughts.

Author Tara Fox Hall!

Tara Fox Hall

Tara Fox Hall

Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance.

Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Microhorror, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies, including the recently published charity works Fear (Vol. 1) and Shifters. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She is the author of the paranormal fantasy Lash series and the paranormal romantic drama Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Tara Fox Hall on vampires: “I’ve loved vampires since I saw Frank Langella in the first “hot vampire” version of Dracula years ago. That love intensified in my later teens with The Lost Boys, and reading Interview with the Vampire, along with anything vampire I could get my hands on. But I wanted more than the evil monster chasing young virgins; more than the sweet, misunderstood handsome fanged stranger that becomes the perfect mate for the woman who captures his heart after so many lone centuries. I wanted a vampire so well-crafted in detail that I could believe he was real. I wanted something different to happen in the story, other than girl becomes vampire, or vampire becomes dust. I wanted passion, tragedy, romance, suspense, action, and the haunting sweetness of poetry and song floating on a soft night breeze. So I penned my own vampires.”

Tara Fox Hall talks about her latest book: “My latest book is Taken for His Own, the fourth instalment in my Promise Me Series. It takes up where the third book left off. Sar had done her best to rebuild her life when her fiancé Theo went missing. She’s partnered with her former vampire lover Danial to raise Theo’s daughter Elle (Elle’s natural mother is dead from childbirth complications). She’s also had a child of her own with Danial, Theoron, and is trying to come to terms with her inevitable turning from human to vampire.

“When she finds out Theo’s alive, she can’t stop herself from journeying west to find him, and confront him about where he’s been for the last year and a half. This is where Taken for His Own begins. After a passionate reunion and a hasty marriage, the two lovebirds are headed back east. But picking up the pieces is far from easy. While Danial is accepting of Theo’s return, Elle prefers her vampire adoptive father over Theo. More than one enemy is waiting in the wings, making repeat attempts on Sar’s life. Add into the mix Devlin, Sar’s old enemy who’s now turned good guy, and a new paramour for Danial and you’ve got a powder keg primed to explode.”

Promise Me #1

Promise Me #1

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Book Title: Promise Me (Promise Me Series #1) – Vampire romance
Format: print and e-book
Pages: 233
Date Released: June 2012

Near Death Experiences

Out of Body Experience

Out of Body Experience

A person loses consciousness, and finds themselves floating out of their body, towards a brilliant white light. The light calls to them, guides them to the threshold of the Other Side. There, grandma, granddad, and other deceased relatives smile and give words of comfort. Then, that person regains consciousness … and lives to tell the tale of what happens after death. This is the Near Death Experience. We have all heard stories of those people who have had terrible accidents, or lost the fight on the operating table, only to reclaim life … and then tell of what they saw on their journey out of their body. A bright white light, a glimpse of dead relatives, then back.

If thoughts are electricity, as biologists will affirm, then how do we know that the white light experience during near-death trauma isn’t simply the experience of the brain’s neural network electrical decay? Even the perceived contact with deceased relatives could be the sum of our most commonly stored memories, right?

Not All In The Mind

Near Death Experience

Near Death Experience

Not according to near-death researcher, P.M.H Atwater. She attests that there is a great deal of evidence that this theory is not true. The white light that people see is described as brighter than million suns. It’s alive, It’s possessed of full knowledge and wisdom. It knows their name. It knows the future as well as the past. It is an encounter that is absolutely overwhelming.

Often people see relatives during their experience that they never knew they had, and could not have known that this relative even existed, much less what they looked like, who they were, and information about them. This is especially true with children. After their experience, they may go through the family album and point to a particular deceased relative and know all about them. “In one case,” says P.M.H Atwater, “a young girl, a near-death experiencer, pointed to a person, and was told that this was her uncle. Nobody in the family had ever mentioned the uncle’s name, because it was a no-n. Not only did she point to that individual, but she told all about how he died in World War II, the accident, his injuries, the fact that he had impregnated her aunt, and that she lost the baby, and that the baby was on the Other Side too.”

Thanks to four major clinical studies and a plethora of papers published in peer-reviewed journals, today the near-death phenomenon is the number one choice of scientists worldwide to study consciousness.

Out-of-body experiences are now considered normal and typical to the experience, and are no way related to things like oxygen deprivation, the dying brain, drug hallucinations, or similar. Although experts in this field still do not know what causes near death experiences, they certainly know what does not.

FANTASY AUTHOR DOROTHY DREYER!

Today I am featuring author Dorothy Dreyer! Her Young Adult fantasy novel, My Sister’s Reaper, is out now – sure to be a big hit!

Dorothy Dreyer

Dorothy Dreyer

Dorothy Dreyer is a paranormal young adult fiction enthusiast who specializes in urban fantasy.

Her young adult urban fantasy MY SISTER’S REAPER debuts June 18, 2013 from Month9Books. The sequel releases May 2014.

Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two teens.

My Sister's Reaper

My Sister’s Reaper

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.

When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong.

Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what.

Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.

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Interview With The Vampire (Hunter)!

These days, people love all things vampire, be it Twilight, True Blood, or The Vampire Diaries. Horror movies reign supreme. The supernatural continues to be very popular.

For those of you who have read my Young Adult urban fantasy novel, Blood Family, you will know that it features a whole host of vampire hunters, including Logan DuPris, her father, Quenton DuPris, and reluctant vampire tracker Pastor Nathan Dark.

But they are fiction.

What about reality? Are there really – I mean REALLY – vampire hunters in this world? Well, I tracked one down and have interviewed him for Written Worlds! Get your crosses and garlic ready, and read on…

Bishop Seán Manchester

Bishop Seán Manchester

You will be more than a little amazed by his blood-curdling accounts of Bishop Seán Manchester.

Bishop Manchester has specialised in the ministry of exorcism for four decades, having entered the Minor Order of Exorcistate in early 1973 and acknowledged by many as one of Britain’s foremost authorities on demonology (including vampirology) and exorcism.

He has appeared on Coast to Coast radio and has written several books, including The Vampire Hunter’s Handbook.

I am very happy (and a little intimidated!) to be interviewing him for Written Worlds…

Mark Knight: You came into the spotlight with the Highgate Vampire case in the 1970s, but your interest and knowledge of vampires no doubt goes back further in time. When did you first start researching this unusual subject?

Seán Manchester: Serious introduction to the subject came about in the 1960s (I cannot recall precisely when) with my reading The Vampire: His Kith & Kin (1928) and The Vampire in Europe (1929), both by Montague Summers, prior to which the supernatural had always held a fascination since early childhood. Summers led me to read more obscure vampirological works from earlier centuries. I have the good fortune to know quite well someone who themselves knew Montague Summers and received from Summers a “vampire protection medallion” (referred to and illustrated in The Vampire’s Bedside Companion anthology published in 1975 where I also make a contribution). The medallion has been bequeathed to me by its owner.

Mark Knight: How much of the current vampire lore is generated by Hollywood and how much of it is genuine? Or is any of it genuine?

Seán Manchester: I am unfamiliar with much of the current culture appertaining to vampires and vampirism, but I suspect it has little bearing on the lore of centuries past. My knowledge, albeit supplemented by experts from yestercenturies, is based more on experience than it is on speculative consideration and contemporary culture.

Bishop Seán Manchester

Bishop Seán Manchester

Mark Knight: Among your fields of research are the areas of demonology and demonaltry. Please can you explain the meaning of these two terms?

Seán Manchester: The word “demonology” refers to the study of demons whereas the word “demonolatry” covers the study of those who practice diabolism and the minutiae of their darkly occult ritualism. Since the late 1950s and early 1960s the word has also been adopted by diabolists themselves as a reference to describe their demon worship. When I use the word it is in its older meaning, that is, pertaining to studying and researching about diabolists and their sinister practices.

Mark Knight: What would you say to someone who insists that vampires and demons do not exist in the real world?

Seán Manchester: I think you will find that most people not only dismiss the existence of demons (vampires are predatory demons) in our largely atheistic, secular society, but all things supernatural. I would merely say that I hope they are never confronted by the demonic whilst I pray they encounter the angelic. To those who do not believe, no amount of words from me will convince them of anything supernatural, whereas no words or convincing are required from me to those who already believe.

Mark Knight: Would you recommend anyone who is interested in vampirolgical research and demonology to get involved and if so, what advice would you give him/her?

Seán Manchester: I would not advise anyone to “get involved” unless they absolutely know they have a definite calling to the ministry of exorcism. Then I would advise them to seek out a traditionalist branch of their Church. Otherwise, study the subject by all means, but do not dabble in it or otherwise become involved.

Self Portrait with Stake

Self Portrait with Stake

Mark Knight: Lastly, what are your current interests and projects? Who is Seán Manchester in everyday terms, outside of all things clerical?

Seán Manchester: I do not like to talk about projects where I am only a consultant or contributor (and there are several) or where I have been asked not to discuss the project until it is in post-production and closer to release. Where I am solely in control I would feel free to engage in that conversation and only then where it does not compromise the integrity of the project or any confidences placed in me by other people.

Outside of all things clerical, I am a portrait artist (oil on canvas), a photographer, poet, musician and composer. I am a collector of antique objects ranging from sacred relics to Byronania, rare books, paintings, phonograph cylinders and 78rpm records, daguerreotypes, Victorian and Edwardian photographs, artifacts, curiosities and miscellany. I have a number of old cameras, my favourite being a 19th century Thornton & Pickard brass and mahogany plate camera. The majority of my antiques are 19th century and earlier with only a few specific items of more recent vintage.

Artifacts most precious to me are the relics of saints and those awaiting canonization, that is, the venerated and the beatified. These are housed in reliquaries installed at my private retreat. I have written a memoir which I doubt I shall ever offer for publication. My current instruction is to have it burned to ashes upon my demise.

If you want to delve deeper into the supernatural world of Bishop Seán Manchester, then open the vault to his website and Facebook page.

Don’t forget your Holy Water…

Vampire Hunter's Handbook

Vampire Hunter’s Handbook

Highgate Vampire

Highgate Vampire

Author Roy Huff!

My blog tour for Blood Family – Quest for the Vampire Key has come to an end, but it goes out with a bang! Today I am very happy and honoured to be featured on OwenSage.com – the website of YA author, Roy Huff! Roy has written a spectacular interdimensional tale – Everville.

About the book:

Everville Everville

Owen Sage is the emblematic college freshman at Easton Falls University. With all the worries about his first year in college, he was not prepared for what would happen next. His way of life was flipped upside down when he mysteriously crossed into another dimension, into the beautiful land of Everville. His excitement was abruptly halted when he discovered that there was a darkness forged against both the natural world, which he knew well, and the new land which he discovered, Everville. He must devise a plan to save both worlds while joining forces with the race of Fron and The Keepers, whom both harbor hidden secrets he must learn in order to gain power over the evil that dwells in The Other In Between.

With a race against time to save both worlds, his short time at Easton Falls did not quite prepare him for the evil, dark forces he must fight in order to conquer The Other In Between.

About the author:

'Everville' Author, Roy Huff ‘Everville’ Author, Roy Huff

Roy Huff is the author of Amazon’s #1 international bestselling epic fantasy novel, Everville: The First Pillar. This is the first installment in the remarkable Everville series which combines elements of epic fantasy and young adult fiction in a form that nearly anyone will enjoy reading, young or old. He is a man of many interests including but not limited to science, traveling, movies, the outdoors, and of course writing teen and young adult fantasy fiction. He holds five degrees in four separate disciplines including liberal arts, history, secondary science education, and geoscience.

Roy Huff’s background includes work in art, history, education, business, real-estate, economics, geoscience, and satellite meteorology. He was born on the East Coast but has spent more than half his life in Hawaii, where he currently resides and writes his epic fantasy sagas.

Solomon Grimm and the Well of Souls – Next by Mark Knight

Just wanted to give everyone a heads-up about my next Young Adult paranormal urban fantasy, Solomon Grimm and the Well of Souls. This will be released in a few months, and tells the story of fifteen-year-old British foster kid, Solomon, and the gypsy curse that transforms him into one of the walking dead. There is a cure, but finding it means the most perilous of journeys…

My inspiration for this tale came from not only my years in Ireland, but also from living in England, which is a very mystical place in itself. In researching Solomon Grimm and the Well of Souls, I personally contacted Dr Bob Curran, an author of many books on Irish folklore, often interviewed on Coast to Coast AM radio and countless others programs.  His gracious and highly detailed input has given this book the authenticity I required, and therefore I have given him a special acknowledgment. Have a look at my interview with him here on Written Worlds!

Blurb

Solomon Grimm is a pretty average teen. He goes to school. He hangs out with friends. He plays guitar in a band. There’s a lot to look forward to—new friends, playing gigs around the country, and hopefully a special girl to become part of his life.

All that is about to change.

While on Easter vacation in Ireland, Solomon falls foul of a gypsy woman. He is cursed and joins the marbh bheo—the living dead. Never to breathe, or grow, or love, and now able to see every supernatural being once invisible to him, his fate is to wander the fog-shrouded hills of Shanvarra for eternity… never to return home.

Solomon tracks down the woman who cursed him. She makes a deal with him. If he will bring her abducted daughter, Tara Danan, back to her, she will reverse the spell and restore Solomon to his old self. Solomon now has a terrifying task ahead of him. For Tara has been taken to the Underworld, a place reachable only through the forbidden Well of Souls. Along with his new friend, the incurably curious Mungo, Solomon must brave the darkening depths of this hidden world, where the slavering, flesh-eating Savage Dead search endlessly for a way to the surface. If Solomon’s bravery—as well as a whole host of undead powers—holds out, he might just find Tara Danan before becoming trapped in the Underworld forever…

As with Blood Family, I have asked artist David Rabbitte to do the cover art for me. Here is a sketch of the cover, with possible fonts – subject to change. The final artwork has actually been finished; you may just find it on his website!

Solomon Grimm Cover Sketch by David Rabbitte

Solomon Grimm Cover Sketch by David Rabbitte

Solomon Grimm Cover Sketch by David Rabbitte.

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Passing Time: Nine Short Tales of the Strange and Macabre FREE

Passing Time Short Story Collection

Passing Time Short Story Collection

Free on Kindle from May 13th to 17th.

Celebrate! My good friend, author Ellie Garratt, is giving away her superbly scary short story collection Passing Time for free from May 13th to the 17th. Tell your friends, enjoy a free copy, and leave her a great review on Amazon – make this great writer very happy!

Book Blurb

Nine dark fiction stories that may just give you nightmares.

A man lives to regret Passing Time. A father will do anything to save his son in Expiration Date. An author finds out her worst nightmare is back in The Devil’s Song. A woman gets more than the claim fee when she takes out vampire insurance in Luna Black.

In Dining in Hell, the Death Valley Diner becomes the wrong place to stop.

A serial killer wants to add another file to his collection in The Vegas Screamer. In Eating Mr. Bone, an undertaker could meet an unfortunate end. A con man meets his first ghost in Land of the Free. And will truth finally be set free in The Letter?

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Author Ellie Garratt

Author Ellie Garratt

A life-long addiction to reading science fiction and horror, meant writing was the logical outlet for Ellie Garratt’s passions. She is a reader, writer, blogger, Trekkie, and would happily die to be an extra in The Walking Dead. Her short stories have been published in anthologies and online. Passing Time is her first eBook collection and contains nine previously published stories. Her science fiction collection Taking Time will be published later this year.

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