Origins of the Strigoi


And oldie but goodie. Very insightful blog.

Twilight Path

Since its first appearance in a 1996 issue of the International Society of Vampire’s newsletter, the Midnight Sunthe loan-word “Strigoi” has been picked up by portions of the modern vampire community and used as an alternate label of self-identification. However, those familiar with the word strega may wonder how and why strigoi  — so close to the Italian word for “witch” — came to be associated not with witchcraft, but with vampirism.

Within the modern vampire community, the term strigoi has become synonymous with “living vampirism.” Although vampires of the undead variety are the most widely recognized vampires of folklore, it is important to note the most of the Eastern European countries from whence our folklore about vampires originates acknowledged living vampires as well. In the folklore of Romania, several words are used to denote vampires. One of the most common is strigoi (fem. strigoica), followed by

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Shane O’Neill – Featured Author of The Dracula Chronicles


Very good picks.

Victoria Embers

As Halloween closes in, I wanted to feature (again) a few authors who have been on my blog this year. Today meet Shane O’Neill, author of the Dracula Chronicles.
The Author - Shane O'Neill

About Shane

Shane O’Neill is the writer of The Dracula Chronicles, a new and exciting series adding a new dimension to the Dracula myth. He has begun the series with Chronicle 3 to give his readers the vampire first. Chronicle 1 will follow to take you back to the beginning.

The author developed a fascination with Dracula from an early age. Like many others he was enthralled by Christopher Lee’s portrayal of him on the big screen. It was in his late teens that he discovered Dracula the man and the love affair began from there. An avid historian, he studied the period in which the real historical Vlad Dracula lived, 15th Century Balkan, for many years. It followed from there…

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The Unseen by J L Bryan


Grab it for Halloween.

Michelle Muto


J.L. Bryan’s new book is out for Halloween. And even better, you’ve got a chance to win it as part of my Coffin Hop 2013 prize pack here.  As you can tell, after last week’s major announcement, I’m ALL about Halloween this year. J.L. is the famed author of the Jenny Pox series, so it’s exciting to take part in getting the word out about The Unseen.

J.L.: I want to thank Michelle Muto for posting about my upcoming release, The Unseen, and letting me contribute a copy to her Coffin Hop!  The book is a horror/dark fantasy novel, just in time for Halloween.  Michelle has graciously offered to post an excerpt of the book, so I’ve including that after the description.

If you don’t win a copy from Michelle, you can still enter on the Book Blast posts next week to win an autographed copy, which will be…

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New Release, giveaways and more- Happily Ever Afterlife


All we really want is a Happily Ever Afterlife.

Author Jen Wylie's Blog

You don’t want to miss out on this new release! Not only a good read, but support a wonderful cause! (See more below)

Don’t forget to stop by the Release day and Donations Event on Facebook for chances to win great prizes and support a wonderful cause!

There is a giveaway too! Enter to win a 20$ Amazon gift card or some awesome swag!

Happy Afterlife

Happily Ever Afterlife Edited by Untold Press


Price: 3.99

Available at [Amazon]

Soon in Print for 12.99 at [Createspace][Amazon][Barnes & Noble][The Book Depository]

Goodreads Link

In Support of the Boston Children’s Hospital:

Troy Lambert, author the The Angel, will be donating 50% of his Happily Ever Afterlife royalties to the Boston Children’s Hospital. Untold press has pledged to match his donation. J.A. Campbell, author of The Baron and the Firebird will also be donating 50% of her royalties! Pick up your…

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