Lifting The Veils ~ Part 2

For those that enjoyed our last post with Spiritual Ivy, this is Part 2 of that interview.

(INM) When dealing with the Paranormal it would seem that energy is the key word. Is this the case with haunted houses and have you ever been inside one?


(SI) Yes. It has to do with vibrations (energy). We are at very low vibrations compared to those that exist in other realms. For spirits and things from other realms to thrive here, they have to use electricity, water, our emotions, etc….

Haunted houses are usually occupied with past residents or incidents. If an investigation was made (as it should be in all cases) they would probably find power lines, a transformer box, or a power substation nearby. The house could be near a river, ocean, lake or an underground stream. The house could have a lot of positive or negative energy. I have experienced many “occupied” structures. I have a little house in Tennessee that is occupied. But they are very social and mean no harm.

(INM) Can you strengthen your gift?

(SI) I have to admit that there was a period that I actually worked with my guides to suppress my sensitivity. It can take quite a bit of energy and self-control to stay present in the moment for my job, a normal conversation with someone, as opposed to the distraction of the constant visions and voices sometimes. But I felt an emptiness and soon realized that I was letting the negativity influence me to hold back. I have since worked with my guides to remove the veils and open up once again. And with this comes a welcome familiarity and confidence. You’ve heard the saying, “use it or lose it.” That’s what my answer would be on how to strengthen anything.

(INM) Ouija; it’s just a board…right? Talk to us about Ouija and the truth behind it.


(SI) Even wishes and prayers are directed by intent and the source of the intent (dark or light) is a factor.

Ouija Boards were popular at slumber parties when I was a kid. Was the thing really moving by itself or was someone pushing it? Who knows! It was never really fun for me just a creepy feeling in my gut. (Trust your gut)

It’s not the cardboard. I feel it’s the intent or naivety and a void that while it is being used, becomes adverse. I know there are people who never lock their doors and have no problem sleeping. Having an open portal is like that. You probably wouldn’t mind your neighbors walking in but what about a stranger who’s up to no good? Just for the record, I lock my doors.


(INM) Are curses real? Or is it all in the cursed person’s perception?


(SI) If someone throws a bucket of green paint on you, what would you do? Lay down and cry because you’re green? Allow the paint to spread staining everything it touches until it finally dries on your clothes and hair? Probably not. You’ll throw your clothes away, bathe multiple times but eventually get every last fleck of paint off until you’re good as new. The whole ordeal may leave you unnerved, but you’re fine. Remember this, curses carry a tremendous amount of karma on the one who throws them. That being said, the recipient has choices too.

(INM) Perhaps a question that’s been haunting people is whether or not we can be possessed by a ghost. Can we and if so, who’s susceptible to possession?

(SI) I believe spirits can attach themselves to people, places or things as long as there is a source of energy to sustain them. I feel that sometimes they may hitch a ride just for the fun of it. I have found that people who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol, emotional trauma or depression are more vulnerable to these hitchhikers and in some cases possession.

(INM) Do you believe the “gift” can be passed from one generation to the next?


(SI) I believe sensativity can be hereditary. Science has proven that twins who aren’t raised together but later reunite will have the same interests, traits and mannerisms. A child growing up not knowing his/her parents can end up with the same alcohol or drug addictions because they share this gene. As with anything, we have choices. Just because a gene indicates that we are predisposed to something, it is a choice to acknowledge it or deny it. And that’s with anything inherited.


(INM) If you could visit any place in the world where would you go?

(SI) I have always been drawn to Ireland. I don’t know exactly why but as a kid I was mesmerized by the pictures in our geography books. Is it a recognition of a past life? Is this where I was pushed off a cliff for being a witch? Who knows? But I bet there would be a lot of old energies and outrageous experiences waiting to be found.


(INM) Recently you went with a local group of paranormal investigators to a closed down asylum that is very old. While there, you were able to uncover some pretty amazing finds including some recordings. Do you feel the Smoky Mountains are teeming with spirits?


(SI) Our Smoky Mountains are special for sure. I feel they are like sponges that have absorbed energies since they were formed. There are tons of crystals salted throughout the mountain range and valleys. They are like memory chips and help hold the history of the experiences of all its people.

(INM) What would your advice be to a Paranormal enthusiast wanting to break into the field?

(SI) First and foremost, trust your gut. Take baby steps. Don’t go with a bunch of party animals. Just take one or two people who would respect your efforts. Don’t go under the influence of anything (drugs, alcohol, etc.) keep your senses sharp. I like to go to places and then research the background/history to confirm any experiences. Always go with a clean slate this way you’re not subject to influence. Next, play back and study audio/video/photo’s after you get home. Things may appear on electronics that are not noticed at the occurring moment. Don’t get frustrated. When you watch the ghost hunting shows on television, you are watching an accumulation of hours, days and weeks of audio and video condensed and edited into a 30 minute program.

When I go into a place, I usually just bring myself and experience whatever (if anything) happens. I have carried my camera, audio recorder, my K2, my infrared camera and not pulled any of it out for being caught up in the moment. To be honest, I myself would rather focus on the experience and leave the gadgets to be manned by whoever else is with me.

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(INM) Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, these living breathing monsters wreaked havoc on their victims without remorse. Some would argue that humans are responsible for their own actions. While others say these monsters were possessed by a demon or evil spirit. Science dictates a formula. What do you think about this?


(SI) Why do some people choose to carry dark energy as opposed to light? There must be as many reasons as there are people. They are probably classified into several categories such as mental depravation, social influence, etc.

Your question eludes to a category of spiritual void. I feel it is greatly possible for a person to host dark (as well as light) energy. Our bodies are merely vessels for our soul/spirit to occupy. You cannot have darkness in the light, however there can be shadows. We can hide in the shadows or live in the light.


(INM) We can’t tell you how much we enjoyed this sit down, Ivy.

(SI) Thank you. I enjoyed spending time with both of you.

This concludes our interview with Spiritual Ivy. We hope you all enjoyed meeting her and will be leaving her blog address below so that you can visit her. Thank you.








Lifting the Veils ~ Introducing Spiritual Ivy

As most of you know Mathair worked in law enforcement for 18 years. It was there she got her first introduction to the paranormal world. Sounds crazy but it’s absolutely true. Her boss, the Special Agent Supervisor brought in a Clairvoyant to the office (FDLE) to work with them on the case of a missing girl. She couldn’t believe that something as scientific as law would rely on something like this. Yet the woman was able to lead them to the little girls body.

Of course I was infatuated with the paranormal world early on. We’ve always loved the dark and unusual and felt a pull to people who dabble in it or are conductors within that orchestra.

A year or so ago we were fortunate enough to meet a woman who is in fact a clairvoyant. Gifted and wise this lady spent time with us talking about her gift & the truth & misconceptions that often accompany the paranormal world.

This post and the next will be our interview with, “Spiritual Ivy.” We have kept her real name out of this as well as her picture. There are those legitimate clairvoyants or (mediums) who prefer to keep their anonymity and we will respect that. She is a successful business woman and has a busy schedule so we feel honored that she was willing to take the time to sit down with us and appear on Two Voices….One Thought.

(INM) Spiritual Ivy, first off we’d like to thank you for taking the time to appear on Two Voices….One Thought. It’s no secret that Mathair and I are fascinated with the paranormal world.

(SI) Thank you. I’m super excited to hang out with both of you!

(INM) SI, so many times people spend their entire lives with gifts they are wholly unaware of. Did you know about your gift early or did you discover it later on in life?

(SI) Some of the stories I’ve been told about my childhood, I know my angels and guides have been right by my side since the moment I was conceived. Was I aware of them? I think so. Fast forward and I was introduced to a healing modality known as Reiki. In a short time I became a Reiki Master Teacher. I would say that was the catalyst to confirm, to remove the veils; to glue the pieces together for an amazing bigger picture.

(INM) We are definitely in the dark ages, lol 😉 What used to be a taboo subject seems to be the trend now. Hollywood’s infatuation with the afterlife has spilled over into reality creating a worldwide desire for more proof of life after death. Do you believe that the world of paranormal psychology is now a scientifically respected field or do you feel that it has a way to go before being considered a legitimate science?

(SI) I feel that film and definitely multimedia has catapulted the popularity of paranormal experiences. The good thing from this explosion of vast sources of information is to allow those who have an experience to hopefully realize that they are not alone. The more we communicate and share, the more we learn and understand. If I were to share an experience with you, you might be interested enough in what I was sharing. Add photo’s, video, audio, meters, etc….credibility soars. I have to admit that when I can see orbs on video I get excited too. I guess it’s human nature to want that tangible confirmation with anything. Course there will always be those who argue “It’s not raining!” even though they’re drenched.

(INM) What would you classify yourself as in regards to your gift?

(SI) I try to avoid labels or classifications. I do like the word “multifaceted” however. Diamonds are usually what comes to one’s mind when they hear that word. I am definitely no diamond but my experiences are so different and unique each time. They can be as fascinating as holding any diamond up to the sunlight and seeing the multiple refractions of colors and light.

(INM) Mathair told you that we write dark books because we’re dark. You said: “Don’t use the word dark to describe you and your daughter. You both have bright lights.” Have you ever seen an aura that was dark and frightened you?

(SI) I have seen a few dark aura’s and they were amazing. However for me, they are harder to see. Aura’s are outside layers, beyond the flesh that resonate with and reflect our health, (physical, mental and spiritual.) I feel that the study of auras and chakras are fundamental to anyone working on self healing. I have seen people with dark energy. I wouldn’t say that I was scared but instinctively a wall of protective energy spun around me.

(INM) Have you ever been part of a séance?

(SI) Yes but I’d rather not discuss something that was so personal to those involved.

(INM) So many of us would love to communicate with loved ones who have passed. And you’re saying that this is possible?

(SI) Yes. As long as THEY want to communicate with you. It’s no different than this realm. You can recognize or ignore the attempts of someone trying to contact you by cell phone.

(INM) Have you ever used Tarot Cards? What do you use in the way of trinkets to aid your gift?


(SI) Yes, I have Tarot cards and use them often. I am not as proficient with them as I would like to be but they are definitely in my basket. I don’t really use any “thing” when encountering spirits or doing readings or whatever presents itself. When I find myself in a rut or at a crossroad, I get my pendulum out. That is my go to. I will also lay out Tarot cards or Destiny Cards.

This completes the first part of our interview with Spiritual Ivy. We’ll be posting Part II in a few weeks. We know that Ivy would love to hear from all of you so please make sure to say hi and welcome her to our community.

Gobble, Gobble ~ Gird Your Loins!!

Inion & I love writing but unfortunately, it don’t pay the bills. So we have our “other” job which just so happens to be in retail. We’re coming up on a big day in retail. The dreaded Black Friday; and for us, Brown Thursday. Of course the store is buzzing with the anticipation of the biggest shopping day of the year.

We have our Christmas decorations wrapped around every display & dripping off every isle and the big countdown bear making the event all the more terrifying. Now all we have to do is wait for the stampede.

Of course we and our co-workers pray for some semblance of civility & good will hoping that the shoppers will remember what time of year it is and hold fast to the true spirit of the holidays. We hope…we pray…then we remember Stanley Tucci’s brilliant advice.


Last year we had two men break into a fist-fight over a plasma T.V.

The man pulled back and swung missing his intended victim & hitting an innocent bystander. The joke was on him when the victim flipped his badge out and proceeded to arrest him for assaulting a police officer. Yup, he hit a cop. And we thought we had shit luck!!

So now we wait to see what this year brings in the way of Black Friday Funnies. Stories that ill be immortalized in the world of retail.

As for us, we ask ourselves the dreaded question that most turkeys do this time of year. Do we wait to see if we’re passed up or possibly get stuffed, carved & served to a bunch of hungry holiday shoppers?


What’s your best Black Friday story. Come on don’t be shy cough it up!! We need a laugh!!

Stella Dore’s Park (In Honor of Halloween)

One of our creepy poems taken from our collection “No Rhyme or Reason” in honor of Halloween.


Swing away swing, with nobody there

In a park that is vacant there’s a charge in the air.

Its midnight in New Orleans at Stella Dore’s Park.

It’s November chilly and frightfully dark.


A rogue phantom wind, that has yet to appear,

Still the swing swings away as my heart fills with fear.

I cross through the park, pass a slide when I see

The dirt billow up, someone’s dragging their feet.


I stop to stand quiet, as I struggle to hear

The sound of a child, laughing softly o’er there.

Her fierce, cold derision can be heard in her tone.

Though I can’t see the vision, she sounds sad and alone.


My first frightful instinct, apprehensively smart,

Was to flee from the imp that haunts Stella Dore’s Park.

But something about her seemed to beckon me near

To the ghostly, young sprite who sat swinging o’er there.

I pass by the merry go round as it spins

When the pixie declares she’ll confess her dark sins.

I ignore the sound reason in the back of my mind,

And confront the cross spirit, who was in the wrong time;


“You should go to the light, where the voice calls to you.”

The swing jerked to a halt, the air turned a red hue.

“My mommy has left me, but said she’d return,

Then a stranger came callin’ and his evil did burn.”


My mind how it races, my heart feels the sting,

Of the girl in the park, who’s condemned to a swing.

Then I finally see what I once only heard

The madness apparent, the vision absurd.


I can see the tears fall from her pain though it’s dark,

As she tells of a rape in Stella Dore’s Park.

The Cajun born lass gave a date, 1810

“Only three hours left ‘til I see him again.”


Then, she spoke of a crime that took place long ago

And a man in a cape, that refused to hear no.

She whimpered her warning of a creature so black

That his crime against her is what held her soul back.


I asked for the name of a man that would do

Such a thing to a child, and she said, “Monsieur Bleu.”

She points to her swing, and says hushed like to me

“He comes here at night ‘round a quarter past three.


And he speaks to me now, just as he did then,

As if I never died, as if he never sinned.

I live in this park spellbound by the deed

Yet his sin lingers on while I wait to be freed.


For these grounds I do roam, with no hope of escape,

Reliving this horror, transfixed in this state.

Behind Stella Dore’s gates I swing ever day

If condemned to this park, then it’s I who must pay.


But now that you’re here, I feel justice shall bend,

For this night you came callin’ and for me he did send.

Upon entering this park, you can finally see

That our lives have crossed paths so that I may go free.”


“He’s gone little girl you are free now at last.

He can no longer hurt you, for his evil has passed.

You have nothing to far, he has fled from this earth.

It’s your shame of his crime that has made you accursed.”


Then the ghost turned indifferent as she played with her hem

While she hummed a strange tune, then she curtseyed and said.

“It is you who should fear this poisoned ground’s dread,

Yet you willingly entered the Park of the Dead.


For in Stella Dore’s playground the swinging’s the vice

As he hand-picks his victims with a child to entice.”

I stayed sure and strong, scolding her mischief but good,

Still she paid me no mind, ‘stead she looked toward the woods


Then back to her swing, sounding smug yet subdued

She cordially presented her dark friend, Monsieur Bleu.

As I turned and beheld, through a thick patch of trees

A strange-gangly man stood there, staring at me.

Then he floated toward me, least a foot off the ground

Till he reached me and said, “What’s our sweet Abby found?”

He spoke the ole tongue, while pretending to pout,

“Qu’y at-il, ma che’rie? Has the child turned you out?

You were wrong to assume that my power ends here,

Just as you were wrong that sweet Abby’s sincere;

Yet consider, if you will, why this ghost acts so glum,

When it’s she who has picked this cursed park for her home.


Though I’m far too aware, of my perverse soul’s decline

It is painfully clear her lust far exceeds mine.”

I gasped as he grabbed me, threw his cape back then said.

“Now you’ll join clever Abby, in the park of the dead.


But tell me first lass, ‘fore I vanquish your world.

Who is the monster, Monsieur Bleu, or the girl?”


From Inion N. Mathair







The Fat Lady Has Sung!

Hallelujah our book, “The Crazy 8” has launched and is now available on Kindle or Paperback at Amazon!

This has been a tough journey to see this book to the end. But we stayed the course and can finally say that the second book in the Bastard Chronicles is now published; Kevin’s journey continues.

We’ve set up our book events in the local areas (North Carolina & Georgia) and will be spending the next few days setting up our on line interviews in hopes of getting the word out. We can’t thank all of you enough for your love and support throughout this time. Now, there’s only one thing left….

For those who’ve been fans of the series and supported us, we would like to invite all of you to take a trip to Amazon & purchase your copy of The Crazy 8.

For those who haven’t read the first book we will be leaving the address to start there.

A special thank you to all of our team: Ginger Mallory, Nick DeMarsico, Roschelle Morgan, Eric Aaddnesen, Crystal Aadnesen, Kira Renee Batts, & Allan Douglas.

Book Synopsis: I’d like to think the world is full of color, but that’s just not the way things work. Life is black and white and spectrum’s narrow into slits of neutrality while opposites dissipate into a stoic populace of Stepford assholes and Kool-Aid drinkers. The transition was slow enough to seem like progress and deadly enough to be effective. Nobody predicted it would happen; nobody but me. The players are in position and the games ready to start. Welcome to the New World Order; welcome to Hell on Earth; this is the Apocalypse.

Tagline~ As Heaven and Hell prepare for war, the world waits for a leader to rise and fate has chosen one mouthy little bastard.

Introductions Please…

THE CRAZY 8 (Bastard Chronicles)


As Heaven and Hell prepare for war, the world waits for a leader to rise and fate has chosen one mouthy little bastard

Our book The Crazy 8 still isn’t published but a little birdy told us that it’s only a matter of days before it’s big debut into the world. We thought we would introduce you to the characters as seen inside our head.

It’s an interesting thing writing books. The characters are as real as family members which is why Inion & I call them our babies. Some of you may remember them from our first book in the series, The Perfect 7. But we’ve lost a few along the way & added a few others.

The Cast of Characters in: The Crazy 8 (Bastard Chronicles)

Main Character: Kevin Yager (The Beautiful Aaron Johnson *for you Bethie)

Dahlia: (Rachelle Lefevre)


Nelius – Cornelius Irving (Malcolm David Kelley)

Nan – Nan Amurri (Vanessa Lengies)

Simon Atkins (Sean Hayes)

Tootsie The Pooch (Jill The Dog)


Lennon (Lamman Rucker)

Viktor Vikirrus (Jeremy Irons)

Reeves Larkin (Clive Owen)

Franqueza (Penelope Cruz)

Amos Prince (Michael Fassbender)

And there you have it… the faces that filled our minds while writing The Crazy 8. We hope to have the book to you very, very soon!!

Synopsis: I’d like to think the world is full of color, but that’s just not the way things work. Life is black and white and spectrum’s narrow into slits of neutrality while opposites dissipate into a stoic populace of Stepford assholes and Kool-Aid drinkers. The transition was slow enough to seem like progress and deadly enough to be effective. Nobody predicted it would happen; nobody but me. The players are in position and the games ready to start. Welcome to the New World Order; welcome to Hell on Earth; this is the Apocalypse.


Surprise-Surprise!!! And the Winner is…..

We would like to thank J. Cornell Michel once again, for honoring us with an interview on Two Voices….One Thought.

We would also like to thank our blogging buddies for taking the time to come by & meet this phenomenal lady!!

And now we have a surprise for all of you. We decided to award not one, but two of J’s books. If you’re not selected please swing by Amazon & grab your copy of: JORDAN’S BRAINS A Zombie Evolution (her first book)


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And now for the winner; drumroll please…

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. The first winner is: Meno~Mama.

The second Winner is: Carrie Rubin.

The winners make sure to send us your email so we can get those to you.

Congratulations!!! And thanks again Jillian  😉 xo


Meet Horror Author J. Cornell Michel

Well, we’re here today on Two Voices…One Thought, with our all-time favorite Zombie Author, J. Cornell Michel.

Are we giddy? As hell!! Jillian is one phenomenal writer with a delicious appetite for what we love best…..horror!! This lady has written and published four successful books. We first met her having heard: “Jordan’s Brains: A Zombie Evolution,” was nominated for the 2013 Best in Horror award by What Horror Looks Like.

Once we read the book we were hooked and have been huge fans ever since. It’s funny because Inion and I were at a writing workshop years ago in Georgia and heard the speaker say that Zombies were making a comeback. We were like…furreal? They’re making a comeback huh? But the truth is, Zombies never left. They just blasted on the scene with more panache and a greater hunger for flesh only the modern day zombie brings with it smarter writing, better acting and an end of the world thrill that has yet to be matched!!

No longer can one say that they’re not into that genre and that it doesn’t offer them anything in the way of plots, quality acting or big-budget-films. With movies like:

The Crazies

I Am Legend

World War Z

and Zombieland

And actors linked to them such as: Brad Pitt, Will Smith, Woody Harrelson, Milla Jovovich and Timothy Olyphant the box office is sold out every time.


As a fan of the video games logging hours and hours of addictive zombie slaying, the industry has made way for a multi-billion dollar industry of edgy zombie-killing madness that leaves the player tired-eyed and their only dilemma being whether to use a Molotov cocktail, chainsaw, an AK-47 or a machete.

But if you want to get your fix of zombies through books….look no further, because we have the queen of the dead right here and ready to interview. The only thing that could be better than this is seeing those books of hers on the big screen!!! Her list of babies include:

Jordan’s Brains A Zombie Evolution

Where’s My Dinner?

Zombie Zeitgeist Short Stories by J. Cornell Michel

‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas

We just so happen to own three of these horror gems but today will be focusing on the last one we read: Where’s My Dinner

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In the mid-1950’s, a virus begins turning only women into zombies. As fearsome female flesh-eaters rampage, society begins to crumble.


(INM) What inspired you to set a story in the mid 1950’s?

(JCM) It was a time when women were pressured into making careers out of taking care of their children and homes, which is wonderful if that’s what you want to do. But during that time women were discouraged from having careers outside the home. In a culture that associates money with power, the women of that time weren’t recognized as being powerful because most of them weren’t contributing financially. So I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun to create a story where women in the 1950’s were liberated…by zombies!”

(INM) Was there a lot of research that went into that aspect for authentication?

(JCM) Honestly? I watched a lot of Marilyn Monroe movies. Well, I actually re-watched them. I was fascinated by Marilyn Monroe during my college years and watched her Diamond Collection on VHS over and over on my 13-inch television. Does that ruin my zombie street cred?

(INM) *Of course, not! You are still the zombie goddess.*

(INM) Rose-Lynn is a phenomenal heroine; one of our favorites of the year to be honest. Could you tell the blogosphere a little bit about her?

(JCM) Thanks, I’m glad you liked her! Rose-Lynne was fun to write. I actually based her on my mother, Lynne Cook, and my great-grandmother’s cousin, Rose Feld. They were both novelists and powerful, graceful women. Rose-Lynne is the kind of woman who speaks her mind and refuses to conform to what society expects of her. She was never interested in having kids or being a housewife, so she unapologetically pursued her career in journalism, never letting anyone make her feel like she was less of a woman.

(INM) Rose-Lynn and Ralph had a beautiful relationship that wasn’t quite stereotypical for that time. (I personally think they should be voted sexiest couple of their decade) What was your inspiration for that extraordinary couple?

(JCM) In my mind, they’re the perfect couple because they respect each other. I think that’s the most important aspect of marriage. If you don’t respect each other then your marriage isn’t going to last very long. Also, they enjoy each other’s company, and that’s a big part of married life – just hangin’ out!

(INM) There’s that typical alpha-hero and then there’s Ralph. Sensitive, secure in himself, proud of his wife, not afraid to stand behind her and even prouder to stand beside her; Mathair and I think archetypes like this should have their time in the spotlight. How do you feel about the stereotypical hero and the differences between them and Ralph?

(JCM) Hollywood loves the strong silent type, but I find that boring. I prefer chatty, amiable heroes. I’d rather spend an evening (or a zombie apocalypse) with Seth Rogen than with Keanu Reeves.

(INM) There are so many nuances to your story yet the theme of female empowerment is consistent, more specifically the security in one’s self. Is that something you wanted to bring to that particular era?

(JCM) Absolutely! There are female empowerment themes in all my books. I really didn’t plan on Where’s My Dinner turning out to be so focused on self-acceptance, but it happened organically as I was writing. There’s way too much emphasis on superficial beauty, and young’uns these days aren’t taught to value their true selves. The media is too busy shoving unattainable beauty ideals in their faces in order to sell them products. If you ask me, the beauty industry is the real horror show, which is why I insert bits about self-acceptance in my books whenever I can.

(INM) Beautifully said, Ms. Michel! Preach!!! lol

(INM) We promised no spoilers so I have to wiggle my way around this next question. You have such unique zombie spins in your novels and quite often there is a sympathetic edge; like you want your readers to empathize with the monster. Have you always identified with the zombie lore in that sense?

(JCM) Great question! And, yes, I have always sympathized with monsters. We humans sometimes forget that we’re in this together. Sure, we all have a bad day and act like “monsters” to those around us every once in a while, but life is so much better when we treat each other kindly no matter what. When I see someone acting “monsterly” (it happens pretty much every day on the commuter train), I try to put myself in their shoes and not judge them. And when I act like a monster I hope people will go easy on me too.

(INM) As in any genre and history we like to pay homage to those who paved the way. Writer-director George A. Romero needs no introduction to horror fans, having almost single-handedly invented the modern zombie film as we know it. Tell us, Jillian, how this man has inspired you and your writing?

(JCM) George Romero is a genius! Of course, I love Night of the Living Dead, but my favorite movie of his is Day of the Dead because the heroin (played by Lori Cardille) kicks some serious butt! And I love Bub, the zombie who is befriended by a scientist. Romero has a way of humanizing his monsters, especially in his later works. In Land of the Dead, he “sticks it to the man” when zombies infiltrate a city where all the rich, snooty folks are holed up. The 1% sure are tasty!

(INM) Zombies are in the now and trending; Inion and I can remember when the literary world announced their comeback. What do you think it is about Zombies and the “End of World” theme that appeals to the readers?

(JCM) I think post-apocalyptic stories tend to be more popular when people are feeling unstable, like the apocalypse could happen at any moment. With all the war, natural disasters, and economic uncertainty these days, I can understand why zombies are trending at the moment. Plus, they’re fascinating because zombies are human, but you can’t reason with them or ask them politely not to gnaw on your face – it’s quite terrifying!

(INM) Now we want to randomly pick your brain (verses eating it like a zombie lol) and ask you some zombie questions. We were just wondering if you’re prepared for a zombie apocalypse and if you were what would be your go-to weapon?

(JCM) No contest – a machete. You never have to reload it, and it won’t run out of bullets. It can also easily penetrate a skull and destroy the brain (I’m assuming).

(INM) Hell yeah!! A lady who knows how to handle a blade & defend herself is sexy!!!!

(INM) Are you the slicin’-dicin’ zombie slayer or the selfless survivor searching for a cure to save mankind?

(JCM) Both. I plan to slice and dice whilst searching for a cure. That’s what I consider “having it all!”

(INM) What is your favorite zombie movie of all time?

(JCM) Ahhhhhhhhhh!! This is such a tough question. I don’t know if I can pick just one. Can I give you a top five?? In no particular order:

  1. Shaun of the Dead
  2. Day of the Dead (the 1985 version, NOT the 2008 remake)
  3. Juan of the Dead
  4. Dawn of the Dead (the 2004 remake)
  5. Zombieland (didya know they’re making a sequel?)

(Inion) *Fan –girl moment* OMG, I didn’t know they were making a sequel to Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead is my top fave zombie movie of all-time. Simon Pegg is brilliant!!

(Mathair) *Clears throat* Um…. Inion… interview…

(Inion) Hee hee, sorry.

(INM) Jillian, if you had to pick, would you prefer fighting the Romero zombies of the seventies (slow, sluggish, gory eaters of flesh that seem to just keep on coming);

The cracked-up, parkour jumpers from “Day of the Dead” and “I Am Legend”;

The neighborly ghouls that appear like those you once knew from “The Crazies”;

The zombie tsunami – 12 second transformers from: “World War Z”;


or the mutated supernatural freaks from “Resident Evil?”

(JCM) Hands down, I’ll take the 1968 Night of the Living Dead zombies any day over the speedy ones that have recently become popular. I Am Legend scared the hell out of me, and it’s because those monsters were way, way too fast. I don’t think corpses should be faster than humans. It’s unnatural 😉

(INM) What’s next for J. Cornell Michel? What are you working on?

(JCM) Actually, since I had my baby girl last year, I’ve started writing children’s picture books, and my first zombie book for little kids will be out later this year. It’s about a little purple zombie who’s frustrated because no one’s afraid of her because she’s so darn cute. Picture books are my main focus these days because having a ten-month-old baby to take care of doesn’t leave me much time to sit down and write for hours at a time. I hope to get back to writing novels eventually, but for now I’m focusing on picture books.

(INM) Congrats, Jillian; she’s beautiful!!

(INM) And the last question which my son, Vincent/Inion’s brother asked us to relay to you: “If you had one place to hold up in a Zombie Apocalypse and you could pick any place in the world. Where would it be?

(JCM) That is an excellent question! I just watched one of those shows on HGTV called Island Hunters. It’s about well-to-do folks who have millions of dollars to spare and want to buy their own island (must be nice). Anyway, one of these rich couples had $23 million to spare and bought an island in Fiji. It was completely secluded and small enough to defend the perimeter, but big enough to be able to grow your own crops and comfortably house plenty of humans and animals. So my dream location to ride out the zombie apocalypse is a secluded island in Fiji. I need to start saving up my allowance so I can afford a $23 million island 🙂

(INM) If you would have told us we’d end up on an island after doing a horror interview we would’ve laughed!!! But here we all are in Fiji. Awesome interview Jillian! For all our blogging community, we have one of Jillian’s books to giveaway to one lucky commenter. So be sure to comment!!!

Thanks again to the Queen of Horror herself, J. Cornell Michel. Below you’ll find the links to purchase her books; but please wait to see if you’re chosen.

Jordan’s Brains:

Where’s My Dinner:

Zombie Zeitgeist: Short Stories

‘Twas the Bite Before Christmas:




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We are currently between an interview with a brilliant horror writer and publishing our book. So we thought we’d put up a fun blog post as we were reminded recently by our awesome friend Lizzi Rogers of Considerings.

So, here goes. A repost of Meryl-Thon:

Well, it’s that time, when Mathair goes on her Girl-crush rant about the great, Meryl Streep. Lord knows I’ve had to endure decades, of this inappropriate fixation of the Academy Award Winning Actress.

Mathair was 19 when she first fell in love with Meryl after watching the movie, “Heartburn”. From there she was gone, following Meryl on her long and lustrous career and gobbling up everything the woman ever did!

So, here are some: Meryl Fun Facts:

Meryl was born: Mary Louise Streep – Summit, New Jersey, on June 22, 1949. She received her B.A., in Drama, from Vassar College in 1971 but also enrolled as a visiting student at Dartmouth College. She subsequently earned an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

*One fun fact is when she left her claimed Oscar for Kramer V.S. Kramer (1979) in the bathroom during an after Oscar festivity.

*Meryl Streep applied for law school but she missed the interview because of over sleeping. Therefore, she considered that as a sign to change her goals instead of losing hope.

*Meryl Streep has won three Oscars, tying her with Jack Nicholson and Daniel Day-Lewis. However, Streep trails Katherine Hepburn, who has four.

*Of all of the parts she’s auditioned for, Streep has only been turned down 4 times.
With 18 Academy Award nominations, winning three, Streep has received more Academy Award nominations than any other actor (male or female) in history.

*Early in her career, when Streep tried out for the King Kong remake, producer Dino DeLaurentis told his son, in Italian, that Streep was too ugly for the part. He called her “a pig.” Streep shocked the shit out of DeLaurentis when she replied back in fluent Italian.

*Of all the parts she didn’t get, Streep most regrets Sweet Dreams, which went to Jessica Lange

Not only does Meryl select ideal roles, she also pairs herself with leading men that shine alongside her and a supporting cast that is nothing short of spectacular.
Read the choices, pick your favorite and be sure to tell us why in the comments. And have fun!!

A.) THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA – Meryl plays Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor. Supporting actor Stanley Tucci, is by far one of our favorite actors to star with Meryl. Delivering the absolute best line of the movie: “Gird your loins!” Meryl is a brilliant, but shrewd business woman and she wears it well!!

B.) BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY – Meryl plays Italian Housewife Francesca Johnson a lonely woman in Iowa who has an affair with National Geographic Photographer Robert Kincaid, (Clint Eastwood). This 1995 romantic drama earned Streep an Academy Award for best actress and proved passion can find you any time in your life.

C.) AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – Meryl plays, Violet Weston the matriarch to a severely dysfunctional family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Meryl’s love interest is her deceased poet/husband (played by Sam Shepherd) although I would say her daughter, Barbara (played by Julia Roberts) would be a better fit to the opposite role. Two great performances by two powerhouse ladies.

D.) IT’S COMPLICATED – Meryl plays, Jane Adler, a successful bakery owner and single mother of three who starts a secret affair with her ex-husband, played by Alec Baldwin, ten years after their divorce – only to find herself drawn to another man: her architect Adam (portrayed by Steve Martin.) This middle-aged love triangle is a comedic delight!! 😉

E.) JULIE AND JULIA – Meryl plays renown Chef, Julia Childs. Again Stanley Tucci takes the opposite role of love interest to Meryl. Luv these two together!! The film contrasts the life of Child’s in the early years of her culinary career with the life of young New Yorker Julie Powell, who aspires to cook all 524 recipes from Child’s cookbook in 365 days, while blogging about them.

F.) DOUBT – Meryl plays Sister Aloysius Beauvier. It’s 1964, at St. Nicholas in the Bronx. A charismatic priest, Father Flynn, (played by the late-great, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) is trying to upend the school’s strict customs, fiercely guarded by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal. But when Sister James, (Amy Adams) a hopeful innocent, shares with Sister Aloysius her suspicion that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald; Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. This movie is one of our favorites and the film’s four main actors were heavily praised all 4 nominated for Oscars for their roles in this.

G.) MAMA MIA – Meryl plays Donna. Sophie, Donna’s daughter (played by Amanda Seyfried) discovers her mother’s old diary & finds a description of intimate dates with 3 men (Sam Carmichael-Pierce Brosnan, Bill Austin-Stellan Skarsgard & Harry Bright-Colin Firth.) Sophie believes one of these men is her father & three months prior to the wedding, sends each an invitation, signing it, as her mother, without letting her mother know. In this musical honoring Abba, Meryl finds 3 gorgeous Hollywood Kings, to play her love interest and manages these heart-throbs quite nicely.

H.) MUSIC OF THE HEART – Meryl plays, Roberta Guaspari an East Harlem School Teacher. Inspired by the true story, the film opens with violinist Roberta having been deserted by her US Navy husband and feeling devastated. Encouraged by her mother, she attempts to rebuild her life and friend & love interest (played by Aidan Quinn) recommends her to the head teacher of a school in the tough New York area of East Harlem.

I.) BEFORE & AFTER – Meryl plays, Dr. Carolyn Ryan. In a small western Massachusetts town, Dr. Carolyn Ryan & her sculptor husband Ben (Liam Neeson) seem to live an idyllic life with their two children. But soon, the parents deal with the horrendous effects when their son is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

J.) DEATH BECOMES HER – Meryl plays, Madeline Ashton. Following her performance, the narcissistic, manipulative actress Madeline Ashton invites her long-time rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn), an aspiring writer, backstage, along with her fiancé, plastic surgeon Dr. Ernest Menville (played by Bruce Willis). Ernest is visibly smitten with Madeline, which worries Helen, who has lost other men to Madeline in the past. Dr. Menville, breaks off his engagement with Helen and weds Madeline unleashing a love-triangle right out of hell. And Hell hath no fury like these two beauties scorned!! This dark comedy is one of our all-time favorites.

K.) DEFENDING YOUR LIFE – Meryl plays Julia. Daniel (played by Albert Brooks) dies and arrives in the afterlife only to find that he must stand trial and justify his lifelong fears in order to advance to the next life; or be sent back to earth to do it again. Daniel meets and falls in love with Julia (Meryl Streep), a woman who lived a seemingly perfect life of courage and generosity, especially compared to his. Written & Directed by Albert Brooks this charming romance proves there’s love after life!

L.) SHE DEVIL – Meryl plays, Mary Fisher. Ruth Patchett, (Roseanne Barr) a dumpy, overweight housewife exacts devilish revenge on her philandering husband (played by Ed Begley Jr.) after he leaves her and their children for glamorous, best-selling romance novelist Mary Fisher.

M.) HEARTBURN – Meryl plays, Rachel Samstat. A New York food writer, Rachel Samstat, meets Washington, D.C. political columnist Mark Forman (played by Jack Nicholson) at a mutual friend’s wedding. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, despite Rachel’s reservations. With their seemingly perfect life and the birth of their daughter Rachel’s world comes crashing down around her after she discovers her husband is having an affair.

N.) LOVE AFFAIR – Meryl plays, Molly Gilmore. Two married strangers meet randomly, riding the train into New York City and become friends, then fall in love. Soon they begin meeting for coffee or lunch as the relationship grows, becoming far more serious eventually forcing both Molly & Frank Raftis (played by Robert DeNiro) to face their spouse and other life.

So there they are, some tasty films starring Meryl Streep. Tell us which one is your favorite!!