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The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Tracy DeVore

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 20, 2017 by Occult Detective

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TRACY DEVORE

Welcome to the seventeenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

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Today’s guest is author and editor Tracy DeVore. Tracy was the founding president of the RWA Chapter, Gothic Romance Writers, Inc. (“GothRom”), and a founding member of Indiana Horror Writers (IHW).

She is the Senior Editor for Belfire Press and has edited for several small publishing companies, along with freelance editing for numerous individual authors.

Tracy lives in Indianapolis with her husband Tim and works for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

LAST MEAL

Would have to be round steak slow-cooked (on the stove, not in a crock pot) in its own gravy, the way only my mom could make it. Mashed potatoes (leave a few lumps, please), macaroni & cheese and applesauce with cinnamon sprinkled over it. Not fancy, but it comes with a warm, nostalgic feeling of love and security.

LAST BOOK

The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Totally lost myself in that world and would love to do so again.

LAST MOVIE

I thought, what movie would I be sad to never see again, and the first thing that came to mind was the Man in the Iron Mask.

LAST SONG

I first wrote “Sitting” by Cat Stevens, because it’s long been a song I want played at my send-off. But something for me to just sit and listen to one last time? That’s a tough one, there are so many. I haven’t just put the old headphones on, laid back and listened to the full version of Innagadadavida. I think I’d enjoy that.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

Without a doubt, my sister, Debbie. I see no relief for my grieving in this life, I miss her so much.

To find out more about Tracy, check out her Amazon Author Page or follow her on facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Charles R. Rutledge

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 13, 2017 by Occult Detective

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CHARLES R. RUTLEDGE

Welcome to the sixteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

crToday’s guest is Charles Rutledge, co-author (with James Moore) of the Griffin and Price urban fantasy series. Hailing from Georgia, Charles is a pulp fiction and comic book aficionado with a particular fondness for Burroughs, Lovecraft, and Howard, among others. The fact that he’s had a lifelong fascination for The Occult Files of Dr. Spektor wins him all kinds of points around this website for sure.

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LAST MEAL

I eat Mexican food every Wednesday night with a group of friends and have for almost 30 years. One more of those please. I usually have a combo of one burrito, one enchilada, rice and refried beans.

LAST BOOK

Tarzan at the Earth’s Core. It’s my favorite Tarzan book and the one I’ve re-read the most.

LAST MOVIE

The Maltese Falcon. I’ve seen that movie more times than any other, and would happily watch it again right now. Dashiell Hammett’s masterpiece and one of Bogart’s signature roles.

LAST SONG

A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum. It always makes me think of Karl Edward Wagner and the melody and lyrics are haunting.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My grandmother, Bess Rutledge. She was a second mother to me and I miss her every day.

To find out more about Charles, check out his Amazon Author Page or follow him on facebook and twitter.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… Cullen Bunn

Posted in Last Writes with... on February 6, 2017 by Occult Detective

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CULLEN BUNN

Welcome to the fifteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

cbunnToday’s guest is comic book writer and author Cullen Bunn, best known, perhaps for work on Uncanny X-Men and Deadpool, but around here The Damned, The Sixth Gun, and Helheim get top billing.

I also have a soft spot for his short story collection, Creeping Stones & Other Stories, and my son would kill me if I didn’t acknowledge Crooked Hills.

LAST MEAL

At first, I was real quick to say I’d go for one of those “Special Dinners” you can get at a lot of Mexican restaurants, the ones that come on four plates and have a little of everything. Wash that down with a really amazing monster margarita and I’m all set.

But then I realized I would probably go with a fried chicken and barbecue combination from Parker’s Barbecue in Wilson, NC is the only way to go.

I’d still want the margarita, though.

LAST BOOK

Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon. It’s a lovely book, a wonderful exploration of childhood. It would help me to think back on my own childhood before the end.

LAST MOVIE

Big Trouble in Little China. It’s a favorite of mine. And it’s about this jackass who gets in over his head in a strange world. Seems about right. After all, I’d be a jackass getting in over my head in the hereafter.

LAST SONG

Pancho and Lefty by Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Not even sure why. First thing that popped into my mind. Maybe it just feels like a good song for the end.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My dad. We have a lot of catching up to do. I can’t wait to see what kind of business scheme he’s launched in the afterlife.

For more on Cullen, check him out at his official website, Amazon Author Page, or follow him on twitter and facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @ShannaGermain

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 30, 2017 by Occult Detective

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SHANNA GERMAIN

Welcome to the fourteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

sgermainToday’s guest is the multi-talented Shanna Germain, an award-winning author and editor, and a Senior Designer for and co-owner of Monte Cook Games.

Shanna is also an outspoken advocate for freedom of speech, GLBTQ rights, positive sexuality, and the rights of people of all genders, sexualities, abilities, races, beliefs, and walks of life.

LAST MEAL

A sugar cone of Friendly’s buttercrunch ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. It reminds me of my childhood and is the one thing that I really can’t get on the west coast.

LAST BOOK

If death is coming soon, I’d have to say Monstress, because I haven’t quite finished it yet and if I die before I get to the end, I will be very, very sad. If death is patient, then I’ll say The Library at Mount Char. It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, and I’d like the chance to revisit it before I go.

LAST MOVIE

This is so hard–there are so many great movies that I love with all of my heart. But I think I’ll say Children of Men. This is such a brilliant, devastating, and uplifting movie that tells great human truths. I want to remember those moments of what it means to be most human and take them with me into the afterlife (such as it is).

LAST SONG

I think I’d have to pick “Arsonist’s Lullabye” by Hozier. There’s a fantastic line that I just keep coming back to again and again, “Don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep them on a leash.” I feel like that’s how I’ve lived most of my life; always a little wilder than I’m supposed to be, but keeping it just contained enough that people don’t freak out too much. I figure that once I’m done with this living thing, I’m just going to give my demons free range and see what happens.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My grandmother, who was a librarian, a reader, a gamer, and one of my biggest supporters. I’d like to ask her what she thinks about the world at this very moment–I think she’d have a lot of smart insight into living (or in this case) dying with kindness, humanity, and grace.

You can find out more about Shanna from her official website, Amazon Author Page, twitter, facebook, and Monte Cook Games.

 

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with…John Linwood Grant

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 23, 2017 by Occult Detective

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JOHN LINWOOD GRANT

Welcome to the thirteenth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

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Today’s guest is John Linwood Grant, who lives in Yorkshire with a pack of lurchers and a beard. He may also have a family.

He writes a range of supernatural, horror and speculative tales, some of which are actually published, and is co-editor of Occult Detective Quarterly, which as luck would have it, is currently available to those amicable to such things.

You can find John every week on his website which celebrates weird fiction and weird art, greydogtales.com, often with his dogs.

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LAST MEAL

Normally I’d go for an anchovy-laden pizza with mushrooms, extra mozarella and dark olives, probably Kalamata ones, but in this case, I’d be tempted to go for a large roast duck with crispy skin. I haven’t eaten duck for years. Sorry, duck, but we’ll go out together and you can argue the case with me elsewhere. I’ll listen, honest, and maybe next time round you can have crispy Linwood Grant. I’m a fair man, and I can get a whole orange in my beak, easy.

Oh, and a good bourbon or a crisp, citrus-finish pale ale to wash it down with. And some salt-crusted aged cheddar and a decent biscuit or two. No bland cream crackers or matzos. If I end up with one of those rubbishy water-biscuits, I’m coming back to complain.

I forgot a starter. Do I get one? Sesame prawn toast, then.

LAST BOOK

Hmm. I’d like to pick something deeply literary, which would impress everyone and demonstrate my abiding love of challenging fiction which exposes the heart of the human condition. The sort of thing real authors drop into the conversation when interviewed. I won’t though, because I rarely manage to finish that sort of thing. Still haven’t made it past page 112 of Anna Karenina, either, in almost fifty years of trying. So I’ll go for Roger Zelazny’s ‘Lord of Light’, one of the most enjoyable, creative and humane books you could meet. Hindu Gods, mysterious alien powers, a tale of centuries and why people should have access to flushing toilets. Mind you, I quite enjoyed those Gogol stories I read, don’t get me wrong…

LAST MOVIE

Two ways to go here. If I want to go out happy, then the three part ‘Lord of the Rings’ but with most of the hobbit parts chopped out. Especially Frodo looking miserable and doomed all the time, scrabbling about like a minor civil servant with too many forms to fill in. And no green mist of phantoms suddenly taking the point of the struggle away on the Pelennor fields. Why not just mail the oath-bound phantoms en masse to Mordor and get it over with right away?

If I want to go out thoughtful, then possibly ‘Waterloo’, with Rod Steiger and Christopher Plummer. A horrifying film, which satisfies the boy with its militaristic moments of grandeur, and the man with its scenes of doubt, madness and futility. Nothing is more terrible than the aged, determined Blucher’s arrival for vengeance, Steiger’s face in defeat or the battlefield afterwards, as wounded horses die and the dead are picked over for their teeth and boots.

No, too depressing. My last movie would have to be the full version of ‘Red Cliff’. An utter delight, one of the best epics ever made. Within half an hour I wanted to be the strategist Zhuge Liang. Or at least look like he does in the film. Did you know that he was credited in China with the invention of the wheelbarrow? That’s real fame.

LAST SONG

‘Dominion’ by Sisters of Mercy. Every bit of swirling Goth threat and promise that you need in a song. I like to feel a touch defiant now and then, and with ‘Dominion’ in my ears, I’d have my sleeves rolled up for anything the after-life had to offer.

FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

This one was taken by someone else, but I don’t care. All my dogs, but especially Twiglet, the best and most obstinate dog you could ever have. We’d also need a pint mug of tea to share, because that was what we did. And some cheese. Maybe Wensleydale this time, though.

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You can find out more about John from his official website, Amazon Author Page, twitter, and facebook.

The Occult Detective’s #LastWrites with… @TimPrasil

Posted in Last Writes with... on January 16, 2017 by Occult Detective

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TIM PRASIL

Welcome to the twelfth installment of LAST WRITES.

The premise is simple. My guests face their final rest, but before Death claims them they are granted a few earthly pleasures, the memories of which will travel with them into the great unknown.

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Today’s guest is none other than Tim Prasil, a writer of ghostly fiction and stage and audio dramas. He has authored two impressive bibliographies of fiction: Chronological Bibliography of Early Occult Detectives, which revises the standard history of occult detective fiction by tracing the cross-genre back to 1817, and The Legacy of Ghost Hunter Fiction. You’ll find both of these along with information about Prasil’s Vera Van Slyke Ghostly Mysteries series, actual news reports about ghosts, and more at his website: The Merry Ghost Hunter.

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LAST MEAL

Seafood of some sort. There’s a Mexican restaurant on the other side of town that makes a tilapia platter that’s, well, to die for. So that please!

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LAST BOOK
The one I never got around to writing. Might be fun to see how it ends.

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LAST MOVIE
Either Local Hero (1983) or Cinema Paradiso (1988). The latter is a fair bit longer, so perhaps that one — to stall the inevitable.

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LAST SONG
How about something by Brahms, if it’s not a bother?

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FIRST PERSON YOU’D LIKE TO MEET ON THE OTHER SIDE

My great-grandfather, František Prasil, who in 1904 emigrated from a land then called Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) to Chicago in the hopes of joining his step-sister, Lida. I’d like to say thanks for coming and ask him how was the trip.

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You can find out more about Tim from his official homepage— The Merry Ghost Hunter, his Amazon Author’s Page, or by following him on Twitter and Facebook.

Godspeed, @Gamerstable

Posted in Dice Upon A Time, Last Writes with... on January 10, 2017 by Occult Detective

Dice Upon A Time

It is the end of an era. After 300 episodes, today is Lastday. Carousel begins. Gamerstable, in its weekly incarnation, breathes its last.

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As a farewell salute I open the floor to Gamerstable’s own, Shannon, who will share with us her Last Writes.

shannonLast Meal: Tacos and pizza and polish sausage and sauerkraut, and like an absurd amount of all it. And I definitely need some ice cream to top it all off.

Last Book: This one is tough, if it’s just a single book I would say Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, I try to read this at least once every other year, if not every year as October rolls in. If I can swing a whole series, I don’t think anyone who knows me would be surprised to hear the answer is Harry Potter, but I can’t pick just one of the Harry Potter…

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