Stumbling Into Day Of The Dead

This is a post I put together to promote the Myths, Moons and Mayhem MMM paranormal menage anthology. The antho’s editor, Dale, didn’t like how the post appeared when it went up at the Alpha Book Club, so here it is as I wrote it.

Growing up as a child in the UK, I had no knowledge of the Day of the Dead. The big British celebration wasn’t even Halloween in those days – we preferred to throw our parties on November 5th, when we paid tribute to Guy Fawkes’ failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Letting off fireworks and eating baked potatoes, Yorkshire parkin and brandy snaps as a way of celebrating the preservation of 17th century democracy may sound bizarre, but it worked for us.

Over the last few years, however, I’ve found myself on a couple of occasions dining in a Mexican restaurant on the Day of the Dead. The atmosphere is always suitably spooky, and you’re greeted by waiting staff with gorgeously painted faces. Indeed, in one restaurant customers were being offered the chance to have their faces decorated, too, though it’s a little disconcerting to look up from your burrito and refried beans to see a host of skulls grinning at you from the neighbouring tables. In that particular establishment, images were projected on the walls of decorated graves and the items used by Mexican families to honour the spirits of their dead relatives, so even if you knew nothing about the Day of the Dead before walking in, you’d have a pretty good idea what it involved by the time you were finishing off your coffees and settling your bill.

These days, you can find recipes online for delicious-looking Day of the Dead biscuits, while the British Museum shop does a nice line in decorated skulls (as well as a Day of the Dead tea towel, because we love to put our own twist on a tradition). It’s a holiday that I doubt will ever have as big grip on the British imagination as Halloween, but if you fancy a change from trick or treating or burning a Guy on a bonfire, Day of the Dead celebrations are there if you know where to look for them.

Of course, if you don’t have any parties lined up, then you can always stay in with a copy of Myth, Moons and Mayhem, and enjoy a selection of gay menage stories in which all manner of spooks, spirits and other creatures come out to play. Have fun whatever you do!

Myths, Moons and Mayhem is edited by Dale Cameron Lowry and published by Sexy Little Pages. It’s available from various ebook retailers – find out more by clicking here.

Author Interview at Bookmusings And Myths Moons And Mayhem Giveaway

I’m being interviewed at Bookmusings, the literature arm of the Witches and Pagans website, today. I’m talking to Rebecca Buchanan about Careful What You Wish For, my story in the Myths Moons and Mayhem paranormal anthology.

To read the interview and find out more about love spells (or at least my version of a love spell), click here. And treat yourself to a copy of Myths Moons and Mayhem to read Rebecca’s fabulous story about magical goings-on at a sleepy university campus, The Secret Of The Golden Cup.

Meanwhile. the anthology’s editor, Dale Cameron Lowry, is running a prize giveaway to promote Myths, Moons And Mayhem. Click on the banner below to enter.

Moons, Myths And Mayhem Is Here

Another month, and another quality Sexy Little Pages anthology hits the shelves. Edited by the very talented Dale Cameron Lowry, Myths Moons And Mayhem is a collection of gay paranormal menage tales – and it’s as hot as you could hope for.

As you’d expect with a book of this type, the stories feature a wide range of supernatural and otherworldly creatures. It wouldn’t be a paranormal anthology without werewolves and vampires. Carl Redlum’s When The Big Moon Shines has a young, recently turned werewolf who finds a couple of fellow wolves to help him come to terms with his new appetites, while Morgan Elektra’s The Endless Knot contains the always entertaining combination of a werewolf, a vampire and a human, who share a horny Halloween encounter.

Elsewhere, Close Encounters Of The Three-way Kind is Rob Rosen’s X-rated take on an alien invasion, Celyn’s Tale by Rhidian Brinig Jones delves deep into Welsh folklore, Greg Kosebjorn’s Squatchin’ follows a couple of Bigfoot hunters who discover something they never expected while on their latest expedition and Clare London’s Inside Man is the story of a ghost who finds an unusual way to experience the pleasures of sex once more.

The remaining stories all feature magic users of one kind or another. In Rebecca Buchanan’s The Secret Of The Golden Cup, a college professor realises a hidden artefact he’s been itching to study has powers he could never have imagined, while Dale Cameron Lowry’s The Cave, set in Madagascar, features a team of lusty palaeontologists who have a whole raft of magic powers at their fingertips. My own contribution, Careful What You Wish For, is a revised version of a story first published by Dreamspinner, and tells what happens when a college student pining hopelessly for his roommate gets the opportunity to cast a love spell that will bring Mr Right to him.

If all that sounds like fiction to give you a thrill up the spine this Halloween, Myths, Moons and Mayhem is available from Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Kobo, and you can find out more about the book and leave your own review at Goodreads.