‘NetNet: horror author musical hijinks (King & McCammon), hauntings, pediatric organ donation, a charming mortician, comets, and an apple swan.


It seems Robert McCammon is returning to the kind of work that made me love him – a contemporary story with strong horror / supernatural elements. In The Five (to be released in paperback by Tor on Nov. 26th) a rock band on the verge of breaking up decides to write a last song together – one that will have an incredible impact on a soldier in the future. Consequently, there is a force working to ensure the song does not get written. Listen to the interview to get a better understanding of the premise.

After completing the novel, McCammon was inspired to write the lyrics for The Darkest Night, which is performed by Dorian Lives in the video below. It begins at 2:40:



Speaking of horror and music, Stephen King has collaborated with John Mellencamp to create a play, The Ghost Brothers of Darkland County. I’m intrigued.

I’ll share a video or two in upcoming weeks on Macabre & Mysterious Music Mondays.



Paranormal investigator, Randall Keller, just wrote his 100th blog post, and it’s a beautiful, if sad, rumination on being haunted. Read Help! at The Voices.

randall keller banner



This book, by Colin Woodard, came to my attention early this week, and now it’s everywhere. The idea is that our nation is actually separated into 11 ideologically different regions, grounded in the cultures of the original settlers of each region. Look closely at the cover to see which region you live in. I’m in Yankeedom.

book cover american nations (bigger)

Click to enlarge.

You’ve probably seen it too. If not, check out some summaries / teasers:

The Washington Post * NPR * Bloomberg

Any thoughts? I can’t wait to read the book.



Paranormal Romance author, Delila S. Dawson is worried about a young friend of hers. Stop by her blog to meet Bronco, and learn of his situation. Then consider first signing, then sharing, his petition for the news media to talk more about the hard subject of pediatric organ donation.

Kid's got a great smile, doesn't he?

Kid’s got a great smile, doesn’t he?



ScoobyClue recently stayed at the Crescent Hotel – reputedly the most haunted hotel in the US – and she has photos to prove it. I’ve stolen one for you, but you can see the rest here.

crescent hotel



Tom Hussey is a brilliant photographer in general, but I’m particularly taken with his series, Reflection, in which he shows his subjects looking into a mirror and seeing a younger self:

 tom hussey reflection scientist

Tom Hussey Photography



I promised my friend that I’d share a link to a blog she would particularly enjoy, Order of the Good Death.

The blog is interesting, but the best part of it is in the videos section. I’m a huge fan of Caitlin and her work, and I encourage you to check out what she does. Recently, I stayed up until six o’clock in the morning, watching all of her videos, one after another. Here’s episode 1. I assume you will have more self-control than me.

And here is a link to all of her YouTube videos.



At NASA Science News, learn about what may be in store for the comet, between now and Thanksgiving. Read Comet ISON: What’s Next?


Library of Ghosts has a cool post up to help you get into the mood for comet watching. Read, Comet Inspired Cocktails Book Movie Music Recommendations.



This showed up in my FB feed. I was astonished. Haven’t tried it yet, but I will.


There is no way I’m going to capture every great thing that happens in my personal web, let alone on the wider internet. The posts I feature here just happened to catch my eye. They resonated with me and whatever is going on in my life right now. And they are worth sharing.





16 Comments on “‘NetNet: horror author musical hijinks (King & McCammon), hauntings, pediatric organ donation, a charming mortician, comets, and an apple swan.”

  1. Juliette says:

    WOW! Good news. I’m doing the happy dance!

  2. jokelly65 says:

    thanks great entry, I love hearing Robert McCammon is returning to his roots, “They Thirst” and “Swan Song” are two of my favorite books. Keep up the great blog.

  3. pilgrim52 says:

    Great set of links! Thank you!!

  4. Pooka says:

    Tom Hussey’s “Reflections” brought tears to my eyes. The good sort that are accompanied by a small wistful smile.

  5. Ooh…I love Tom Hussey’s work. Great concept!

  6. Hunter Shea says:

    Well, there’s certainly a little of everything here! Robert McCammon is a living legend. I can’t believe he’s not a household name yet. By the way, I loooooove your new banner photo. Nice and sick.

    • I’ll bet it was the zombie-bite one. I actually have 6-8 different banners that are displayed randomly. Right now, as I answer this, it’s antique bottles.

      I thought my first exposure to McCammon was a remaindered copy of his short stories collection, Blue World. I liked it well enough that I went looking for something else by him and found Swan Song. (Which might beat out all of King’s books … and you know how I love King.) AFTER that, I noticed that I had Bethany’s Sin on my bookshelf … a book I’d purchased at a garage sale and enjoyed many years earlier.

      Then I had to read everything, of course. I loved them all until I came to the Mathew Corbett series. I just couldn’t get into that. Now I’m looking at The Five AND at at the novella, I Travel By Night.

      Is it you or Jonathan who has an upcoming vampire western?

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