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SEARCH: Spring 2018 Issue

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City Spotlight

Berkeley, California


Five Gardening Favorites

Author Spotlight

Tim Reynolds


Top Five Music Apps


Benefits of Culinary Herbs


Bartram’s House and Garden


Harp in the Garden


Angel Hair with Garlic, Ricotta, and Fava Beans

Do it Yourself

Brewing Kombucha


Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Autism / Parenting

Ambiguous Loss


Trees, Sir


Event pictures


Hand Fan Museum


Picks from the marketplace


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Guest Post: Vampire Fangs, Chastity Belts, and Other Sexy Symbols in Literature

Vampire Fangs, Chastity Belts, and Other Sexy Symbols in Literature

by M.M. Genet author of  The Clever Courtesan

The first time I ever saw a chastity belt was in the movie The History of the World, by Mel Brooks. The beautiful Madeline Kahn was wearing a metal, armor-like version that kept my adolescent self at the time wondering what could be its purpose if she wasn’t headed into battle.

Later, in college, two history professors gave a lecture/debate on whether the device was real or fake. Both gave compelling reasons for their cases. It has only been in the last few years, with the help of the BBC, the Guardian news and the collaborative work of several international museums that the debate has been settled.

Chastity belts were a joke devised during the Crusades. Several historical accounts have confirmed that men on their way to fight in the east joked about “locking up” their wives and hence their fertility until the men returned home. All the same questions that I had as a teenager were sited as logical reasons why the infamous belts would likely have killed a woman after a week; hygiene being the most pressing concern.

Never the less, the belts have become an icon of oppressive nature of patriarchal societies; a symbol of what a society at the time was thinking, but never the less needed a symbol or a joke when talking about it. Symbols representing uncomfortable sexual issues have a deep, rich history in literature. Some of them are things that as our modern society presses forward may just take for granted.

When Dracula was published in 1897, the book came out a time when sexuality was only hinted at with the greatest discretion. Society at the time required Bram Stoker to write his famous Gothic novel in such a way that Dracula’s seduction of his victims merely suggested penetration. Stoker required Dracula to alter his victims, seducing them, without ever committing the sex act with them. In a stroke of genius, Stoker invents the lethal fangs of his vampire. Today, an entire genre of horror owes everything to his ingenious creation.

M.M. Genet is the author of  The Clever Courtesan.  The book takes readers on a wild ride through the eyes of Cassandra Flemming, a Lady of Keys.  Fighting the norms of Victorian high society, Cassandra challenges all the rules when it comes to women, power, sex and power of a lock and a key.

Will there be another Next Great Horror Writer Contest?

The Next Great Horror Writer Contest

HorrorAddicts.net‘s 2017 Next Great Horror Writer Contest ended in October 2017 with the grand prize winner, Jonathan Fortin, walking away with a basket full of prizes including several story publications and a book contract from Crystal Lake Publishing.

The other contestants have gone on to participate in the writing community and have bragging rights as well. They made it through a grueling six-month writing challenge, battling each other for the top prize. No matter what they won or didn’t win, they challenged themselves as writers and got better as the competition went on.

What listeners and prospective #NGHW contestants what to know now is… Will there be another Next Great Horror Writer Contest? The answer is…maybe. It depends on the feedback HorrorAddicts.net gets from listeners and prospective contestants over the next year on whether the contest will resume in 2019.

For 2018, HorrorAddicts.net is returning to it’s normal…

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Dusk’s Warriors

A great review of Dusk’s Warriors!

The All Night Library

The vampires of Night’s Knights are living in a new plane of existence that they’re not use to and once again everything is about to change for them. Ridge is a man working for the devil and he’s gathering souls from immortals living on earth. When he attacks Markham’s significant other Jimmy, it causes a chain reaction. An epic battle between Heaven and Hell begins and a street gang of vigilantes may be the deciding factor on who wins.

Dusk’s Warriors by Emerian Rich is a sequel to Night’s Knights but it can be read as a stand alone novel. The foundation was given in the first book but this one takes the story to the next level. It describes the mythical realms that the characters now live in but also focuses on what’s happening on earth and introduces a new cast of characters. Among them are Ridge who is…

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SEARCH Magazine Winter Issue 2017

SEARCH Magazine

SEARCH Magazine Winter 2017

Galindo House,
A giant part of Concord and Contra Costa history. We go inside the house built by Don Francisco Galindo and his wife Maria Dolores Pacheco.

City Spotlight
Rodeo, California
Five Books to Achieve Cozy
Stay Cozy Inside with Tech
Post-Partum Congestive Heart Failure
Iceland: The Land of Fire & Ice
Ella Fitzgerald, 100 Years
Braised Tri-Tip with Sherry-Mushroom Gravy
Do it Yourself
Hot Cozy Drink Ideas
Believe in Your Worth
Autism / Parenting
Frustration Station
Prince Goofball and the Search for Cozy
Event pictures from around the Bay.
Bay Area Attraction
SCRAP, San Francisco
Cozy Quizzes
Something to do While You Coze


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Emerian on ParaMania Radio Chat About Dusk’s Warriors

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How I Accidentally Wrote a Regency Novella

Emmy Z. Madrigal

Okay, laugh, but it’s true. My Regency Novella Lord Harrington’s Lost Doe, was a total accident. This story is also a testament to how some little spec of an idea can spin into a huge idea, so don’t discount any of them!

Here’s how it all went down…

My writing friend Heather and I were chatting one day about how we love Regency Romances and wouldn’t it be fun to write one of our own? Then we cooked up a brilliant little plan.

Wait. Back up. A little background on us first. I am primarily a Contemporary Romance gal. I write this sweet little New Adult series, Sweet Dreams, all about music people. If I’m not writing that, I’m writing Horror. Heather on the other hand is primarily a Science Fiction writer and has a YA zombie series called Plague Masters. We’ve tried to write stories together…

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Happy Halloween ~ Here’s to Many More!

Happy Halloween my Biters!

By now you should be devouring my vampire sequel

Dusk’s Warriors and looking forward to number 3!

I’m here to reveal the cover for number 3 – Day’s Children.

Have a Happy Halloween and remember…
Keep your collars up, your windows shuttered, and
beware of things that go bump in the night!

5 Questions with Emerian Rich

The Home of Author Loren Rhoads

emz1smallI met Emerian Rich through a a Facebook group dedicated to women who write horror.  She invited me to contribute to The Horror Addicts’ Guide to Life, then invited me to join her — the first time I attended BayCon — in a group reading from the book.  It was amazing to meet her in person.  She is a bundle of energy.

Officially, Emerian Rich is an artist, horror host, and the author of the vampire series Night’s Knights. She is the hostess of the internationally acclaimed podcast HorrorAddicts.net. Under the name Emmy Z. Madrigal, she writes the musical romance series, Sweet Dreams. She’s also the Editorial Director for the Bay Area magazine SEARCH. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Loren Rhoads: Did something in the real world inspire your book?

Emerian Rich:  Yes, I am always inspired by the world around me…

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Guest Blog: American Vampires by Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads is a good friend of mine and just happens to be an aficionado on cemeteries. She’s here today to tell us about the vampire panic of New England.

I knew about the witch panic in Salem, but less familiar to me were the vampires of New England.  Rather than Bram Stoker’s vampire, rising from his grave to roam the night, New England’s vampires could prey upon the living while still confined inside their coffins.

There are almost 20 documented cases, beginning even before the American Revolution, of vampires being exhumed in New England. One of the last instances took place in the 1880s.

George and Mary Brown farmed outside the town of Exeter, Rhode Island.  Mary Brown was struck by an illness, probably tuberculosis, that drained her vitality.  She withered and died in 1883.

The following year, Mary’s eldest daughter, who was called Mary Olive, died at the age of 20.

Several years passed before George and Mary’s son Edwin began to fade.  The local physician suggested that Edwin and his wife move to Colorado Springs for his health.

The cold, dry air did seem to help Edwin, but while he was recuperating, his sister Mercy began to fail at home.  Edwin rushed home to say goodbye to her. She died in January 1892 at the age of 19.

Since winter had frozen the ground solid, Mercy’s corpse was placed in the receiving crypt at Exeter’s Chestnut Hill Cemetery. Receiving crypts were common in the days before cemeteries developed heating blankets to thaw the winter ground.  Old cemeteries often still have these crypts, although nowadays, they are usually used as sheds to store lawnmowers and other grounds-keeping equipment.

Back in the 1890s, Edwin’s health deteriorated after he returned to Rhode Island.  George Brown’s neighbors decided Edwin was suffering from Vampire’s Grasp. The only way to save him would be to “perform the folk ritual.”

On March 17, 1892, while George stayed at home, the doctor and George Brown’s neighbors dug up the graves of Mary and Mary Olive. As one would expect after almost a decade in the ground, both women’s corpses were badly decomposed.

Then the mob opened the receiving crypt. When they lifted the lid on Mercy’s coffin, they discovered she had turned sideways. Rather than considering if she had been buried alive — or merely jostled as she was carried to the crypt — the onlookers took her unexpected position as proof she was a vampire.

Other than the body’s movement, Mercy’s body looked as expected. But when the doctor removed her heart and liver, they leaked blood.

The neighbors placed the organs on a rock in the cemetery and set them afire. The ashes were collected up and mixed with liquid to be fed to Edwin.  Unfortunately, the remedy didn’t save him.  He died six weeks later.

Whether she roamed from her tomb or not beforehand, Mercy now turns up as a ghost in this nondescript little cemetery. Apparently, the blue lights of will o’ the wisps hover close to her grave.

Loren Rhoads is the author of 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die and Wish You Were Here: Adventures in Cemetery Travel. She writes about graveyards for the Horror Writers Association and blogs blogs about cemeteries as vacation destinations at cemeterytravel.com.

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