So, Bigfoot does exist, but does he like peanut butter and goldfish crackers? Find out in Breakfast with Bigfoot, written by Amelia Cotter and illustrated by Charles Swinford. Adventure and laughs are just around the corner as Gretchen and her new pal Bigfoot discover a thing or two about both the kinds of food that people eat and the kinds found in nature. For children three through six.
“Funny and sweet! A charming story that teaches good wilderness principles to the read-it-to-me-again set.” -Cristina Bryan, author of Miss Chicken Brings Lunch
If you enjoy the following excerpt, please visit our book page for Echoes from the Grave by Larry Wilson and pick up a copy, available in both print and digital formats.
In the years that I have been investigating the paranormal, I have had a number of things occur that I cannot explain. Things like hearing footsteps in cemeteries and abandoned buildings when no one else is there, being alone in a secluded cemetery and being punched from behind hard enough to make me lose my balance, and seeing a mysterious neon green light in a murder house in Iowa that seemed to illuminate the entire upstairs and move about with an intelligence, in a house without electricity.
Experiencing things like this may drive some away from the supernatural because it can be frightening. But these encounters will serve as a reality check to help you decide if you should pursue investigating the supernatural or not. This is where you should always trust your sixth sense, that little inner voice that if we only listen to, would guide us each and every step of our lives. If it tells you to back away and to close the door to the other side at least for the time being, then you should listen and do so.
In his first book, Chasing Shadows, Larry Wilson took his readers to some of the most haunted places in the Midwest. Now, come along for the ride again as he explores more mysterious locations, including the infamous Black Moon Manor and the Sallie House.
Packed with mystery and suspense, each chapter details the full history of the location, alongside the author’s own extensive investigation. Plus, learn what he has uncovered about ghosts and hauntings over his many years of experience in the field.
Will an old, forgotten obituary give clues to disturbances at an apartment in Springfield, Illinois? Does a strange creature lurk in Elkhart Cemetery? Find the answers inside, if you dare…
The very first stage play that I ever wrote and produced was a dramatization of those supposed horrible events that transpired at the Borley Rectory in the 1920’s – The Most Haunted House in England, as it was known. It was the early nineties, and I was a teenager who had a healthy (or un-healthy, depending on who you spoke with) fascination with ghosts and monsters and other nasties that went bump in the middle of the night.
As Harry Price, the UK’s most notorious and famous parapsychologist of his day, I started the show by stepping onto the stage and proclaiming to the reality of that realm inhabited by phantoms and spectres. What was immediately obvious to me, even at that inexperienced age, was that everyone in that audience – believers and skeptics alike – was keen to experience a good spooky tale. Now, whether or not the audience got a good show by the end of the evening is a matter unto itself, of course. But this example paints a very clear picture that further illustrates the phenomena that brings us together today (you as reader and I as writer of this foreword): Everyone enjoys a good ghost story.
Fast-forward two decades, and here I am every bit in love with ghost stories as I was when I was a kid. I’m not an avid reader, by any stretch of the imagination, but when I crack open a volume of haunted tales, I am seldom happier. As such, it’s a pleasure to impart some of my own observations and insights into the genre, just as you prepare to immerse yourself in the terrors that await you in the pages of this tome.
A few days later, the three of us found ourselves sitting around an oak table at the Chadwick library. An unused fireplace was sending a draft throughout the library’s sitting area. I put my coat on and began to flip through the sheer pages of an old book from 1905. The first few pages were dog-eared and torn with faded yellowed tape holding them together. As I got further into the book, every page mentioned a character that was now immortalized as a street name. I saw woodcarvings of small factories that were now skeletal frames of scorched bricks.
In the center of the book was a map of the town, depicting how it looked when it was established in 1830. The town was nothing but fields and pastures, and the drawings of oversized cows drove the point home. A line signifying the Mohican River split the town in half and the two sections were labeled “Upper Village” and “Lower Village”.
I turned a few pages and saw how the town was mapped out when the book was written in 1905. The sections of town, Montague and Lakeville, were added. Illustrations showed thriving factories, bridges, dams, churches and graveyards. I ran my finger along the long line that said Lovell Road. With the exception of the town landfill, Lovell Road was still woods. In the middle of the woods I could tell that something was once written there in pencil and later erased. As I looked closer, the word looked like “Graveyard”. I ignored it, chalking it up as graffiti.
“What draws us to tales of the supernatural? Is it that desire to find belief and comfort in the possibility that life continues after the physical body has died and turned to ash? …The recent proliferation of “ghost-hunting” shows on TV, and “found-footage“ style movies (Grave Encounters, Blair Witch, etc) further speaks to our own obsessions with the paranormal, and the desire to find answers as they pertain to the possibility of our species’ extended existence – here’s an entire anthology dedicated to that very subject! Whatever the case may be, you will certainly find what you are looking for in the tales collected in this volume… for there are, dear reader, nightmares that a wait as you prepare to take a journey through the pages collected herein.” –Anthony D.P. Mann, HorrorETC Podcast & Terror of Dracula
You have seen all the television shows, now take a journey to the netherworld with this anthology of ghost hunting fiction. Not even the SyFy Channel can prepare you for what lies within. Stories include: The Children of the Infinite by Scott Bartlett, Alibi Jones and the Ghost in the Machine by Mike Luoma, The Book of Blackthorne by Dorraine Fisher, Singing by the Fire by Jamieson Ridenhour, The Old House by Michael Kleen, and many more! Let your imagination take you to places yet unexplored, from old derelict farms, to dark forests, to haunted bathrooms and beyond. Some of the most exciting talent in supernatural fiction is represented in this anthology.
We are happy to announce that Black Oak Media books will be available on two new digital platforms in 2013: Kobo and Google Play.
Kobo is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services. Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 170 countries and features one of the world’s largest eReading catalogues with over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles. Founded in 2009, Kobo is owned by the Tokyo-based Rakuten, Japan’s largest eCommerce operator. Headquartered in Toronto, its over 400 employees are proud of Kobo’s top-ranked eReading applications for the iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and our own line of eReaders, including the award winning Kobo Touch and Kobo Vox.
Google Play allows you to read your books on multiple platforms, including from your Internet browser, Android phone, iPhone, and other e-readers.
We are excited about these developments, and will post links to where you can purchase your favorite Black Oak titles as soon as they become available on these platforms.