Author Spotlight: Florence Stevenson

 This cover is one of the best I've seen of late 80's, lurid horror covers. And I don't even care that it's rather misleading. Despite having not yet finished reading this gem, I'm fairly certain the horror element will not quite reach the heights that this coverart suggests. I care not.

See, Florence Stevenson was mostly a Gothic Romance writer, and a playwright even proceeding that. What I especially love, is that most all of her books have an element of the Occult, witchcraft, black magic, devil worship and the like. Sounds like fun, huh? It is! She writes with, at times, the tone of a man, but with the slightly softer touch of a woman, particularly when describing the most provocative scenes. Which makes for a very enjoyable read, in my opinion. I have had the good luck of featuring several of her books in the shop, only now I wish I had kept a few of them. For example, her Kitty Telefair Gothic Series, which includes 6 titles, are the most desirable--and difficult--to find. Below are the two that have previously been in the shop:

This is the first in the series, of course the most rare of the bunch...

And this is the third volume in the series...

And #4!

And most recently, this beauty, which is (as of this writing) still available here!

Told ya, most all of her writings involve witchy shenanigans of some sort or other, great stuff! 

This is the latest title of her collection that I just finished. Don't let the 80's infused theme fool ya, Florence still manages to get vampirism, black magic, clairvoyance and many other dark themes into this one!

I highly recommend searching out any of her books in your book hunting travels, and I will continue to carry her titles whenever I can. Happy reading!

Big Changes Afoot: Reaching Up & Taking Chances

If I've learned anything in the last 14 years of online retailing (a fancy term for selling things on the internet) it's that being flexible to change is absolutely imperative if you want to stay in the game.  So it's time for yet another change...

I am in the process of adding several facets to the blog, and will eventually be offering sponsorship to artists, authors and more who would like to advertise here. You will soon be seeing promotions of some of my favorite artists, authors and fellow online retailers to get things going.

This will be an ever-changing, on-going process, so I hope you'll check in often to see what's new. In the last six months, it seems the blog has only been a deposit for podcast episodes, which is not what I had ever intended. I wanted the blog to be a place where all facets of my brand were featured, but that has yet to happen. With all the demands of an online business and social media practices, some things just get lost in the busy shuffle. (That and I'm a one-woman show here, with only so many hours in the day.)

So you will begin to see these changes almost immediately, as I attempt to get a real blogging schedule in place. This is something I have made many attempts at over the years, but I'm not ready to give up just yet. Maybe this time it will stick. I hope you'll come along for the ride, I promise it won't be boring. Stay tuned!

A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 11: Dark Carnival

Here we are at episode 11! This time I wanted to take you on a ride to the Dark Carnival. Complete with scary clowns, fortune tellers, roller coasters and more. Come along, won't you?

As usual, there is a lot of my favorite music in this episode, and maybe there is for you too. My goal for every episode is to bring awareness of at least one new song to at least one person. I suppose I'll never really know if that job is accomplished, but luckily I have more than one goal for this podcast.

This episode's theme was changed at the very last minute, due to a computer meltdown. If you're following me on Instagram, you have seen my shameless self-promotion to afford a new computer. See, I don't use credit cards anymore, so I can't simply go out and buy a new one. However, miracles do sometimes happen, and I managed to resurrect the old computer from the dead. This is no way reflects on my computer skills, I just got lucky.

Anywho, I hope you enjoy this week's episode. As always, feel free to ask any questions or comments on my Instagram, or via the contact link within this blog. Happy listening!

A Shadowed Path Podcast Episode 10: The Monster Club

Awww yeah...thrilled to be discussing such a rare film, soundtrack and rather unknown book of the film The Monster Club on the latest episode of the podcast. This episode was really fun to put together, and if you're not familiar with the film, I think you're in for a real treat. Without further ado, here's The Monster Club...

So as promised, below is a shot of a few of  R. Chetwynd-Hayes titles. There are several more in my collection, but since I didn't talk about them, I thought I'd save the rest for a spotlight on the author, to come at a later date. If you're looking for a new horror author to get into, you could do far worse than R.Chetwynd-Hayes, and he was very prolific, so there's loads out there to choose from.

I also promised that I would show a clip of the animated "stripper" scene from the film, because it's hilarious and awesome, so here it is...

I hope you enjoyed this Monster Club episode, and I hope it inspires you to watch it whether you've seen it before or not. Stay tuned for Episode 11 coming up on March 14. Thanks for listening!