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Walking The Twilight Path – A Gothic Book of The Dead

Book Author: Michelle Belanger

 Walking The Twilight Path is a book that focuses on death. It is also a manual for those with an interest in learning how to work with death energies and spirit communications.  The book is extremely thurough in discussing death rituals and personal preparation, death and funeral history, as well as personal preparation of mind, body and spirit for energy work.

The book provides detailed ritual excercises and personal preparation excercises to help you learn to work with spirit energies. It has a self evaluation test as well as many journaling excercises for those who choose to follow the Twilight Path as a ritual practice or are considering making such a decision, as well as also being an informative guide to those who study energy, healing and/or paranormal phenomena and spirit communication practices.

Even if you do not chose to take such a path, I found that this book  helped me on a personal level, not only to, help me make choices, as to how far I am willing to go into studying spirit energy and the paranormal, but also helped me to evaluate my own personal level of spiritual awareness, and helped me to face my own mortality.

This book would be of interest to those who are into learning about death customs, rituals, history and funeral rites and spirituality. 

Ms. Belanger has drawn her information from the wisdom of  magicians, Tibetan Buddists, shamans, ancient Egyptians and others, detailing very interesting facts and customs.  She also includes beautiful cemetery and headstone photos and the book is beautifully illustrated.  She even provides recipes for helpful herb and oil and incense blends to help with spirit communications and ritual practices, and discusses some of the history behind the herbs and potions she mentions in the book. I also like the fact that she lists an extensive bibliography of recommended reading and source materials.  All in all, I found this book to be extremely interesting, informative and soul stirring. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in learning something new and fascinating about death, rituals and customs  and working with ” otherworld” energies.

I have really enjoyed the book and though I have not yet chosen to walk this path as a ritualistic way of life, I have learned some very useful information that I can, and have applied to my daily life, my spiritual awareness and my personal study of the paranormal.  It has also helped me face my fears about death and dying and has helped me to appreciate life in a more intense way. I believe that regardless of your personal beliefs,  religion or your chosen path, that everyone who reads this book can come away with something to enrich their lives.  I would highly recommend this book to those with an interest in learning death related history, shamanic and mystical rituals and those who want to overcome their fears of death and dying.

Michelle Belanger is an occult researcher, author and lecturer. She has appeared on radio and television shows in the United States and abroad. She has appeared on networks such as History, WE and A&E. She is well known for her expertise on vampires. She studies a wide range of topics, including paranormal phenomena, energy work, folklore, shamanism and Gothic Sub-Culture. She also teaches and lectures on energy work at private ritual workshops and national conventions.  Michelle is also a talented song writer and vocalist and has been involved with several musical groups such as the dark metal band URN and Nox Arcana. She is a former 1990’s editor of Shadowdance Magazine.  Michelle is also the founder of House Kheperu, a magikal society based in part on the concept of death and rebirth.

You can find Walking The Twilight Path- A Gothic Book of The Dead by Michelle Belanger  at www.llewellyn.com

Book Review by Angela L Burke- MSSPI Darkpens Blogger

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Traumatized..by Alexander S. Brown

Dark Fiction lovers and horror fans won’t want to miss this chance, to explore the world of the supernatural,  the occult, dark creatures, maniacs and eternal damnation,  in Alexander S .Brown’s book,  Traumatized. Published in 2008 by Xlibris.

Fans of the horror genre are in for a treat as Alexander S. Brown presents a fascinating and raw collection of  15 short stories and novellas that will surely bring chills down your spine.

I had the opportunity to meet the author, Alexander S. Brown, at the  February Fright Fest 2011, in Jackson Mississippi this month.  I also had the pleasure of exchanging books with Mr. Brown. He is a delightful person, with a sincere love for the horror genre. I found his book to be  quite an exciting surprise!  But, definately  not for the faint of heart, weak of mind, nor is it a book  for young readers.. 

Mr. Brown told some tales in his book, that not only made me shudder, but actually disturbed my core. This is the effect that a true horror story should leave the reader with.  If a horror story, doesn’t rake a nerve or two, then it isn’t worth reading, in my opinion. 

With that being said, Alexander S. Brown is a true, horror story-teller and excellent, dark fiction writer, he definately raked raw, a nerve or two of mine, with his chilling book of tales.  I had to keep reminding myself that it was just fiction. 

I encourage all horror and dark fiction fans, to get a copy for yourself  and read it…… but with fair warning…. you might be left, a bit Traumatized. 

I would like to thank Alexander Brown for his permission in using his photo and his cover art for this blog post, and for taking the time to speak with me about his book, for allowing me the opportunity to read it, and write a blog post about it for our Darkpens readers. But mostly, thanks, for giving me the creepy crawlies, I love that in a good book of horror stories.

You can read more about Traumatized  and the author, Alexander S. Brown, or check out an excerpt from the book, by visiting www.traumatizedsouls.com or by going to the publishers website at www.Xlibris.com

Book Review and Darkpens Post written by Angela L Burke- MSSPI Darkpens Blogger

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Something Unseen by Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill takes you on a spine tingling journey into the mysteries of the afterlife and what awaits us on the other side. A mysterious voice captured on the audio of his camcorder during a local cemetery visit causes him to question his perception of reality, religion and even his own sanity. These questions lead him back to the cemetery in an attempt to find answers to mysteries that he cannot comprehend. He soon realizes that something has followed him home from the graveyard, something that wants to make it’s presence known. Yes, Something Unseen!

This gripping tale of one man’s journey into the other side will keep you on the edge of your seat. Stephen Hill went into the graveyard that day to do a little genealogical research. He walked away with more than he bargained for. What happens when we die? Is that it, or is there more? After reading this book you may never look at the afterlife the same again! This book may haunt you…so don’t read it alone!

About the Author- Stephen Hill
 Stephen Hill is an Empath and an Electronic Medium. He is also the Founder of Piedmont Paranormal Research and is a haunted homeowner. You can check out some of his work on his YouTube Channels at
 
 
 Book Review
 I had the pleasure of reading Something Unseen last night and I have to say, that I was very impressed at Stephen HIll’s story telling ability. I read the book from start to finish in 4 hours without stopping. It held my attention the entire time and I couldn’t wait to read what happened next. I think it is a really great book and one that all paranormal investigators and researchers should take the time to read. I enjoyed the fact that it was based on his personal experiences and I could identify with much of what he experienced and the questions that he asked himself. I also enjoyed his sense of humor as well as his ability to tell a chilling tale and I would highly recommend the book. My only disappointment was that I wanted to see his pictures and hear his audio clips for myself. So now I’m making my way to his paranormal website to do just that.

Excellent job Mr Hill ! Thank you for sharing your book with me and I certainly came away with a new way of looking at the paranormal. I’m sure that on my next trip to the cemetery, the experiences you shared in your book will be in the back of my mind. I enjoyed the book very much and am grateful that I had the chance to read it.

Angela L Burke Co Founder-Mississippi Society of Paranormal Investigators and Author of Hauntings In My Head.

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