Check out my interview over on Lucy Pireel’s blog!
Check out my interview over on Lucy Pireel’s blog!
Last week, self-published authors stunned the publishing world by taking the Nos. 1 and 2 spots on the DBW Ebook Best-Seller list. Kudos.
Read more about it here!
Monday, April 22, 8PM Central / 9PM Eastern
Author Pat Fitzhugh joins host Alex Matsuo of Paranormal Insider Radio to discuss the infamous “Bell Witch” legend of Tennessee.
Known as “America’s greatest ghost story,” the legend centers on a pioneer family that endured four years of mayhem and terror at the hands of a sinister, demon-like entity named, “Kate.” She beat the Bell children mercilessly; she argued with the clergy; she told of people’s pasts and predicted their futures; she spoke in multiple human voices, sometimes even in tongues; and she inflicted a horrendous disease upon a man, which led to his slow and grueling demise. And now, almost two hundred years later, “Kate” still remains a mystery. Theories abound, but the truth eludes us. Kate’s lingering presence is still sometimes felt in northwestern Robertson County. Pleasant dreams.
The Bell Witch is the subject of the 2006 motion picture, “An American Haunting,” starring Sissy Spacek and Donald Sutherland (and in which I appear, also), and the 2003 movie, “The Bell Witch Haunting,” by Willing Hearts Productions. The Bell Witch: The Full Account was released in 2000, and updated in 2003 and 2009. The book’s Thirteenth Anniversary edition, which includes new information and a complete rewrite of the original book, is due October 13, 2013. For more information, including news and progress reports, make sure to “Like” the book’s fan page on Facebook.
Paranormal Insider Radio is an outlet of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS), from A&E’s “Paranormal State” TV show. The interview will last two hours.
Listen live at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/paranormalinsider/2013/04/23/americas-greatest-ghost-story-the-bell-witch Also, I’ll be taking questions by phone during the show. The listener call-in line will be: (347) 324-5969.
The creative juices are oozing, and my keyboard is clackin’ away at ghosts, witches, psychotic innkeepers, and IRS forms. There’s plenty else to do at home and at work, but I’m on a roll.
The thirteenth anniversary edition and rewrite of The Bell Witch: The Full Account is progressing; I’ve already reduced the page count by nearly fifty percent! Yes. Say lots more, but with fewer words (Writing-101). From Turkey Creek – A Memoir is wrapped up. Now, on to packaging, pagination, and formatting. I’m also working, albeit passively, on the sequel to Ghostly Cries From Dixie. Oh, and speaking of Ghostly Cries (the current version), I inadvertently let the “Dead of Winter” special ($2.99 eBook) expire without telling anyone. Geez, maybe I am the “big, bad wolf” that some folks make me out to be. To be fair, I’ll continue the special until May 15th.
The foreword to “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge,” by Lori Crane, is bleeping on my radar and is bleeping awesome! I’m so excited about the project and am honored to have the privilege of working with Lori. Look for the book this fall! And speaking of autumn, requests for book signings and lecture appearances this fall are trickling in; this could get interesting. Those events don’t include the release festivities planned around October 13th’s “Bell Witch” release, which will have me on the road in several states come mid-October.
That’s all for now. I need to grab more coffee, get more comfy, and write more words.
This is nothing I didn’t already know. Each month, each quarter, each year, independently-published books make a bigger and bigger splash!
Barnes & Noble re-launched PubIt! this week as Nook Press, a largely superficial makeover which failed to address some fundamental problems, like restricting access to US self-publishers only, and introduced new howler: updating existing titles causes the loss of all ranking, reviews, and momentum.
There were only two noteworthy things, to me, about this launch. First, the PubIt! brand had been closely associated with Barnes & Noble. This re-launch seems like an attempt to tie the Nook Press brand to their subsidiary Nook Media, probably in advance of a sale (Barnes & Noble already sold a stake to Microsoft, and a smaller slice to Pearson – Penguin’s parent company but maintain a controlling interest in Nook Media).
This re-launch is full of things that sound great in a corporate press release (innovative editing tools!) that most professional self-publishers won’t really care about, which makes me further suspect this is more…
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I’ve received several private messages with questions about the rewrite/13th Anniversary edition of “The Bell Witch: The Full Account.” That’s great! I intend to publish a FAQ about the rewrite in the coming days.
The “Rewrite FAQ,” as well as progress reports and excerpts, will be posted to the book’s existing Facebook page. The new edition will not have a dedicated page; it will use the existing Bell Witch page.
For those with questions about the new book, or who would like progress reports and excerpts, please make sure to add the following page to your Facebook “Likes.” Thanks!
Lori is a great author and historian. I really appreciate this opportunity!
G is for Ghost Stories
I am delighted and overjoyed to announce the best collaboration in the history of publishing—well, in my little world anyway.
I am currently finishing a ghost story/Mississippi legend called “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge” and the foreword will be penned by none other than Mr. Ghost Story himself,Pat Fitzhugh, the author of “Ghostly Cries from Dixie” and“The Bell Witch: The Full Account.” I have been a long-time admirer of Mr. Fitzhugh and his ghost stories and am excited to share this story with you through his eyes as well as mine.
In his words, “Lori and I share a passion for Southern history and legends, and our works complement each other nicely. Lori writes about the people, places, and events that made history. I write about the spiritual residue they left behind. Our collaboration…
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I have the honor of writing the foreword to “The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge,” by historical fiction author Lori Crane. And, I couldn’t be happier! Lori and I share a passion for Southern history and legends, and our works complement each other nicely. Lori writes about the people, places, and events that made history, and I write about the spiritual residue they left behind. Our collaboration comes naturally. I am looking forward to this wonderful opportunity!
What is Stuckey’s Bridge? Where is it? What happened there? Read on:
In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company rebuilt an aging bridge over Mississippi’s Chunky River, near the hamlet of Savoy. Amid the project, workers discovered at least twenty bodies buried beneath the river’s snaky, overgrown banks.
In earlier times, flatboaters often saw a man standing on the bridge at night, waving his lantern and offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed for the night. “Need a good night’s sleep? Stuckey’s Inn is right around the bend! Weary wagon traveler? Stop by Stuckey’s Inn!” he would yell.
Rest in peace at Stuckey’s Inn.
The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge, coming Fall 2013 to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.
While Ghostly Cries From Dixie is still on sale (winter special) for just $2.99, I thought I would post a sample chapter. This chapter deals with the McRaven House in Vicksburg, Mississippi, one of Dixie’s most haunted locations. Please note: Only the eBook (Kindle) version is on sale, and this sample chapter comes from the paperback–but it’s the same story and writing, nevertheless.
Thanks for reading.
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