Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Awesomeness in the guise of research

I generally like my job. Sometimes it’s frustrating. Other times it’s a blessing. Most of the times, it’s a bunch of waiting. Every so often, however, I get to do something truly amazing in the name of research. One of those times happened this past weekend when I joined a paranormal investigation team on an actual ghost hunt.

I’d met the folks at Nevermore Paranormal some time ago at a local convention and asked them if I could pick their brains so I could flesh out the MEG guys a bit more. Although MEG is just sort of there on the other end of a phone in Book 1, they play a bigger role in the future and I wanted to make them more than just a close guess of what I thought ghost hunters were. I’ve seen plenty on TV and read a lot in books, but I jumped at a chance to talk to the real deal.

And, some time later, I got to go with them to investigate the Squirrel Cage Jail in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I was happy to just go along and see an investigation in person. More than that, I got to hold a K2 meter and wave it around until the lights flickered at spikes in the magnetic field. It’s a lot more exciting than it sounds. I participated in EVP sessions, staked out a cellar in total darkness, took pictures of abandoned jail cells and tried to contact the Other Side. Pretty much an awesome way to spend a Friday night! It was even cool debunking some things that first seemed like major evidence. Although I didn’t get to hear any disembodied voices or see anything move or glow, I did have a few weird moments that aren’t so easily explained. (Surely, no HUMAN BEING would stack books like this) There were times that the electromagnetic fields seemed to fluctuate at just the right time in response to some questions we asked in one particular cell. Again, it was much cooler at the time.

Anyway, my thanks to everyone at Nevermore Paranormal. I did my best to contain myself and hopefully didn’t step on any toes. All of the MEG guys (and gals) are better for your efforts. You’ll just have to trust me on that for now because the next Skinners won’t be out for a while. Waiting… you’re in MY world!

This is what happens without editors

I'm Marcus Pelegrimas, author of the SKINNERS series. Here you'll find various ramblings about movies, video games, TV, and...oh yeah...those books I write. If there's anything you'd like to discuss, just let me know. I try to update whenever the mood strikes me, so feel free to leave comments. There may be some occasional foul language, but anyone who's too easily offended probably doesn't read my stuff anyway.

Free Stuff

Here's how it goes. As usual, I've got my truckload of promo covers from EOS Books. I'll be going to some conventions, so I hope to see you there and I'll gladly sign your books. If you can't make it to a con, just email me your name, address and any inscription so I can send you a signed cover.

BONUS ---> If you would be so kind as to write up a review for any or all Skinners books and publish it on a site like, Barnes & Noble, Borders, or any other major review site, I can send you something extra. I made up some bookmarks (which I'll sign) and I've even put together some Shimmy's VIP passes (which I'll also sign). Can't guarantee the passes will get you into a real strip club, but I think they look pretty cool. Send me a link to your review along with your name, address and inscription, and I'll get these out to you as well.