Saturday, May 7, 2016

Southern Haunts Three - Magick Beneath the Moonlight Virtual Tour ~ Top Ten #Paranormal Characters that you don't want to miss!!

Southern Haunts Three - 
Magick Beneath the Moonlight Virtual Tour

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Please welcome Alexander S. Brown to the blog today as he provides us with a Top Tens List of Paranormal Characters!!

Top 10 Paranormal Characters by Alexander S. Brown:

1. Pazuzu from The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

The novel The Exorcist is a groundbreaking story that has yet to be matched in the literary, or cinematic, world for demonic possession. Since this classic, I have never read another book where the possessed is given such an extensive platform to speak and cause havoc.


2. The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is my earliest recollection of reading a ghost story. From the first mention of the headless horseman in this tale, my mind was captivated by its ghoulish entirety. I can’t help but admit, during childhood the fears of the headless horseman was what made me afraid of the dark.


3. Bram Stoker’s Dracula

When I read Dracula, I read the entire book on a gloomy day in October. Although I had seen movies depicting this classic, none of them have come close to the charisma and dread this literary figure portrayed. Considering Dracula is a huge stepping stone in paranormal fiction, I can’t imagine a list without him.


4. Lestat from The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice
When reading The Vampire Lestat, I was presented with a whole new world in regards to the age old legend. A rock star vampire is not something that every book has, and as cheesy as that sounds, the novel is mature and isn’t to be taken lightly. The best way I can describe this book is by saying, it is like reading the biography of a rock star, who happens to be a vampire.


5. Jackabok Botch from Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker

This will perhaps be the oddest character on the list. The novel Mister B. Gone is a character in itself, as the reader is brought into the mind of the demon called, Jackabok Botch. With this creepy tale being in first person perspective, the reader learns that the book in which they are holding is a possessed object. The author goes further by breaking the fourth wall, as the demon speaks directly to the reader and removes words and sentences, to prove he is real.


6. The Mayfair Witches from The Witching Hour, Lasher, and Taltos by Anne Rice

To pick a favorite Mayfair Witch is like trying to capture the essence of New Orleans and bring it home. The Mayfair Witches provides for readers the opportunity to live in their mystical, rich life for the total of three books. I can’t pick my favorite witch, as each one is unique and developed. If that hasn’t enticed you, have I mentioned this hypnotic series has over a dozen witches?


7. The Grand High Witch from The Witches by Roald Dahl

This was the first book I had ever read that presented to children the atmosphere of adult horror in a childlike setting. To this day, The Grand High Witch is among the most chilling in the literary world and is sure to give any child nightmares for years to come. Even as an adult, I can’t shake her mannerisms and personality, as she was trying to rid the world of all children.


8. Christine from Christine by Stephen King
When I think of possessed objects in literature, my mind comes to Christine. Such as the house in Amityville Horror urging its residents to commit atrocious acts, Stephen King takes those same sinister vibes and puts it in a Plymouth Fury. The background we receive of the car, in regards to the deaths affiliated with it, struck a new fear in me. Until reading this book, I had only been scared of living in haunted houses, not purchasing haunted cars.


9. D’Arcy from Second Child by John Saul

Out of all of the paranormal books I have read, the ghost of D’Arcy manipulating Melissa remains amongst the most chilling. My first time reading this, it was interesting to see how D’Arcy and Melissa compared to one another, considering D’Arcy was from another century than Melissa. Seeing how the two interacted together in regards of being outsiders is still something that causes me to question, exactly when in the book did the two become so identical.


10. Nurd from The Gates by John Connolly

In this young adult book, we have a different comparison between the paranormal and the living. As all Hell breaks loose for our lead character Samuel, the demon known as Nurd befriends him. Although one would expect Nurd to be a bad influence, he is trying to assist Samuel in sending the damned back to Hell. By Nurd’s string of bad luck, he is the only demonic source I can think of that is hilarious.

Although this is only a top ten list, I could go on for pages about more characters. However, that may be for another time. For now, if you are interested in more books regarding the paranormal field, the Southern Haunts volume 1 – 3 provide new names in the fandom.


  

Book Synopsis for Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight: 

Deep within the South, read about the magickal folk who haunt the woods, the cemeteries, and the cities. Within this grim anthology, eighteen authors will spellbind you with tales of hoodoo, voodoo, and witchcraft. From this cauldron mix, readers will explore the many dangers lurking upon the Natchez Trace and in the Mississippi Delta. They will encounter a bewitched doll named Robert from the Florida Keys, and a cursed trunk that is better left closed. In the backstreets of New Orleans, they will become acquainted with scorned persons who will stop at nothing to exact their revenge. These hair raising tales and more await you in Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight. Read if you dare.

Authors:

Alexander S. Brown
Angela Lucius
David Blalock
C G Bush
Della West
Diane Ward
Elizabeth Allen
Greg McWhorter
John Hesselberg
Jonnie Sorrow
Kalila Smith
Linda DeLeon
Louise Myers
Melissa Robinson
Melodie Romeo
J L Mulvihill
Robert McGough
Tom Lucas

Southern Haunts: Magick Beneath the Moonlight is the third title in the Southern Haunts Anthology Collection.

Amazon Links for Southern Haunts Magick Beneath the Moonlight Kindle Version
http://amzn.to/21nzKxZ
 
Barnes and Noble Link for Southern Haunts Magick Beneath the Moonlighthttp://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/southern-haunts-alexander-s-brown/1122860995?ean=2940150901841

Other Books in the Collection:

Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us



Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1pVJjX2

Southern Haunts: Devils in the Darkness


Amazon Link:  http://amzn.to/1SDEXzx

About the Editors:

AlexanderSBrown

Alexander S. Brown:

Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008 with his first book Traumatized. Reviews for this short story collection were so favorable that it has been released as a special edition by Pro Se Press. Brown is currently one of the co-editors/coordinators with the Southern Haunts Anthologies published by Seventh Star Press. His horror novel Syrenthia Falls is represented by Dark Oak Press. He is also the author of multiple young adult steampunk stories found in the Dreams of Steam Anthologies, Capes and Clockwork Anthologies, and the anthology Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His more extreme works can be found in the anthologies Luna’s Children published by Dark Oak Press and State of Horror: Louisiana Vol 1 published by Charon Coin Press. Visit Smashwords.com, Amazon.com, and Barnesandnoble.com to download his monthly short stories known as Single Shots. These are represented by Pro Se Press and they are known as stories that will be featured in the upcoming book The Night the Jack O’Lantern Went Out.

  LouiseMyers

Louise Myers:

Louise Myers was born in New Orleans and during her teenage years was uprooted from everything she knew and was replanted in Mississippi. Though the transition was difficult, she is very glad to have the opportunity to have both worlds under her belt. She says this because she knows from living in both places, they are both a world all to their own. She is the wife of a wonderful husband and mother of three beautiful children, as well as the proud parent of a spoiled mutt. She was assistant editor of Southern Haunts: Spirits That Walk Among Us, co-editor of Southern Haunts 2: Devils in the Darkness, and co-editor of Southern Haunts 3: Magick Beneath the Moonlight.   She is a beta reader, book doctor, editor, and author. Though this is her second story in print, she has been weaving tales for many years for pleasure. She has many thoughts on several topics she’d like to write, mostly surrounding ghost stories.

Tour Schedule and Activities 

5/2/2016 Book in the Bag Review
5/3/2016 SwillBlog Review
5/3/2016 Beauty in Ruins Guest Post
5/4/2016 Connie P Guest Post
5/5/2016 Jorie Loves A Story Review
5/6/2016 Sheila's Guests and Reviews Guest Post
5/6/2016 L. Andrew Cooper's Horrific Scribblings Review
5/7/2016 Sapphyria's Book Reviews Top Ten’s List
5/8/2016 Come Selahway With Me Interview
5/8/2016 Deal Sharing Aunt Interview    


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