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Tuesday, July 26, 2011


Author Marilyn A. Hudson will be attending the Chisholm Trail Book Festival, Sept. 17, 2011 in Duncan, Oklahoma to promote her recent true history books, Tales of Hell's Half AcreWhen Death Rode the Rails.  In addition, she will have copies of her chilling short fiction, The Bones of Summer and the novel she has co-written with Cullan Hudson, The Mound.   

Be sure to stop by and say hello, buy a book, and enjoy the event in the lovely convention center in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


Oklahoma rooted authors, Cullan Hudson (Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma) and Marilyn A. Hudson (the short fiction collection The Bones of Summer; the nonfiction, When Death Rode The Rails) announce the publication of their paranormal suspense novel, The Mound.

This supernatural thriller centers on a disparate group, comprised of scientists and psychics, that gathers to investigate a historic hotel in eastern Oklahoma. However, something is waking and they will soon find themselves running for their lives.

Due for official release August 1, 2011, the approximately 358 page, softbound book, will be available via Amazon or by contacting the publisher, WHORL BOOKS.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FOR THE BOOKSHELF: Classics Too Good to Die

In this book, the author lays out ancient records, some pre-Plato, suggesting ancient seafarers were well aware of islands in the distant Atlantic sea.  Through the centuries he lays out additional evidences in the form of anomalies, artifacts, maps, and writings suggesting a different way to look at the tale and its location.  Like paving stones leading inexorably to its target, the evidences are intriguing and the author never abandons logic as they are examined.

A must for any serious and balanced collection about the concept of Atlantis and alternative views of the development and movements of ancient human society.

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FOR THE BOOKSHELF: Classics Too Good to Die

Ignatius Donnelly was a lawyer, legislator, author, and futurist who created one of the most detailed looks at the potential validity of the Atlantis myth prior to the 20th century.

Although often subjected to ridicule, he was one of few people to take a global look at civilization rather than a nationalistic view.  He accepted that there was cultural diffusion as one culture influenced another, ideas, stories, and beliefs were thus spread widely in a time without nation states or nationalistic boundaries.   He was definitely one to think outside the box rather than become too root bound into the contemporary and rigid thinking of the science of his day. While lacking in some skills, and a tendency to accept too much at face value, his ' what if we look at it this way...' is the epitome of what true science should do.  Despite his being derided by some he did bring up intriguing questions and examples that seem to reveal what modern science is only now being to accept - ancient society was more mobile and far traveled than previously thought.

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Friday, July 8, 2011


Oklahoma author Steven E. Wedel used a little known local tale to craft the beginning of a saga of the werewolf which has haunted its readers.  Book one of the Werewolf Saga is Murdered by Human Wolves.

Story collection, Call to the Hunt, sets up many of the characters later revisited in Shara and Ulrik.

Ready to run with the pack and howl at the moon?  Pick up Wedel's work today.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Book That Wasn't **UPDATED**

Recently via several sites and especially the work of Linda Moulton Howe, a book has been mentioned as one stolen away by mysterious men in black, NSA, or other clandestine agency.  A search of WorldCat (a catalog of library catalogs), the Library of Congress, and the British Museum failed to bring up any copies of this book anywhere.  Not all collections or titles are found in these search tools but chances are excellent any major work of that age still in a library would be listed in one or more of these indexes.  Too arcane or rare would have it in a special collection.

Public libraries - such as the one alleged in this story - deal with popular works and a book of that subject, from that date, would be a very unusual on a public library shelf due to frequent updating of the circulating collection. The simple truth is books get worn out with use, become unappealing to readers, or have outdated images or content. They have to be in print to be replaced and this should leave a trail....

Theoretically this mysterious book recounts the name of the "OLTISSIS" who have some connection to mysterious drones reportedly seen in California and the south.  Yet, in 2010 that name was apparently being found in an online game...  Hmmm, I feel a tug on the collective leg of those investigating and reporting this witness' strange tale.

Some may claim every single copy of the book was confiscated and destroyed. They were burned or taken to some sinister underground location where they are also keeping other secrets....   It is also possible it never existed in this universe outside someone's imagination.

So keep an eye open when walking the dank aisles of that forlorn book shop on the corner of the Twilight Zone - that may be the only place to locate this particular book.  It may be a book about mythology but it may also be a total work of fiction, in more ways than one. If you do run across it,  or proof of an author by that name, however, drop me a line...

Thanks to several readers who pointed out the name listed was misspelled.  I had only the original postings to go on and a total dearth of any returns when doing a title search!   Apparently several have found copies in used book stores. My library inter-loan request has not yet been answered. When it is - if it is - I will provide a more detailed review of the content and scope of this work.

The book is alleged to be Ancient Greek Gods and Lore Revisted by Fredico Ionnides (1962).