An award-winning musician and science student as a youth and young adult, M. Schottenbauer, Ph.D. studied music, physics, mathematics, and liberal arts at the university before going on to earn a doctorate in psychology. Dr. Schottenbauer held a position as a Research Assistant Professor, and currently works full-time as an independent researcher, author, composer, educational software developer, and publisher.
This is the first volume in a series of true stories from [a]n extraordinary landscape populated with befuddled bears, hormonally-crazed elk, homicidal wild boars, hopelessly timid wolves, and nine million tourists, some of whom are clueless. In Kim DeLoziers world, when sedated wild black bears wake up unexpectedly in the back seat of a helicopter in mid-flight, or in his car as hes driving down the highway, or in his office while hes talking on the phone, its just another day in the park. Youll love seeing Kim and a fellow ranger tested as they bravely take on the task of relocating 77 live skunks by sedating them with darts from homemade blowguns, especially when the pickup truck load of stinkers wakes up while still in transit. An hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking memoir by the chief wildlife ranger in the #1 most popular family vacation destination in the USA, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For over thirty years, Kim DeLozier acted as a referee in the wild, trying to protect millions of park visitors from one of the densest populations of wild black bears in America -- and the bears from tourists who get too close. Written with Wall Street Journal bestselling author Carolyn Jourdan who has several highly-regarded #1 Amazon bestsellers about the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia. Her other books are Heart in the Right Place, Medicine Men, and Out on a Limb.
S. Henry Berthoud (1804-1891) was a writer of considerable ability, remembered today mostly for his often reprinted collections of folkloric legends from Northern France. Yet, he was a writer who came close to inventing science fiction as early as the 1840s.This unique collection assembled, translated and introduced by Brian Stableford, gathers 32 of Berthouds best works, displaying his often pioneering surges of imagination. It includes samples of his remarkable supernatural stories, his eccentric scientific fantasies, featuring real or imaginary scientists, his ground-breaking visions of the prehistoric past of Paris, and his futuristic novella about the Year 2865. Berthouds work would have been just as difficult for contemporary readers to assess as for modern ones, but its esotericism should not be allowed to detract from his achievement, which is as remarkable for its fervor as for its uniqueness. Brian Stableford.
José Juan Aboytia explora los inútiles ritos del amor, los hábitos culinarios de un embalsamador, la fiesta que purifica a las bajas costumbres de un vecindario, una empresa de mensajería que controla sutilmente la ambición de sus empleados, y por supuesto un montón de muertes irónicas que suceden en casi cada cuento. Los textos de Contiene escenas de ficción explícita, son los que podemos llamar, también con cierta ironía la otra ficción, la que sigue partiendo de lo real, de lo cotidiano y a pesar de eso nos sumerge en lo imaginario, en el juego de las cosas que no suceden, por más reales que parezcan.
Louis Mandrin led a gang of bandits who brazenly smuggled contraband into eighteenth-century France. Michael Kwass brings new life to the legend of this Gallic Robin Hood and the thriving underworld he helped to create. Decades before the storming of the Bastille, surging world trade excited a revolution in consumption that transformed the French kingdom. Contraband exposes the dark side of this early phase of globalization, revealing hidden connections between illicit commerce, criminality, and popular revolt.Frances economic system was tailor-made for an enterprising outlaw like Mandrin. As French subjects began to crave colonial products, Louis XIV lined the royal coffers by imposing a state monopoly on tobacco from America and an embargo on brilliantly colored calico cloth from India. Vigorous black markets arose through which traffickers fed these exotic goods to eager French consumers. Flouting the law with unparalleled panache, Mandrin captured widespread public attention to become a symbol of a defiant underground.This furtive economy generated violent clashes between gangs of smugglers and customs agents in the borderlands. Eventually, Mandrin was captured by French troops and put to death in a brutal public execution intended to demonstrate the kings absolute authority. But the spectacle only cemented Mandrins status as a rebel folk hero in an age of mounting discontent. Amid cycles of underground rebellion and agonizing penal repression, the memory of Mandrin inspired ordinary subjects and Enlightenment philosophers alike to challenge royal power and forge a movement for radical political change.
Six months ago, museum curator Deborah Miller had never heard of Ek Balam, an obscure Mayan archaeological site known for its carved figures. Now here she is, having traded Atlanta’s urban jungle for a remote village in Mexico’s Yucatan, tasked with overseeing Ek Balam’s excavation. But when a sudden rainstorm causes a partial collapse at the site, an unexpected treasure is unearthed: a collection of rough-cut rubies hidden from the world for hundreds of years—and very out-of-place in the Yucatan. It is a find of immeasurable value, one that Deborah vows to protect—and yet is powerless to prevent from being stolen soon after its discovery. Determined to retrieve the stones, she sets out to trace their complex history across four centuries and two continents, from Mexico to northern England where the jewels once played a harrowing role in the Lancashire witch trials of 1612. But Deborah is not the only one searching for the stones; close on her heels are archaeologists, occultists, and one very determined arms dealer, all of whom will stop at nothing, not even murder, to claim the prize for themselves.
Dark Regions Press is excited to launch a new poetry collection from Bram Stoker Award winning poet Bruce Boston and Gary William Crawford, author of the Bram Stoker Award nominated The Shadow City. You can read more about the book and view interior images on our website at: http://www.darkregions.com/books/note...In Notes from the Shadow City, Crawford and Boston distill a bleak dystopian vision. Alone or together, and utilizing poetry, prose, and photographic images, they have crafted a guidebook, a Baedeker to the same outliers as chronicled by Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and Orwell, where shadows are more real than the gnomons that cast them, and the predominant colors come from the stripped-down underside of the rainbow.--Robert Borski, author of Blood Wallah and Other PoemsLike grim guides of the underworld, Boston and Crawford lead you into a terrifying landscape of tragedy and tyranny. At times morbid, despairing, inspiring, and hauntingly beautiful, the Shadow City etches itself into your mind with lonely, tormented characters and their tragic fates.-Anders Monsen, Editor, PrometheusBostons and Crawfords voices meld beautifully to create dark music. Notes from the Shadow City will echo in your nightmares.-Linda D. Addison, Bram-Stoker-Award-winning author of Being Full of Light, InsubstantialTo say that reading Notes from the Shadow City is a delight might be misleading; to say that it is unsettling, disconcerting, provocative, and remarkable is to scratch the surface of the shadows and begin to reveal the genius beneath.--from the introduction by Michael R. Collings, author of The House beyond the Hill
In March 1945 the German Wehrmacht undertook its final attempt to change the course of the war by launching a counteroffensive in the area of Lake Balaton, Hungary. Here, the best panzer forces of the Third Reich and the elite of the Panzerwaffe were assembled - the panzer divisions SS Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, Das Reich, Totenkopf, Wiking and others, staffed by ardent believers in Nazism and armed with the most up-to-date combat equipment, including up to 900 tanks and self-propelled guns. At the time, this was considered a secondary axis for the Red Army, and thus the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front had to stop the German counteroffensive with their own forces and could not count upon reinforcements from the Stavka Reserve, which were needed for the decisive storming of Berlin. Relying upon their combat skill and rich combat experience, the Soviet troops carried out this task with honor, stopping the tidal wave of German armor and inflicting a decisive defeat and enormous, irreplaceable losses upon the enemy. The defeat of the Sixth SS Panzer Army became a genuine catastrophe for Germany, and Balaton becamse the tomb of the Panzerwaffe. In this book, penned by two leading Russian military historians, this major defeat suffered by the Wehrmacht has been described and analyzed for the first time using data from both Soviet and German archives. It focuses not only on Operation Spring Awakening, but also describes the preceding Konrad offensives conducted by the Germans in the effort to come to the aid of the encircled and desperate German and fascist Hungarian defenders of Budapest. This edition is lavishly illustrated with over a hundred rare photographs of destroyed or disabled German armor taken shortly after the battle by a Soviet inspection team, besides other photographs and specially-commissioned color maps.
Urban based rages to riches saga, where Michaelangelo and teenage daughter Alyssa, embark upon New York City, seeking success in the literary field. At 30, he has spent his time wisely in the department of corrections, honing his ability as a skillful writer and plotting a career change that will shock the world. Contray to his fellow inmates, who spent their time watching television videos, sports and playing the yard, Michael was reading everything preparing for the day he would hit the streets. Ultimately, when his dreams became reality, tradegy strikes, summoning his return to a place he has never experienced anything except failure. Caught in the crosswinds of family, career, new life and old demons, what will Michaelangelo do?
Young Robin Hood lives alone with his widowed father, in a small village on the edges of Sherwood Forest in twelfth century England, during the reign of Henry II. It is a hard life for the farming villagers who rely on each other to survive. One day Robin returns home to find his father dead with a knife in his back. Rumours suggest the killer is one of a band of outlaws and thieves living deep in the forest. Leaving his friends and safety behind, Robin decides to seek the truth about his fathers death. But rather than finding the outlaws, the outlaws find him, and Robin has a close brush with death. Luckily, he is saved by Scarlock, a mysterious outlaw living alone in Sherwood. Through him Robin begins to learn forest law, how to survive and how to use a longbow. Eventually Robin gets a lead in finding his fathers killer but it is much closer to home than he expects ...