Varla Ventura, Coast to Coast favorite, Weird News blogger on Huffington Post, and author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, introduces Weiser Books’ new Collection of forgotten occult classics. Paranormal Parlor is an eerie assemblage of affordable digital editions, curated with Varla’s sixth sense for tales of the weird and unusual.
First published in 1859's Christmas edition of All Year Round, a publication edited by Charles Dickens, as a collection of tales centered around Dickens' own story about The Haunted House. Set in an abandoned house where the guests are all asked to take up residence in one of each of the rooms and spend the Twelfth Night of Christmas (once believed to be a night of highest magical power when the veil between the mortal and the sprit world was thinnest). In a Clue-like evening, each of the rooms is inhabited and Dickens published the collection of eight stories with different authors writing from the point of view of the ghosts in each room. Join Englishwoman and popular author of the 1800s Hesba Stretton aka Sarah Smith as she recalls the story of the Ghost in the Clock Room.
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About the Author
Hesba Stretton (1832-1911) was the pen name of an English gentlewoman named Sarah Smith. She became a contributor to All Year Round when her sister, without Sarah’s knowledge, submitted a piece that Dickens accepted for publication. She is most well known for having written a book in 1866 called Jessica’s First Prayer, which had sold by the end of the 19th century over a million and a half copies! She died in 1911.
Varla Ventura is the author of The Book of the Bizarre and Beyond Bizarre, and a lover of all things strange, freaky, and terrifying. She is the curator of the Weiser Magical Creatures and Paranormal Parlor series of e-books. Visit her at the Blog of the Bizarre: varlaventura.wordpress.com/
Lon Milo DuQuette is the author of 16 critically acclaimed books (translated in 12 languages) on Magick and the Occult, Lon Milo DuQuette is one of the most respected and entertaining writers and lecturers in the field of the Western Mystery Traditions. He is also gifted singer songwriter and recording artist whose material continues to inspire and provoke.
Since 1975 he as been a national and international governing officer of Ordo Templi Orientis, one of the most influential magical societies of the 20th Century. He is currently the O.T.O.’s United States Deputy Grand Master. He is an internationally recognized authority on tarot and western ceremonial magick. Although he takes these subjects very seriously, he tries not to take himself too seriously. This rare combination of scholarship and humor has earned him in the last 22 years a unique and respected position in American spiritual and esoteric literature.
DuQuette appears occasionally on television and radio as a guest expert on subjects involving the occult, and is arguably the most visible spokesperson for the arcane sciences. He is a contributor to the Magical Egypt DVD series and a host on the new series, The Great Work.
He is a faculty member of the Omega Institute in Reinbeck New York, and Robert Anton Wilson’s Maybe Logic Academy.