Review Old Photos of Vampire Ghosts #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsFriday. The day I recommend stuff and mash up the recommendations into a click-bait title. It takes so little to amuse me.

First, I give you two lists of book reviewers. The Indie View’s list is of reviewers of indie books. It’s a loverly site, altogether. My beloved Reedsy site has this database where you can search for reviewers specific to what you write. Cool!

Next, and most exciting (to me) are two reviews of stories of mine done on the wonderfully named Bibliophilopolis: “The Warmth of Midwinter” from the Speculative Fiction Guild’s GIFTS OF THE MAGI (and reprinted in SHIFTY: TALES FROM THE WORLD OF SAGE), and “It Came from Burr County” from the Southern Indiana Writers’ THE WORST BOOK IN THE UNIVERSE.

Louis Daguerre invented the Daguerreotype in 1839. This site will show you a collection of the oldest photos taken in America — in the 1840s. That’s before there was a Germany or an Italy. Before the Great Potato Famine. Before the Crimean War. Like, wow!

The awesomely awesome Roy A Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A., is always teaching me sumpin on his great blog, Adjuvancy. This time, he told me about testing medical drugs for pyrogens using — wait for it — no, you’ll never guess — HORSESHOE CRABS. They don’t subject the crabs to the drugs, just bleed ’em a little and test the drugs on the blood. They hold the crabs for recovery, and release them. Poor bastards.

As if that isn’t spooky enough, did you know there are “ghost” radio stations, like the one on the Island in Lost, only ghostier? Read and learn, my children; read and learn.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character tunes in to a “ghost” radio station. Run by horseshoe crabs, maybe?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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