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    {Guest Post} AUTHOR J.H. Moncrieff on Visiting the Island of Poveglia

    Author J.H. Moncrieff talks about her visit to the island of Poveglia, rumored to be the most haunted island in the world, and scene for her novel THE GIRL WHO TALKS TO GHOSTS. “You realize you are alone on this island.”  Those were the only words the water-taxi driver said before dropping me off on the desolate shores of Poveglia, a little island off the coast of Venice that is rumoured to be the world’s most haunted.  As the forbidding tower of Poveglia first came into view, I was excited, but by the time I climbed out of the water taxi, I was feeling something different.  Fear.  I didn’t have…

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    {Guest Post} Author J.H. Moncrieff on writing CITY OF GHOSTS

    Published by DeathZone Books Most of my novels begin with a “What if?”, and City of Ghosts was no different. It was a dark and stormy day, hardly the best time to leave the comfort of my ship to explore a ghost city in China. I’d acquired a bad cold during the three-day cruise down the Yangtze River, and the last thing I wanted to do was wander around in the downpour, sniffling and sneezing, while other tourists jabbed me in the eye with their umbrellas.  However, I did want to write about China, a country I’d fallen madly in love with during that month in 2014, but I’d yet…

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    {Guest Post} Writing to Music by Mark Matthews

    Writing to Music: The Sounds of MILK-BLOOD Music has played a huge role in the evolution of horror. Soundtracks make watching a movie such as Halloween or Phantasm a full body experience.  Darkness has a tone all its own. But the sounds of darkness are present in fiction as well. The music is there as you read, and it is there while I write. For each book I have written, I have used a soundtrack to capture the tone of the novel. My novel STRAY was written to the Velvet Underground song Heroin, The Jade Rabbit to A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall, and On the Lips of Children was written…