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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SSP Anthology Extravaganza for Southern Haunts: Guest Post with Miguel Viscarra and Giveaway


Hi, everyone!



I am pleased to participate in the SSP Anthology Extravaganza hosted by Tomorrow Comes Media for Southern Haunts.


Editor Bios:

Alexander S. Brown is a Mississippi author who was published in 2008. His first book, Traumatized, is a short story collection that has received rave reviews from horror fans throughout America. Although, Brown began as a horror author, he has recently published two young adult steampunk tales, which can be found in the anthologies, Dreams of Steam 2: Brass and Bolts, as well as, Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells. His poem, “Maters” was later published in the magazine, Midnight Screaming Volume 3, #4. Brown says there are more works on the way as he plans to write a series of novels chronicling the lives of residents in a town that is damned. Eventually, he will pen a fantasy/horror trilogy.




J L Mulvihill is the author of the young adult fantasy novel, The Lost Daughter of Easa, published through Kerlak Publishing. Other stories J L has written and had published includes, Chilled Meat, a steampunk thriller, found in Dreams of Steam II-Of Bolts and Brass, anthology; The Leprechaun’s Story, a steampunk urban fantasy found in the anthology, Clockwork, Spells, & Magical Bells. A Real Dragon and Magic in The Ozarks, found in Memories and Dreams published by The Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, AR; Jen’s Spicy Crawfish Bisque, found in It’s All about Food with a Mississippi Twist, published through the Clinton Ink-Slingers; and The Proud Oak, published through the Gulf Coast Writer’s Association.

J L Mulvihill has written several articles for Examiner.com as the Jackson Literature Examiner. She is also an event’s coordinator for the Mississippi Chapter of Imagicopter known as the Magnolia-Tower, a volunteer organization of authors and artists who promote their own publications while lending a hand to other writers and artists. J L Mulvihill is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Gulf Coast Writers Association (GCWA), The Mississippi Writers Guild (MWG), as well as the Arts Council of Clinton, the Clinton Ink-Slingers Writing Group, and the Java Jotters.

J L is currently working on her second novel, Elsindai, as well as her young adult steampunk series, Steel Roots, and an anthology project with horror author Alexander S. Brown entitled Southern Haunts. She also continues to write short stories in the fantasy, steampunk, horror, and sci/fi genre, as well as poetry inspired by her life in Mississippi. She has also been known to Karaoke from time to time when she thinks no one is looking.


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About the Book:


PUBLISHER: Seventh Star Press
PUBLICATION DATE: April 24, 2013
FORMAT: Paperback, 337 pages
GENRE: Paranormal/Ghost Stories
ISBN: 9781937929121

From the shadowed realms of the paranormal comes 16 chilling tales that dwell in the South and Southwest. Resurrected in your very hands are stories that will make you laugh, ponder, and shiver as the reader is introduced to spirits that are humorous, saddened, and vengeful.

From 16 authors, learn of haunted homes, buildings, landmarks and roads where restless entities from beyond the grave desire acknowledgement amongst the living.
Become acquainted with the aftermath of an eclipse that awakens the dead in a Memphis cemetery, see what horrors dwell in the woods at Hell’s Gate, learn the dark secrets of Sidney’s Cotton, and dare to travel down Ghost Road.

These and many other tales are sure to keep you awake as you are introduced to what makes the South and South West so unique…. History and GHOSTS!!!!!

So, sit back, dim the lights and prepare yourself to face the spirits that walk among us.
Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback


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Featured Stories and Authors in Southern Haunts:


Windsong Levitch – “Interview for a Ghost Hunter”

H. David Blalock – “An Eclipse Over Elmwood”

Richard Parks – “Sydney’s Cotton”

Jason Hughes – “Ghost Road”

Herika R. Raymer – “Cal’s Cutoff”

Diane Ward – “The Shack”

Roland Mannn – “Haints”

L.S. Nadler – “You Will Come to Meet Your Demise”

M.R. Williamson – “Hell’s Gate”

William R. Eakin – “Maddness”

Roman Merry – “Wellspring”

Kalila Smith – “The Bequest”

Miguel L. Viscarra – “The Cleansing”

J.L. Mulvihill – “Bath 10″

Angela Lucius – “Nightmares at Moccasin Bend”

Alexander S. Brown – “The Top Floor”




Welcome to Darlene's Book Nook, Miguel!

Miguel has written a guest post, so I will now turn the floor over to him!

What is it that truly defines horror? Do parameters exist that govern the conceptualization of the horrifying, or are fear and abjection subjective and unique in terms of appeal? Moreover, from a social perspective, what potentially occurs when institutional boundaries are broken? These are a few of the questions that I aimed to answer in my story.

My name is Miguel Viscarra, author of The Cleansing, which is one of sixteen tales of the paranormal in southern states that is included in “Southern Haunts: The Spirits That Walk Among Us.” I’ve been a New Mexico resident all of my life, as I was born and raised in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Being a fan of all things horror and paranormal, I have spent a great deal of time investigating and travelling to many reportedly haunted attractions, hotels, venues, and areas of the state. One of the most prolific and iconic of these reported places is the famed Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Historically, the Penitentiary of New Mexico was the epicenter of some of the most violent and deadly prison riots this country has ever seen. At the start of the ‘80s, various conditions in the institution sparked an uprising by the inmates that were housed within. The fact that the establishment was undergoing structural changes provided an opportunity for inmates to overtake the guards and allowed access to a number of weapons, including acetylene torches that were used to kill and burn a number of people in the prison. The authorities eventually regained control of the facility but not before a great deal of destruction had occurred and lives lost. Those brave enough to enter the hollowed facility have reported many unexplained instances of paranormal phenomena. Upon hearing of such carnage and the prospective haunting, I decided to begin researching the institution, which included coming into possession of the actual Attorney General’s report of the incident itself. The Cleansing is the story of specialists brought in from all over the nation to investigate the hollowed Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Symbolism played a huge part in The Cleansing, especially in relation to its overall construction and my personal input. When we consider a prison on a symbolic level, society is practically “cleansing” itself by quarantining those that are deemed unfit for life amongst the masses. However, as New Mexico residents came to know, this stability can be challenged. In this way, The Cleansing provides a slight degree of social commentary on the topic. Additionally, The Cleansing also provided an outlet of personal cleansing and inspiration, as I incorporated aspects of the story that were near and dear to my own heart and past. It was a way for me to embrace and let go of one of the most haunting occurrences in my own life in an emotional way. It was more of an emotional haunting than something paranormally tangible, and this mirrors the relations between our protagonist Saúl and his own subconscious thoughts and eventual imprisonment.

I hope you’ll take the time to dive into “Southern Haunts: The Spirits That Walk Among Us,” as all sixteen of the stories are fantastic. It was truly my pleasure to be included amongst such talented authors, and I do hope that you will enjoy my story, The Cleansing.
Thanks so much for joining us today, Miguel!


Southern Haunts Tour Participants:



May 16 - Jay Wilburn Blog: Guest Post

May 17 - Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: Interview

May 18 - The Dan O’Brien Project: Promo-Spotlight

May 20 - Book in the Bag: Review

May 21 - Spellbound by Books: Excerpt

May 22 - Darlene’s Book Nook: Guest Post

May 26 - Kentucky Geek Girl: Interview

June 1 - Babs Book Bistro: Excerpt

June 2 - Beagle Book Space: Promo-Spotlight

June 3 - Reading Away the Days: Review

June 10 - Spellbindings: Guest Post

June 12 - Celticlady’s Reviews: Promo-Spotlight

June 13 - The Witchy Contessa: Review

June 14 - Word to Dreams: Guest Post

June 16 - I Smell Sheep: Guest Post

June 17 - Bookishly Me: Review

June 19 - Recent Reads: Review


SSP Anthology Extravaganza Full Tour Schedule:


May 16 - Jay Wilburn Blog: 
Guest Post (Southern Haunts)


May 16 - MikesFilmTalk
Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 16 - Armand Rosamilla, Horror Author: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 17 - Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews: 
Interview (Southern Haunts)


May 17 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews:  
Interview (Perfect Flaw)


May 17 - Come Selahway With Me:  
Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 17 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


May 18 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 
Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts)


May 18 - A Girl and Her Kindle: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 18 - Ian’s Realm: 
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


May 19 - Angela Meadon Blog: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 19 - Strange Amusements: 
Review (The End Was Not the End)


May 20 - Book in the Bag: 
Review (Southern Haunts)


May 20 - The FlipSide of Julianne: 
Guest Post (Guest Post)


May 20 - Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews:  
Interview (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 21 - Spellbound by Books: 
Excerpt (Southern Haunts)


May 21 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 21 -  Kentucky Geek Girl: 
Interview (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 22 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  
Guest Post (Southern Haunts)


May 22 - Strange Amusements: 
Promo/Spotlight (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 22 -  Bookishly Me:  
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


May 23 - Workaday Reads: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 23 - Book Den: 
Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 23 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews: 
Interview (The End Was Not the End)


May 24 -  Books, Owls and Tea:  
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 24 - Beagle Book Space:  
Promo/Spotlight (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 24 -  I Read a Book Once:  
Review (The End Was Not the End)


May 26 - Kentucky Geek Girl:  
Interview (Southern Haunts)


May 26 - Armand Rosamilla, Horror Author: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 27 - Bookishly Me: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 28 - Spellbindings: 
Guest Post (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


May 29 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


May 29 - Book in the Bag:  
Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


May 30 - Darlene’s Book Nook: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


May 30 - The Cabin Goddess: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 31 - WTF Are You Reading?: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


May 31 - Literary Meanderings: 
Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 1 - Babs Book Bistro:  
Excerpt (Southern Haunts)


June 1 - Readings Sunshine: 
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 1 - The Witchy Contessa: 
Review (The End Was Not the End)


June 1 - Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews: 
Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 2 - Beagle Book Space: 
Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts)


June 2 -  Kentucky Geek Girl: 
Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 3 - Reading Away the Days:  
Review (Southern Haunts) 


June 3 - Book in the Bag:  
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 3 - Spellbindings: 
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


June 3 - The Witchy Contessa: 
Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 4  - Jess Resides Here: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


June 4 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 
Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 5 - Book Reviews and More:  
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 5 - Once Upon a Time: 
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


June 6 - A Book Vacation: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


June 6 - Beauty in Ruins:  
Review (The End Was Not the End)


June 6 - Come Selahway With Me:  
Interview (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 7 - Word to Dreams: 
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 7 - Bee’s Knees Reviews:  
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 7 -  I Read a Book Once: 
Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 8 - The Witchy Contessa: 
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 10 - Spellbindings: 
Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 


June 10 - WTF Are You Reading?: 
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 11 - Darlene’s Book Nook:  
Guest Post (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 12 - Celticlady’s Reviews: 
Promo-Spotlight (Southern Haunts) 


June 12 - Bookishly Me: 
Review (Perfect Flaw)


June 12 - Library Girl Reads and Reviews: 
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)


June 13 - The Witchy Contessa: 
Review (Southern Haunts) 


June 13 - Book Den: 
Guest Post (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 14 - Word to Dreams: 
Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 


June 14 - Sweet Southern Home: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


June 15 - Bee’s Knees Reviews: 
Review (The End Was Not the End)


June 15 - The Dan O’Brien Project: 
Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 16 - I Smell Sheep: 
Guest Post (Southern Haunts) 


June 16 - SpecMusicMuse:  
Review and Interview (Perfect Flaw)


June 16 - Jess Resides Here:  
Top Ten’s List (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 16 - Once Upon a Time:  
Promo-Spotlight (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 17 - Bookishly Me: 
Review (Southern Haunts) 


June 17 - Spellbindings: 
Guest Post (Perfect Flaw)


June 17 - The Witchy Contessa: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 18 - Recent Reads: 
Review (Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy)


June 19 - Recent Reads: 
Review (Southern Haunts) 


June 19 - My Seryniti: 
Review (Vampires Don’t Sparkle)


June 19 - Come Selahway With Me:  
Guest Post (The End Was Not the End)

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