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Your media will be Socialized

So… keeping in step with the whole social media thing, I just created a Twitter account for The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire. Should you desire to entangle yourself a little further in twits tweets, feel free to follow us here: twitter.com/MotHV (Some asshat spammer squatted on HauntedVampire. Did I say asshat already? Asshat.). I’ve integrated our RSS feed into it, so as long as there’s content here, there’ll be content there.

And yes, I think the whole Twitter thing deserves to be filed under ‘Unexplained weirdness.’

Blogging resumes October 1

Just in time for the Halloween season, blogging at The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire will resume October 1.

Sorry for the long hiatus – many profound changes in my personal life this summer. But horror blogging is in my blood and as all vampires and vampire fans know, the blood is the life.

New story begins Friday

Vampires, Nazis, sex, violence. In other words, be here for the still untitled latest adventure of our stalwart heroes.

Not dead yet

This blog is not dead. I’m simply busy working on two fiction projects. That and it’s summer and that means it’s dodgeball season and two ball soccer with squirt guns season at the Carnacki house.

250,000

We hit a milestone. Our 250,000th visit arrived at 9:26 p.m. Monday, coming in from google.ca through the search terms: haunted restaurants moose jaw.

For those new to the site

Find all of the chapters here of The Disloyal Vampire.

The latest chapters of the ongoing tale

Click here for Chapter 18.
Click here for Chapter 19.

Here is the link to all of the chapters of The Disloyal Vampire.

For new readers who just stepped off from the train

Welcome to my shadowy, spiderweb-laced corner of the Internet. The Howl of the Werewolf is a good place to begin for the vampire fiction. The Disloyal Vampire follows. Both are semi-sequels to my more serious manuscript, The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire.

‘Nice blog’

protected static put in a spam blocker long ago that I check out occassionally to make sure legitimate comments are not inadvertantly caught. It’s easy to tell the spam even without checking the url that it links back to:

Nice blog. really good quality.

Clearly that’s not a comment from anyone who reads this blog.

A mysterious crate left at my door

Early in June I woke at dawn to let my dog out and found a wooden crate, the type used decades ago by a tea importer, outside the back door. The box was nearly identical to one I had found in an old barn in Ohio years earlier. The Ohio crate had contained diaries and journals of several people as well as newspapers and photographs – all from the 1890s – and a previously unknown story from author William Hope Hodgson that appeared to have been written in 1913 shortly before he left for the war that claimed his life. I had published several of the diary entries and the Hodgson story online as The Mystery of the Haunted Vampire.

My dog sniffed the box outside the back porch door with a suspicious air before she walked off to do her business under the trees.

I looked around, but did not see anyone. On top of the crate was an envelope with a handwritten note inside. The writer claimed to have tracked me down and left the chest to me because of my previous interest in the contents of the other crate. I carried the crate inside with my dog following at my heels. I set it on the kitchen table. Inside I found letters, notebooks, folders holding sheaths of yellowed, typewritten manuscripts, and a photo album containing dozens of images from the 1920s and 1930s.

As my morning coffee brewed, I glanced through the contents of the folder on top. It appeared to have been a manuscript written in the style of a 1930s pulp magazine story. My first guess was, of course, that the story was fictional. But as I went through the box and read the notebooks and what appeared to be investigation reports I began to wonder. I now suspect the story referred to actual events and the unknown author wrote up the account as a fictional story. I do not know if the author ever attempted to publish his or her stories, but I suspect from the writing style they were intended for Weird Tales or another pulp horror or adventure magazine such as Weird Spicy Tales.

In the initial story, with chapters posted on Fridays (photos on Wednesdays), and in other stories, there are references to other investigations, hidden pasts, dark deeds referenced only in passing, and secret organizations. I shall do my best to fill in the blanks where possible, but those secrets might be hidden away in other crates, perhaps to be unveiled at a later date.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15

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