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Monday, September 30, 2013


"Dang dab it, Roland!" the ghost of Mark Twain grouched as he sat at my table.  "What's this I hear about you doing a seance?"
The shadows of Meilori's, the haunted French Quarter jazz club, seemed to close in as if to eavedrop.  I shook my head.
"You know I don't do seances, Mark.  I don't have to what with writing here at my table."
The ghost of H P Lovecraft gloomily sat down beside me.  "As well you shouldn't."
His long face grew longer. "What do you living know of the world and the universe about you?
Your means of receiving impressions are absurdly few, and your notions of surrounding objects infinitely narrow.
You see things only as you are constructed to see them, and can gain no idea of their absolute nature. With five feeble senses you pretend to comprehend the boundlessly complex cosmos,
yet other beings with wider, stronger, or different range of senses might not only see very differently the things you see,
 but might see and study whole worlds of matter, energy, and life which lie close at hand yet can never be detected with the senses you have."
Mark Twain grumbled, "Excuse me for a decade, H P, while I break out a thesaurus and riddle out what you just said."
"Wait, guys," I said.  "I'm just participating in the GREAT BEYOND HALLOWEEN BLOGHOP."
Lovecraft intoned, "Which is?"
" Well, the rules are simple -
participants should write a post for October 30 that talks about a famous deceased author (or celebrity?) they would like to contact in a seance.

Then TaraTyler, Angela Brown, and Gwen Gardner will randomly choose winners for their prizes."
Mark's eyes sparkled.  "What are they offering? "
"Tara will be giving away a printed, signed copy of Pop Travel, and I will be giving away autographs of Mark Ruffalo and Cobie Smulders of THE AVENGERS."


His face fell.  "No date with Megan Fox?"
"Mark!  She's married."
"I ain't the jealous type."
Lovecraft just sighed, shaking his head.


  1. David:
    Yes, it does, doesn't it? Who would be your choice of an author to talk to? :-)

  2. No bones about it... sounds like fun! Gee, I wonder if I'd have a ghost of a chance at winning a prize?

  3. awesome!!!
    mark twain is my man!!!
    thanks for co hosting, roland!

  4. Susan:
    Nice pun. And check out my OWN HALLOWEEN BLOGHOP IN THE SIDE BAR -- you might win Brad Pitt's autograph! Not too shabby, right?

    Glad to co-host. Now, when do I sleep?

  5. So many amazing choices. Oscar Wilde for his wit? Byron, 'cause I get the guy? Shakespeare, so I could ask, once and for all, if he actually wrote his plays? Nathaniel Hawthorne, because I walk his streets and named my current protagonist after him?

    The possibilities are endless. I so hope I can eke out enough time to sign up.

    VR Barkowski

  6. VR:
    I hope you do. Remember in my GHOST OF A CHANCE, I had Christopher Marlowe actually being Shakespeare?

    I've have both Wilde and Byron in Meilori's. Nathaniel Hawthorne is a novel idea (no pun intended!)

    Please sign up. I hate to beg. :-)

  7. This is an excellent idea - yes, the possibilities are endless! I'll go away and have a think and hopefully I can sign up.

  8. Mark Twain grumbled, "Excuse me for a decade, H P, while I break out a thesaurus and riddle out what you just said." This made me laugh out loud!!!!

    I'll see if I can think of something, it sounds like fun :)

  9. It's going to be fun! I still need to get it up on my blog. I do love seeing our names on the awesome badge, don't you?

  10. Nick:
    I hope you can join in the fun!

    Words Crafter:
    Yes, Mark cracks me up, too. :-) I would love for you to join.

    Seeing our names in print is fun! I think this will be quite a bit of fun!!

  11. I'm signed up. Now, I need to pick my celeb. *rubs chin in deep thought*

  12. Candilynn:
    I know whoever will pick will turn out to be a fun read! :-)