The Apparition

A sample story from My Haunted Life 3 – available all of this week on Kindle for 99 cents.

Growing up, I was in the local Church of England Choir. It wasn’t so much that I was religious, but I did love to sing. The weekly schedule was a practice one night per week and then both morning and evening services on Sunday. It was paid work too, but the regular pay was paltry – just a few pence per quarter of a year. No, the big-ticket item was a wedding for which you might get as much as 50p!

Most weddings were held at the more picturesque parish church in a nearby village. This church was an old village church dating back to Norman times with it’s own cemetery around it. I hated to go there especially in the dark winter evenings and even more so after hearing the story told by one of the other lads.

He had gone to sing at a wedding. It was after the service when he got changed and most people had already left the church. Only the vicar was there tidying up as he left. It was winter and by 4pm in the afternoon, it was already dark and gloomy. He recalled that, as he left the church, something didn’t feel right.

As he walked down the short path from the church to the gate through the cemetery, he caught sight of the back of a woman. Actually, he first thought it was the bride from the wedding he had just sung at, as the lady was dressed all in flowing white. He could just see the top half of the figure over some bushes, but as he moved along the path and could see more, he was horrified to see that from where the figures knees should be down to the ground, there was nothing. He could see the tombstone behind her where there should be legs.

By now, his heart was beating rapidly and he stopped momentarily in fear. His flesh was crawling and his fear rising as he realized that the figure was turning its head in his direction. Somehow, he managed to unfreeze himself and run. He ran just as fast as he could down the path, out of the gate and didn’t stop until he reached the local pub where he knew some other people were.

It was a long time before he agreed to do another wedding at the parish church.

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A Sales Miracle as ‘Ghost Tales from Hell’ Creates Pandemonium

Overnight to my utter amazement, my new book “Ghost Tales from Hell” sold just over 2,500 copies and seems destined to seal my career as a writer of cheap Kindle thrill books. As I write, the book has reached No 1 in every amazon category available to it. Ghost Tails from Hell tells the sordid stories of several famous old magicians and their attempts to raise the dead and communicate with evil spirits and is said to be so frightening and scary that Amazon are considering restricting its availability to the over 18’s only and adding a mental health warning to it’s appallingly scary cover. I am already consulting with my lawyer to see if I am liable for the mental anguish the book has created in certain quarters. Meanwhile, I am going to sit back and enjoy the sales revenues, media coverage and the good life generally.

Here are two reviews from my new best seller;

I will never be the same again after reading the new kindle book from G. Michael Vasey. I literally could not put the book down as I was gripped with fear. It had to be prised from my hand by the emergency medical staff who responded to my 999 call. This book should be banned. It is totally and diabolically good

Ghost Tales from hell is the ultimate horror book. I haven’t been able to sleep for three days and even now I am still sitting in my rudimentary circle of protection that I drew with bath soap on the floor of my bedroom. I literally sh*t myself this book is so scary.”

Grab your copy now while ebook supplies last – here.

The cover….

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Happy April 1st!

My Haunted Life 3 – 99Cent Week

All week long (until the weekend), My Haunted Life 3 is just 99cents on Kindle…. Grab it now while it is cheap…

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“All these tales are easily believable. And once past that point, some become quite scary as well. All people interested in the paranormal will find this compilation of stories refreshingly straightforward, edited impeccably, and never before told as far as I’ve am aware. I highly recommend investing the time to read through this thought provoking book.”

The final book in the hit supernatural true story series – All new true tales of demons, ghosts, evil, and things that go bump in the night…

In the third and final installment of My Haunted Life, you will discover –

What it is like to camp on a Civil War battlefield in Yorkshire,
Be chilled to the bone by the creepy antics of a ghostly lodger,
Wonder about people who come back after death to PROVE that they still exist,
Whether that monster in the cupboard is real?
What an orb actually is?
Deja Vue and parallel universes,
Worry about the ghost whose boots were made for walking and many, many more chilling, thought-provoking and true stories of the paranormal.

Excerpts…

His flesh was crawling and his fear rising as he realized that the figure was turning its head in his direction.

His blood ran cold as he saw a face leering at him in the dim light of the flashlight.

Silly Season

Even though I haven’t lived in the Uk in over 25-years, I do know what an election there feels like and having spent almost two decades in the US, which the UK now seems to want to emulate in terms of political campaigning, I feel sorry for all of you Brits. The silly season is about to start – has already started. You will now be subjected to a bunch of young, immature and inexperienced men (yes – still mostly men) telling you what you want to hear in order to curry your favor and your vote. Later, once elected, they will forget what they said and do what they want anyway.

Isn’t it time to just put an end to this nonsense?

In a world I created, this is how it would be done…

1. Anyone wanting to be a politician would be banned for life from being allowed to represent anyone,

2. A computer would elect every two years 33% of a representative assembly using the last census. The computer would elect a representative sample of the census,

3. Criminals and people with a criminal record would not be allowed to be selected along with people willingly expressing an interest in being a politician,

4. In order to actually take up the position, the elected person would have to sit a literacy exam to make sure that they could write, read and had an idea where places like Moscow, Washington and Bermuda where,

5. They would be paid a replacement wage and the law would ensure that their jobs were protected for when they returned,

6. You could only be elected once,

7. A civil service would provide continuity and enactment services,

8. All political parties would be abolished along with all pressure groups and lobbyists.

I’m sure such a system would work equally as well as the current one and people like Mr. Milliband and Mr. Cameron would have to actually work for a living.

 

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Best Laid Plans Give Away

Starting sometime tomorrow and through the entire weekend why not grab yourself a book of really interesting poems and verse? Put it in your plans to get a kindle copy of Best Laid Plans from any Amazon website this weekend – you can’t go wrong really – its FREE.

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A fifth collection of poetry and rhyme by G. Michael Vasey musing about the magic of life. From the mystery of The Story through to magic of the Hexagram and the number 6, Vasey twists words and phrases to paint deliciously vivid images of how he sees life and everything.

Five Star Review by Oregon Chick on Amazon.com

I personally, loved this unique and genuine glimpse into the authors mind; his thoughts and processes of the modern world as we know it and the emotions that come with it. His writings are something we can all connect with and relate to. The book speaks with great voice and character and makes you feel as if you have slipped into his mind to take a walk in his shoes. I would call it modern poetry maybe. If you are looking for something different, something new, something creative… look no further. I wish it were longer and have added a couple of his others to my TBR :-)

An interesting note on the cover…

The cover features a green man or Pan figure that is on the facade of the building just a few doors down from where I live. The entire street has similar decorations.

Or try one of my other books of poetry…….

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In Search of Charisma

Charisma. It’s a word I hear used about people from time to time. People have a charismatic personality and people follow them. Charismatic people seem to have a knack to walk through life with a smile on their face. Confident, assertive and bold.

I had a boss a few years ago in Houston who was charismatic. He was Dutch and I guess in his 50’s. He had a deep hypnotic voice and he took good care of himself. Women swooned and men followed without question me included. You felt good in his company and his energy somehow rubbed off on you as enthusiasm. Looking back, I really don’t know what he did exactly except build and maintain relationships. He offered little direction as a boss but commanded great loyalty. He had a vain side to him too but you overlooked it because he was such an attractive and magnetic personality.

What are the qualities that create charisma? I wish I knew because I could use some. You see, I must conclude I lack charisma. I don’t create loyalty among friends in fact, I have few friends and many of them don’t or haven’t stayed in touch. Here in Brno, I hardly have anyone I can call a friend and I barely ever go out because I have no one to go out with. Even my children – the three boys in Texas barely stay in touch unless they need something. My daughter is good with me and we get along well but she would drop me like a stone for her Mother (who is charismatic). Don’t get me wrong, I am not really complaining, just puzzled. I’m used to it.

I am a giver. I give, give and give. I give my time, my energy and my thoughts. I give my money and I spend my money on everyone except me. I have always been this way. The funny thing is, the more you give and provide for people, the less they respect you. You become taken for granted. Meanwhile, people who are charismatic don’t actually give anything much, they take instead from a steady stream of givers like me.

As I get older I think about this more and more. I am coming to some very interesting conclusions. People want what they can’t have – it is playing ‘hard to get’, it is the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome. Being charismatic it seems to me involves being hard to get and yet being wanted. It involves being selfish.

I think that sometimes we can give too much and we lose the respect of others. Sometimes, we need to give to ourselves as well. For someone like me, giving to myself seems selfish and yet, I begin to believe that it isn’t necessarily selfishness but a part of finding the balance, the middle ground between two polarities. For what I have discovered is that qualities are not bipolar good and bad (good and evil, black and white, male and female and so on) but triangular. There are two extremes neither of which is good and a balance between them which is good. So, we must continually seek that balance everywhere and in everything we do. I speak more about this in The Mystical Hexagram.

So back to charisma. I’d like to be more charismatic for sure. I’d like to have more friends and a loyal following of readers. But charismatic people are actually one end of a bipolar relationship and what I need to find is the middle ground – the point of balance between being charismatic and being a loyal, supportive giver.

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Bastions of Light

I am researching a lot of old alchemists for my next little book and the stunning parallel in all of their lives was their sheer brilliance. University at 13 or 16 already full of alchemical knowledge, books published or completed at around 20 including Agrippa’s three huge volumes on magic. Traveling around Europe and the Middle East, writing a ton of books and manuscripts. The question is how?

Just exactly how can a boy of 16 in the 14th Century possibly have accumulated so much  knowledge? How can they have learned to write, read, speak multiple different languages, know the philosophers and so on? It’s just utterly amazing. I realize that there was no TV or internet and so time could be spent on contemplation and so on but back then you had to seek out knowledge. It wasn’t available at the fingertips as it is now. I also realize that there was less knowledge – probably orders of magnitude less knowledge but – Agrippa, Paracelsus and their ilk were not just seeking knowledge but creating it!

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Henry Cornelius Agrippa

Finally, think of the environment in which they did this. A mean, horrid subsistence of a life in a dirty hole surrounded by ignorance and stupidity. Everything required significant effort from making a meal to making a tool. Furthermore, think of the superstitions, the ignorance and intolerance of the Church, the sheeplike nature of the Church’s flock and it must have been living hell to be enlightened in the 14th Century. It’s no wonder these people’s lives read like a life on the run….

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Paracelsus

I have come to realize that whatever the truth behind some of the hearsay and legend around these mediaeval alchemists and adepts, despite the mystery, despite the Church’s attempts to darkened and blacken their activities and lives, these were some truly special people. Amazing people.

Light, it seems, cannot ever be extinguished. No matter how dark things become or get, a small flame will flicker and burn brightly keeping the wisdom alive. These men’s spirits shone brightly in an age of ignorance and darkness and our lives seem so easy, even lazy in comparison.

Coming soon – Wizards, Warlocks And Magicians: Incredible True Stories of Magic and Sorcery by G. Michael Vasey