• The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 209

    As they entered the valley, Tyler noticed a woman standing on the side of the road. The truck was packed with equipment and tools, so they could not stop for her. Besides, Tyler figured that Laurent, who was driving in the rear vehicle, would lose it on them if they picked her up. Unless her heart were to grow three sizes.

    His eyes locked onto her. That bronze skin and black hair meant that she was indigenous. However, what she wore was unexpected. She had on a flowing white dress that was totally inappropriate for travelling the back-country on foot. I’m not even sure she has a bra on

    “Odd,” Tyler whispered.

    “Did you say something?” Kyle asked.

    The question distracted him long enough for the woman to vanish. That development was downright creepy, but Tyler dismissed it as being brought on by an overactive imagination.

    “Oh nothing,” Tyler said in reply. “I’m just thinking out loud.”

    Picture of a brunette facing away from the camera. She is walking down a snowy windy road, wearing a long white coat, a cowboy hat hanging off her back and combat boots. Image by Jasmin Chew from Pexels.


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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 208

    There was something peculiar about all those records being lost or destroyed. He needed to confirm if Kyle had grasped the key elements of the situation before moving on. Still, Tyler kept quiet hoping their host would come through.

    “Lauren found a slew of missing person’s posters stemming from the Twenties on—” Kyle said in a flash of insight.

    Kyle paused as their four-by-four drove into a tunnel. This was one of his quirks; every time they drove under an overhanging structure. Loads of fun at a drive through.

    “There are more missing persons’ reports here than anywhere else in the country during this time. When you factor in the First Nations legends about this valley being cursed, it paints a grim picture,” Kyle added when clear.

    Picture of old hands holding an old picture frame, as though longing for times past or a person who is gone. Image by Ivan Samkov from Pexels.


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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 207

    “So what are we up against?”

    “The town corporation dissolved about sixty years ago. All the records should have been transferred to the county.”

    Kyle paused long enough for the picture in his mind to focus.

    “Records that survived appear to have been sanitised. Those that remain create the impression that this was a mundane town that had the occasional bout of vandalism.”

    “Odd, considering they had a courthouse and a sizable police force… unheard of for such a small centre.”

    “You caught that detail, did you?”

    Picture of the front of an imposing court house. Red brick with white accents, and four white columns at the front. Image by Diane Webb from Pexels.


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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 206

    “Yep. It was opened during the Roaring Twenties and declared bankruptcy when the stock market crashed,” Lauren added.

    Tyler smiled then asked, “Do you think these are legit?”

    “Yep,” Lauren answered. “I checked the metadata and found no artefacts in the images.”

    This once in a lifetime opportunity left him light-headed. They would need a couple of days to prepare, but knew they were up for the task.

    “Kyle!” Tyler yelled while facing the ceiling. “Road trip!”

    Picture of a two lane highway stretching out over plains towards mountains. There are no cars on the road, and the sky is cloudy. Image by MaxWdhs from Pixabay.


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  • The Grand Trailer – We’re Hiring!

    Even things that go bump in the night need a place to unwind!

    The Grand is a collection of Gothic horror stories that focus a town prosecutor who accidentally discovers a series of grizzly case files. Individual stories incorporate supernatural themes based in the Roaring Twenties to create a rich historical, linguistic and cultural backdrop.


  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 205

    “Except for that historical shot, these were taken last week by a fan. They sent these to us over Bealzabook,” Lauren said.

    “We can’t afford a trip to Europe,” Tyler said.

    “That’s not a problem,” Lauren said. “The place is a few hours from the city along the highway.”

    “A castle here?” Tyler asked.

    “Actually, it’s a hotel,” Lauren replied.

    “Some hotel,” Tyler said in awe.

    “Yep. It was opened during the Roaring Twenties and declared bankruptcy when the stock market crashed,” Lauren added.

    Picture of le Chateau Frontenac taken from the Levis side. Taken at or near sunset, with a crepuscular sky, the hotel itself is alight as is the palisade. Image by Emeric Laperriere from Pexels.


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  • Clean Manuscripts Using Markdown

    Modern word processors work with the What You See is What You Get paradigm. While that’s mostly true for simple documents, inconsistencies are often introduced into complex documents. This includes but is not limited to:

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    Some of these examples may go undetected until the work is published. These inconsistencies further complicate fault finding an EPUB, as they lead to additional styles and tags being introduced into the code.

    Markdown is a human markup language that permits users to use formatting like Bold, Italics, Monospace, and Strike Through without any knowledge of the underlying code. This simple syntax can be leveraged to generate clean manuscripts.

    Sample Markdown Text

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    * Different styles applied throughout. E.g. Some paragraphs are
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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 204

    Lauren turned back for a moment, which gave Tyler a good view of her backside. It would have taken an act of God to conceal his shit-eating grin.

    Sure, Tyler had no chance with her, but he found her stunningly beautiful. What was the harm in getting an eyeful? Especially if he never touched? I think she enjoys the attention.

    Lauren noticed his grin. She adopted narrow eyes, a tense jaw and thin lips that chilled the air. This time she had another ace up her sleeve. She dropped another picture, but this one was taken from an infrared camera. In this wavelength, the structure appeared to be intact, with no wear and tear visible.

    Image focused on the lower backside of a woman, wearing jeans with a bare back visible. Image by Vendula Kociánová from Pixabay.


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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 203

    “Nice place… so what am I missing?” Tyler asked.

    Lauren’s smile melted away before saying, “You see that building in the historical photograph? Do you see how they built it right into the cliffside?”

    “Yeah,” Tyler said while eyeing the other pictures.

    A place like that would have cost a fortune to design and build. They must have carved out thousands of tons of rock just to make room.

    “Wait,” Tyler said.

    “Where’s the hole?” Tyler confirmed.

    Picture of heavy equipment tearing at a rocky ridge. Smoke and fust billowing in the air. Image by Hannu Iso-Oja from Pexels.


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  • The Van Helsing Impetus – Excerpt No. 202

    “Well, this will cheer you up,” Lauren said and pointed at three photographs.

    He looked down to find what appeared to be the remains of an enormous castle. The first shot was an aerial shot of the site, while the latter two had been taken from the valley floor. As judged by the state of the buildings nearer to the photographer, these shots had been taken from the ruins of some deserted town.

    “Ruins are always good,” Tyler replied.

    He noticed there was a picture in Lauren’s hand. Experience told him that this shot would end up being the proverbial smoking gun they were looking for. The one that would make him forget about that fateful mission and his phantom leg pain. Fat chance for that last bit!

    “So what am I missing?” Tyler asked.

    Picture of a ruined castle complex, with a structure overhead, and arches overgrown with vegetation. Image by Alan Frijns from Pixabay.


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