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Vintage: A Ghost Story (for the gay teen in your life)

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Do you know a young gay man or a teen in the LGBT community? Are they into ghost stories or spirit communication? Perhaps they’re just a general paranerd like most of us. If this young person fits into any of these categories, you really need to direct them to this book! 

 

From the author’s website

A lonely boy walking along a highway one autumn evening meets the boy of his dreams, a boy who happens to have died decades ago and haunts the road. Awkward crushes, both bitter and sweet, lead him to face youthful dreams and childish fears. With its cast of offbeat friends, antiques, and Ouija boards, Vintage is not your typical romance but does offer readers a memorable blend of dark humor, chills and love. 

A finalist for the Andre Norton Award and Gaylactic Spectrum Award!

 

I think his was the original cover of Vintage, which matches the one that is on my shelf.

I think this was the original cover of Vintage, which matches the one that is on my shelf.

I read this book when it was originally published in 2007. As a 29-year-old, I was just getting into reading and went through a year of doing it obsessively. I’m still obsessed with it, but back then I was reading a book a week and clearly trying to make up for lost time. Vintage: A Ghost Story, which fits into the category of young adult fiction, is the kind of book that I really wish existed when I was growing up in those awkward teen years. Growing up gay or coming out of the closet is sometimes very lonely, and it’s hard enough without having to pretend that movies, TV, and books apply to your life. When was the last time you saw a major motion picture focused on a gay love story? Exactly. Sometimes I wonder if I would have started reading years ago if this book and others like it were around just 10 or 15 years earlier. 

This book also found me in the very early stages of my developing paranormal interests and my “spiritual shift”. I remember I read it in the fall and enjoyed all its spooky elements, like the Ouija board, cemeteries, etc. Something else that stands out is that I had just started collecting old high school yearbooks from my home town of Lexington, Missouri at this time. Most of them are from the 1920s. Reading about a ghost boyfriend who died in an earlier time made going through that first yearbook very interesting.  

 

Thank you, Steve Berman!

 

Related Links: 

Book Notes on Vintage: A Ghost Story by Steve Berman (Literary Magpie)

Interview with Steve Berman (Reviews by Jessewave)

LGBTQ characters in YA fiction & LGBTQ YA Authors (Gay YA) 

 

 


The Sixth Seed by Lee Allen Howard

One of my first blog posts, and incidentally one of my most popular, helped me to realize just how much I didn’t know about the genre of paranormal fiction and how big of a deal it is these days. In the public comments following my post, I was reprimanded for making light of the genre (specifically the paranormal romance book covers). As someone who usually only reads non-fiction titles on the topics of spirit communication and the paranormal in general, my ignorance of the paranormal fiction craze was obvious. They were valid comments. 

After being away from it for several years, I recently took some time out for some fiction… yes, paranormal fiction, by reading The Sixth Seed by Lee Allen Howard. 

Book Description from Amazon.com…

Today’s stories of alien abduction and experimentation include temporary embryonic implantation. THE SIXTH SEED, a dark paranormal fantasy fraught with suburban Pittsburgh horror, takes this scenario one radical step further when the first alien/human hybrid fertilization develops to full term in utero. Believing a vasectomy will prevent another unplanned pregnancy, 34-year-old Tom Furst–Melanie’s loving husband and the father of their five children–wants more than anything to dig them out of the fiscal hole they’re mired in and become financially secure. However, during the procedure, mysterious Dr. Prindar Krakhil secretly implants a worm-like alien seed in Tom’s vas deferens that not only ensures Melanie gets pregnant, but plants in her womb a child half alien. Their children are abducted. Melanie becomes gravely ill. When Tom loses his job, their home, and the sixth seed is born, will he accept the child for what it really is–and conquer the temptation to exchange it for the money Krakhil offers?

I truly loved this book! I found myself getting close to Tom Furst and his family, and I silently cheered them on as they fought through some financial and life challenges. Who can’t relate to that?! And the character that just might be my favorite isn’t even introduced until chapter 34. This character (that I’ll keep quiet about) warmed my heart and reminded me so much of one of my family members who passed on several years ago.

Thank you, Mr. Howard, for encouraging my mind to travel to an area of the paranormal that I rarely visit. Perhaps alien beings on this planet really are scary. But perhaps they would also surprise us. And perhaps there are people out there that know already. And you know that really weird guy you work with? Maybe… just maybe… the reason for his strangeness is that he is an alien/human hybrid.  

Lee Allen Howard

Lee Allen Howard


Lee Allen Howard
 writes horror, dark fantasy and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985. Besides editing fiction and non-fiction, Lee has served as a book publishing consultant and now publishes fiction and Spiritualist classics for Kindle. His publications include The Sixth SeedMama SaidDesperate SpiritsNight Monsters, and Stray. Death Perception is due for release in 2013 (read the first chapter at
 http://leeallenhoward.com/2012/12/12/read-the-1st-chapter-of-death-perception/). He blogs about writing and editing on his writer’s site: leeallenhoward.com. Lee also discusses metaphysical and spiritual issues at buildingthebridge.wordpress.com. He works as a Spiritualist medium and healer. 

The Sixth Seed is available on Amazon.com. You can also visit his author page and his Facebook page.

The First Semi-Whenever I Want Big Séance Statistics Awards!

Photo Credit: Alan Light

Photo Credit: Alan Light

 

Ladies and gentlemen, and honored subscribers…

Thank you for being a part of this very special awards ceremony! Tonight’s ceremony and awards have been brought to you by this very post (the 85th), my Dell PC, and WordPress Stats. There is no budget for this evening… no flashy opening number… and no real corporate sponsors or commercials, so let’s get right to it!

 

The award for The Big Séance’s Top Viewed Post goes to…. Energy, Paranormal Fiction and Romance

Ohhh thank you! Actually, I’ll be accepting and explaining all of the awards this evening, therefore I’ll just stay up here so I don’t have to risk my life tripping over these Prada heels. Just kidding… they’re Payless.

I’ll admit that the attention this post got still shocks me! It was pretty early on in this blog’s history (only months ago) and I was struggling to come up with a post for that day. I remember thinking it was absolutely dorky,  but I needed a topic and wanted to stay consistent. If you read the comments, I was scolded for making light of the topic. Well, I stand corrected. This was also the post with the most comments, including some surprising responses from authors from the same genre.

 

The other nominees for Top Viewed Posts, listed in their respected ranking order are…

#2 – Black Eyed Kids

No… it might not be as strange as those bath salts inhalers who head to the streets to snack on someone’s face or thigh, but black eyed kids are still pretty interesting, and probably just as scary. And believe it or not, “black eyed kids hoax” is the most commonly searched term or phrase that brings people from the search engine world to my blog. In fact, it happens so often that you may have found this post by searching this very phrase. If so, you are truly a paranormal nerd and I love and respect you for that!

 

#3 – Coming Out of the Paranormal/Spiritual Closet 

This was a relatively short but heartfelt post where I simply asked my readers the question “How do you balance your “paranormal/spiritual” life and interests with your “normal” life in the “real world” (such as job, Walmart, family situations, etc) where it might not be as socially accepted to be that nerdy?” 

 

#4 – Phonemes, Allophones, and Cinnamon Buns…

This post truly may give some of you cinnamon bun eyes! Actually, I think may folks clicked on this post due to the deliciously misleading picture. Come on… you know you want to click it now.

 

#5 – Abandoned Farmhouse Investigation…

This was a fairly recent post, and one of several having to do with MOSS’s recent investigation of a really interesting abandoned farmhouse. The online version of this report and several pieces of evidence will be posted at www.mospiritseekers.com very soon.

 

And now… the LEAST viewed post… THE LOSER is…

……………..  (these dots are a drum roll)…………….. What’s your favorite word for “ghost”?

Can you believe it? I can’t! Like 2 people saw this one! It’s GHOSTS, people! Ghosts are probably why you’re here. GO THERE NOW!

 

As of this very minute The Big Séance has had just over 4,200 total views with 109 views on his best day (yes, I just attached a gender to my blog).

 

Also as of this very minute, this blog has been read by people from 47 different countries! It may not be a surprise to hear that the top countries were the US, UK, and Canada (in that order).

 

And now… the award we’ve all been waiting for!

The most important award for the evening! Someone’s life is about to change! You can look for her on the talk show circuit first thing tomorrow morning!

The most talkative commenter (other than myself 🙂 ) award goes to…

………. (drum roll again)………….

…with 57 comments… ASH!!!! 

 

Thank you folks, we’ll now take you to your local news, already in progress!

 


Energy, Paranormal Fiction and Romance…

So it has been a really rough and tiring week now that life has moved on after spring break. All of my experimenting really took a lot of my energy and focus. The last few days of experimenting were particularly rough. I have sometimes scoffed at the idea of spirits or entities wearing people down, consuming our energy, or attaching themselves to us. This evening I wondered if there was more truth to this than I ever knew. Is this a side effect of so much daily spirit communication and research? Or… was I just too consumed with it to go to bed at a decent hour? 🙂 Some of my readers could speak about this I’m sure.

I’ve really wanted to focus this week on looking back at the whole experiment, reviewing evidence, and putting together some kind of a report, but that will apparently have to wait. I need to post about something lighter this evening… and of course go to bed early.

Paranormal Fiction and Romance…

Lately it seems like more and more paranormal fiction or paranormal romance books pop up in my search results while searching for non-fiction paranormal information or topics. I’ve not once read a book from this genre, yet they pop up as suggested books for me in Amazon all the time. It kind of drives me nuts. Some of the covers and titles are so goofy.

Has the popularity of the Twilight series caused all of this? Have they been around forever and I’m just now noticing? There are even entire blogs devoted to reviewing these books!

Does anyone read them? Am I missing out? 😉


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