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paranormal

by Kathleen Costa


“Emma Lee Raines sees dead people,” not the most acceptable of talents. She had been hit on the head by a falling Santa decoration and then found herself being hounded by recent murder victims desperate for some closure. She needs to keep quiet about her new found ability, dubbed ‘Funeral Trauma’ for which she has been prescribed medication, since no one seems to sympathize. But that’s very hard when you have a very distraught ghost vying, often annoyingly, for her attention.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Could there be parts of this world beyond what we know? Creatures we do not know about, the stuff of legends and rumor? Experiences beyond the normal, into the…paranormal?
Jeffrey Gonzalez explores that world with the Sanger Paranormal Society and his online (and sometimes on-the-air) show, Paranormal Central. Born in Sanger, Gonzalez had his first experience with the unexplained in the sixth grade: a UFO. “I knew it shouldn’t be floating,” he says. It looked like “a large beer can with lights.”

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by Terrance McArthur


In the first of Barry H. Wiley’s Adventures in Second Sight books, The Revelations of the Impossible Piddingtons, Kyame Piddington was a sixteen-year-old stage psychic who doubled as a lockpicker and a martial arts master while solving crimes and taking revenge in the West and pre-earthquake San Francisco. In the sequel, Shadow of the Tiger, she is the secret weapon of the United States, loaned to British Intelligence by Grover Cleveland, to find out why and how all the English agents are turning up dead….in Monte Carlo.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



John Smith hears minds, from mundane day-to-day thoughts to secrets that hide at the mind’s core. He hears so much that he filters them with alcohol and drugs, but his dream is to have an island of his own, where he can live in blessed silence. His other power is to plant memories, from misleading facts to psyche–debilitating images that can crush a mind like an elephant would crush a strawberry.

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by Cynthia Chow


A trip to visit her best friend in Portsmouth, New Hampshire opens up an entirely new world for freelance artist Annabelle Britton. Anna had become accustomed to occasionally experiencing a ‘Vibe’ when walking into a new room or building indicating that an emotionally impactful event recently occurred there. A ghost cat that suddenly appears and disappears though, that is something new.

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by Cynthia Chow


Maureen Keslyn knew that her recovery after a horrific shooting wouldn’t be pleasant. After spending three weeks in a hospital, she didn’t expect that her husband would have already moved a replacement into her home. Pride has Maureen without living arrangements and not yet ready for retirement, so what initially seemed like an unappealing proposition, now has its merits.

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by Cyntha Chow
& Joyce and Jim Lavene


When their powers began to wane, the three witches—Molly, Elsie, and Olivia—planned to find their successors and retire to Boca Raton. Olivia’s murder only slightly stalled their progress, as the rediscovery of her daughter has Olivia refusing to pass on to the other side now that they are reunited. While Molly and Elise still need to find their replacements and recover their stolen spell book, the truly alarming news comes from Cassandra, an ancient Herald of the Grand Council of Witches. It seems that someone is murdering male witches in a manner that could only possibly have been conducted by a magical being.

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by Cyntha Chow


Not surprisingly, Halloween is Sid’s favorite day of the year. He’s a sentient skeleton who regained his consciousness (but not his flesh), and Halloween is the one occasion where he can walk around outside unnoticed. Due to recent activities that have spooked more than one resident of Pennycross, Massachusetts, Sid submits to a rare moment of discretion and chooses to don a full body suit to be the Scooby-Doo to Georgia Thackery’s Velma. Dressed in these costumes, Georgia and her childhood companion Sid, will be able to enjoy the Halloween Howl, Pennycross’s month-long event topped off by the haunted house of McQuaid University’s “McHades Hall.”

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by Cyntha Chow


After her television show as a television psychic was cancelled, Lee Bartlett began her life over by returning home to live with her aunt in Salem, Massachusetts. An opportunity to teach television production at the Tabitha Trumbull Academy of the Arts has given her a path toward a new career, and a fire at her Aunt Isobel Russell’s home has Lee rebuilding from scratch in their renovated upstairs apartment.

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by Cyntha Chow


It’s Halloween in Hitching Post, Alabama, and despite what one would assume, it’s a holiday that white magic witch and empath Carly Bell Hartwell wishes didn’t exist. For on All Hallow’s Eve a portal between the worlds opens, and ghosts needing an empath’s help come calling before the door closes on All Soul’s Day, two days later.

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by Sharon Tucker


As Halloween draws near, a good ghost story is just the thing to read. Of the ghostly tales out there, Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic (1995), Kate Ellis’s Watching the Ghosts (1979) and Paull Gallico’s Too Many Ghosts (1959) appealed to me this fall largely because, of all the ones I looked at, each of these is unusual in style and approach.

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Second to Nun By Alice Loweecey

IN THE September 26 ISSUE

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by Cyntha Chow


In the years since she left the convent, Giulia Driscoll has transformed remarkably. Not only is she an accomplished and professional private investigator, she is also the very happy wife of police detective Frank Falcone. While she and her staff at Driscoll Investigations are perfectly comfortable catching philandering cheaters and insurance fraud, Giulia is more than a little startled to have her latest case be an undercover mission to exorcise a malicious ghost. MacAlister Stone was told by a New Age Tarot Card reader that Giulia is the Veiled Woman who can solve Mac’s problems, and while Giulia might doubt that proclamation, she doesn’t question the fee.

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by Sandra Murphy


Rose Gardner is twenty-four years old and has lived under her mother’s thumb all that time. She wears nondescript, ill-fitting clothes, has never dated, and does all the cooking, cleaning and other chores while her mother watches television. It’s better than when she was a kid—then, Mom locked her in the closet for being weird.

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by Cyntha Chow
& Sandra Murphy


Here are some more wonderful food mysteries from Penguin authors-Berried Secrets by Peg Cochran, If Onions Could Spring Leeks by Paige Shelton, A Dish Best Served Cold by Rosie Genova, and Dream a Little Scream: A Dream Club Mystery By Mary Kennedy. Details on how to win copies of all 4 books at the end of this post, along with a link to purchase them.

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by Cyntha Chow


The owner of Vintage, Y’All clothing boutique, Cassandra “Cookie” Chanel is thrilled that Moonlight and Magnolias is filming in her town of Sugar Creek, Georgia. What is less enjoyable but not entirely surprising (considering her last experience with the supernatural) is Cookie’s encounter with the ghost of Alice Neill. Alice is the previous owner of one of the 1940s dresses Cookie provided for the movie, but to Cookie’s surprise Alice has no interest in having her own death investigated.

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by Cyntha Chow


When a home renovation forces Brooklyn Wainwright to live temporarily back in Dharma, California, no one wants to mention the high probability that it will end in murder. The only real question is whether it will be a result of Brooklyn’s recent incarnation as a “murder magnet” or from living near her parents. Brooklyn may love her mother, but the compulsively organized, book-obsessed daughter couldn’t be any more different from the Wiccan Grand Raven Mistress of the Celtic Goddess Coven of greater Sonoma County.

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