Saturday, 26 September 2015

Blood moon mania

As autumn colours start to glow in the countryside, I for one will be looking upwards for a sighting of a rare and dramatic blood red “supermoon”.

Some religious types are busy recalling a sentence in Book of Joel, which is claimed to be portentous in a year when there has already been a total solar eclipse. ‘The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord comes.’ Ooh.

Actually, I thought the March eclipse was imore than just a little creepy when the sunlight dimmed on a bright spring morning. Oddly enough, this coincided with the timing of 'Last Spring', the second mini-book on a seasonal theme. Hmm.

I’m loving the Gothic images all over the press, ingenuously hinting at all manner of sensationalist forebodings of doom, while pooh-poohing them. Just like I’m doing!

Well, it’s the first time in 30 years that a lunar eclipse has coincided with the moon at its closest point to the earth.

“Blood moons” have been regarded as ill-omens by the superstitious. I’m particularly intrigued by Monday’s event as it is the culmination of four total eclipses at six monthly intervals, known as a “tetrad”.

In the States, pastor John Hagee who hails from Texas, notes that this has happened only three times in the past 500 years and claims it is likely to herald a “hugely significant” world event.

His best-selling book, named imaginatively, ‘Four Blood Moons’, states that the last three incidents were each associated with a globally significant religious event. Far be it from me to say that such events are happening all the time. Here are the contenders:

1493 – the expulsion of Jews by the Catholic Spanish Inquisition
1949 – the establishment of the state of Israel
1967 – the six-day Arab-Israeli war.

The vampiric colour change, so I am assured by astronomers, is due to sunlight being scattered by the earth’s atmosphere. That sounds rather dull, but the effect should be fascinating, if a little unsettling.

Now on Amazon Kindle
Whatever happens – and doomsday prophesies aside – there’ll be lots more waffle about perigees and phases, and yet more photos of a rust-red globe suspended in inky sky.

We’re currently in Mid-Wales and it really will be blinking dark at 1.10am when the eclipse starts. There are bats galore and we hear owls every night.

Not that I’m nervous. Not me.

I’ll just be standing out there in the pitch black in my nightdress and wellies, not thinking about werewolves or creatures of the night or anything. No, no, no. Just staring a blood red moon.

Sinister, or wot? 

By Pamela Kelt

EQUINOX, part four of a supernatural quartet, is now out on Amazon Kindle.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Equinox: a strange journey into self-publishing

Today sees the release of my supernatural thriller, Equinox. It's a longish short story set in the Cold War, when weird things start happening in a secret lab one dark September night.

The conclusion to a seasonal quartet of tales, this is also another delve into historical fiction with a chilling twist.

Much fun was had researching uranium mines, Enigma machines, the average temperatures in Omsk and how to create a makeshift explosion.

It also marks my first venture into self-publishing, the paid variety.

Oh boy, those forms. Amazon author pages, tax forms, correspondence with the IRS, Kindle forms ... Had some fun with those. As one who has a specialty in misreading questions, I'm amazed I got it out there in time for the autumnal equinox - 23 September, in case you're wondering.

Exciting times lie ahead, for I'm polishing Machiavelli's Acolyte, a dark tale of murder and mayhem in deepest, darkest Bohemia in the early 1700s. Then, I've reacquired the rights to four other titles that rather got lost in Canada. Long story.

Keep an eye open for re-releases of Half Life, Dark Interlude, Ice Trekker and The Cloud Pearl.

Before I crawl back into my cave to rejig all those blinking blogs and links, do check out the book on Amazon.

To whet your appetite for some Cold War paranoia, there's a short creepy video. Love doing these!

Finally, a big thanks to Rob for all the technical stuff. Magic.

By Pamela Kelt

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Equinox - out soon

EQUINOX by Pamela Kelt. Out soon on Amazon - the dramatic conclusion to a seasonal quartet of short stories that are so long they became novellas.

Russia, 1951.
‘First we drink. Then we save the world!’

A Cold War enigma takes its revenge

One autumn storm. One malfunctioning device. One bottle of vodka.

Could this be the end of the world?

I'll let you know ...

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Cold War paranoia and mystic moons

Picture research is one of my favourite pastimes.

Here are some of the photos I tripped over while researching the 1950s Cold War background for Equinox, the 1951 sci-fi tale with an enigmatic twist, you might say. The short story will be out on Amazon and Smashwords to mark the autumn equinox.

Do join me for the online launch on FB.

If you have a moment, pop over to my Pinterest page for some classic Cold War photographic paranoia.

By Pamela Kelt

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Supernatural quartet

Equinox is the fourth part of a crazy collection of short stories on a seasonal theme.

It all started many years ago when a colleague of mine with the astonishing moniker of Piero Bohoslawec, of the Bath Evening Chronicle as it was then, challenged me to write a Christmas ghost story.

Prevarication descended and I never got round to it.

Last year, I suddenly realised I would have preferred a Winter Solstice theme. So, off I went and wrote A Walk in the Park, scaring myself rigid into the process.

Last Spring was the vernal offering, a crazed tale of deranged fairies set in 1920s Warwickshire, which I followed up with Midsummer Glen, a mad mythological mystery, moving to 1930s Scotland.

So, what to do for autumn to round off the quartet?

Each story was historical and I seemed to be moving forwards, so I ended up in 1950s Russia. Omsk, to be precise. Time for some paranoid Cold War sci-fi!

Actually, my husband Rob should have more credit for this one. It’s set in a secret Soviet institute, with strange goings-on in the basement. I can hear the 1950s soundtrack in my head.

Equinox introduces the anxious Arkady and his stoically mysterious comrade Yakov, a quirky caretaker with a past.

The tag line ‘First we drink, then we save the world!’ was inspired by my former boss Barry, who did a bit of skydiving in his day, often in the Ukraine.

I know! Bonkers, or wot.

By Pamela Kelt

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Equinox - coming soon

Tomorrow marks the countdown to Equinox, the fourth part of my seasonal quartet. Here's a preview ...


by Pamela Kelt

A Cold War enigma takes its revenge

One autumn storm. One malfunctioning device. One bottle of vodka.

It doesn’t take much to end the world.