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Don’t email in capital letters, court tells ‘insensitive’ father in custody dispute

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An “insensitive” father banned by the courts from seeing his children has been warned by a judge not to type his emails to them in capitals – because it looks like he is shouting.

The Israeli father was fighting in the High Court for direct contact with the boy and girl, aged 13 and nine, after a collapse in their family relationship.

His marriage to their mother had broken down and a protracted legal battle has seen them moved back and forth between England and Israel.

Mrs Justice Pauffley said attempts at contact in the UK had proved “nothing short of disastrous”, with the girl distraught throughout one session.

And the police had become involved when the father tried to take the children outside during a supervised meet-up at a rabbi’s home.

The children also felt that their father’s emails to them – written sometimes exclusively in capitals and others in large fonts – were “equivalent to him shouting”.… Read the rest

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Mitch Horowotiz: New Wave of Witch-Hunters Rising Around The World

HorowitzI discovered Occult America by Mitch Horowitz a few years ago and the book forever changed the way I write dark fantasy and horror. His eloquent and insightful approach to the study of the occult is fascinating. Mitch Horowitz is a nationally known writer, speaker, and publisher in alternative spirituality as well as vice-president and editor-in-chief at Tarcher/Penguin, the division of Penguin books dedicated to metaphysical literature. Deepak Chopra called his work “brilliant” and I would agree. Mitch and I talked about his new book as well as some of his other studies. We also discussed the impact of the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692, a personal interest of mine. Let me introduce you to Mitch Horowitz.

You have a new book out, One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life, and I was wondering if you could elaborate on your childhood and upbringing? You open the book with that story and I’m curious how that’s brought you to where you are today.Read the rest

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Creating Entertainment in a New Age: A Conversation with Sean Platt

PlattMany writers know Sean Platt as a host on the Self Publishing Podcast along with Johnny Truant and David Wright. I first met Sean when I came on the podcast in early 2013 to discuss ebook formatting. Since then, I’ve read several of his titles including season one of Yesterday’s Gone. It is a stellar dystopian series and I’m desperately trying to catch up with them. Platt and Wright have published four seasons and I’ve finished the first. I was both thrilled and honored to collaborate with Sean on Lost Track, a short story in the world of The Beam. The Beam is serialized sci-fi that Sean and co-writer Johnny B. Truant call their best fiction.

Besides being a great writer Sean is a great human. He is compassionate and always willing to share his successes and failures so that others can learn from them. I don’t know many artists that are as transparent as Sean Platt.… Read the rest

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Your Kids Are More Likely to Die From The Common Cold Than To Be Abducted By Strangers

RennerWhen you live in the Serial Killer Capital of the World (unofficially) it’s easy to think your neighbor might have young girls chained up in the basement. However, according to James Renner, this is not the case even in northeast Ohio. Beginning as a journalist and then as a writer of true crime, Renner spent many years investigating the most brutal abductions and killings in the Cleveland/Akron/Canton area. Some of these cases have since exploded on to the national scene and what may have been regional news is now international. But James Renner also writes fiction–really good fiction. I read The Serial Killer’s Apprentice years ago and when I saw that The Man From Primrose Lane was available, I grabbed that too. The novel is like nothing I’ve ever read before and the shift in the story is so jarring (in a sensational way) that I can’t believe he pulled it off.… Read the rest

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A Conversation with Richard Long, Author of ‘The Book of Paul’

LongGetting blurbed by Stephen King is the Holy Grail of the horror writer. If you don’t know what that means, it’s when an author (usually famous) reads your book and gives you a quote to put on the cover of your book to attract readers. For Stephen King to put his name on it, you know the book has to be outstanding. And when you’re talking about The Book of Paul, it is. I first heard Richard Long on a podcast and the way he described his book really caught my attention. He delves deeply into the occult, mythology, and astrophysics. As these are the same themes running through my books, especially The Portal Arcane series, I had to check it out. The Book of Paul does not disappoint. Long wrote it in a “cinematic” style that is fast-paced and streamlined. He doesn’t waste a lot of time on narrative description and his characters are so visceral you’ll swear you’ve been friends with them for years.… Read the rest

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Talking Heavy Metal with Sam Dunn of Banger Films

DunnAlong with Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn runs Banger Films. Over the past seven years they have created Global Metal, Iron Maiden: Flight 666, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Metal Evolution, and Rush: Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland. Dunn also has a documentary in production aptly titled, Satan. Sam is a Canadian and a musician as well as a film director. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, including Bruce Dickinson, Geddy Lee, and the late Ronnie James Dio.

The widely-successful series that aired on VH1 Classic, Metal Evolution, chronicled the history of heavy metal through the decades but did not include the most recent strand, extreme metal. With an IndieGoGo campaign running through October 8th, Dunn hopes to raise enough money to finish the episode on his own. Sam is an intelligent, articulate, metalhead and I enjoyed talking to him about the moms of Slayer, Norwegian church burnings, and Satan.… Read the rest

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World’s Biggest Heavy Metal Band to Sell Sweaters this Christmas

metallicasweater-300x234Metallica, the world’s biggest and most successful heavy metal band of all time announced this week that for the upcoming holiday season they would be selling…ugly Christmas sweaters. Although they are not the first heavy metal band to market their own Christmas sweaters (Slayer was first, if you can imagine that) Metallica is offering two unique versions, the “Scary Sweater” as well as a “Master Sweater” both of which are designed with the Load era logo design. Santa has refused to comment on Metallica’s announcement.

via MetalInsider.net

We cannot even begin to count the number of puns worthy of the news that Metallica will let you purchase their very own Christmas sweater come holiday season 2013. Mind you, we’ll still usher in our top three in the following lines.

Metallica, or their marketing team, announced via the band’s Facebook page that this holiday season, metalheads far and wide will have one more metal-worthy gift to add to their wish list: a Metallica-themed Christmas sweater!

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Man intentionally crashes motor home into Boring tavern. Probably sick of his boring life.

13298354-mmmainNothing spices up an evening like crashing your motor home into a bar at closing time and when you live in Boring, Oregon things need some spice. According to the Oregonian, Larry Dale Karasch did just that in the early hours of August 25th, 2013.

via OregonLive.com

“A man intentionally drove his motor home into the Timber Pub & Grub tavern, in Boring, early Saturday as the establishment was closing down for the night, Clackamas County authorities reported.

Only a small number of people were still milling around at the time of the 2 a.m. incident, and  no one was hurt, the sheriff’s office said. Police found the driver walking around afterward. “

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“I’m not sure if Lemmy will ever die.” – An Interview with Tim “Ripper” Owens

ripperAs I passed through the swinging door following Tim “Ripper” Owens and Don Jamieson through the kitchen and to the upstairs office of Ripper’s Rock House I couldn’t help but have a Spinal Tap moment. Halfway up the stairs Ripper thought the office might be locked. I shrugged and looked at Don thinking it was almost time to put my arms up and shout, “Hello Cleveland!” After shuffling back and forth a few times on the steps, Ripper remembered that the door was not locked and we settled into the new club’s office to talk about Lemmy, Ohio, and the future of heavy metal.

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World’s Largest Record Collection is Worth $50 Million and “no one gives a damn.”

ku-mediumIf you are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a fan of music you most likely left some of your paychecks in Paul Mawhinney’s Record Rama. Although his record-breaking record collection has been on the block since the store closed in 2008, he still has no buyers. Valued at over $50 million dollars, Mawhinney cannot unload the vinyl for even a measly $3 million. Hipsters everywhere continue to search their couch cushions in hopes of raising the money in loose change.

via Gizmodo

If you’re looking for a sign that we live in a digital world that cares not for the physical manifestations of our analog past, you need only look at Paul Mawhinney’s record collection. At over 3 million records, it’s the largest in the world. He’s trying to sell it due to his advancing age and health problems. Unfortunately, as he puts it, “no one gives a damn.”

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