Update: Owens charged with Zebb Quinn’s murder

Update: Owens charged with Zebb Quinn’s murder

Those of you who follow this blog may remember the case of Zebb Quinn, the teenager who went missing from Asheville, North Carolina on January 2, 2000. Finally, seventeen years later, there is a break in the case. Robert Jason Owens, a friend who acted strangely after...
IWSG: What Rebecca Black taught me about writing

IWSG: What Rebecca Black taught me about writing

Inspiration can come from the most unlikely sources. If you’re reading this, you most likely had childhood dreams of becoming a writer one day. Rebecca Black dreamed of being a singer. When she was just thirteen years old, her mother decided to help make that...
Signing a deal with the devil

Signing a deal with the devil

I’m a huge fan of the show Paranormal Witness, which features interviews with real people who claim to have survived something extraordinary. Most of the episodes deal with ghosts or aliens, but Eric Breakfield’s story was different. When Eric was just a...
Five awesome spooky beach reads

Five awesome spooky beach reads

Who says beach reads need to be light and fluffy? Sometimes there’s nothing better than feeling the chill of a spooky book on a hot summer day. Jaws sets the standard, of course, but here’s five others to make this summer a little creepier. 1. Gotta start...
Whatever happened to Elisa Lam?

Whatever happened to Elisa Lam?

I read a lot of true crime. No matter how upsetting the story, I can usually put it aside after I’ve finished reading. Not so with the sad, strange case of Elisa Lam. Lam, a 21-year-old Vancouver woman, went missing during a solo trip to Los Angeles in 2013....
IWSG: I launched two books at once! (And survived!)

IWSG: I launched two books at once! (And survived!)

Thanks to our wonderful leader, Alex Cavanaugh, for trusting me to be a co-host again. What was he thinking? With great power comes great responsibility, so before I go forth and comment on a gazillion blogs, I just ask one small favour from you. You see, my cover...
Giveaway: City of Ghosts up for cover award!

Giveaway: City of Ghosts up for cover award!

But we need your help! I would love to see the cover artist, Kelly Ann Martin of kamdesign, get the accolades she deserves. I think you’ll agree she does amazing work. Problem is, we’re up against well-established romance writers with legions of fans, so I...
Could Jack the Ripper have been a woman?

Could Jack the Ripper have been a woman?

I know, I know. I can hear what you’re thinking. “We’ve had too many theories about Jack the Ripper already. Do we really need another?” Good question, and it has some merit. But hear me out–this is quite interesting. People are obsessed...
The bizarre true story behind the ‘Changeling’

The bizarre true story behind the ‘Changeling’

If any story proves the adage “truth is stranger than fiction,” it’s this one. It began in Los Angeles on March 10th, 1928. Christine Collins, a manager at a telephone company, sent her nine-year-old son Walter to the movies. She never saw him again,...