Forso is a vampire ghost from an island of New Guinea. He’s an energy vampire feeding not only from the victim’s life and or sexual energy, but the victim’s emotions too.
It also causes bad luck and depression.
Forso is a vampire ghost from an island of New Guinea. He’s an energy vampire feeding not only from the victim’s life and or sexual energy, but the victim’s emotions too.
It also causes bad luck and depression.
I have a brief interview to share with you today with a real witch, Silverfalcon Wolfmoon. We communicated through email, so these questions are pretty basic. She has agreed to another interview later.
What are your basic believes?
I believe in Nature. Everything has a spirit. We were all created by “The All” which created the Goddess first then the God; both came together to create everything we know.
What do you practice?
The Old Ways with The Old Gods.
Are you Wiccan or do you classify yourself with it?
No, I’m pagan or a heathen. I call myself a witch sometimes too.
Do you mentor or teach others
No, I’m still learning.
Do you think people judge you as an evil-doer or Satan worshiper?
No one knows besides my husband, and he doesn’t practice. Our religious believes are very different. There’s been times I’ve had to explain things to him, because he has thought what I was planning or wanting to do was evil. One thing I’ve noticed is anything with the color black alarms him.
How long have you been practicing? When did you start?
I started this path a year ago, although I’ve come to this crossroad often throughout my life.
Did you have a mentor/teacher or did you learn on your own?
I’m learning on my own. Through books and websites. I hope to start a course online soon.
Can you tell me what you think of the free spells you can find online?
I think the free spells on line is a knife that cuts on both sides. I have used some spells I’ve found online, I’ve learned a lot form things I’ve learned online. I don’t use anything I find right away, I meditate on it sometimes for weeks before I decide to try it. If you don’t know what you’re doing and sometimes I don’t, you could find yourself in some really big trouble using stuff from the internet.
Does anyone else know ?
Only my husband.
I’ll have another interview with another woman next month. I can ask her your questions in our next interview, be sure to ask them.
I’m so happy, why? Because “Paranormal Underground Magazine” not only published one of my vampire articles in the “Magic and Lore” column but they also published one of my fictional pieces.
Yep, November 2013 has two of my pieces of work in it.
The vampire article Romana’s Varacolaci November 2013
The short story The Scent of Fear November 2013
For Vampire Wednesday an Interview with Tabbruis, the Blood-Hunter Vampire in “The Light-Bearer Series” by Emily Guido
EG: Hello! I thank you for stopping by today to talk with us on Mari Well’s Vampire Wednesday. I have some questions I would love to ask you.
EG: How do you say your name and where did your unusual name come from?
Tabbruis: (in a deep husky Middle Eastern accent):
First, let me thank you very much for your reception of my company. Now, Tabbruis pronounced correctly is ‘Tab-bree-us’. My name was given to me in Heaven. You see, before I fell to Earth and became a Blood-Hunter or Vampire, I was the Angel of Self-Determination in Heaven.
EG: I didn’t expect that answer! Could you tell us more about your past?
I have been on the Earth for approximately 8000 years alone and mostly a solitary individual. I once was a Blood-Hunter of Humans . . . but I turned against the life as a killer because I recognized my life was no better than others. I bear no ill toward Humans or Light-Bearers. Ever since, I have been a soldier along with my Blood-Hunter Brothers, Dmitri, Neal and Thomas. I have served in many wars and campaigns throughout the ages. Nevertheless, I keep to myself. I am tortured by my thirst and my isolation.
EG: Can you share one really good experience and one really bad experience?
The best experience beside from meeting my long, lost love Charmeine, was meeting my Blood-Hunter brother, Dmitri. We instantly became brothers low these many years. I believe, and probably so does he, that Dmitri is the wisest man on Earth. Many good times we have had on campaigns together fighting on the same squad.
The worst experience I have had is one that I expressed to no one before… Long ago, I was a Blood-Hunter on the hunt for Humans. In a small village I took the life of a husband and wife, when I was done, I saw a toddler crying over their lifeless bodies. To my great horror and shame, I was hit was a wave of self-loathing. The daughter shocked me into ‘the now’. I swore I would never take another Human life for my thirst! I was forever rocked to my foundation at what I was and what pain I caused in my debauchery!
EG: I know bad experiences can be tough to talk about, Tabbruis. However, they tell us a little more about what you have been through and shaped you for who you are today.
My bad experiences have been many because I was destined to live on this Earth with the need for blood and no one to share my life with. I was lost, empty and gravely alone. I had no idea that I had a family in Heaven. Loneliness can be torture! I do not know what I would do now without my wife and child. I am very fortunate that I have been redeemed with their love and comfort. I am the happiest man on the Earth in my Charmeine’s arms.
“The Light-Bearer Series”
EG: Why do you think your experience in “The Light-Bearer Series” needs to be told, Tabbruis?
I believe “The Light-Bearer Series” is the story of two ill-fated, mixed matched lovers, Charmeine and I, who are total opposites. She is light, and I am dark. We had to fight Heaven and Hell to be together. Even though Charmeine and I were made for each other, we always had obstacle after obstacle to overcome. Some wonderful and terrifying things have happened to us during the process. “The Light-Bearer Series” is a story of love, mystery, and terror inspiring a true passion between Charmeine and I.
Charmeine and Tabbruis
EG: It was great speaking with you today. If you would like to share anything else please feel free to share it with us?
Just that our story has given a voice, picture and frame for telling of our life and love. It seems that even at the most desperate of hours, Charmeine and I have found the determination and hope to overcome our worst fears and enemies . . . But there is always going to be Evil on Earth. It is our job to combat the minions that inhabit the Earth.
EG: Maybe if you are not too busy, some of our guests in Mari Wells Vampire Wednesday blog would like to ask you a few questions also?
Yes, I would like to appease you and all the readers. I will answer any questions the audience would like to ask me. You are very kind indeed!
Character Introduction in “The Light-Bearer Series”
Tabbruis – Tabbruis is the man of my dreams! Drop Dead Gorgeous and Grecian living statue is my Tabbruis! He makes Charmeine heat up with just a look… heck I would too!
Dmitri – one of my favorite to die for characters! OMG Dmitri is just to die for hotness and his story really picks up in the following novels!
Thomas –Love Thomas and his innocence.
Neal – is the wonderful HUGE Protector of the “Castle Charmeine!”
Shane – is just too yummy for words!
Sandra – Shane’s fiancé and spunky spitfire…
Last but not Least CHARMEINE! She is light, love, honesty and courage wrapped into a package!
ANYONE who would like to have a FREE EBOOKS of “The Light-Bearer Series” can email Emily Guido at firstname.lastname@example.org and in the Subject line put MARI WELLS VAMPIRE WEDNESDAY FREE EBOOKS!
**This is the last of “The Light-Bearer Series” Guest Posts. (Sad face) Emily, when you new book comes out, I hope you’ll come back and tell us about it. Everyone else, ask away, send your email into Emily for your free book.**
Hope you all have a wonderful Happy Thanksgiving!
My last witch post (boo hoo!): Robert Burns and Tam O’ Shanter.
I can’t believe we’ve come to the end of this series of guest posts already. I couldn’t go without mentioning that famous son of Scotland, Robert Burns, and his epic poem, ‘Tam o’ Shanter’, written in 1791.
‘Tam o’ Shanter’ is set in Ayrshire, the area of Scotland where Burns was born and brought up. Tam is a hapless (okay, drunk) young man who comes across a coven of witches in Auld Kirk Alloway (an old kirk – surely not?), while riding home from Ayr one night. These witches are having a ceilidh, which basically means a party with music, dancing, and usually, fighting. One of them in particular catches Tam’s eye, being young and pretty – and because she’s dancing in her ‘cutty sark’, ie: short petticoat. Tam shouts words of encouragement at her from his spying place at the kirk’s window. He then gets his just desserts for this foolishness, and is chased by the witches to the bridge over the river Doon (Brig o’ Doon). As witches cannot cross running water, he escapes, but ‘Cutty Sark’ manages to pull the tail off his horse Maggie, just as she leaps across the bridge!
Moral of this tale: don’t get drunk and get distracted by ladies in short skirts. You may get more than you bargained for.
The poem is written in Scots, so can be a little hard to read for those not familiar with that language. It’s well worth a go, though. In it, Burns describes some extra-grisly trappings of a Black Mass: coffins standing open showing the dead within, and gruesome artefacts on the altar: murder weapons, and bodies of unchristened children. The Devil is also described as being present in the shape of a large black dog (he must like appearing in this form). Although at this gathering, ‘Auld Nick’ is providing the music by playing the bagpipes – a very talented dog indeed!
If you want to have a go at reading the poem, it can be found here: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/tam-o-shanter-tale It might be handy to have a Scots dictionary open as well!
The places described in the poem are real. I’ve visited all of them. Auld Kirk Alloway is a little bit spooky. My husband has seen me cross Brig o’ Doon, so he thinks I’m not a witch (ha!) But unlike the stories in my previous posts, I can’t find any evidence that a coven did meet at this kirk, or chase any drunken young men to the bridge. It seems Burns did that writerly thing of taking facts from other places, and weaving them into a fantastic story set in his home. I’m glad he did, as it’s one of my favourite poems.
In my last post, I mentioned the fact that most of the ‘witches’ executed in Scotland in the 16th and 17th centuries were probably not performing black masses and summoning the devil at all. Many of them would be what are now generally referred to as ‘Pagans’ – worshippers of the old, pre-Christian gods. I’m not going to go into Paganism and its many branches here – that would be a whole other series of posts! Suffice it to say that many of these women and men would know how to heal wounds and treat the sick using natural remedies, and possibly a chant or two – all things the authorities were very suspicious of. Others may have been gifted with ‘second sight’ – a talent particularly prevalent in the Highlands of Scotland.
Seers had to be careful in the 15 and 1600s, as their gift could be denounced by the church as being from the devil, although Highlanders generally believed second sight to be unconnected with witchcraft. This belief, however, did not help the most famous of all, the Brahan Seer. He naively told the Countess of Seaforth what her husband was really doing on a trip to Paris, ie: entertaining other ladies. If you don’t like the message, shoot the messenger. Although not tried and executed as a warlock, this did not stop the poor man being thrown into a barrel of burning tar. As his fiery end approached he accurately prophesied the fall of the house of Seaforth, and told the Countess that he would go to heaven, but she never would. So the Brahan Seer had the last word, although I don’t imagine this was much comfort as he went up in flames. Don’t tell people the truth; tell them what they want to hear – a trick most seaside clairvoyants have cottoned onto today!
I’ve really enjoyed doing this series of posts for the Witching Hour. Most of the stories have been from Central and Lowland Scotland. Talking about the Brahan Seer has made me realise how many tales of the supernatural there are from the North. So I may be back one day, with more spooky stuff from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland…
**I’ve enjoyed having Karen here telling us about Scotland’s Witches. I’m not beyond following my pal Sheila Hall’s example and searching out Karen and tackling her (with hugs) in hopes of her coming back again. Or begging! Please come back again Karen and share your Scottish witch knowledge with us. The door is always open. **
Let’s have ‘the sex talk’ about Vampires shall we?
Does “The Light-Bearer Series” Blood-Hunter/Vampires try to make like bunnies? Or do I coax the smexy out of my characters?
Tabbruis and Charmeine
“The Light-Bearer Series” is a YA love story about a sweet, innocent and somewhat playful romance between two star-crossed and totally different people, Tabbruis and Charmeine. During “Charmeine,” “Mactus,” and “Accendo” I wrote a lot of backstory and history which explains why Tabbruis and the other men in the series are so damaged.
“Charmeine” the 1st Novel of “The Light-Bearer Series”
However, when Tabbruis and Charmeine meet in the first novel . . . the sparks just fly! It’s like an atomic bomb going off within them, but they both are scared and inexperienced with all these new feelings. Neither believed they would EVER find true love!
I like to describe “The Light-Bearer Series” like building a Hot Fudge Sunday: ice cream (heaven), fudge (Tabbruis’ background), nuts (present day Tabbruis and Charmeine) and a cherry on top (their romance). I pile more of the romance, of course, but a lot more reveals about the supporting characters, and a lot more revealed about Tabbruis and Charmeine . . . I thought as I was writing the novels, “Whew, these kids never catch a break?”
My favourite SMEXY Vampire of “The Light-Bearer Series” is Dmitri Maximus. Dmitri is so eye-popping GORGEOUS! He is 6’4”, long black hair he ties back, deep blue eyes which could melt you to the ground, built with wonderful big muscles and abs… ahh, he’s an Adonis on Earth. But he has a wicked sense of humour. It is so funny when he makes his standard comment . . . “Oh my…” It cracks me up. Dmitri is one of the oldest Blood-Hunters on Earth. He is very wise and Tabbruis’ best friend and calls him, Brother. He is also Charmeine’s trusted Advisor.
Why do women love the Blood-Hunters/Vampires in “The Light-Bearer Series”?
First of all, the men are ABSOLUTELY HANDSOME; hot on a stick doesn’t even explain it!
Second, the men treat their woman like they are the only person on Earth. What woman wouldn’t like that?
Third, they are very lonely and/or damaged in some way. Blood-Hunters/Vampires live centuries and imagine what it would be like to not be with anyone during that time? They have fated mates and no woman can take their place!
Fourth, the Blood-Hunters/Vampires are either good or exceedingly evil. The mirror image of good and bad makes us shutter.
Fifth, those vamps protect viciously their families. They are a brotherhood which bands together when trouble strikes.
Sixth, they are vastly wealthy. I mean ‘buy a country’ wealthy. When they meet their mates, they want to spoil them rotten with everything. Money is no object.
Why do I love my Blood-Hunters/Vampires in “The Light-Bearer Series”?
I loved vampire stories ever since I was a little girl. My sister passed away from Leukemia, when I was a kid. She was at home for a time, and I kept her company. We had a little refrigerator filled with blood-bags that the visiting nurse would administer. I was fascinated how blood can give life. It is for her that I write these Paranormal Romances for my sis, Connie. She would have loved them so much. She was a huge fan of “Dark Shadows.”
I am drawn to Vampire Paranormal Romance. However, been thinking of branching out in another vein or genre of Vampire Paranormal Erotic Romance.
I would like to THANK MARI WELLS for letting me invade her Vampire Wednesday Posts! If anyone wants a free ebook of “Charmeine” please email me at email@example.com and mention in the subject line: MARI WELLS VAMPIRE WEDNESDAY…
Back over to the east coast of Scotland this week, to North Berwick, a town about 30 miles south of Edinburgh. If you read my first guest post for Mari, you’ll recall me talking about King James VI of Scotland, who, it has to be said, had a bit of a downer on witches. He was the one who ordered hundreds of ‘witches’ to be executed on Castlehill in Edinburgh. This all started when he discovered that a coven in North Berwick had plotted to kill him and his wife, Anne of Denmark, as they sailed home to Scotland from Norway.
The story began in 1590 when the deputy bailiff of Tranent in East Lothian, David Seaton, found out that his maid Gilly Duncan was leaving the house at night without permission. He also discovered that she was known locally to possess skill in healing. Seaton suspected witchcraft and when the maid wouldn’t answer his questions, used torture. Gilly, under duress, said her power of healing was inspired by the Devil and that she was a member of a witches’ coven.
The coven met on St. Andrews Auld Kirk Green, now part of the modern-day North Berwick Harbour area. Are you noticing a pattern with these ‘old kirks’? (Sadly, only the entrance porch now survives). As Gilly was subjected to more torture she went further – confessing to a conspiracy to murder King James VI. The coven had assembled on the pier at Leith before the Firth of Forth estuary, using their arts to raise a storm against a lone ship which they supposed to be that of the King. The vessel was sunk but this was not the royal ship, which returned safely to Scotland.
The alleged architect of this plot was Francis Hepburn, 5th Earl of Bothwell: cousin to the King and heir apparent if James died without son or daughter. Clearly he fancied the crown for himself! Coveting the crown, and being prepared to do murder for it, seems to have run in that family. If any of you know the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, mother of James VI, you’ll know that the 4th Earl of Bothwell was her third husband. He arranged the murder of her second husband in order to marry her! He was uncle to this 5th Earl who was now plotting to kill her son. (This kind of thing went on all the time in Scotland). Anyway, back to the witches…
Four other suspected conspirators were seized for questioning: a schoolmaster named Dr John Fian, Euphemia Maclean, Barbara Napier and a midwife called Agnes Sampson who was known for her herbal remedies. Dr Fian was tortured and eventually confessed he was “clerk to all those that were in subjection to the Devil’s service”. Fian was burnt at Castlehill, Edinburgh in January 1591.
James VI now took a personal hand in the investigations. Agnes Sampson was brought before the King at Holyrood House, Edinburgh, where he questioned her. She was fastened to the wall of her cell by a witch’s bridle, an iron instrument with four sharp prongs forced into the mouth, so that two prongs pressed against the tongue, and the two others against the cheeks. She was also kept without sleep. Only after these ordeals did Agnes Sampson confess to the fifty-three indictments against her. Agnes was unrepentant, she spoke of a witches’ gathering at Prestonpans where a small effigy of the King was produced, and cursed.
**I’d like to call your attention to the “Devil” he’s kind of cute looking.**
The King at first was sceptical. As the claims became more fanciful he lost patience and accused Agnes of being a liar. Agnes said she knew something that would prove her story. She was allowed to draw close to the King and, it was said, whispered into his ear certain words that had passed between James and Anne of Denmark when the couple were alone on their wedding night.
The King was astonished; he was now convinced of the guilt of Agnes. Both Euphemia Maclean and Agnes Sampson were found guilty of witchcraft and executed at Castlehill. Barbara Napier was also condemned but strangely enough was later released. Bothwell fled to Naples; he would eventually die in poverty in 1624.
This case started a wave of witch hunting across Scotland and indeed, the whole of Britain. While it does seem that the North Berwick witches did have evil intentions, most of the people executed were simply innocent healers or clairvoyants. If you were being subjected to tortures such as the bridle described above, ‘pricked’ with long pins to discover so-called ‘devil’s marks’, and ‘ducked’ in freezing ponds to see if you sank (innocent) or floated (witch), then you would confess to anything – if you hadn’t drowned from being ducked, of course. Not a good chapter in our history. Eventually this all stopped, when the law making witchcraft a capital offence was repealed in 1736, but for 150 years being termed a ’witch’, for any reason, was a very dangerous thing indeed.
So what’s coming next week? Well, I couldn’t leave out our most famous tale of witches, by our very own Robert Burns: Tam O’ Shanter. And what about the witches in Scotland who weren’t persistently trying to summon the devil or kill the king, those poor healers and seers who got caught up in it all? I’ll be talking a little bit about those. Writing this series has made me realise how many more stories there are to tell, so who knows, I may be back with another set of guest posts in the future, if Mari’ll have me…
Karen, you have an open invitation to come by and share whenever you like. I’m looking forward to all you are willing to share with us. Thank you again so much for agreeing to spend time here.