Monday, July 17, 2017

Finders Bucket List - The Door to Hell - Turkmenistan

In my upcoming release, Finders, the Finders Ghost Hunting team have been all over the world investigating paranormal events. One of the places on their ghost bucket list is -- 

The Door to Hell - Turkmenistan

The Door to Hell was originally a gas field set alight by Soviet scientists that has been burning continuously for over 40 years. Inexplicably, spiders seem to love this place and swarm there by the thousands.

According to Turkmen geologist Anatoly Bushmakin, the site was identified by Soviet engineers in 1971. It was originally thought to be a substantial oil field site. The engineers set up a drilling rig and operations to assess the quantity of oil available at the site. Soon after the preliminary survey found a natural gas pocket, the ground beneath the drilling rig and camp collapsed into a wide crater and was buried.

Expecting dangerous releases of poisonous gases from the cavern into nearby towns, the engineers thought it best to burn the gas off. Estimated that the gas would burn out within a few weeks, the gas has instead continued to burn for more than four decades.

In April 2010, the president of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, visited the site and ordered that the hole should be closed.  In 2013, he declared the part of the Karakum Desert with the crater a nature reserve.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Free Serial Read - The Cabin Part Seven

Three men pushed into the cabin. No time to think or react, just a blur of orange jumpsuits, strong arms, and tattoos. The man in the middle was the first to speak, his voice thick and gruff. “Handle her.” The man to his left, red haired with a sculpted goatee gripped her arm and hauled her down the hallway to the bedroom. Shoving her inside, she tripped falling against the bed.  Chele attempted to protest in her recovery but heard the door shut and lock. Officially handled.

It had been almost an hour, Chele tried the windows, looking for an escape, but found ancient rusted latches and sealed wood.  Effective for insulation not great for an escape. She searched for anything to use as a weapon and found an old set of golf clubs in the closet. Activity on the other side of the door remained quiet and her visitors, thankfully, didn't seem interested or threatened by her presence.
Chewing on her nail Chele debated her options, wondering about options. At this point, she needed to wait for the situation out and hope for the best. 
The door opens inward, so she pushed the dresser in front of the door, hoping to block any access. Grabbing the largest golf club, she took a seat at the foot of the bed and waited. 

Hearing a thud and then a scream, Chele jerked awake realizing she had dozed off. Scurrying to her feet and moving to the door she lifted the golf club over her shoulder ready to swing. Questioning what woke her, she listened closer, waiting for some indication of what was happening. Did she hear a scream? Were they turning on each other?
She heard another thud and then footsteps. The door handle moved, and then she heard the clicking of the lock. Unconsciously holding her breath, Chele jumped back, gripping the club a little tighter.  The door pushed against the dresser and she gasped.
“Let me in, please,” the voice said, deep and rasped.
“No, stay away! What is going on out there?”
“Please, you’re in danger, you have to let me in,” he said, pushing harder against the door, expanding the opening. Chele swung the club at the door, hitting it hard.  “Stop, you don’t understand!”
“No, you don’t understand! There’s no way I’m letting you in this room so just go away!” Chele demanded, aiming the club at the face peering through the opening in the doorway.
“It’s not what you think.”
“You don’t know what I think!”
“I’m so sorry,” Chele’s stomach knotted. The door opening expanded, the dresser scooting like a rug. Chele scurried away in shock, backing herself into the corner.  The man pushed himself into the room. She expected him to lunge straight for her, but instead, he shoved the dresser back in front of the door. He turned, glancing at her but focusing on the bed.
“What are you doing?” Chele asked, her mouth dry. The man immediately grabbed beneath the bed tugging it against the dresser.  Chele then saw long, deep scratches on his arms and back.  “What happened?” Chele asked, lowering her guard.
“I don’t know,” he grumbled, continuing to scan the room, for what she didn’t know.  She took him in. He was on the right when the trio first invaded the cabin. He stood about 6’3, thick dark hair, close cut beard, broad shoulders, a tattoo of thorns on his neck and another on his upper arm.
Something banged heavily against the door, causing them both to jump. Chele wasn’t sure if it was instinct or conscious, but the tattooed prisoner’s arm raised, and his body moved defensively in front of her.
“What is going on?” Chele asked, another bang resounding through the room.  Her companion turned grasping her by the arms. “What are you doing?”
“Listen to me. I need you to trust me,” her new companion said, breathless.
“I would—“
“Look into my eyes,” he said lowering his gaze to level with hers, loosening his grip on her arms. “Look at me. I’m not going to hurt you, and I need you to trust me.” Chele gazed into his deep brown eyes, chocolate and warm. Warmth in her stomach pooled, and she immediately felt herself wanting to lean into him.  “Okay?”
She nodded, and he relaxed.
“We need to get out of here,” he said in distraction while looking around the room. There was another loud bang on the door.
“Stand behind me,” he ordered, and she did. He faced the window and picked up the chair behind the desk. Raising the chair back, he hurled it toward the window with no effect. He repeated the effort several more times before finally giving up. He discarded the now broken chair and searched the room again. Another bang shook the room, and the furniture moved. Chele picked up a large silver candle stick from the dresser and thrust it at the window. To her surprise, the window shattered.  Her companion turned in shock, and at the same moment, the air in the room ignited into what felt like heated flames. Picked up off her feet and thrown like ragdolls an airplane losing cabin pressure mid-flight toward the open window. Her prison companion went first swinging himself out, Chele struggled to remain in control her hands instinctively grabbing at the frame before allowing her body to swoop out into the darkness.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Television A- Z – The BadAss B’s Part Five

 So this is my version of the A to Z Challenge. I am listing the shows having the biggest impact on me, not necessarily the best shows in each category. I thought they were the best when I was watching them. 

See the whole list of B's Here!

Rounding out the Badass B's are some guilty pleasures I couldn't leave off the list!!

Baywatch (1989-2001)
This long-running series follows the adventures of a team of lifeguards on a crowded resort beach. Veteran lifeguard Mitch Buchannon watches over the younger lifeguards that come and go with each passing season as they keep the beaches safe for vacationers. Frequently he must take action to save them from the raging seas and from the raging tempers that sometimes flare up between the young guards in this stressful job. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher

Not sure if anyone else remembers the very beginnings of Baywatch, touted as a pretty serious show. The original starred Davis Hasselhoff, and Parker Stevenson (I remember him fondly as Frank Hardy on the Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries) This apparently did not fly with the Saturday afternoon audience and was initially canceled by NBC. Revamped and relaunched, Baywatch evolved into the slow running, hard body icon it is now. Referred to as ‘Babe Watch’ due to the numerous Playboy Playmates of the Month it either launched or had cast and show staple Pamela Anderson’s curvy form the show is a naughty pleasure. Referenced in pop culter frequently, it was the favorite pastime of Chandler and Joey on FRIENDS. It has even become a major motion picture ( a spoof of it anyway) starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron. Looks pretty funny to be honest. Love it or hate it, it is a Badass B and worthy of a spot on the list.

Check out the trailer for Baywatch the Movie.

Beverly Hills 90210 (1990-2000)

Originally based around the lives of a group of high school students living in the wealthy Beverly Hills neighborhood, Beverly Hills 90210 followed the teens into their college years and beyond. The kids become friends and enemies, fall in and out of love, and go through an endless series of crises as this small group somehow becomes personally involved in every newsworthy social issue from alcoholism to South African apartheid to pregnancy to AIDS. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher

Another guilty pleasure, I admit I watched and loved it. All ten years of it. From the cast changes to the Dylan-Kelly-Brandon Triangle to Donna and David off again on again angst. Like or not Beverly Hills 90210 brought back the prime time soap opera paving the way for Melrose Place, Gossip Girl, the OC and even Pretty Little Liars. Again, not Emmy worthy but still mindless fun. They were kids living the good life, with lots of drama, crisis and life ending critical situations. Loved it, a guilty pleasure for my generation! 

The show had such an impact they tried a relaunch in 2008 – 90210. It even brought back some of the original cast but was not quite as successful as the original only lasting five seasons.

That is all for the Badass B’s friends. On to the Cataclysmic C’s! See you next week!

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Ghost Hunting Myths - What You Can't See Can't Hurt You!

In my research for my upcoming paranormal thriller Finders I found very real and scary warnings from current ghost hunters. Ghost Hunting is dangerous. Here is one of the warnings.

What you can't see can't hurt you is the biggest misconception many eager investigators or just curious people happen to make when exploring the actual world of paranormal activity and reported real hauntings. 

Anyone that endeavors to participate or investigate reported real hauntings and paranormal hotspots around the world must realize many supernatural encounters will permanently leave their mark and could change you for the rest of your life.

Whether a haunting is real or not many who have investigated haunted houses, cemeteries or even local urban legends have not walked away unscathed.
Ghosts can also throw things as well as moving heavy objects that might make a situations or locations dangerous to the living. 

From stumbling in the dark from your own missed step to being physically attacked by what some call unseen forces. You can and will at some point suffer injuries when hunting for real ghosts. 

Many real ghosts can and will inflict physical pain on the living. They can also take over your mind and possess you in the classic sense.

Many real reported ghost and hauntings also have a psychological effect on the living. Many individuals have been driven to madness by such encounters and never recover suffering from night terrors, PTSD, and traumatic depression.
A malignant spirit can induce severe depression, paranoia, sleeplessness, physical illness and even take control over someone’s actions. All of these or even some of these symptoms can destroy marriages, resulting in the loss of money and securities and even result in suicidal thoughts and action. 

Not all ghosts, as many would lead you to believe, are harmless though televisions shows and many paranormal investigators and writers will often tell you otherwise.

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