Saturday, July 19, 2014

Haunted Author by Anita Jo Intenzo


Today’s guest writer is a paranormal author who has had plenty of personal encounters with ghosts. Here she talks about how her own haunted home inspired her book Estate of Horror: A True Story of a Haunting.


Haunted Author

On January 29, 2009 - I stood in front of a group of mourners in a church honoring my deceased friend, who is the subject of my book, giving his eulogy. I never could have imagined I would now be an author telling my true story of an incredible horror―haunting/poltergeist experience―I and my son survived.

When I first entertained the idea of writing a book, urged by my friends and family members after hearing of the unusual events and happenings at the estate of my deceased friend, I had no intention of writing it myself. I felt if I provided the story and the materials, even possibly be interviewed, then someone else could do a better job. Having no formal experience other than creative writing classes in high school and a one-act play―I wrote for a college assignment, ironically about a revengeful ghost―I was on the learning curve.

 My pen & ink sketch of my deceased friend’s house

But, after experiencing the horrific ordeal with the paranormal I knew I had to record these extraordinary haunted experiences other than a daily diary.  My son and I, along with other witnesses, saw and heard (on our captured audio and visual equipment) extreme poltergeist activity, cold spots, black and gold orbs, an apparition, objects appearing and disappearing, non-human voices and endured physical attacks. I knew if I didn't write my book I'd regret it for the rest of my life.

Artistic illustration of apparition on clothes dryer


Also, we were able to capture poltergeist evidence on camera and have some of them re-mastered for our youtube channel. Here are 3 of those videos.
 
Video 1 - June 24, 2009 "Caught on Tape"
    



Video 2 - August 1, 2009 "Seeing Red"       




Video 3 - August 5, 2009 "Creeped Out Cousins"   




Even now, with my debut book published, Estate of Horror, I don’t think of myself as an author. As my background is of a professional artist for the last 47 years, my artwork has always been my visual method of telling a story.
My original pastel on paper: “Spirit Warrior"

Not thinking myself as an author? This may seem strange coming from someone who is has scored a literary agent, Laurie Hawkins of Collage Literary, who has been a real rock of support and always held an unwavering belief in me. Laurie signed me to a contract in summer of 2011. This was a brave act for her, as she has since been the recipient of some very strange paranormal activity after taking on my project. (Nothing like having your client's manuscript being printed out and the machine spits out a metal clamp over your head and across the room!)

Even with the crazy background of the recent haunting I had experienced, I never expected to be haunted the whole time writing my manuscript. My anthropologist friend left me many items in his will, which I stored in my basement. This turned out to be a very bad decision. Someone or something transferred to my house and was now acting up with major poltergeist activity. My once safe haven―where I spent years as a single parent raising my son, where I worked in my home art studio, enduring economic and personal hardship, caring for two critically ill parents, and proudly handling it all―was now a battle ground for spirits.

This is actual image of a Shadow Man (with brimmed hat) 
on our front door captured on video 
while filming our book trailer on July 6, 2012



The psychological and physical toll on me and my family have been enormous. We have gotten used to living a paranormal life every day, but it's not easy. You never get used to looking over your shoulder, or being scratched while taking a bath, or seeing a Shadow Man walking in your front hallway while watching TV, or hearing a horrible growl, or the door rattle to your basement. Even when sudden bouts of nausea and stabbing pains (psychic) in the stomach, while moving boxes in the basement, did not deter me. I felt that the best defensive was an offense! I decided that others needed to know what happened to me, and the ghosts needed to be put in their place. This was MY home and they were not going to frighten me away!


My agent told me before we started that today’s authors have to be very pro-active in marketing themselves, and her advice and my efforts have paid off. I have been on over a dozen radio shows in the last 6 months. One of the most recent shows I did to promote my book was an interview via SKYPE with Norene Balovitch for her show "Do You Believe" on May 18, 2014.

Shortly after the show aired, Norene contacted me and told me that listeners of the show were hearing many EVPs  talking over me when I was being interviewed. The chat room went crazy and was filled with posts written in the German language! She sent a draft of some of the EVPs and what they said were horrific! There was direct spectral interaction with our whole conversation during the show. Norene said her computer acted crazy and her microphone was being tapped without explanation. Her producer said they never had such an experience of ghostly interference with a guest on her show! This video from that Sunday night's show went viral!                                       
                


My son, Chris, spent an hour the next day listening and transcribing the show. He put his cell phone up to his ear and listened to the archived show in order to make out the words. He wrote down 70 EVPs!!! He was physically and mentally drained after doing this.

He did not know what the other person had copied down and had been sent to Norene. She sent me some of the translations of the German posted in her chat room feed and it related to what listeners heard. There was a man and woman with German accents who were talking over me, saying horrific things about the Holocaust and so much of the foul language were threats directed at me. As it turned out my son’s EVPs matched many of hers! I guess the ghosts are angry that I published this book! Guess what ghosts? Heads up! I'm writing the sequel!
My story isn't over as my haunted journey continues. Now you know why I'm called the haunted author!


 Available in paperback at Amazon and CreateSpace
Also available for Kindle

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About the Author

Classically trained as a fine artist, Anita Jo Intenzo graduated with honors from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, earning a B.S. Degree in Art Education. She taught art classes at day and evening schools for 25 years. Her paintings currently hang in collections throughout the United States, and she has had several gallery shows. She started restoring old photos over 35 years ago and created her business, Past Images by Anita in 2000 where she preserves and restores family treasures: photos, paintings and antique dolls, so that their history will endure for future generations. Genealogical and historical societies seek her out for her expert consultations, lectures and appraisals.

In January of 2009, her life took a dramatic turn when, as executrix of a dear friend’s estate, she became involved with the paranormal. As executrix, she was responsible for clearing his house and selling it. It did not take long after she began that task that Anita experienced real and often-frightening poltergeist activity there and soon began confronting true evil. She wrote this book as she was moved and profoundly changed by the experiences. She is now working on its terrifying sequel, DARK TRANSFERENCE.  Anita lives with her family and several resident ghosts, in the Philadelphia suburbs, on a property dating back to the early 1800’s.

Published in January 2014, Estate of Horror: A True Story of Haunting, Hatred and a Horrific Family Secret has received many 5 STAR REVIEWS!

Read this book and find out why people can't put it down or won't read it before going to bed! Currently up on Amazon and Kindle, online B&N.com and special order in all 700 Barnes and Noble stores, and Cape Atlantic Book Stores.

Please stop by her website:  www.estateofhorror.com
 



Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Devil's Woods Audiobook Is Here!



For readers who love to listen to scary books, I'm happy to announce that my latest novel, THE DEVIL'S WOODS, has just released as a 9 CD audiobook. It is available through Audio Realms and soon will be available wherever audiobooks are sold.

Listen to the prologue here.

COMING SOON:

I also learned today that my short story THE GIRL FROM THE BLOOD COVEN and its sequel THE WITCHING HOUSE started voice over production today and will be available this Fall 2014.

It's been my dream for years to hear my books narrated and I'm excited to finally share my stories with audiobook lovers.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

High Praise for THE VAGRANTS






Here are some reviews for my latest eBook The Vagrants.

“The Vagrants is a phenomenal novella that intermixes all the best short story ideas of Stephen King’s societal yarns, focusing on character development, and yet writing with more staccato prose and less filler such as the master suspense author John Saul and the imaginary, subterranean, otherworldly, monsteresque, cannibalistic, supernatural writing of Clive Barker.”

―Oh, for the Hook of a Book (read the full review and interview):

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“The Vagrants is a captivating supernatural thriller from Brian Moreland . . . entertaining characters, a unique plot, and pulse-pounding action, making The Vagrants a novella that’s hard to put down. The Vagrants is the third story I’ve read by Brian Moreland, and I absolutely loved it. All I can say is if you enjoy horror with a supernatural twist, Brian Moreland should be on your list of authors to try.”

―The Lusty Penguin


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“I love Moreland’s writing because as a reader, I never know quite what to expect from him. Some of the horror he writes is in your face while some is subtly painted and left to your imagination. What you can always expect from a Brian Moreland book is colorful characters, brilliant dialogue and suspense and thrills that are hard to find anywhere else.  If you’re in the mood for a story that is unique and well-written, The Vagrants is a book written by a man who obviously loves what he does and writes for his fans, not for the money.”

―Horror Reviews by Dawnzilla


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“The Vagrants, with its quick pace and satisfying genre elements, plays like the most satisfying episodes of an anthology program such as Masters of Horror or Tales from the Crypt. With The Vagrants, Brian Moreland has crafted a unique and thrilling vision of horror that left me both satisfied and wanting more. I strongly encourage you to pick up this novella.”

―Ravenous Monster

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“I loved this book. It has it all―it's well-written, engaging from the first page, a mystery that keeps you turning the pages and it's terrifying throughout, but grows darker and meaner as the story progresses. But most of all what I loved was that I didn’t know where it was going, as in how it was all going to come together. BUT come to together it did. I cannot recommend this book enough.”

―David Bernstein, author of Witch Island - review posted on Amazon

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“The Vagrants is the latest work from Brian Moreland, an author who I have come to rely on to create tales of creeping horror and gore that also has intelligence about them. His work is well researched for a taste of authenticity and despite the supernatural phenomena that occurs on the pages, there is a sense of believability to his characters.

 ―Patrick D’Orazio at Tomes of Darkness


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“An original story that I thought was a lot of fun.”

―Horror After Dark


The Vagrants is available through Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, iBooks, Kobo, and Samhain Publishing.