“Warder” Submitted to Dark Horse Comics

In March of 2011 I contacted Dark Horse Comics about my own-going fantasy comic book property called “Warder”. Four days ago, Dark Horse e-mailed, asking to see the material. The submissions package just went out in today’s mail. Please wish me luck!

Scott Harper

http://www.wix.com/scott_harper/scott-harper

“Necromancer” Reader Comments

Two new reader comments/reviews for “Necromancer”, the second Wendy Markland novel:

“Great descriptions and your pace keeps the reader enthralled”.

“Growing up in Canada ice skating was part of my everyday life. As I read your book I found your words a smooth glide on pristine ice.”

The book can be found, among other places, on Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Necromancer-ebook/dp/B005CQ0NOA/ref=ntt_at_ep_edition_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Scott Harper
http://www.wix.com/scott_harper/scott-harper

ANTI-SOCIAL Networking?

Is Facebook trying to become an ANTI-SOCIAL network?

When I visited Facebook this morning, the site kept kicking me out. After logging back in three or four times, I was routed to a page warning me about friend requests. It seems someone I’d recently sent a friend request to – I wasn’t told who, of course – has reported me for sending a friend request to someone I didn’t already know personally. Facebook basically warned me that if I “continue to do so” I “may be blocked” from sending any friend requests at all.

My main reason for using Facebook is to network and stay in closer touch with my fans. Now, it seems that if I run across someone with common interests, say a comic book store, I’m unable to send them a friend request until I’ve travelled, in person, hundreds of miles and gone into the store and introduced myself to the owners of that shop in person. Only that way will I truly be able to tell Facebook that, yes indeed, I do know that person personally.

This is one of the many reasons why I delayed joining Facebook for so long. I actually preferred MySpace’s “lawless frontier” feel to the overly-moderated, Big-Brother-is-always-watching feel of Facebook. Sadly, MySpace now seems to want to be Facebook, too, and MySpace has made changes there that have turned that site into a slow-running mess. What happened to the days when social networks were actually fun and enjoyable? Now, they seem, to me at least, to be more frustrations and headaches.

I WANT connections on these sites. As I said, I use these sites to network. If anyone wants to connect with me, be it on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc., please send me a request. It’s very rare – almost unheard of – for me to deny a connect request on any social networking site. If Facebook, or any other site, asks if you know me personally, please say “yes” and send me the request. I want to USE the social part of “social networking”. These sites allow me closer connections with my fans. As a writer, I both want and need that.

My work and the paranormal

As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a writer. I work in several mediums – short stories, novels, comic books and TV/film. I’ve even written text for several websites. But, most of my work is fiction. Two things I get asked a lot is where my ideas come from and why I devote so much time to monsters and faeries.

There are things out there that we either don’t know about at all, or, if we are aware of them, we know almost nothing about. Many people dismiss these things as fiction and folklore. However, there are decades, if not centuries, of sightings and eyewitness accounts of some of these things. That fascinates me. Most especially when there’s some sort of plausible scientific explanation to explain how such thing could truly be.

While writing the Wendy Markland novels, or my latest novel, “Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects”, and dealing with vampires, lycanthropes and such beings, I’ve often tried to ground those creatures in reality as much as I could. Often, that grounding has come in the form of magick as viewed as being another form of physics. But magick is nothing more than the manipulation of energy; it is a form of physics. When looked at that way, it makes it even more plausible that ghosts, faeries and such could be real.

While writing my first two novels, “Winter’s Rite” and “Well Wishes”, I excluded humans from that world altogether. Every character in those books is a faerie being of some kind. In “Well Wishes”, I used a dwarf, but the character is the magickal faerie being version of a dwarf. That’s as close to humanity as I want to get in those books. I have fun dealing with an exclusive non-human cast in those. The faerie beings in them are drawn from various folklore and mythologies around the world. Most of them that I used are Celtic, but not all are. And, again, we have centuries of reports and sightings of these beings.

Why do people report – for hundreds of years! – such beings as faeries, werewolves, ghosts, lake monsters, vampires, etc. if there’s nothing out there? To me, personally, the sheer number of the accounts, going so far back into human history, says that people have seen, and are seeing, something out there. As I said before, I find that fascinating. Being a writer, I write about what interests me. So, I tend to devote a lot of time to such topics.

True, Wendy Markland is out there hunting and killing zombies and vampires; she’s the focus of those books, not the monsters. But every story needs an element for the readers to identify with. It’s easy for readers to relate to Wendy – a woman who encountered things she never believed to be real, who has had her entire life and belief system shaken to the core and needed to reshape her way of thinking. – because she’s human. It wouldn’t be as easy for readers to identify with a vampire character with zero humanity left and is only looking to feed and make other vampires.

On a side note about that… I’m often asked by people, before they read one of my Wendy Markland novels, what “take” I use on the vampires in those books. My vampires are based on the creatures of ancient myth and lore. They’re the hungry undead. The vampires in the Wendy Markland books are demon-possessed corpses, seeing humans as food and a way to make more vampires.

In an effort to, hopefully, make others aware of the rich history of sightings and documentation regarding some of these beings, I spent a little time looking for some relevant websites. As of the time of this writing – 01/03/2012 – all of these sites are up and running. I have no connection to, or claim to, any of these sites or the content on any of them, aside from my own website.

Vampires:

 http://www.ukarea51.com/453/real-vampire-sightings

 http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/Real_Vampire_Sightings

 http://www.allstays.com/Features/top-vampire-cities/

 Werewolves:

 http://paranormal.lovetoknow.com/Real_Werewolf_Sightings

 http://www.gods-and-monsters.com/werewolf-sightings.html

 http://paranormal.about.com/od/werewolves/a/The-Werewolf-Of-Bedburg.htm

 Ghosts:

 http://www.history.com/topics/historical-ghost-stories

 http://www.militaryghosts.com/

 http://www.haunted-britain.com/

 Demons:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demon

 http://www.wnd.com/2008/03/58835/

 http://www.trueghosttales.com/demons/demonology.php

 Zombies:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zombie

 http://markhall.hubpages.com/hub/livingdead

 http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2004/12/09/1260445.htm

 Miscellaneous:

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jersey_Devil

 http://seamonster.org/

 http://www.fairygardens.com/sightings/adult1.html

 Scott Harper

Scott_Harper.com

Goodreads

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New Book Review – “Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects”

A review for my new novel, “Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects” – http://thepenmuse.net/?p=4085

Scott Harper

http://www.wix.com/scott_harper/scott-harper

“Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects” on Kindle

My new novel, “Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects” on Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Castes-ebook/dp/B006GIN9MQ/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322770564&sr=1-1

Scott Harper

http://www.wix.com/scott_harper/scott-harper

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