“The Ghost Boy of Geneseo,” Chris DiCesare, joins Tails from the Other Side

DiCesare_PhotoWe are honored to add Chris DiCesare, author of Surviving Evidence: Memoir of an Extreme Haunting to our growing list of Guest Contributors for Tails from the Other Side, which is a charity book to benefit Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue and concerns pets and the paranormal.
As a young college student, Chris Di Cesare’s view of life was forever changed by a series of horrifying events in and around his dorm room: C2D1 at SUNY Geneseo. From early February through late April of 1985, he and his college friends endured what is now referred to as ‘The C2D1 Haunting’.  Chris is an accomplished lecturer who recently appeared on Coast to Coast AM and his memoir, Surviving Evidence: Memoir of an Extreme Haunting, (Dark Moon Press) became an Amazon best seller, which offers a compelling first-hand accounting of the infamous C2D1 extreme haunting at SUNY Geneseo from the person who found himself at its center … and survived it.

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It is a heart wrenching, devastating loss when our pet passes away. This project is dedicated to the paranormal experiences our authors have had after their animal companion crossed over to the Other Side. After our pets have passed, many of us can swear we have felt a familiar brush against a leg, heard a familiar bark or meow, a toy being squeaked, or maybe we’ve been witness to another companion left behind play as she once used to with the companion who has passed on.

DiCesare has contributed, “A Car Full of Waffles,” and we are very grateful to him and all of our Guest Contributors for sharing their stories for Tails from The Other Side. This project was created by Paranormal Investigator/Director of Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue, Christopher Mancuso and will be a Myth Ink Books publication this Fall.

Please visit Chris DiCesare’s website for more information on the C2D1 Haunting, his memoir Surviving Evidence, and his speaking engagements/event schedule

531089_1045fe0d00ee4028822084d31337948c.jpg_srz_238_238_85_22_0.50_1.20_0We are nearing 50 contributions overall for Tails From the Other Side.  The final deadline is July 30th 2016. Please visit the project page for more information on our Guest Contributors and How to Contribute by clicking here

Now Available: Horror Art Schwag from Myth Ink Books

 

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“Silas,” Illustrated by Luke Spooner

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We are excited to announce that selected illustrations from our Lovecraftian horror anthologies, Dark Tales From Elder Regions: New York and The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales are now available on T-shirts, mugs, poster prints and other items. The illustrations come from the eldritch mind of Luke Spooner of Carrion House and were featured in the above cited titles.

Myth Ink Books has opened a RedBubble store and all proceeds support our operations. A selection of 9 illustrations are now available. If there is an illustration you would like to see and do not see it featured please let us know.  Likewise, if there is a product that you would like to see one of our illustrations on please drop us a line.

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Available Books & Items at the NY Tolkien Conference II

NY Tolkien Conference 2016 logo illustrated by Luke Spooner
NY Tolkien Conference 2016 logo illustrated by Luke Spooner

Greetings!
It is our hope everyone had a Happy and Safe 4th of July! In less than two weeks on Saturday July 16th the New York Tolkien Conference is set to take place at Baruch College, which we have organized for the second year in a row.  On the 7th floor main hall of the Conference Myth Ink Books will again have a table with our titles available and a few other items.

Have your registered yet? Pre-registration online is $11, At the Door is $15

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We recently updated the New York Tolkien Conference with new programs, Con Gear and schedule, which you can read by clicking here

ForgottenLeaves-MockThe most recent title we have released, the revised edition of Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial, a Tolkien essay collection, with an index by Nicholas Birns, will be available for purchase. The edition available at the 2015 NY Tolkien Conference was an advanced copy, this revised, corrected edition with the index is the final version of this title.

If you cannot attend the Conference and would like to purchase a copy they are available via our Storenvy Shop

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The New York Tolkien Conference Guests of Honor Jared Lobdell and Kristine Larsen have both been involved with Myth Ink Books publications and will be on hand throughout the conference if attendees wish to have books signed.

Dr Kristine Larsen was a co-editor on two titles with us, The Mythological Dimensions of Doctor Who and the award winning The Mythological Dimensions MDNG_Coverof Neil Gaiman when they were originally published by Anne Petty and Kitsune Books.  When Kitsune Books closed the rights to these titles reverted to us and we were able to republish them under the Myth Ink Books banner.  We will have copies of both titles on hand.

Dr. Jared Lobdell is the author of numerous books on Tolkien Seeking the Lordand the Inklings and is the author of Seeking the Lord published by Myth Ink Books. There will be a special reading and book signing of Seeking the Lord at the New York Tolkien Conference.

The second edition of our Lovecraftian Horror short story collection, The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales will be available. This new edition has a revised text and new cover and internal illustrations by Luke Spooner of Carrion House. This has been available since last Fall but will be found at the New York Tolkien Conference Myth Ink Books table.

In addition to these corrected, second edition titles, our horror anthology Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York will also be for sale at the conference.

The Myth Ink Books table will also be where you can get some Conference Posters and Lord of the Rings action figures and toys. The Conference Posters will be the logos from the 2015 and 2016 NY Tolkien Conference illustrated by Luke Spooner. The Lord of the Rings action figures and toys are from the three Peter Jackson films and will be for sale.
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We hope to see you all at the New York Tolkien Conference and please visit the Conference website for program details and schedule by Clicking Here

Tails from the Other Side Update: New Guest Contributors & Early Press

Greetings Paranormal Enthusiasts!

Paranormal Investigator/Director of Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue Christopher Mancuso
Paranormal Investigator/Director of Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue Christopher Mancuso

We are nearing the end of our Call for Submissions for our pets and the paranormal project, Tails from the Other Side, which closes on July 30th, 2016.  At one time, we have all benefited from the loving nature of our animal companions. Whether cat, dog, bird or other, our pets have provided much needed love and support. However, it is a heart wrenching, devastating loss when our pet passes away. This project is dedicated to the paranormal experiences our contributors have had after their animal companion has crossed over to the Other Side. After our pets have passed, many of us can swear we have felt a familiar brush against a leg, heard a familiar bark or meow, or maybe we’ve been witness to another companion left behind play as she once used to with the companion who has passed on.
The proceeds from this collection will benefit Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue

531089_1045fe0d00ee4028822084d31337948c.jpg_srz_238_238_85_22_0.50_1.20_0This project has a growing list of Guest Contributors such as Haunted Collector’s John Zaffis, Paranormal Expert/Author Rosemary Guiley, Supernatural authority/Author Michelle Belanger, Paranormal State’s Eilfie Music, Paranormal Author Tim Shaw, Patrick Burns of Haunting Evidence. We are honored to announce two more have been added:

Haunted Collector's Brian J Cano
Haunted Collector’s Brian J Cano

Haunted Collector’s Brian J. Cano and Owner of the Grand Midway Hotel Blair Murphy

In addition we have added the titles of chapters by Guest Contributors to their bio information, see the “Contributed Chapter” area of each guest for this information.
Please click here to visit the Tails from the Other Side Project Page

Blair Murphy Owner of the Grand Midway Hotel
Blair Murphy Owner of the Grand Midway Hotel

There has been a bit of early press about Tails from the Other Side by way of an interview with project creator Christopher Mancuso.
Kelly Smith of the Winnipeg Paranormal Group was kind enough to interview Chris for Dark Thirty News:

While he was trying to think of other ways to help the rescue, his friend Zaffis suggested he write a book about pets and paranormal. Mancuso loved the idea it took off.

“It’s a compilation of people’s stories. Anyone who had that unexplainable experience. It doesn’t have to be just people from the paranormal field,” explained Mancuso. His hope is that Tails from the Other Side will help raise money and awareness to keep future cats from being euthanized.

We are very grateful for the coverage of this project and will do everything possible when this book is published (late August/September release) to help raise money, awareness and help Christopher Mancuso’s hope become a reality.

Please click here to read the full Dark Thirty News article

 

Pre-Order New Edition of Forgotten Leaves: Tolkien Essay Collection

ForgottenLeaves-MockNow available for Pre-Order, the revised Tolkien essay collection, with Index compiled by Tolkien Scholar Nicholas Birns, Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial.

In June 2015 we released an Advance Copy of Forgotten Leaves: Essays from a Smial at the New York Tolkien Conference. This volume of essays is a mixture of new Tolkien studies and previously published papers from the Journal of the Northeast Tolkien Society (once a smial of the Tolkien Society UK).

“Smials are local groups of The Tolkien Society which meet on a regular or occasional basis, named after the word Tolkien uses for hobbit-homes. Although affiliated to the Society they are independent organizations and are run entirely on a voluntary basis.”

We were the organizers of The Northeast Tolkien Society and the papers that appeared over 10 years ago in the Journal have been revised by their respective authors. 

Now, in time for the 2016 New York Tolkien Conference, this volume has been updated with a revised, corrected text and an Index compiled by Tolkien Scholar Nicholas Birns

Forgotten Leaves showcases fans as the first scholars. We wanted to present a scholarly discussion that was open to scholars and non-scholars alike. Here we have discussions that are academic, fannish, and pleasant blend of the two.

This volume will ship within 2-3 weeks of Pre-Order

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Jessica Burke

He Who Would Be First Must Be Last:
Tolkien’s Heroism in Lord of the Rings
—by Melissa Snyder

Tolkien’s Unintentional Use of Romanticism
in The Lord of the Rings
—by Elizabeth Johnson

Goldberry: Servant or Master of Bombadil?
—by Andrea Mathwich

The Captain & the Shieldmaiden, Change &
Balance, Éowyn & Faramir in Peter
Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings
—by Clare McBride

The Trees of Middle-earth: the Myth of
Their Inherent Evil
—by Laurel Michalek

Review of Tolkien and the Modernists
—by Maria Alberto

Tolkien and Gaming: A Fan’s Perspective
—by Chris Tuthill

Lessons from the Long Road
—by Laura Kemmerer

A World Without Myth
—by Jessica Burke

Masters of Fate: The Heroism and Doom of
Men in The Silmarillion
—by Richard Rohlin

Tolkien as a Catholic Mystic
—by Anthony S. Burdge

Authorship and the Vita Contemplativa:
Tolkien’s Self-Depiction in The Lord of the
Rings
—by Nicholas Birns

The Great Geat: A Discussion of Tolkien
and Heaney’s Beowulf Translations
—by Elizabeth Reinhardt

Lords of the Unsullied Light, Defenders of
Liberty: the Ñoldorin Revolution and the
French, Through the Lens of Enlightenment
Thought
—by Tatiana Denisova

An Irish Friendship in English Lit and
More: Nevill Coghill, C.S. Lewis, “The
Cave” and What Came After
—by Jared Lobdell

2016 NY Tolkien Conference Attendee Registration

Programming Update Ticket Registration Now Available for 2016 NY Tolkien Conference

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This is a ticketed event and $11 admits one and is non-refundable.
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Pending registration tickets may not be available at the door. Currently there are only 150 tickets available.

If you have any questions please write to mythinkbooks@gmail.com

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Well, I’m Back!

Myth Ink Books Author Melissa Gibson Snyder writes of her experience meeting Sean Astin aka Samwise Gamgee from the Lord of the Rings films. She spoke to him of his film role, and her essay on heroes in our book: Forgotten Leaves Essays from a Smial, which he signed on the “To The Professor,” dedication page.
Read More of her experience via her blog report below.

MWGS: Mom, Writer, Geek, Superwoman

Oh, those words! How they stir my heart each time! Today has been a day of awesome firsts and dreams come true. Today, I voted for only the second time in my life but for the first time in a presidential primary. If you’re wondering, I voted for Bernie Sanders, though, if Hillary Clinton gets the nomination, I will definitely turn out for her in November.

13139339_10153585710983133_4363788591045689663_nAfter voting for Bernie, I made my way to the local campaign offices for Hillary Clinton and hung out there for a while, with a singular purpose. Sean Astin was to be campaigning through our state today for Hillary and I have wanted to meet this extraordinary man for most of my life but especially the past sixteen years. Like most of my peers, I have grown up watching him on the silver screen, but it was his portrayal of Samwise Gamgee in Lord of…

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Final Call for Tails from the Other Side: Pets and the Paranormal

We will be closing open submissions for Tails from the Other Side within the next few weeks, which proceeds will be donated to Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue.

Click here to be taken to the project page or read below for all the details on How to Contribute

Paranormal Investigator/Animal Rescuer Christopher Mancuso and Myth Ink Books are teaming up to benefit Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue with a project dedicated to pets and the paranormal.

At one time, we have all benefited from the loving nature of our animal companions. Whether cat, dog, bird or other, our pets have provided much needed love and support. However, it is a heart wrenching, devastating loss when our pet passes away. This project is dedicated to the paranormal experiences you may have had after your animal companion has crossed over to the Other Side. After our pets have passed, many of us can swear we have felt a familiar brush against a leg, heard a familiar bark or meow, or maybe we’ve been witness to another companion left behind play as she once used to with the companion who has passed on. Our animal companions also have a heightened sense of awareness and can track something which we cannot see. Sometimes we’ve been witness to a pet experiencing and reacting to the paranormal. Or sometimes the pet’s ability to sense something Other Worldly precedes our own paranormal pet experience.

We’re happy to announce that this project is supported by, and will have contributions from Demonologist, Haunted Collector’s John Zaffis, groundbreaking author/speaker & researcher Rosemary Ellen Guiley of Visionary Living, Inc. ,a leading authority on psychic and supernatural topics, author of Conspiracy of Angels, Michelle Belanger and Occult Researcher, Artist and Paranormal State’s Eilfie Music.

Guest Contributors:

John Zaffis has over forty years of experience studying and investigating the paranormal. Zaffis spent his first years studying under his uncle and aunt Ed and Lorraine Warren, both demonologists.  Mr Zaffis starred in the SyFy paranormal reality TV show, Haunted Collector, and runs the Paranormal and Demonology Research Society of New England, which he founded in 1998.  Click here to read more of his work and the Museum of the Paranormal

 

Rosemary Ellen Guiley is a leading expert in the metaphysical and paranormal fields, with more than 60 books published on a wide range of paranormal, spiritual, and mystical topics, including nine single-volume encyclopedias and reference works. She has worked full-time in the field since 1983. Rosemary runs her own independent publishing company, Visionary Living, Inc., and also publishes an e-newsletter, Strange Dimensions. She lectures internationally and makes numerous media appearances.

Click here to read more of her work.

 

Belanger_PromoMichelle Belanger is most widely recognized for her work on television’s Paranormal State, where she explored abandoned prisons and haunted houses while blindfolded and in high heels. A leading authority on psychic and supernatural topics, her non-fiction research in books like The Dictionary of Demons and The Psychic Vampire Codex has been sourced in television shows, university courses, and numerous publications around the world. She has worked as a media liaison for fringe communities in the occult and paranormal world, performed with gothic and metal bands, and designed immersive live action gaming events for companies such as Wizards of the Coast. Her thrilling paranormal fiction series launches this fall through Titan Books with Conspiracy of Angels. Michelle resides near Cleveland, Ohio. More information on Michelle and her work can be found at www.michellebelanger.com. She is active on Twitter as @sethanikeem.

 

EilfieMEilfie Music Edwards grew up in a Pagan household where the Occult became synonymous with everyday life. Her father, Dr. James Music was a Ceremonial Magician and artist, which was a huge influence on her budding artistic career as it intermingled with her desire to learn more about the Occult. Both her Mother and Father also instilled her love of reading and collecting books. Most of her interest moved more into not just occult practice but also the investigation of the paranormal. From 2007 until the shows end in 2011 Eilfie was a regular on the A&E series Paranormal State as a researcher and using her occult knowledge. She continues to investigate the paranormal during her off time.  When not tracking down specters in old buildings she is working on her art inspired by years of study and her personal passions. She lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband Chris, puppy Temujin and kitties.

-A&E Paranormal State Researcher, Investigator, Occultist 2007-2011

– Have a Heart for Horror Cookbook 2012

– Lemont Cafe Featured Artist, November 2012

Vampire Evolution, From Myth to Modern Day by E.R. “Corvis Nocturnum”Vernor & L.E. Carruba 2015

How to Contribute

In order to contribute to Tails from the Other Side you do not have to be a paranormal investigator, part of an investigation, a member of a paranormal team, nor do you have to be a published writer.

What is required is your real life paranormal experience of a deceased pet, your having been witness to your current animal companion having a paranormal experience, or an experience of a similar nature involving a pet (past or present). We do NOT want secondary or tertiary accounts and NO FICTION. We DO WANT firsthand accounts. You do NOT need to be a writer to contribute.

We ask that the experience be documented in written form. If you are interested in submitting your experience to this collection.
If you need any assistance at all in writing your contribution please refer to our Questionnaire, which will prompt you with information we need for the collection (biographical info etc) and with questions to help round out your submission.
Click here to download the questionnaire If you need assistance in telling your story are happy to help you.

All finalized contributions should be a minimum of 1000 words and should be no more than 5000 words. However, if your contribution exceeds 5000 words we are open to discussion.

We are not offering contributors monetary payment as proceeds will be donated to Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue.

Please send all inquiries and completed submissions to mythinkbooks@gmail.com

 

Interview w/ Author Joris Soeding, Pre-Order “Once Home”

Cover Illustration by Luke Spooner
Cover Illustration
by Luke Spooner

Originally published by Downtown Publications Bloomfield/Birmingham, Illinois edition on 1/29/2016 this article examines the work of Joris Soeding.  Soeding was the “faces,” feature article, which his fourth poetry collection of 19 poems, each inspired by a single movie, “Once Home,” is cited.

“After watching 150 horror movies in a span of eight years, Joris Soeding, 37, wrote a collection of 19 poems, each inspired by a single movie. Currently in the hands of the editors at Myth Ink Books, “Once Home” will be Soeding’s fourth poetry chapbook.”

“Once Home,” is now available for Pre-Order and aimed for a Spring 2016 release, but will only have 100 limited copies available.
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The article is written by Downtown Pubs news staff writer Katie Deska, and is an excellent look into the life and work of Joris Soeding.

Click here to read the whole article.

Join Us for a Night at The Grand Guignol (Theatre of Horror)

A friend sent us an invite to an event, a 3 night event, that involves horror and theatre, which caused the hairs on the back of my neck to raise.  Intrigued, I looked into what The Grand Guignol (Theatre of Horror) on Staten Island was all about.

“….3 nights of live performances featuring five plays that will keep you on the edge of your seat,” states the description from the facebook event page (more below)

April 1st  8-10pm
April 2nd 8-10pm
April 3rd 3-5pm
Hub 17 at 73 Wave Street, Staten Island NY

 

Remembering Peter by Christopher Mancuso  Illustrated by Luke Spooner
Remembering Peter by Christopher Mancuso
Illustrated by Luke Spooner

Staten Island has had a long history of horrors and once was visited by the Grandfather of Cosmic Horror himself, H.P. Lovecraft, so we are eager for stories that will keep us on the edge of our seat.  Plus this show includes stories by two of our friends, Brooke Haramija of the paranormal investigation team SCARED! and Haramija’s fellow SCARED! Paranormal Investigator, Myth Ink Books Author Christopher Mancuso (Remembering Peter, in Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York)

There have been horror stories published about Staten Island, featuring historical people and places, such as The Friendly Horror and Other Weird Tales, and Dark Tales from Elder Regions: New York, but, “There is nothing like this on Staten Island,” cites Producer Kimbra Eberly. It is our hope this is the start of a new, longstanding tradition of horror on Staten Island.
Tickets are $22, and $40 for 2!!
Tickets are available by clicking here

The producers have “come up with 5 original plays, performance art and a very entertaining night filled with twists and turns,” but seating is limited.

There is also a GoFundMe Page set up to assist the production team with this unique form of entertainment in order to build the sets, paint, wood, carpentry, tarps, a movable wall, plexiglass, and lighting.

Please consider donating, and every donation $50 or more gets you a custom Grand Guignol Tee shirt.

FROM THE HUB 17 NYC EVENT PAGE:
The Grand Guignol (The Theatre of Horror) started in France in the late 1800’s and continued for over sixty years. Hub 17 will be paying homage to this style of theatre with their own original plays and performances.  

 From the moment of entrance, you can expect a feeling of eeriness and uneasiness.  The plays include an array of questionable characters, filled with intensity and also humor.  We are honored to have gifted writers, directors, actors and professional tech folks working with us.

“GET READY, GET SET,  GUIGNOL”

Hosted by Doug LaTourette
Plays included are:

1. Inadmissable (Lizzie Borden) written by Kimbra Eberly – Directed by Lawrence Schwabacher

2. Dreams and Wishes – written by Brooke Haramija
Twilight-Zone-esque story, about a very old woman who has quite a story to tell.”

3. The fearless Ghost Hunter – written and directed by Kimbra Eberly

4. Room 309 – written by Christopher Mancuso
Directed by Mike Vesey
About the zombie apocalypse, and the room which is home to an infected patient

5. The Barn – written by Lawrence Schwabacher
Directed by Lawrence Schwabacher

Also performing are
Douglas LaTourette – Poetry and the Ringmaster of the night, featuring (the severed head)
The DaDa group – performance art
A musical interlude – Rina Sklar Dabdoub

Credits include:
Inadmissable – Lance Reha (filmmaker)
Douglas LaTourette- Poet,  Artist, Producer
Kimbra Eberly- Writer-Technical, Producer
Kenny Graham- Technical
Miriam Silver- Technical
Brooke Haramija- writer, actress
Chris Mancuso- Writer, Actor
Larry Schwabacher- Writer, Director
Vivian Vasser- Performance art, Actress
Mike Vessey- Actor, Director
Dorri Aspinwall- Actress
Daniel Wuerdeman – Actor
Tyler Cucciniello – Actor
Mary Campbell- Performance Art, Actress
Ray Vazquez- Actor- carpentry
Rina Sklar Dabdoub- Actress, musician
Jay Sayers- Technical, carpentry

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