Prologue To The Fallen: Book II of The Gothic Exorcist Chronicles By Sherry Valerie Hilles

July 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm (Arts, Blogroll, books, Geopolitics and International Relations, History, Horror, Literature, Mystery/horror, The Occult, The Supernatural) (, , , , , , )

This is the Prologue to volume II of a series of novels that my friend and fellow writer Sherry is writing. It is a prologue to a book called The Fallen which is Volume II of The Julia Domain Gothic Exorcist Chronicles written by Sherrie de Valeria Hilles.

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Video Presentation On Sherry Valerie Hilles’ The Gothic Exorcist’s Chronicles

January 5, 2018 at 10:03 pm (Book Reviews, books, Entertainment, Fantasy, Geopolitics and International Relations, History, Horror, International Intrigue, Mystery, Mystery/horror, Mythology, The Supernatural) (, , , )

Video Presentation On Sherry Valerie Hilles’ The Gothic Exorcist’s Chronicles

My friend and fellow writer Sherry Valerie Hilles has recently published the 2nd volume of her GOTHIC EXORCIST’s CHRONICLES entitled The Fallen.

Volume One was entitled The Devil’s Promises.

Here is a short video presentation at YouTube about her two books:

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Charles Dickens and Christmas

November 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm (Commentary, Culture, History, Literature, Personal essays) (, , , )

Charles Dickens and Christmas

I was just reading a review of the released movie Charles Dickens: The Man Who Invented Christmas.

It looks like it will be quite a good film.

Although I think a more appropriate title would be Charles Dickens: The Man Who Re-Invented Christmas.

Because Christmas 🎄 was actually an important holiday in England and celebrated widely until the advent of Puritanism and Oliver Cromwell in the 17th Century.

The monarchy was restored to Britain in 1660 and although Stuart monarchs may have celebrated Christmas, it was a day no longer marked with much commemoration among the general populace.

Hanoverian England and the advent of the Industrial Revolution saw a further decline in the celebration of Christmas.

The idea of Christmas as a special day to celebrate with family and friends the birth of Christ appeared to be on the verge of dying out in England.

There were some inklings of a possible restoration of Christmas on the landscape.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha’s marriage to Queen Victoria in 1840 had led the Prince to bring German Lutheran Christmas customs with him to Buckingham Palace such as the idea of candles, lights and decorated Christmas 🎄 trees.

The High Church Anglo-Catholic priest and hymn writer John Mason Neale was also writing Christmas carols during this time period- Good Christian Men Rejoice, Good King Wenceslas and O Come O Come Emmanuel.

But it was a writer heavily in debt who self-published the book A Christmas Carol in 1843 who turned things around.

Mr. Charles Dickens.

His collection of characters in that work – Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim- have become immortal in themselves.

The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as well as the ghost of Jacob Marley are probably the most famous ghosts in all English literature.

Dickens’ work would greatly influence the modern Western celebration of Christmas such as family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, parties, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit.

All things now associated with Christmas.

In that sense, Dickens did invent Christmas.

But the idea of family Christmas celebrations and Ebenezer Scrooge’s redemption would not have been possible without the Birth of a certain Babe in a manger in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.

Puritan sourpusses such as Oliver Cromwell might have wanted to do away with celebrating Christmas.

The Industrial Revolution with its denial of the essential dignity and self-worth of the individual human person might try to kill the concept of humanity being created in God’s image.

Machines might be seen as capable of replacing a human work force.

And technology might be seen as capable of replacing God.

But for Dickens, the realm of the Spirit was very much alive.

It has been said that “the (Holy) Spirit moveth us in sundry times and places”.

In London in 1843, Charles Dickens felt moved in spirit.

And gave us his masterpiece novella A Christmas Carol.

The celebration of Christ’s birth in the world was not to be denied to humanity.

Today Christmas has turned into an orgy of shopping and commercialization.

The focus has become “What am I getting for Christmas?”.

It is the hidden gift under wrapping that has become the focus of most attention on Christmas morn rather than the Godhead become openly manifest in human flesh.

It looks like the world could use another Charles Dickens to come and remind us what Christmas is truly all about.

-A personal essay
written by Christopher
Friday November 24th

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An Urgent Appeal To My Readers

May 9, 2016 at 5:38 pm (Commentary, Culture, Life, Personal essays) (, , , , , )

An Urgent Message To My Readers

For those of you who enjoy reading my blog- my vampire novel chapters, my poems, my short stories and my personal essays, I have an urgent message for you.

Help keep this website on the air- or- on the Net as it were.

Regular readers of my blog know that I’ve been diligently searching for a job for the past 16 months and still have not been hired.

Last month, I set up a Go Fund Me page to help me with the desperate financial straits I’m in.

I published my first novel- a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction- The Giant Rat of Sumatra back in January but sales of that particular book have been slow.

I published my 2nd book- the first in my series of 7 vampire novels- entitled The Vampiress With Amnesia earlier this month.

Hopefully sales of that book will take off.

But now here’s the crux of the matter- in order to have enough money to pay for food, electricity and my rent- I haven’t paid the bills for my Internet, my mobile phone and my land line phone for the past 3 months.

I now owe roughly $600 Canadian in total for these services for the past 3 months.

Unless I pay them as soon as possible, these services will be cut off.

If that happens, this will drastically affect my ability to get a job.

Because if I do not have a phone, employers will have no way of getting in touch with me if they do want to hire me.

And for people who enjoy reading my blog, I will not be able to post because then I’ll have no Internet access.

Public computer terminals at public libraries in Vancouver are extremely busy plus I spend most of my days searching for a job and in time in between, I can research (since most of my vampire novel chapters have a lot of historical background and current events in them) on my smart phone and then write my blog posts on my smart phone.

And then email what I have written to myself and then when I get home- I can cut and paste from my email and format what I have written on my laptop at home and then post to my WordPress blog.

That will all be gone if I cannot access my smart phone and my home’s laptop computer.

Plus no way of potential employers contacting me if I have no phones.

When my mobile needs recharging, I can still be called and also call out myself on my land line.

Therefore I ask my friends and readers to please consider donating money to my Go Fund Me page or buy one of my books- either in Paperback or on Kindle.

Here’s the link to my Go Fund Me page:

As I’ve said before, I know in these tough economic times, many people cannot afford to donate a great deal of money.

However even if they could afford to only donate $5 or $10 at one time, if enough people did that, every little bit would help.

Or if you haven’t done so already, please buy one of my books- either in Paperback or on Kindle.

Or if you have already done so, then please consider buying one of my books as a gift for a friend or family member – either in Paperback or on Kindle.

Here’s my Sherlock Holmes novel The Giant Rat of Sumatra in Paperback:

Here’s my Sherlock Holmes novel The Giant Rat of Sumatra on Kindle:

Here’s my vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia in Paperback:

Here’s my vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia on Kindle:

Some of my friends outside North America have said that the above links sometimes don’t work for them in countries in Europe and Asia.

If that’s the case, go to Amazon on-line and click on their Books department and then type in the Amazon Books search engine either

The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Christopher Milner


The Vampiress With Amnesia by Christopher Milner

-depending upon which book you want to buy-

-and then the Amazon search engine will take you right to it.

So hopefully this appeal of mine won’t go unheeded and I’ll get at least $600 Canadian to pay the 3 back months owing on my mobile phone, Internet and land line phone bills so that my service won’t be cut off.

So if you enjoy reading my blog, friends, then please consider donating to my Go Fund Me page or buy one of my books- either in Paperback or on Kindle.

And help keep this blog- on the Net!

-A personal appeal
written by Christopher
Monday May 9th 2016

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The Vampiress With Amnesia- My 1st Vampire Novel Now Published On Amazon

May 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm (books, Culture, Geopolitics and International Relations, International Intrigue, Literature, News, Personal essays, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , )

The Vampiress With Amnesia- My 1st Vampire Novel Now Published On Amazon

Hello friends and fellow bloggers, I just thought I’d let you know that my 1st vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia has been published and is now available for sale on Amazon.

Here’s the link for buying it in Kindle digital e-book format:

I have discovered from my friends outside North America that the above link doesn’t seem to work in countries in Europe and Asia.

However if you go to Amazon Books on-line and type in the Amazon Books search engine

The Vampiress With Amnesia by Christopher Milner

it will take you right to the book. 🙂

-Christopher Milner
author of The Vampiress With Amnesia
Monday May 2nd 2016

-The Vampiress With Amnesia

featuring the adventures of Canadian vampire hunter Dracul Van Helsing, South Korean vampire huntress Hyung Grace Kwan, shapeshifting hamster/human Renfield R. Renfield, genetically cloned concert pianist Amadeus Emanon, the ancient Egyptian vampire Set, the Aztec vampire princess Qonzilqointec and of course the vampiress with amnesia.

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The Vampiress With Amnesia- Coming Soon To An Amazon Near You

April 29, 2016 at 5:10 pm (books, News, Personal essays) (, , , , , )

The Vampiress With Amnesia – Coming Soon To An Amazon Near You

This it turns out will be my 1000th blog post on WordPress.

And so in effect this post is a milestone.

So I will talk about some of the milestones going on in my life at the moment.

In the next couple of weeks, I hope to have my 1st vampire novel uploaded and published to Amazon and ready for sale.

The name of my 1st vampire novel (which was written between April 2009 and July 2010) is The Vampiress With Amnesia.

The Vampiress With Amnesia is the first book in a vampire septology (series of 7 vampire novels) that I’m writing called The Vampire Hunter Samurai Chronicles.

I’m currently in the middle of writing the 5th book in the series – so at this point in time The Vampire Hunter Samurai Chronicles is a pentalogy but I’m hoping to make it a septology.

The other thing going on in my life at the moment is I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page.

As many of my close friends here at WordPress know, I’ve been diligently searching for a job for over 15 months now since January 2015 and so far none of the places where I have applied have hired me.

Most haven’t even given me callbacks.

So in lieu of the impending financial crisis going on in my life, I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page to help me pay for rent and food until such time as I’ve managed to land a job.

Here’s the link to my Go Fund Me page:

In terms of other milestones in my life, I published my 1st book back in January of this year a Sherlock Holmes fan fiction entitled The Giant Rat of Sumatra.

The paperback edition of my book can be purchased here:

The Kindle digital e-book edition can be purchased here:

I have also earlier this week set up an author page on Amazon.

I’ve been trying since January to find out where exactly on the Amazon web site authors can go to set up an author page for themselves.

Then last week I got my monthly email newsletter from Createspace (the division of Amazon that prints up paperback editions of books) for this month of April and they had a link to an article by a writer showing the links one uses to create an author page on Amazon.

So now I have an author page on Amazon:

As I have mentioned, my first vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia should be published and available for sale on Amazon during the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, my friend Daniel aka Hyperion Sturm is giving the readers on his blog a sneak peek of my vampire novel The Vampiress With Amnesia by publishing on his blog the first 5 to 6 chapters of The Vampiress With Amnesia over the next few weeks.

Here’s Chapter 1 of The Vampiress With Amnesia here:

Here’s Chapter 2 of The Vampiress With Amnesia here:

So 1000 blog posts here at WordPress.

I believe I started publishing here back around 2006 or 2007.

I did not publish much here in those days as Journalspace and later Xanga were my primary blogging sites.

Now with the passing of Journalspace and Xanga into cyberspace oblivion, WordPress has become my primary blogging site.

It’s also probably become the first blogging site where I’ve managed to reach the milestone of 1000 posts.

-Christopher Milner
aka Dracul Van Helsing
Friday April 29th 2016

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My 1st Novel Now Published and Available For Sale On Amazon

January 25, 2016 at 9:29 pm (Arts, Blogroll, Book Reviews, books, Culture, Entertainment, Fantasy, Folklore, History, International Intrigue, Life, Literature, Mystery, Mythology, Personal essays, Romance, Science-Fiction) (, , , , , , , , )

My 1st Novel Now Published and Available For Sale On Amazon

To all my friends, readers and fellow bloggers, I just thought I’d let you know that my 1st Novel was published today. 🙂

It’s now available at Amazon:

For those of you who prefer to read the book in printed paperback form rather than digital, here’s where you can buy the paperback edition of my book:

I would ask for your support in buying this book and also let your friends, acquaintances and family know about it to purchase it as well. 🙂

Many thanks,

Monday January 25th 2016
Robbie Burns Day

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A Recommendation of Books For You

May 23, 2014 at 5:45 pm (Book Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

A Recommendation of Books For You

Here’s a recommendation of books for you.

My friend Timothy Wood who I met 9 years ago at a Blogging site called Journalspace is a writer who works as a part-time chef in Port Elizabeth South Africa.

He writes under the nom-de-plume SAREJESS which is a combination of the first letters of the names of his 3 daughters Sarah, Rebecca and Jessica.

Tim has had a life long battle with dyslexia.

As a child growing up in South Africa, the local school board told his parents that he couldn’t go to school because he’d never learn how to read.

So his grandmother took him under her tutelage and taught him to read using the King James Bible, the works of William Shakespeare, the novels of Charles Dickens, the novels of Sir Walter Scott and the novels of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.

He was able to pass the school entrance exams as a result.

Tim has written 4 novels- The First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The Tuthmosis Diaries and The Sterleys of Oakland Park.

The First Book of Samuel and The Second Book of Samuel are about Samuel the Bethlehem innkeeper who turned away the Holy Family of Joseph, Mary and the unborn child Jesus because there was no room for them in the inn.

In Tim’s imagination, Samuel the Bethlehem innkeeper is then doomed to walk the earth until the Second Coming of Christ.

The First and Second Books of Samuel then record Samuel’s adventures throughout history as he meets scientists, inventors, adventurers, explorers, early Chinese emperors, medieval Byzantine emperors, British monarchs and American Presidents.

The Tuthmosis Diaries are about an ancient Egyptian mummy who comes to life and proceeds to wreak chaos and havoc throughout the land.

The Sterleys of Oakland Park is a historical regency romance novel written in the style of Jane Austen full of humour and unforgettable characters including a clergyman’s wife who as Tim puts it, “if she had been a cook in Britain’s Royal Navy, she’d have been the most formidable weapon in Napoleon’s arsenal.”

Tim has published the books through a self-publishing company

The books are available for sale at

I’d recommend these books to people who are lovers of the classics and love books that are both informative and entertaining at the same time.

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