(Apologies to those who have already read this piece, which has appeared elsewhere and which is a touch more academic than the typical ghost post. Even ghosts must sometimes haunt other places, however. Sometimes, they even appear at conferences.) We have just reached that point where latest night bleeds into earliest morning. A man paces […]
Did you know that the fear of belly buttons is called omphalophobia? I can’t really imagine being afraid of, what is essentially a scar which reminds you of your own creation, but I don’t like people on stilts, so each to their own. Michelangelo, was a bit of a rock star of art, having the […]
Kodaikkanal is a beautiful quintessential town situated at 6600 feet above, in the south western tip of the mountains of the Indian Western Ghats. Kodai, has its own charm, and I have been coming here for over 4 decades now, when time permits, to relax, rewind and reboot. It’s a fragile ecosystem like any small […]
Nuovo set di giugno che parte con Nick Silvestri e il remix di Matt Lange per Above & Beyond prima di trovare Orkidea e il suo debutto su VII, il promo di Zoë Johnston per la prima volta fuori da Anjunabeats, Andrew Bayer, Ferry Corsten con BT e il promo di Carlo Resoort. Rub!k e […]
“Ghosts of Extinction: an Essay in Spectral Ecopolitics” is my essay for Oxford Literary Review, Vol 41, Issue 1, July 2019: Ext: Writing Extinction, edited by Sarah Wood.
Google Pixel 4 series, codenamed Coral and Flame for Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, is anticipated to arrive in October 2019 but we are seeing leaks and rumours regarding the two devices still before the launch of Pixel 3A series. However, Google set an end to the design leaks, perception renders and rumours as […]
Washington: Researchers have discovered that the visible yellow pattern on the surface of Jupiter’s moon — Europa — is actually sodium chloride, an ingredient we use on a daily basis. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists have discovered that the yellow colour visible on portions of the surface of Europa is table salt, […]
Coming back to save the world, how do birthday llamas work again? So for the past two weeks I have been playing Save The World and have been enjoying it a ton. With Birthday llamas coming back out, which items are eligible as a possibility to obtain from the bday llamas? From what I understand […]
In Chapter 12 of the book, we concentrated on the mechanism behind the QBO of stratospheric equatorial winds. In a related topic (but only briefly touched on in the book), there is interesting data from a presentation on the equatorial-only Semi-Annual Oscillation (SAO) of the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere wind pattern . The distinction […]
Hubble’s fallacy His conclusion, that space is expanding, based on the apparent recession velocities, of remote galaxies, by measuring the red-shift, depending on space expanding, along the velocity components of the lines-of-sight, ignoring the inability of measuring oblique velocities due to the fact that the galaxies are so far away, parallax being unobservable, is flawed; […]
Social learning is made easy using media and technology. Social learning, particularly, observational learning occurs almost every time we watch television, movies, youtube and other online communications and services. While before, observational learning occurs mostly via face-to-face interactions; today, we can now communicate with our family, friends, colleagues and teachers online. Back in 2013, I […]
The tale of *The Wolf Gift* continues . . .
In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early *Vampire Chronicles* fiction”—Alan Cheuse, *The Boston Globe* ; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting, and suspense”—Elizabeth Hand, *The Washington Post* ), readers were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.
Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.
The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide.
For Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .
The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.
From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with—and drawn to—the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, “ageless ones” who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .
National best-selling authors Barb and J. C. Hendee present the newest breathtaking chapter in the epic Noble Dead saga…. Waylaid in their quest for the orb of the air, Magiere, Leesil, Chap, and Wayfarer have all been wrongly imprisoned. But it is Magiere, the dhampir, who suffers the most, as a cloaked interrogator employs telepathic torture. Arriving at the Suman port city in search of Magiere, Wynn Hygeorht and her companions – including vampire Chane Andraso – seek out Domin Ghassan il’Sanke for assistance, which proves no easy task. The domin is embroiled in a secret hunt for a spectral undead with the power to invade anyone living and take the body as its host. Even if Wynn can manage to free her friends from prison, battling this entirely new kind of undead hidden inside host bodies may be a challenge none of them can survive….
This year, in December, it will be fifteen years since my father died. His presence feels further and further away as time passes. That’s what happens to the departed – they recede into something sketchy and fragmentary. Spectral-like. Not random loose bits and pieces zig-zagging about, but not whole either. Yes, I can accurately recall […]