Although my new books are always reviewed when they come out, it takes me by surprises when I get a great review. I don’t mean a one where the book is “highly recommended”  or said to be a “must have addition” to any serious researcher’s library. I get those. And I am happy to receive them as I work diligently, obsessive really, to make the best book I possibly can. These books are intended to be not just academic resources but my back-hand ticket to immortality.

I get they type where the reviewer says nothing new or original but rather simply reprints the books own back matter copy. Thanks, I guess.

Then there is the type of review where the reviewer likes the book, but wonders about why I included or chose not to include some entry or another. To these reviewers I would like to say: If you read my Preface or Introduction, the question was answered. Ad nauseam.

So it is rare indeed when the person who reviews one of encyclopedia actually takes the time not only open the work but to read it–including the Preface and Introduction (which confidently speaking, i hate to write).

Recently my “Encyclopedia of Spirits and Ghosts in World Mythology ” was reviewed by Kyle German (Follow him on Facebook) who runs the long standing blog spot “Demon Hunters Compendium.” Although you must log into to read the blogs posted there, as the subject matter of mythology may offend some, I recommend checking it out.  Kyle is a rabid researcher, interested in all things paranormal, from mythology to UFOs–you name it.

I would love it if you went to his site and read the review he did for my book. It is amazing. He explains why the book is great: the information, the layout, the index (which confidently speaking, is my favorite part of the book to write), and the bibliography. He tells of how he discovered things that even he did not know, no small feat, I assure you. Kyle is a hard sell, and I was beyond flattered I impressed him. I thank you sir for the review; it is my fondest wish for you to go and review my other books.

 

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Vampirologist Theresa Bane will be a guest on “Into The Light Paranormal” on Thursday, June 16 –LIVE–at 10amPacific time (that’s 7am for my East-coast fans). Go to their website for a free connection to the show so you can listen in and enjoy. Hosted by Kitty Janusz and Kimberly Rinaldi I anticipate having a great time with them and discussing vampires, ghosts, mythology, and who knows what else as I will be up early and jazzed up on high-octane coffee!

After my appearance on Darkness Radio I received a few pictures of folks proudly displaying themselves with their copy of my newest McFarland book, “Encyclopedia of Spirits and Ghosts in World Mythology.” Read more

Two big bits of news! “Encyclopedia of Spirits and Ghosts in World Mythology” is out and available; it can be purchased through the publisher, McFarland, via their website or wherever you buy books on line <ahem, like, for instance, Amazon>. Why not also suggest your local library to purchase a copy; they do after all, love to know what their patrons want to read!

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No Joke! Darkness Dave of Darkness Radio has invited me to be a 2 hour guest on his radio show Friday, April 1, 2016. It is broadcast on his web page. If you want to listen (and who wouldn’t?) just go to the website and click in. On this show, I will be talking up my newest book, “Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore.”  It is scheduled to come out in the Spring/Summer of 2016.  encyclopedia of beasts and monsters in myth cover

 

If you have something you want or need to know on the subject, just ask me using the call-in line: 651-989-5855. Or, if you prefer, there is also a chat room which runs simultaneously during the show. I’ll be keeping an eye on it and try to answer questions posted there as well.

I have been involved in RPGs (table-top dice role-playing games) since 1979; it is a passion of mine, I bleed dice. So when I was asked to write an article on the Hierarchy of Hell for an RPG I was thrilled. A version of the original appears in Scaldcrow Game’s “Worlds of Pulp: Demon Construction Tables” (due out in Fall 2015) but this is the complete and fully expanded article. Enjoy, and remember, this was written for a game.

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Augusta County Library System hosts a summer ComicCon in their various branches; this year I am happy to say I will be taking part in the activities! Although this is a three day event I am scheduled to appear at the Fishersville branch on Saturday, June 27th sometime between Noon and 4 p.m. I will update when a time slot is sent to me. If you have any questions about vampires, are a fan of the subject, or want to see the comic con, make sure not to miss this event! If you are interested in attending their address is 1759 Jefferson Highway, Fishersville, VA 22939. If you have questions about costuming or otherwise attending the event call (540)-885-3961 or (540)-949-6354. They, like me, also have a Facebook page.

Super fan, Blaze O’Rama has been following the progress of my newest book, (working title) “Encyclopedia of Folkloric, Legendary, and Mythological Creatures” since the day I posted the news on Facebook what seems like forever ago. She has been encouraging me all along and has been ever supportive. In anticipation of the project seeing print she has gone above and beyond and made for me a mock front and back cover of the book. I share it here for everyone’s enjoyment!

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There was a back cover design as well, but I am unable to wrangle the file into the post.

The creature on the bottom half of the image is, by the way, is a yokai known as an Atsuuikakura; it is a gigantic man-eating sea cucumber which grew from the undergarments of a young noble girl who threw herself into the ocean rather than be ravished by lecherous fisherman.

 

Now the my latest book, “The Encyclopedia of Folkloric, Legendary, and Mythological Creatures” has gone off to the publisher I find that I am without a book to write for the first time in a very long while. I am going to begin gathering information for a new encyclopedia, as always, but I am also going to be turning my attention towards some fiction as well.

 

As I am a huge fan of both Jim Butcher and Rob Thurman I am going to give a serious attempt into writing some Urban Fantasy myself. As many of you already know, a few years ago my husband and I co-wrote a novella together which was purchased by an on-line magazine and was very well received. Using that character and the world we created for him, I am going to attempt to develop the character and the world further in a series of short stories. So be on the lookout for updates via my Facebook page on my adventures into fiction by means of my fictional series, “The Prince of Lies: Marko Jaks!”

 

 

The ECML Friends of the Library are proud to present “An Evening with the Vampirologist THERESA BANE” at the Edgecomb Memorial Library, Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

As a vampirologist I am prepared to talk about vampires, their history, and how they impact society, then, now, and into the future. I will also take any questions you may have about them, the undead, and any thing that goes bump in the night. Also, as a mythologist and a budding folklorist, I can also wax on demons, fairies, mythic locations, and creatures as well.

The library is located at 909 North Main Street, Tarboro, NC. Although I am perfectly alright with anyone taking photographs or video before, during and after the presentation I am not sure what the library’s policy is, so if you like to call and ask the number is 252-823-1141. If you video the presentation all I ask is you mention the hosting library as well as myself and spell out names correctly.

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Encyclopedia of Demons in World Religions and Cultures

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