Archive for September, 2014

“Tasteful Murders”

“Tasteful Murders” is now available! This is the writing event Desirée Lee participated in recently and took 1st Place among the participants. Find her short story “The Catered Affair”, plus 42 other diabolical bites in one anthology. Only $0.99, available at the Kindle store.

http://www.amazon.com/Tasteful-Murders-Paul-R-Lancey-ebook/dp/B00NG86P02/officwebsio0a-20

I’m very, very proud of Desirée for this achievement. Please grab yourself a copy of “Tasteful Murders”, and enjoy Desirée’s work and talent. Afterward, I know she’d love to hear from all of you, telling her know how much you liked reading her award-winning short story, “The Catered Affair”. You can reach her easily via her website, Facebook fan page, or her Twitter page.

For those of you not familiar with Desirée’s work, she’s the award-winning, bestselling author of multiple books, short stories, and non-fiction articles. The bulk of her work falls into the paranormal and fantasy genres. “The Catered Affair” is an exception to that. Still, I have no doubt that fans of her paranormal and fantasy work will adore “The Catered Affair”, too. It’s nothing less than pure genius.

Thanks!

Scott Harper
www.scottharper.net

Blessed Mabon

Mabon

Not all of my fans, readers, and followers are pagan. Not all of my pagan readers are Wiccan. Still, I am. Desirée Lee is eclectic pagan, rather than Wiccan specifically. She also recognizes Mabon as a special day.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with this important pagan holiday, please allow me to take a moment to explain it. Mabon is the Autumnal Equinox. Today, the daylight hours, and the nighttime hours, are equal. After today, for the next several months, the days will grow shorter, and the nights will grow longer. In our belief system, today is commonly know as Mabon. We view it as a Thanksgiving holiday. This is the day for harvest celebrations.

While not everyone celebrates today as a special day, many of us do. I wish everyone – my fans and readers, and people who have never heard of me or my work, regardless of their belief system – a good day today. No matter what you’re doing, or what you plan to do today, I wish you a safe, happy, fulfilling day.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

All About Occult

Recently, I applied for a spot as a contributing writer for the paranormal website All About Occult. The following morning, in my e-mail, I found their reply. I’m in!

As part of the application process they requested a sample article on a paranormal topic. I sent them a copy of the article I wrote somewhere between two and three years ago on the Beast of Bray Road for the Federal Vampire and Zombie Agency website. The people from All About Occult loved it.

So, now I’m an award-winning, critically-acclaimed, bestselling paranormal author who will be contributing articles to a paranormal news website. While it isn’t a paid position, unfortunately, I expect that the promotion opportunities stemming from this will make it well worth my time.

Now I find myself in need of a steady stream of paranormal topics about which to write. If you have a topic that you’d like for me to cover, please contact me with the suggestion via the “Contact” page of my website. I’ll give consideration to any suggestions. It may be that I already have something already in mind along the lines of a given suggestion. Or it may be that a given suggestion hadn’t even occurred to me as a topic yet.

I look forward to hearing from you all!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCon

comicconposter

Desirée Lee and I will be guests at the 1st Annual Klamath Library ComicCom. This is a free, all-ages event. It’s scheduled for October 25th, 2014. It is set to run from 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM. We will be selling books, and comic books, signing autographs, and generally just enjoying meeting fans and readers. We’ll also be giving a talk on story plotting. Throughout that discussion, we plan to cover short stories, novels, comic books, and film.

As you can see from the poster graphic above, and the flier graphics below, there will be a lot going on – Photo booths, vendors, costume contests, crafts, demos, talks, and more. So, please spread the word. Then come out and show your support for the arts by attending this free event.

comiccon flyers

We hope to see you there!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Happy International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Before Desirée Lee first mentioned  International Talk Like A Pirate Day to me a few years ago, I had never heard of it. Honestly, when she first brought it up, I thought she was joking. Even when I realized that she wasn’t, part of me still had trouble taking the concept seriously. Once the concept finally became fully accepted by my brain, I still found it hard to believe.

Now, though, with a few years to get used to the idea, I’ve gotten more into it. While I don’t dress up as a pirate for the day, I will toss out the occasional “Arrr!” or make the odd comment about booty – typically of a flirtatious innuendo-style toward Desirée. Ahem… I want us to get the entire “Pirates of the Caribbean” series on Blu-Ray, and marathon them for Talk Like A Pirate Day. My plan had been to do so for this year – get them, at least; there won’t be time in the schedule here on September 19th to watch that many films in one day. However, upon learning that a new installment in that film series is underway, I’ve held off on buying the series. I’m thinking a nice Blu-Ray box set containing all of the films would be good.

Anyway, I wanted to wish all of my fans and readers a happy and safe Talk Like A Pirate Day.

And, this is also a great time to get another plug in for the incredible work of Mr. Tom Smith. As I’ve mentioned in a recent blog post, Desirée and I may well be working with Tom Smith on a project in the fairly near future. Both of us love his work. One song of his is very pertinent to today. That song is, of course, “Talk Like A Pirate Day“. Click the link. Listen to the song. Enjoy. Laugh. Repeat.

Happy Talk Like A Pirate Day, everyone!

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Weed, CA

You might well have already heard – by way of family or friends who might live in the area, or via the news – of the fires burning in Weed, CA. As of the writing of this blog post, only 20 percent of the fire is contained. Well over 1,000 structures are threatened. I don’t know how many have already burned; we keep hearing conflicting reports on that number. Over 1,000 firefighters are on the scene fighting this blaze. There is a $10,000 reward out for information leading to the cause of this fire.

Desirée Lee and I live about fifty miles North of Weed. We had family living down there, attending college. Luckily, they made it out okay. They evacuated just ahead of the fires reaching the town.

Due to the unusually warm, dry winter we had last year, this wildfire season has been very bad. We’re in a valley here. Smoke from the fires keeps coming in, but can’t really get back out. As a result, the smoke just drifts around the valley, pushed here and there, over and again by the wind. It’ll stay here until rain or snow knocks it out of the air.

On the day of this writing, it’s also very, very, very windy. Part of me is curious to know what this high wind is doing to the wildfires – in Weed, and in other places around. Part of me is afraid to know. It can’t be anything good, I don’t imagine.

Please, regardless of where you live, regardless of whether or not you have anyone in Weed, CA, or other areas that are currently being threatened – or destroyed – by wildfires, keep the victims of these fires in your thoughts. They need all of the good energy they can get at the moment.

Thank you.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

Tulpa

Recently, I read an article on the topic of Tulpas. I’d heard of these beings, or creatures before. However, my knowledge of them is very limited – something I’m loathe to admit as I’m a bestselling, award-winning paranormal author. My very limited awareness of Tulpas is of them as a threat. For those who are 100% unfamiliar with them, the word is Tibetan. A Tulpa itself is a creature created, and brought into being, by sheer mental effort. Apparently, these beings can take on whatever form their creator gives them.

I’m somewhat familiar with the concept of thought-forms. I use a variation of thought-form energy construction to explain werewolf transformations in my Wendy Markland books (those are currently unavailable; hopefully that will be remedied soon) and my “Shadow Castes” trilogy (Book 1 of which has been published, but is also currently unavailable). I’d imagine that Tulpas are a great deal like the thought-forms I’ve read about several times in the past.

The article I referred to earlier made me realize how big of an interest there is in Tulpas right now. You can read that article here. I had no idea there were so many people interested in the subject. I find the mental health aspects discussed in that article fascinating. Yet, given my own past paranormal experiences, I’m unable to write off the whole concept of Tulpas – even the more outlandish ones talked about in that article – as fiction, fantasy, or folly. I grew up in a haunted house. I’ve seen other ghosts. Desirée Lee and I recently bought a haunted house. Over the years I’d witnessed a variety of other supernatural beings and events that I’m not going to go into detail about here in this post. But, based on my own first-hand experiences, I can’t simply dismiss the concept of Tulpas as easily as most people might.

I’d love to hear from people involved in the Tulpa subculture. “Tulpamancer” is the term for those who create them, I learned from that article. It’s a word I don’t recall ever having heard of before. I love to learn new things. This subject has caught my interest. I’d like to know more about it. So, this is an open invite for Tulpamancers to get in touch with me via the “Contact” form on my webpage. Please do so. Please help educate me on the subject of Tulpas and Tulpa creation.

Scott Harper

www.scottharper.net

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