RavenCoveCoverScanWeb”If you want spooky, eerie prose, this is the book to read. I like to read a trilogy or a series one book after the other so I waited until Mary Ann Poll wrote the third book in the trilogy before I started reading Ravens Cove. This is, in essence, a Christian series and although I'm not Christian I thoroughly enjoyed the story of good vs. evil. I became engrossed in the story and couldn't wait for the end so that I could start reading "Ingress", the second book. I'm in the middle of that one now, and it's just as malevolent in structure as the first one. I'm loving it!!” L.F. Geth

Geth's review comes from spooky, eerie scenes in the book, like this one:

    Iconoclast stood with his back against the slimy, pea-green wall on the north side of the ravine. His most trusted fighters surrounded him in a semicircle, the growing number of demons stood in larger semicircles around them, spanning the ravine to the slimed walls on the south side. He grinned. Just like all good vultures, they could smell blood and had come from around this puny world to feast on those that had taken it upon themselves to live here.

     He spoke to his captains—Gambogian, Caitiff, Venenose, Bruit, Trepaner, and Prevaricator. Atramentous and Profligacy, were absent by his orders. Guarding Plotno and his assembly

was their top priority. These eight had been with him in defeat in Josiah Williams’ horrid small town and in near-victory over the village in China. One man of God stood between him and complete conquest at that battle.

     “Tomorrow we will feast,” he rumbled, the strength of souls taken carrying that growl high and far. Those twins had been a surprise and increased his power threefold. They were considered as one, coming from the same egg, so he was able to take two at one time and still not break the laws of the game. Excerpt from Ravens Cove, An Alaska Iconoclast Thriller, by Mary Ann Poll

If you are looking for a goosebump producing supernatural thriller, and/or enjoy the epic battle between good and evil, then the Iconoclast series is for you. Available where fine books are sold.

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Until next time,

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20160724_102710Caddo Lake is the only natural lake in Texas. It is located in East Texas, about two and a half hours from Dallas near the small historic town of Jefferson, population 2,024 give or take a few.

I would not use the word lake to describe Caddo. It is  a swamp. A beautiful, mysterious swamp. Large cypress trees rise majestically from its waters. Spanish moss drapes the branches.  All forms of wildlife call Caddo Lake home, including alligators which I’m happy to report I did not encounter.

Caddo was once a much larger body of water. So large that the town of Jefferson was a port for steamboats. Cotton farms from central Texas would bring their goods to Jefferson to be shipped to New Orleans where they received the best prices for the cotton.

 The first sawmill in the state of Texas was in Jefferson. The beautiful bald cypress were milled and the farmers took the planks back to central Texas where there were no trees. They built their homes with this wood. Some of these homes, I understand, are still standing today.

At its height, Jefferson, Texas had a population of 30,000. During this time, Jefferson was the largest and deadliest town on the western frontier. There were over 300 murders on the streets of Jefferson.

It is no wonder that Jefferson, Texas, is possibly the most haunted location in Texas and the perfect backdrop for a creepy, supernatural thriller.

All this history, and the mysterious nature of Caddo Lake, became the perfect setting for Book Four in the Iconoclast Thriller series, Dullahan, The Haunting of Bordman’s Crossing. I could almost see the Dullahan (the Irish version of a headless horseman) galloping in and out of the dense foliage along Caddo Lake’s banks. The quiet of the lake made it easy to imagine the sound of ghostly horse’s hooves pounding invisible earth. It would be easy, and believable, to glimpse the apparition in the dense trees where our tour boat could not go.

In summary, Caddo Lake is one of God’s beautiful mysteries. I highly suggest a visit if you are in northeastern Texas. Take a wonderful tour of the lake with Captain Ron Gibbs. His knowledge of Caddo and its history is valuable and interesting.

Source of Caddo Lake and Jefferson’s history: Captain Ron Gibbs

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For as long as I remember, it has been a Christmas Eve tradition in the Bricken household to go door-to-door and sing.

So, Grandma and I squeezed into to Bart’s old truck and off we went with Wendy, Pastor Lucas and wife Tonya bringing up the rear. We stopped to carol for Arnie and Amos Thralling who surprised us all by saying they, too, would like to join us for the festivities. Wendy’s small Subaru wagon-type had just enough room for two more. Our last stop was Bernice Tellamoot’s.

Christmas Tree

Mrs. Tellamoot has a small, tidy cabin in the most remote area of the Cove. She also has a beautiful companion. His name is Benny and, for all of you that have not read his story in Ingress: He is a white wolf who mysteriously arrived and took up residence with Mrs. Tellamoot.  Wolves are part of my people’s history. Benny taking up residence in the Cove would give this place a revered status in days gone by.

But, back to the story.  We started singing. Mrs. Tellamoot opened her door, a big smile on her face. Benny bounded into our small group, sat down in our midst, raised his head to the starlit sky and gave a slight, “hap, hap,” when a particular song put him in the mood.

Now, Arnie Thralling loves to sing but, as my granddad would say, “he can’t carry a tune in a silver bucket.” And, this man can belt out the songs! My ears were ringing from the off-key baritone so I was glad when we came to the final song, Oh Holy Night. At the refrain, Fall on your knees…. Arnie gave it everything. So much so that his voice cracked. This was Benny’s cue. He through his head back and let out a howl that would have curled the hair on the back of my neck – if I hadn’t known it was Benny.  The entire group went silent and stared at the white wonder.

From deep woods came a response. We all turned in unison to face the darkness. A majestic grey wolf emerged from the stand of trees. Three others flanked him. They began to advance; we began to retreat.

We were just about pinned against Mrs. Tellamoot’s deck when Benny charged to the front, planted his muscular front legs and growled.  Benny lowered his head and he took a step forward. The lead wolf stood his ground and snarled a response. Benny took another step forward.  (And, what were the humans doing you ask? Standing like helpless ice sculptures, that’s what!)

The standoff lasted only seconds but felt like hours to me. For no apparent reason, the leader yelped, broke eye contact, turned and raced into protection of the forest. The other three followed. Benny wheeled, sat and gave another howl to the night sky. This time, there was no response.

I do not understand how animals communicate but I believe it is as much unspoken as it is verbal. What I do understand is that I witnessed a miracle and a gift from God. Then I remembered I was singing songs because of the most amazing gift of all — Jesus Christ. I’m still singing carols. That night, Christmas became a 365-day event!

Until next time

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The GroveThe Grove (also known as the Stilley-Young House), is an 1861 historic home in Jefferson, Texas. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. In addition, The Grove house has been called the most haunted place in Texas.

The Grove’s history dates back to the 19th century, when the property was purchased and the house that became known as “The Grove” was built. It has been featured in the television series, "If Walls Could Talk" on the cable channel HGTV. It was selected “as one of the top twelve most haunted houses in America” by “This Old House,” and was also named as one of the "eight scariest places in Texas" by "Texas Monthly" magazine. These are just a few documentations about The Grove.

The Grove has a vibrant history of unexplained happenings: voices, sounds of footsteps, moving objects, and other ghostly phenomenon. These stories indicate that The Grove is the most haunted building in Jefferson, and perhaps the most haunted site in Texas. According to Patrick J. Hopkins, a previous owner who turned The Grove into a restaurant, many mysterious events occurred while he was at the house. These events include mirrors falling off walls, loud wails heard coming from the upstairs, unexplained moisture in spots around the house, and the constant feeling of being watched. “Legend has it that the property lies in an area where several murders occurred, and several unmarked graves reportedly lie under or near the house”. Hopkins’s niece and her friends recall seeing a black man lying in the street, and as they went to see if he needed help, the man supposedly disappeared. This black man could have been a man rumored to have been hanged on the back porch of the house.

A ghostly woman has also been reported many times being around The Grove. She was spotted in the house by Hopkins right before he was opening up the restaurant. The woman has also been reported by a neighbor and her sister, who saw a “glowing white figure” on the porch. This woman has been said to be the original owner, Minerva Fox Stilley. She has often been seen walking beside the house, and then stepping up through a wall of the house. On the inside, she emerges from the wall and then walks across the width of the house. This strange path makes more sense when one considers that the wall that she steps up through was once the back porch to the house before an 1870 addition was made. Instead of stepping up through a wall, she instead is probably stepping up onto the back porch, coming through a door that was at the back of the house, and walking across to what would have been the children's bedroom.

The most haunted location in Texas? Who knows. What is sure? The Grove is rich in history (see Wikipedia.org) and has been a place of supernatural experiences for many people over the years. I get goosebumps just thinking about visiting it. You?

Source: Wikipedia

 

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Catfish PlantationMy family went to the Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, Texas to celebrate our son's birthday. It is a restaurant housed in an 1895 Victorian-era home. It is purportedly haunted and has been featured on The Dead Files and investigated by other paranormal groups. Well, I can't say I had a supernatural experience. And, I can't say I didn't have one. I will state I didn’t go in looking for an experience. I may write supernatural thrillers but that doesn’t mean I want to be in one.

We were seated in the front dining room. A cozy room with about five tables. All of the sudden there were five loud knocks on the wall next to me. They were so loud I asked my son, "who would be knocking like that on the other side of this wall?" He shrugged and now tells me he doesn't remember hearing it. My husband doesn't remember hearing the knocking, either. Then, I heard a whisper in a male voice. It wasn't anyone at my table. Again, no one heard it but me. Paranormal? Maybe.

I’ve visited the Catfish Plantations before. Nothing happened. So, going back I felt nothing even akin to nervousness. I didn’t even feel nervous after the knocks or the voice. Until later….

If you've been to the Catfish Plantation, let me know if you've had a similar experience. If you get a chance to go to the Catfish Plantation in Waxahachie, Texas, let me know about your experience – supernatural or otherwise.

No matter the experience, I really enjoy this restaurant and plan to return again. They do serve a delightful Cajun-style catfish.  

Until next time,

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