Monday, September 7, 2009

The Synchronicity of Hellhounds

From ~ ~

"HELLHOUNDS ON THEIR TRAIL: Tales From The Rock & Roll Graveyard"

"I find it interesting that the origins of rock and roll started at a deserted country crossroads just outside Clarksdale, Mississippi. Whatever forces Robert Johnson unleashed there have claimed many of rock and roll’s greatest stars. In this volume the recurring theme goes back to the Johnson mystique of supernatural soliciting, early death, irony and strange coincidences."
R. Gary Patterson


Okay, my adored Big Cats, how ubiquitous are hellhounds in our world? Sure-meow, it’s heading toward Halloween at a ‘quickening’ pace and more of the enormous creatures are bounding about in anticipation. Still, how popular are these doggie beasties from the Underworld these days?
The Kougar has not done any extensive research on this question. She first became aware of the hellhound mythos by reading Sherlock Holmes mysteries, one of them being THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES... yep, a giant malevolent ghost hound, still the idea was there.
Not being a horror film afficianado moi has remained on the fringes of Hellhound-landia. A while back, however, she read a blurb and excerpt of a shifter story featuring a hellhound hero. And being a canine lover, well, the idea of hellhound heroes stuck in her writer’s brain.
The synchronicity? Last night on Coast-to-Coast am, nighttime radio, R. Gary Patterson was a first hour guest. He discussed the cold case murder of one of the Rolling Stones. Mr. Patterson has been on Coast several times talking about high strangeness and everything paranormal in the rock star world... utterly compelling and fascinating, of course! And endless food for thought concerning how our world really operates. It ain’t how it appears.
However-yowls, the synchronicity is Mr. Patterson’s mention of his book, HELLHOUNDS ON THEIR TRAIL... and the Kougar was, penning her own Halloween Hellhound tale... hmmm... definitely spooky action at a distance...


Authoress news and mews ~

REJECTION ALERT! for the Kougar’s 1,000 word Flash ~ Zhario of the Dark Server Unit !
However, the Kougar appreciates how it was stated.

Thank you for your recent submission in Flash Fiction Challenge #2: Creatures of the Night.

We had over 50 entries into the Challenge and the judges have met and chosen the top 20 stories. Unfortunately, yours was not among those selected.

Please keep writing. The Flash Fiction Challenge has been set up as a quarterly event starting this December and we hope that you will submit to us again soon.

Thank you for entering the Flash Fiction Challenge.

Tina Moreau

Manager, Absolute Xpress

Now ~ FIRST! just for the big cool cats ~

Happy Courtship on another Earth

X-Serial Flash in Two Hundred ~ Sylva and Zeke’s story continues...

Part 253 ~

Sylva felt her heart sink to her toes, even though, somehow she knew Zeke was still okay. “Employers,” she murmured, wishing she was armed and as confident as Marina. She hadn’t changed the direction of her aim, yet seemed relaxed. Alertly relaxed. “Will you teach me how to shoot?” Sylva asked her on impulse. “Don’t you worry, I know Zeke will teach you. We’ll all train you to handle every weapon there is. If big brother ever falls down on the job, I’m your woman.” Marina gave her a warm smile. “Sylva, the parents are over the moon about you.”

Zeke shoved the pistol harder beneath the Long Walker’s ribs. “Depends on what you got to say. Normally, I’m a peace-lovin’ man.” He eased the trigger back. “Being a threat to my bride, you’re steppin’ in treacherous waters.” The Long Walker tried pulling in a deeper breath. “Your bride was my target. Not to harm. Just to observe. That’s what I was paid for. Followed Ranson, knowing he’d find you and make contact. So I was told.” Ranson slightly eased his pressure on the Long Walker’s arm, but didn’t un-cock his pistol. “Who paid you? I’m not a peace-lovin’ man.”
Part 1 - 15 ~ see blog ~ January 15th Cometh, then Part 15... and before...
Part 16 ~ 250 ~ see the Kougar’s prior bloggies... or the Passionate Ink forum, the FREE READS page ~ ~ OR! Now available on The Romance Studio Forum, January through August 2009 flashes ~ ~ Click on the FORUMS
Wednesday ~ Gem Sivad ~ Guest Blogger ~ How to Make Unpalatable Historical Facts Into Romance…
Monday ~ Courtney Braizille ~ Guest blogger ~ Setting
Sunday ~ Guest Blogger ~ Jane Beckenham ~ LET’S GET IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
Saturday ~ Guest Blogger ~ New Zealand author, Jane Beckenham ~ SHAKING UP THE SHEIKHS AND WHAT MAKES THEM LOVEABLE REALLY
Thursday ~ the Kougar blogs ~ World Building a Room in Romance

Saturday ~ Terry Kate asks an interesting question - UK -USA - WHO LOVES CASTLES MORE?
Friday ~ Eva Gordon's blog on her BEAST WARRIOR: VIKING WEREWOLF, her paranormal historical romance, plus a lot more about wolves - all fascinating stuff. Plus a 5 wing review from CRR!
Monday ~ Danielle blogs ~ The Change ~ how our heroines change during the story.

Saturday ~ Paris blogs about how to make your workstation comfortable.
Friday ~ Serena blogs about her fave horror films... what are yours?
Thursday ~ Crystal blogs ~ Contest! and Contest Hint #1
Tuesday ~ the Kougar blogs ~ Roaring Arghhh... the Computer Age
Monday ~ Francesca blogs ~ Secret Lives of EC authors

For the next part of the Never-Ending Story the Kougar blogs ~ Who Rescues Sleeping Beauty? ~ RomanticSynonymous ~
Volcano’s Angelic Forecast for this week ~ Siren-BookStrand blog ~

No! Internet Two... Resistance is victory...
HATE!!! > DTV> it’s a ripoff.

Have a Happy End of Summer...
May your most romantic dreams come true...

Eerie howls and kisses from the Kougar...


Serena Shay said...

Hellhounds are a great idea! They've not been overused as heros and it opens the door to lots of ideas. :) The last hellhounds focus I've seen was on season 3 of the TV show Supernatuaral, but they were not displayed as good guys!

Bummer about the flash, but yes it was a decent rejection!

Happy Labor Day!

Savanna Kougar said...

Serena ~ Hmmmm, Supernatural. I haven't seen that show.
The way they are evolving I don't think my hellhound heroes are typical. However, they are amusing me.

Yeah, about the Flash. Now, I'm free to do something else with it.

Serena Shay said...

Your Hellhounds are sounding quite fasinating!! I can't wait to read more about them!!

Very true about the flash. You have any ideas yet what you want to do with it?

Savanna Kougar said...

Hey Serena, I don't. I'm waiting for inspiration to strike.
However, I think it would be a cool idea for another publisher to use this theme for a book of Halloween type flashes.
I think it could be quite popular and sell because their readers devoted to these subgenres and Halloween stories.

Serena Shay said...

oooh a book of Halloween flashes, that would be cool! I'd find something for a book like that! ;)