SHADES OF MAGIC across the world!

So excited to announce/update the Shades of Magic roster! The series will be out in:

UK/Commonwealth (Titan Books)

–Spain (Planeta Argentina)

Brazil (Record)

Germany (Tor-Fischer)

France (Lumen)

Italy (Newton Compton)

China - Simplified Characters (Chongqing Tianjian)

Russia (Rosman)

Bulgaria (EMAS)

Hungary (Kossuth)

Poland (Zysk)

Estonia (Paikese Kirjastus)

Korea (Jeu Media)

Czech Republic (Argo)

Portugal (Grupo Almedina)

Turkey (Pegasus)

Romania (Nemira)

If you see cover art, books on shelves, foreign titles, anything of the sort, be sure to show me! Half the time I don’t even see a cover until someone snaps a photo of the book on shelves!

Necrophilia, also called thanatophilia, is a sexual attraction or sexual act involving corpses. The attraction is classified as a paraphilia by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. The term was coined by the Belgian alienist Joseph Guislain, who first used it in a lecture in 1850. It derives from the Greek words νεκρός (nekros; “dead”) and φιλία (philia; “love”).

Rosman and Resnick (1989) reviewed information from 34 cases of necrophilia describing the individuals’ motivations for their behaviors: these individuals reported the desire to possess a non-resisting and non-rejecting partner (68%), reunions with a romantic partner (21%), sexual attraction to corpses (15%), comfort or overcoming feelings of isolation (15%), or seeking self-esteem by expressing power over a homicide victim (12%).

Singular accounts of necrophilia in history are sporadic, though written records suggest the practice was present within Ancient Egypt. Herodotus writes in The Histories that, to discourage intercourse with a corpse, ancient Egyptians left deceased beautiful women to decay for “three or four days” before giving them to the embalmers. Herodotus also alluded to suggestions that Greek tyrant Periander had defiled the corpse of his wife, employing a metaphor: “Periander baked his bread in a cold oven.”[6] Acts of necrophilia are depicted on ceramics from the Moche culture, which reigned in northern Peru from the first to eighth century CE. A common theme in these artifacts is the masturbation of a male skeleton by a living woman. Hittite law from the 16th century BC through to the 13th century BC explicitly permitted sex with the dead.

Around 1850, Belgian physician Joseph Guislain coined the word nécrophiles in a lecture about mental illness, with reference to infamous contemporary necrophile François Bertrand. The term was popularized about a decade later by psychiatrist Bénédict Morel, who also discussed Bertrand.[1] Richard von Krafft-Ebing included necrophilia in his 1886 Psychopathia Sexualis. Krafft-Ebing based his conclusions on the cases of Bertrand and Victor Ardisson, and suggested that Bertrand’s necrophilia was caused by congenital feeble-mindedness and early masturbation.

In a modern example, Jeffrey Dahmer was a serial killer who suffered from necrophilia. In order to be aroused, he had to murder his victims before performing sexual intercourse with them. Dahmer stated that he only killed his victims because they wanted to leave after having sex, and would be angry with him for drugging them.British serial killer Dennis Nilsen is also considered to have been a necrophiliac.

“During intercourse the cold, the aura of Death, the funeral decorations and the smell of death helped her.”


We’ll call this one “formerly abandoned” since it did sit abandoned and unused for several years. 

On our recent exploring trip in North Carolina, we found the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute near the town of Rosman.   It’s more commonly called PARI  (pronounced like “Perry”).   The staff there were all incredibly welcoming to us, and they blessed us with an awesome tour of the administration building and the museum there.   The tour even included letting us sit at the table in the board room to watch an excellent video about the history of the facility.   Then they let us run around loose all over the place outside to take photos.     We had a GREAT time !!!

He likes to maintain a very low profile, so we won’t mention his name here; but while we were there we got to spend a good while visiting with a staff member who’s a well known professional photographer.    We saw some of his work there, and all I can say is, it’s …..perfect.   

PARI was originally built in 1962 as the nation’s primary eastern facility for tracking satellites and monitoring manned space flights.   In 1981, the site was transferred to the Department Of Defense for satellite data collection.   During that time, the facility was strictly off-limits to the general public, and very tight security was maintained on it.    Finally, in 1995, the site was closed and left to sit abandoned as plans were made to dismantle it.    

In 1998, a foundation was established to work toward saving the facility so it could be used for public science education.    In January, 1999, the facility was gifted to the foundation and PARI was established.   The equipment was returned to working order and everything was calibrated to scientific standards.   Today, students from all over come to PARI to learn about astronomy.   

We have to include some words about “Smiley” who’s the facility mascot.   Back in the days of the Cold War, the Russians were regularly overflying the site with their satellites to take photographs.   Just to make sure the Russians knew good and well that the site was aware of what they were doing, the staff there used the small dish with the “Smiley-Face” painted on it to track those Russian satellites.   That way, every one of the Russians' photos would include the dish grinning up at them, obviously tracking their presence.