Book: Mercy: The Last NE Vampire

Planning an Author Visit?

Posted by on Aug 16, 2016 in Author Visits, Book: Mercy: The Last NE Vampire | 0 comments

Islandport Press (who published my vampire novel, Mercy) has some great tips and suggestions if you’re a teacher or librarian hoping to bring an author or illustrator to your school or library.

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Monumental Mysteries

Posted by on Jun 11, 2013 in Book: Mercy: The Last NE Vampire, Press | 0 comments

By Mercy's gravestone.

By Mercy’s gravestone.

It is remarkably surreal to see yourself on television–I must report that. I mean, there I was, sitting in the living room, watching myself talk. When you think about it, it’s not supposed to work like that!

But it was actually quite exciting to see what the producers of Monumental Mysteries have done with the story of Mercy Brown. Shot partly at her gravesite in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery and partly at a nearby historical site, this premiere episode (nobody told me I was going to be on the premiere; I’m much relieved that they didn’t, or I would have been even more nervous) does an excellent job of reporting on Mercy’s life, her tragic and macabre death–and what came after.

(I do wish to state for the record that I never said Mercy had turned over in her grave! This tidbit later became part of the legend, but it’s not part of the contemporary accounts.)

MediaLife Magazine called stories covered by the series “briskly presented and usually interesting” and that Mercy’s stories, in particular, has “a satisfyingly gruesome ending, a plausible scientific explanation and a possible connection to the writing of the novel ‘Dracula.'”

Here’s the host, Don Wildman, chatting about his new show and Mercy.

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Monumental Mysteries, May 9, 2013!

Posted by on May 2, 2013 in Book: Mercy: The Last NE Vampire, Press | 0 comments

Graveyard HeadshotMercy and I will be featured on the Travel Channel’s Monumental Mysteries on May 9th. They say 9:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, but check your local listings!

The Kennebec Journal has taken note, and the Portland Press Herald as well.

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Mercy (and Me) on Camera

Posted by on Jan 24, 2013 in Book: Mercy: The Last NE Vampire, Press | 0 comments

By Mercy's gravestone.

By Mercy’s gravestone in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, Rhode Island.

It was cold but not too cold, and the sun was shining. We were very lucky. January in Rhode Island, you never know what weather you’re going to get. Outside in the Chestnut Hill Cemetery, I got to kneel down by Mercy Brown’s grave and tell her story on camera, for the Travel Channel’s show, Monumental Mysteries. (When I arrived, along with my lovely and talented publicist, Kirsten Cappy from Curious City, the camera guy, Rob, and the producer, Sarah, were trying hard to set up the camera for a shot that would make Mercy’s plain and unadorned headstone look “monumental.”)

I must confess I was nervous, afraid that I would stumble and trip over my words, afraid that my incompetence with mascara would show, and mostly afraid that I would not know enough. I’m a novelist, after all, and not a historian or a folklorist. But it turned out that all I had to do was tell Mercy’s story, and okay–I do know that. Well enough to tell it over–and over–and over, which is apparently what you do to be on TV.

Thanks to producers Alice and Sarah, camera guy Rob, and sound man Steven, for putting me at ease–they must work with camera neophytes all the time, they were so patient. And thanks to Kirsten, too, for listening to stories of vampire folklore, human decomposition, and tuberculosis remedies all the way from Portland, Maine, to Exeter, Rhode Island.

They called this the "hero shot." All I had to do was stand there and look straight at the camera. Harder than it sounds!

They called this the “hero shot.” All I had to do was stand there and look straight at the camera. Harder than it sounds!

By the crypt where Mercy's body was kept before the removal of her heart. The ground was too cold to dig her grave.
By the crypt where Mercy’s body was kept before the removal of her heart. The ground was too cold to dig her grave.

A tad more attention than I, as your typical introverted writer type, was entirely comfortable with....

A tad more attention than I, as your typical introverted writer type, was entirely comfortable with….

Filming continued at Smith's Castle, a colonial homestead. Inside but not that much warmer.

Filming continued at Smith’s Castle, a colonial homestead. Inside but not that much warmer.

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