Research for my novels carries me down so many unexpected paths. I learn so much amazing stuff. Hope you enjoy these posts.
My Lover Is a Vampire.
Vintage Hollywood & Old Vices
(Alcohol, Cocaine, Heroin, Morphine, Etc.) READ MORE>>
Sherlock Holmes and Vampires: Who Knew? READ MORE>>
Quotes from Novels. READ MORE>>
Happy Halloween! Spooks and Vampires. READ MORE>>
(Can a Few Words Turn You Into a Vampire)
Dracula: A Classic Vampire Movie. READ MORE>>
Your Worst Nightmare – Vampires. READ MORE>>
Waking Up Black and Blue?
Maybe It’s a Vampire. READ MORE>>
A Masters Degree in Vampirology –
Who Knew? READ MORE?>>
Troubled Spirits of the Dead: Vampires.
A Cast from the Past Can Be a Blast.
Do You Believe –
and Jim Crow.
The Mother Who Poisoned Her Children
(First Lady of the Third Reich)
10 Ways to Hide the Villain
Under the Reader’s Nose. READ MORE >>
A peek inside the new novel. READ MORE >>
She was considered to be an American vampire. READ MORE>>
What makes a mystery cozy? READ MORE>>
Vampires — the very word makes most cringe. READ MORE>>
The Great Secrets – Ancient Alchemy. READ MORE>>
Sex, Drugs, & Booze . . . and Lots of Great Parties! The Happy Valley Set. READ MORE>>
A casuality of his own popularity and fame, Wallace Reid, dubbed the ‘perfect lover’ on the silent silver screen became one of Old Hollywood’s casualties to drugs. READ MORE>>
Having It All – Jazz Age Decadence and Riches. READ MORE>>
From 1877 through the 1950s, race determined what bathroom you could use, what waterfountain you could drink from, and what school you could attend. READ MORE>>
The Lost Generation – 1920s Golden Youth. READ MORE>>
Did you know a young woman was once imprisoned in a tiny room in her mother’s house for 25 years because she refused to give up the man she loved? READ MORE>>
So many types of mysteries – from hard-boiled to soft-boiled, etc. It sounds like a recipe for great reading. READ MORE>>
Did you know our brains have been trained to expect certain things to happen in certain types of stories? READ MORE>>
Drugs, sex, parties . . . Money can’t buy love, but it surely can buy a lot of other things. READ MORE>>
Did you know there was a famous German film star who liked to eat white rose petals dipped in chloroform and ether? READ MORE>>
Did you know that the world’s best selling author, mystery writer Agatha Christie, disappeared in 1926 for 11 days, and the author went to her grave never revealing why? READ MORE>>
Did you know that in the 1920s, when booze was made illegal people turned to weed as an alternative way to get high? Tea pads sprang up. Known as hash bars, they resembled opium dens and speakeasies. READ MORE>>
Did you know that moonshine was ‘cut’ with horrible ingredients, like cow manure, to make it stronger and add to the run? READ MORE>>
Did you know less than 5% of Southerners were slaver owners? Slaves property, and often raped African women at will. The One Drop Rule stated that a single drop of black blood made a person black. READ MORE>>
Did you know that during Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol was illegal, drugs like chloroform were recreationally used at parties and was perhaps used to kill the ‘Broadway Butterfly?’ READ MORE >>
Did you know that renown blues singer, Billie Holiday, sang a protest song that left some of her audience in shock and some just disgusted? Some applauded vigorously. Others walked out on her performance. READ MORE >>
Did you know there was once a mansion six stories high, (with 3 of them underground), with 147 rooms and gardens that cost millions to keep up – finished in 1921 and abandoned after the Depression? READ MORE >>
Did you know there was a time in American history during the early 1900s when a select few were living like kings, children were cast out into the streets to live, to die, and to fend for themselves? READ MORE >>
Did you know there was a 1920s playboy who wore dentures and toupees and bedded a thousand women and was murdered – and the murderer got away? READ MORE>>
Did you know in the 1920s that a speakeasy was called a blind pig or blind tiger? READ MORE >>
Did you know that Hollywood was originally a real estate development named Hollywoodland? Just like today, the beautiful people that flocked there dreamed of stardom and riches. Some found only heartbreak. READ MORE >>