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Graham Masterton has written more than a hundred novels ranging from thrillers to disaster novels to historical sagas. He has published four collections of short stories, and has also written horror novels for children. His first novel The Manitou was released in 1976, and was adapted in 1978 for the film The Manitou. His work has garnered critical acclaim, including a Special Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America and a Silver Medal by the West Coast Review. Several of his books have also appeared on the New York Times.

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Last week on Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!, we not only talked about #writing, but we also got into feminism, gender roles, Halloween, historical fiction – and much more…
If you missed it, listen  any time at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!
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Alistair Cross was born in the western United States and began penning his own stories by the age of eight. First published in 2012, Alistair has since published several more novels. In 2012, he joined forces with international bestselling author, Tamara Thorne, and as Thorne & Cross, they write the successful Gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, is an Amazon Best Seller, as is Alistair’s solo novel, The Crimson Corset.

In 2014, Alistair and Tamara began the internet radio show, Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Haunted Nights LIVE! premiered to great acclaim and has featured such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels, and New York Times best sellers Christopher Rice, Jonathan Maberry, and Christopher Moore.

Alistair is currently at work on several projects including a solo novel and a new Thorne & Cross collaboration. His influences include the works of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty.

Learn more about him at his website: http://alistaircross.com

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We want to hear your true ghost stories! In fact, we want to read them live on our radio show!

At Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! we’re adding a new level of spookiness by beginning each show with a true ghost story. Please read the requirements below and submit your true ghost story to HauntedNightsLive@gmail.com. Stories submitted MUST be sent to this email address for consideration. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Stories may be from 300 to 1000 words in length.
  • Stories need to be ready for us to read on the air; please do your own editing and proofreading. We will not consider stories that require rewriting.
  • We will assume you’ve changed first names in your story, as necessary.  We will not use last names, including yours. If you want us to credit the story to your full name, you must give us written permission. (Just say so below your story and give your name there.)
  • Do not post your stories on Facebook, or send them in private messages. They MUST be emailed to HauntedNightsLive@gmail.com to be considered.

Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! © 2014-2015 • All rights reserved. No listener stories read by Thorne & Cross on Haunted Nights LIVE! can be reproduced in any way without written consent. By submitting material to the show, you guarantee there is no infringement on copyright laws, and that no person(s) will be harmed in any way. By submitting material to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! you permit Thorne & Cross to use the submitted material in any way. There will be no compensation (monetary or otherwise) for use of submitted material to Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! takes no responsibility for damages incurred by material submitted. Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! reserves the right to deny use of or alter any submitted material.

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If you’ve had enough of the teen-aged, puppy-eyed, lovesick hounds with hearts of gold… if you like your werewolves with some bite, join us tonight at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! where we’ll be talking to werewolf horror author, W.D. Gagliani. Listen in for your chance to win a signed copy of the book of your choice from the Nick Lupo series.

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W.D. Gagliani is the author of the novels Wolf’s Trap, Wolf’s Gambit, Wolf’s Bluff, Wolf’s Edge, Wolf’s Cut, Wolf’s Blind (upcoming), and Savage Nights. Wolf’s Trap was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award in 2004. He has published fiction and nonfiction in numerous anthologies and publications such as Robert Bloch’s Psychos, Undead Tales, More Monsters From Memphis, The Midnighters Club. His book reviews and nonfiction have been included in, among others, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chizine, HorrorWorld, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, Science Fiction Chronicle, The Scream Factory, The Writer magazine, and the books Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, They Bite, and On Writing Horror.

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The team of Gagliani & Benton has published fiction in venues such as the upcoming X-Files anthology edited by Jonathan Maberry, SNAFU: An Anthology of Military Horror, SNAFU: Wolves at the Door, Dark Passions: Hot Blood 13, Zippered Flesh 2, Masters of Unreality (Germany), Malpractice: An Anthology of Bedside Terror, Splatterpunk Zine, and Dead Lines, along with the Kindle Worlds Vampire Diaries tie-in “Voracious in Vegas.” Some of their collaborations are available in the collection Mysteries & Mayhem.

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Also, be sure to check out our novella, Christmas Spirits, which can be read as a stand-alone or as the fourth installment of the Ghosts of Ravencrest serial novel.

In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross have created a world that is dark, opulent, and smoldering with the promise of scares and seduction. You’ll be able to feel the slide of the satin sheets, taste the fizz of champagne, and hear the footsteps on the stairs.”

-Sylvia Shults, paranormal expert and author of Fractured Spirits

Christmas Spirits is available now!

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Noel Hynd has more than five million books in print. Most of his books have been in the action-espionage-suspense genre (Flowers From Berlin, Truman’s Spy, Murder in Miami, Hostage in Havana) but others (Ghosts, The Prodigy, A Room For The Dead and Cemetery of Angels) are highly acclaimed ghost stories.

He is also a former contributor to Sports Illustrated and several other national magazines. His 1988 non-fiction book, The Giants of The Polo Grounds, was an Editor’s Choice of The New York TIMES Review of Books in 1988.

Mr. Hynd was born in New York City, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego with his wife Patricia.

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Along with his wife, Patricia White, Mr. Hynd is also the co-founder of Red Cat Tales, LLC, an independent publishing imprint in Los Angeles. Red Cat Tales publishes genre fiction (including much of Mr. Hynd’s backlist) and graphic novels in translation. The RCT list can be found at www.RedCat.Tales.com.

Join us tomorrow night at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! at 9:00 pm Eastern, 6:00 pm Pacific, where we’ll be talking to Noel Hynd about writing, reading, and things that go bump in the night! This link will go live then! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorsontheairbookstoo/2014/12/05/noel-hynd-joins-thorne-cross-haunted-nights-live

Both of us have always set our stories in contemporary times – as with Quantum Leap, we’ve kept everything within our own lifetimes. But with our Christmas installment of The Ghosts of Ravencrest, we are traveling all the way back to the winter of 1788 to visit the Frost Fair on the Thames.  And, oh, what a chunk of research we’ve bitten off.

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We began by researching 1788 Christmas traditions and discovered the Frost Fair. We absolutely had to write about that, so we dug and dug. And dug some more. Then we researched how the landed gentry celebrated Christmas and that required an even bigger shovel.

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Finally, we thought we were ready to write. We got about a sentence into the story  – and realized we didn’t know what little children called their parents in those days. We found out. Then we needed to know what married couples called each other – oh, what a can of worms that opened.

Our story is set in one of England’s coldest winters and we realized we needed to find out how people kept their hands warm at the fair. The answer is muffs. Men women, and children had gloves and muffs. We mention this only because every time we write anything about people slipping their hands into muffs, we crack up… And now, we’ll carry on.

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The questions stop us every other sentence. Besides muffs… What did gentry wear in the cold before there was Gore-Tex?  How did women pee in those dresses? Did they wear underwear? (NO! But they did put their hands in their muffs!)

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But to the point, the first time a character used a profanity, we found ourselves researching once more – and, because we’re writers, we want to tell you all about archaic English profanity today. Here are our favorite 13 words, used in sentences, as presented on the November 13 episode of Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE!

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13 – Our 13th favorite Archaic English slang term is Gotch-Gutted, which means pot-bellied. Used in a sentence, it might sound something like this: “That Gotch-gutted son of a bitch stole my powdered wig!”

12 – Bacon-Fed, which means fat and greasy! A lot like gotch-gutted. “That pusillanimous powder-headed bacon-fed magistrate spilled goose grease all over my breeches and doesn’t give a fig.”

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11Public Ledger, which was a common term for a prostitute. “Pass me the public ledger, James, I need to make a deposit!”

10 Scald which meant venereal disease. “God’s Teeth, James, I do believe I’ve been scalded by the public ledger!”

9 – our 9th favorite slang term is related to scald.  It’s Sauce, another term for VD. “I got the sauce from James, who picked it up from the public ledger who soiled my fantastic powdered wig!”

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8 – Captain Grand, which refers to a haughty, blustering man. “He thinks he’s Captain Grand,” Master Sulu whispered to the Scotsman as James Tiberius Kirk strutted into the room.

7 –  Saddle the Wrong Horse. This term meant you had blamed the wrong person for something. “When my powdered wig was stolen, I saddled the wrong horse when I blamed the public ledger.”

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6 – Wamble; an unhappy tummy. As in “Watching the public ledger soil the beadle’s powdered wig made my stomach a bit wambly.”

5 Married to Brown Bess.  This referred to someone who was enlisted in the army. “I’d totally marry Brown Bess if they’d let me wear my powdered wig on the battlefield.”

4 – Squirrel Hunting, which meant looking to buy a working lady’s favors. “I left the pub to go squirrel hunting and could only afford one with a ragged gray tail.”

3 – is a term that means to make much ado about nothing. In those days, they called this making a Great Harvest of Little Corn. “When I found my powdered wig on the mannequin head where I left it, I realized I’d made great harvest of little corn and owed the public ledger an apology.

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2 – Flay the Fox;  to vomit. “I was so excited I flayed the fox into my powdered wig!”

1 – Our number 1 favorite term refers to someone who can’t keep a secret. “By God’s Toes, James, why did you tell my mother I once watched her bathe? I Cannot Trust Your Ass With a Fart!”

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Getting your research right is always important, no matter what century your story is set in. In The Ghosts of Ravencrest, in addition to contemporary times, we will be visiting various eras in Old England and covering America from the 1800s on. In coming Writing with T&A blogs, we’ll cover more about researching the past, including everything from clothing, taboos, manners to how to insert real historical figures (like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart or Marie Antoinette) and events into your work.  We hope you’ll join us.

Be sure to check out tonight’s podcast at Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! where we interviewed horror author, Michael Aronovitz.