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Jackie Dale, CatMother:TNR, Egypt, and A Bottle Baby

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Jackie Dale



The past month has been very stressful. Adoptions have been slow, and the rescues have not been accepting cats because, big surprise, they are full to the rafters. My son’s medical condition has been in serious decline, and I have had to focus most of my attention on him and his needs. That means I have often been forced to say “no” when I would normally say “yes.” I’m trying to focus on clearing out my foster ladies before the cats get too much older. I’m still accepting the occasional bottle baby or two, but that’s about all I can handle at present.

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Fudge Bites By Nancy Coco: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


As Halloween arrives on Mackinac Island, Michigan, residents are celebrating early with a “Night of the Walking Red” American Heart Association charity walk and costume contest. McMurphy Hotel and Fudge Shop owner Allie McMurphy has already donned her zombie pinup girl, but it is her cat Carmella who arrives covered in very real blood. For once it is the feline and not “Grim Reaper” Allie who has discovered a corpse, with the zombie-costumed victim definitely dead and not just walking dead.

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Double, Double, Toil and Truffle By H.Y. Hanna: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


Caitlyn’s magical family has long been shunned, if not bullied, by local villagers who suspect they are witches, even though they don’t really know the truth behind their suspicions. Caitlyn knows her apprentice powers are not a danger (well, there have been a few miscalculations), her grandmother’s chocolate has only been delectably masterful, and her aunt’s medicinal herbal concoctions truly provide remedy for various ailments.

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The Halloween Costume Chronicles

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Sarah Peterson-Camacho


As the air grows crisp and the dying leaves descend like fallen flames, October ushers in a spooky season of Halloween parties, scary movie marathons, and pumpkin spice everything. Thoughts drift like ghosts to seasonal festivities like pumpkin carving, trick or treating, and finding just the right costume.

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The Bully BOO! Walk

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Bridgette Boothe


The Bully BOO! Walk, Fresno Bully Rescues’ largest fundraiser of the year, is coming up this Sunday, October 20, at Woodward Park, Fresno, California!

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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina On Netflix

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Vicki Vass


Released in 2018, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a not-quite reboot of the 1990s TV sitcom Sabrina: The Teen-age Witch. Both series center on the same lead character, Sabrina Spellman, the teen witch who first debuted in Archie’s Madhouse in October 1962. The character then received her own comic series and animated series until gaining new popularity with the 1990s series starring Melissa Joan Hart.

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Are All Black Cats Bad Luck?

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Elaine Faber


Halloween is right around the corner, and people are decorating with pumpkins, witches, goblins, and black cats. My name is Black Cat, but I’m not “All Black” because I have a white chest and white feet. My cousin cats who are “All Black” have a much tougher time fitting into society. They’re the most likely to be left behind at the shelter because many people think they bring bad luck.

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Raisin Hell Ranch: Raising Scares For Halloween

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



Trick or Treat! Yes, Autumn is upon us. Goodbye triple digit heat and hello colorful leaves, jack o’ lanterns, and horror movies. There are certain criteria that need to be check-marked for Fall to be official: pumpkin spice flavored everything, decorations, football, sweet tooth cravings till the end of the year, and of course, plenty of scares. Raisin Hell Ranch & Haunted Corn Field been raising a lot of scares for the past few years.

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Haunted Rails By Matthew L. Swayne: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Fantasy & Fangs SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


In Haunted Rails: Tales of Ghost Trains, Phantom Conductors, and other Railroad Spirits, Matthew L. Swayne offers three-score tales of hauntings at train museums, stations, tunnels, bridges, and accident sites. The bibliography lists twice as many sources. This slim-ish volume is exhaustively researched, bringing together story as well as tales of hauntings from across the United States (even Hawaii gets a paranormal mention) and Canada.

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Murder in the Balcony By Margaret Dumas: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE October 19 ISSUE

IN THE Kathleen Costa SECTION

by Kathleen Costa


At the suggestion of a close friend, Nora Paige accepted a fascinating position as manager of the Palace Theater, a San Francisco vintage movie house showing classic films. Her film star husband took up with his sexy leading lady leaving her vulnerable to the overzealous paparazzi, so a refuge away from Hollywood was a blessing.

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George the Giant’s Strange Museum of Oddities and Wonder—Year 2

FROM THE October 18 ISSUE

IN THE Arts & Entertainment SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


George Mc Arthur does strange things: fire-eating, sword swallowing, pounding large nails up his nostrils—but when you stand 7’3” and are known as George the Giant, you can get away with things like that. The strangest thing he ever did was open a pop-up museum of unusual things, in October of 2018.

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A Scary (?) Story: Halloween Mystery Short Story

FROM THE October 16 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by BJ Wingate


She stepped off the bus at the usual place, waving to the driver as he took off. Then she turned in the opposite direction and started walking. It was later then her usual time and, since it was fall, it was darker than normal.

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From Now On, A New CD by Broadway’s Ramin Karimloo

FROM THE October 16 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Ramin Karimloo is an actor and singer best known for his performances on London’s West End and Broadway. He has played the leading male roles in both of the West End’s longest running musicals: the Phantom and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera, and Jean Valjean, Enjolras, and Marius in Les Misérables. Ramin made his Broadway debut as Jean Valjean in the 2014 revival production of Les Misérables, for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical nomination.

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Valley Animal Center: Goose the Cat

FROM THE October 12 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Arianna Padilla


Goose is a male six-month-old kitten who is now available for adoption at Valley Animal Center. Goose is a very special kitty looking for a special owner to care for him and give him endless love and cuddles.

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