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Halloween Blog Hop: MUSIC REVIEW of Midnight Syndicate's A Ghostly Gathering


I know many out there feel a sense of melancholy as Halloween draws to a close. But fear thee not. The Christmas holiday and winter solstice has a long history of being a time when friends and family would gather to celebrate good tidings, cheer, and yes, ghostly tales. Therefore I feel that bringing you this review of Midnight Syndicate's latest effort at this particular time rather appropriate.

Team Syndicate (Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka) has been churning out creepy musical feasts for the ears and imagination since the 1990s, each recording offering a new theme and journey for the listener. And they continue to not disappoint.
With  A Ghostly Gathering, Midnight Syndicate crafts symphonic landscapes (and never fear...these landscapes are not the kind that put you to sleep...just the opposite, actually), giving traditional Christmas carols (and some new ones written by Douglas and Goszka) their own twist. Hearing some of the tracks (for example, their version of &quo…

Halloween Blog Hop: Exploring the History of Witchcraft in Salem and Elsewhere or "Burn the Witch?"

Greetings and welcome to Day 3 of the Halloween Blog Hop.

And Happy Halloween!

When I was invited to participate in this blog hop, I wanted to bring to the table a subject that often seems misunderstood by the modern mind. Playing the role of real life "witch" Mary Bliss Parsons for the Depreciation Lands Museum's Cemetery Lantern Tours piqued my interest in this piece of history even more. When we think of witch trials, barbaric mobs of simpletons with their pitchforks, shovels, and torches screaming "burn the witch" as they drag the accused woman from her home is often what comes to mind.
While I'm not saying that there may not be a little truth in that, when you really start looking into things, it becomes obvious that the trials and accusations run far deeper. You also start to recognize what was likely over-dramatized for Hollywood.
For instance, it is often assumed that once someone was accused of witchcraft, they were automatically screwed…

Halloween Blog Hop: Interview with Amanda M. Lyons

For Day 2 of the Halloween Blog Hop, I am interviewing author, Amanda M. Lyons. In a world where paranormal romance has been saturated with brooding vampires with six packs, Ms. Lyons is carving her own niche, harkening back to the gothic vampire novels of the 1990s. So read on and also stop by her blog today where she also features an interview with yours truly. :)

And don't forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of DESCENT, the first novel in my series, The Birthrite at the end of this interview (the giveaway is running until November 5).

So without further ado, here is Amanda M. Lyons.

TA: So first, welcome to my blog! For those that may just be stumbling upon your work, introduce and tell a little about yourself.
AL: Thanks for having me, Tiffany! I'm Amanda M. Lyons and I'm an author and editor with J. Ellington Ashton Press, a mom to two kiddos, and a partner to another author, Todd Misura. Most of what I write is horror, right now I have a gothic vampire series out …

Halloween Blog Hop: DESCENT Blurb, Excerpt and Giveaway

Greetings mortals,

I am happy to be part of this Halloween Blog Hop along with some really amazing authors. This blog hop runs from today and into November 1 and I know everyone has great things in store.

Today, I am presenting an excerpt from the first book in my Gothic/Paranormal/Dark Fantasy series, The Birthrite. So read on and enjoy.

And don't forget to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of the book at the bottom, and check out the blogs of the other authors! :)

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 28


With this 28th day of the Halloween season, I bring you two of my favorite tales from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy (both narrated by a YouTuber named Jon Ferarri).

The Wendigo:


The last three days of my 31 Days of Halloween will be spent on the Halloween Blog Hop that I am a part of with other authors, including Francis H. Powell and Amanda Lyons.
The blog hop will take place from October 29 (tomorrow) until November 1 on this blog, as well as the blogs of the other authors involved. During this time, I will also be giving away a signed copy of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1).

The Blog Hop on my end willinclude an excerpt from Descent, an interview with author Amanda Lyons, an article on witch hunts and trials, and a review of Midnight Syndicate's newest musical effort, A Ghostly Gathering.
So make sure you tune in for that and check out what the other authors involved have to offer. You will not be disappointed. Plus, there will be a chance…

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 27

Greetings all,

Well, we are almost there...

And I have been watching the hell out of these short films based on stories from the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy.

Here are a couple by filmmaker, John Johnson.

And to protest the PC police that decided it would be fun to ruin a childhood pastime (reading these books with the original artwork) because they aren't happy unless they are offended and complaining about something (Victimhood...yet another subject I will delve into in my blog essays on Human Behavior), I will post a photo of Stephen Gammell's drawing for the story, The Haunted House.

And in the next post, I will talk more about the Halloween Blog Hop I'm involved with that runs from the 29th until November 1. :)

Until then, Happy Haunting...

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 26

Greetings mortals,

I am still on a Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark kick. :D Plus, if you are still looking for a suggestion at a Halloween costume, I might have just the suggestion...

(warning: very creep imagery ahead...)

The makeup artist in this vid is awesome. :)
Happy Haunting...

Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 24 and 25


Here is a post for days 24 and 25. Sorry 24 is a bit late; I was busy in the 18th century being convicted of witchcraft.

 Some of you readers might remember the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark trilogy. And I mean the original books with the beautifully macabre artwork by Stephen Gammell (not the current editions with new tamer artwork that hardly makes the same impact as Gammell's work, thanks to the PC police). As I was perusing YouTube a year ago, I found these short films based on the stories in the Scary Stories trilogy. And I'm bringing you two of them because I missed yesterday. :)

The films are based on the stories, The Thing and Oh Susannah. Brought to you by filmmaker, Stephen King Simmons.


Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 23


At this time in October, some of the Halloween decorations and household items start coming down in price.

I found this nifty candle holder at a local store. The original price was $14.99 and it was discounted at a 33% rate. Therefore it only cost me $10.49.


Tiffany's 31 Days of Halloween, Day 22


Back in January, I started a Twilight Zone collage out of a 2013 calendar that I had. I did post the beginnings of the project in a blog post at that time, but never posted the results (though I had taken photos).

Well, here are the beginnings again:

And here are the results (I ended up making two!):

Hope everyone is having a great Halloween season. There is much more to come. :)