Author Marilyn A. Hudson To Present at Paracon 2015 in Guthrie, OK

Order a copy of the book and bring it along for a signature by the author! Should be a great event. Check out the details on this meet-up page. Sponsored by O.P.A. (Oklahoma Paranormal Association). 


New Book Explores Murders, Missing Persons and Mysteries

Now available!  The nearly forgotten 1951 torso case that rocked Yukon, Oklahoma; the unsolved torso killings of Texas, New Mexico and Florida; the missing women who turned up dead across several states; the missing bride case of Moore, Oklahoma in 1958; the mysterious and  unsolved disappearances and murders in the heart of Louisiana and much, much more...INTO OBLIVION: MURDERS, MISSING PERSONS AND MYSTERIES by Marilyn A. Hudson.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson explores a collection of crimes long forgotten, and sometimes, ignored by the passage of time.

Cases of disappearance, murder, and often worse -
the mysterious disappearance of Audrey Moate in Louisiana in 1956...
the unsolved torso slaying of Betty Jack Stevens in Oklahoma in 1952...
the unsolved murder and dismemberment of Willie Lois Depew in Oklahoma in 1951...
the unsolved murder of Billie Schafer in Oklahoma in 1951...
Author and researcher Marilyn A. Hudson stands along the stretch of highway scene to a still open missing person case dating to May 1958 in Moore, Oklahoma. On a bright morning a young bride, Carol Batterman left the Crown Motel to look for a more permanent dwelling for the couple while the husband was stationed at the Navy Training Center in nearby Norman. She was never, with any certainty, ever seen or heard from again.


"Still" THE Book on the Bizarre in Oklahoma

From the mailbag: " Just finished 'Strange State' and what a treat!  I have read a lot about Oklahoma's strange aspects but this book tops all the others. It really is broad in its coverage. This should be in every library in the state!"
Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma (3rd Ed.) by Cullan Hudson (The Mound) is available in print and Kindle versions from Amazon. If it is not in your local library, do request they add it to their collections.


'FOUL HARVEST' Coming April 2015

"Scream if you must - but no one is coming to your rescue."

Norman based author Marilyn A. Hudson and Whorl Books are pleased to announce the coming publication of her third novel, called Foul Harvest.  

Hudson is co-author of the 2010 horror novel, The Mound and is author of the fantasy fiction work The Sword of Anath.  She has also penned several historical non-fiction works, including Tales of Hell's Half Acre, When Death Rode the Rails, and Murderous Marriages. In addition, she has written a children's story book, Elephant Hips are Expensive illustrated by Molly Lemmons, as well as several inspirational titles.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma Hudson has been a professional librarian in elementary, public, and higher education settings.

"Scream all you want. No one is coming to your rescue.

Her luck has always been bad, her decisions worse, and the 'American Dream' is her nightmare. 
He is the envy of many, wants for nothing, and makes it all look so easy.

They are about to meet and one of them will pay the ultimate price.

There are among us dark souls planting seeds of evil in fields most of us don't care to venture. In the shadows along the borders of our civilized world, they reap from the flesh of the lost a foul harvest.

But some things grow tougher in the shadows.  Sometimes they fight back."

Early comments about the work :

".. it was very well written. With a lot of cliffhangers that kept you just so intrigued. You never really knew what was around the next corner. Loved the book now waiting for the movie."-- Lorene Young, Case Management Assistant

 Watch for soon from Amazon and other dealers.


Authors Out and About

At the Whorl Books booth at the Underground Monster Carnival at the OKC Fairgrounds, March 7, 2015.  Met some wonderful people, volunteers, and had lots of foot traffic for a fun day!  Marilyn A. Hudson was part of an author panel on 'The Writer's Mind' sponsored by OKC Edge.


Coming soon....

Scream if you must...but no one is coming to your rescue.
A serial killer has his sights on her...



Authors Marilyn A. Hudson and Cullan Hudson will be on hand at a Whorl Books booth on Sat. March 7, 2015 at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.  At 2 p.m. Marilyn A. Hudson will participate in a writer's panel with several other local authors.
The event formally releases the new book, "The Sword of Anath: The Warriors", a sharp edged fantasy novel.   Other works by Hudson include, Murderous Marriages, The Bones of Summer, When Death Rode the Rails, and she co-wrote the popular, The Mound.
Cullan Hudson, noted blogger and author of what has been called 'the definitive work on the strange in Oklahoma', Strange State. This popular title has been reissued several times due to high demand. He co-wrote the horror novel, The Mound and is currently working on a sequel to both books.


Authors Out and About

Author Cullan Hudson presenting at a Tulsa Library on 'creating a successful blog'


The Sword of Anath Released

An exciting fantasy novel of a long forgotten time filled with violence, the mysterious, and legends were born. Available now on Amazon in print and Kindle formats.


Whorl Books Author Will Participate in Writing Panel

Norman based author Marilyn A. Hudson will participate in a panel discussion during the Underground Monster Carnival, March 7, 2015 at the OKC Fairgrounds. Time to be announced.

Hudson is author, with Cullan Hudson,  of the horror novel, The Mound, a collection of chilling short stories, The Bones of Summer, and a collection of macabre true tales of love gone wrong, Murderous Marriages.

Plans are to release a new fantasy novel, The Sword of Anath during the March 7th event.

Later this year a sequel to The Mound will be nearing publication as well as a true crimes book, Into Oblivion.

Additional titles by Hudson include several historical monographs, When Death Rode the Rails, Tales of Hell's Half Acre and a history of storytelling in Oklahoma, Stories Center Stage.

Hudson is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in history and library-information studies.


Popular Children's Title Reissued

Reissue of ELEPHANT HIPS ARE EXPENSIVE by Marilyn A. Hudson with illustrations by Molly Lemmons Sparks Memories.
The popular children's story book about a group of children banding together in 1949 to help bring a new elephant to the zoo has been reissued with new illustrations.  Storyteller and author Molly Lemmons drew on her personal memories of childhood and being one of those money raising children to craft fun and whimsical graphics.
"I remember sitting in the audience at the Municipal Auditorium (Aka Civic Center Music Hall) while at a school wide concert," Molly recalls with a smile. "...and the emcee announcing: "Boys and Girls, you have bought an elephant for the Oklahoma City Zoo." The entire audience of elementary school children jumped to their feet and screamed and hollered to the top of their lungs. I was one of these children."

The book from Whorl Books is available now in print form here.  Soon, it will also be available in Kindle format.

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WHORL BOOKS announces that a revised edition of ELEPHANT HIPS ARE EXPENSIVE, a children’s book by Marilyn A. Hudson, will be published in the near future.

The book, which traces how a small group of children struggle to finish raising money to bring a baby elephant to the zoo, is based on real events in the late 1940’s in Oklahoma City.  Children all across the state of Oklahoma raised money to bring a new elephant to the capitol city zoo.  Local newspapers featured fundraising graphs and updates

Adding to the story in this revised edition will be the whimsical illustrations of well known author and storyteller, Molly Lemmons. 

Her charming pictures add to a very special story sure to please any child and maybe a few adults who remember, like Molly, of being one of “Judy’s kids.”


Stories Center Stage! New Book Reveals History

Norman author and storyteller, Marilyn A. Hudson, is author of a new work.  Stories Center Stage! is a brief history of the art of storytelling in modern day Oklahoma.

It scans evidence of storytelling in schools, libraries, churches, homes and public spaces and special events from the early 20th century.  It includes short biographies of artists who served as pioneers and some of those who actively shared stories using oral storytelling art forms from 1900 to present day.

Available now in print and Kindle versions.

Be sure and check out The Spirit of Oklahoma Storytelling Festival June 13-14 in Bethay, Ok. 


Off the Page! A Great Resource for Childcare Providers, Parents

Perfect resources for child care providers, community event planners, parents, home schools, volunteers, teachers and public libraries planning to add story times to their programs.

This work is suitable for early childhood and pre-school programs and workers. it includes easy ways to inserting authentic learning into sharing of picture books with children or groups and in making storytime the most anticipated of events.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson has been a children's librarian in both elementary school and public libraries. In addition, she has been a college level library administrator and teacher...



'Windows' Gives Unique View on Historic Building

Author Marilyn A. Hudson announces the completion of her most recent project, The Windows of Wesley: A Historic and Inspirational Journey, available in April via Amazon.com and other venues. 
A historic and inspirational tour of the English Gothic Sanctuary of Wesley United Methodist Church (Oklahoma City, OK). The church was established in 1910 as Wesley Methodist Episcopal, North, and the sanctuary constructed in 1928. At that time four large (approx. 16 x 20 foot)  Christ windows, numerous smaller story windows, and extensive stone and wooden ornamentation, were added.  Hudson has brought together church writings, history, and new research to uncover some interesting artistic and community history.

A blend of church history, local history, art history and the spiritual motivation sparking the use of the windows and the impact they have had on members.  Devotional writings by church members and leaders over the years further enrich the descriptions. Black and white images with accompanying historic, artistic, and inspirational text.
Information is included about the windows, their donors, and their known artistic influences. Additionally, other aspects of artistic expression at the church are also discussed, along with a reflective spiritual guide of the sanctuary.
On Sunday, April 13 (Palm Sunday) at 3 p.m. Hudson will lead guests through an inspirational tour of the sanctuary windows.  Interested individuals should call Wesley UMC at 405-525-3521 to reserve a place on this tour.

ISBN: 978-0615991917   / 01-0615991912   Createspace Market Page   $14.00 / 98 pages
(Look for it in 5-7 days on Amazon.com, etc.)
Subject areas: Stained glass windows, Oklahoma, United Methodism (History), Oklahoma City, Wesley United Methodist Church


Revised Edition of "Hell" Coming

"Tales of Hell's Half Acre" that is!

This collection of true historical events, people and where legendary episodes occurred is being expanded and revised to include more maps, more stories and make it useful as a take along tour book for both individual and guided tours of Oklahoma City.  It will be a "must have" for visitors and locals alike! 
Each story will be clearly linked to a map to help the reader see where things happened and get a feel for how things change, and how much things get 'forgotten' over time.
It is hoped it will be part of a series of similar books in a "Haunted By History" series.

Look for it soon!


Mound Featured In New Online Magazine

The inaugural issue of Dark Recesses E-Zine is a one-page
write up (a bit of self promotion, really) about The Mound
and a hint at where we pick up the story next. 


Alternate Cover With Radically Different Concept

Which cover is YOUR favorite?

"A journey to discover her past Will set her on a Path to Stop the Future"


from the authors The Mound, Cullan Hudson and Marilyn A. Hudson


Murderous Marriages Released


Murderous Marriages
When Marriages Go Bad It Can Be Deadly
Authored by Marilyn A. Hudson (CreateSpace/WhorlBooks)

Rosebuds, lace, whispered promises to have and to hold....these are the romantic images of marriage in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Sometimes, however, that pledge to remain true and faithful 'til death we do part' gave ideas of a darker sort to mis-matched couples.Explore some of the cases which had people talking, gawking, and guessing. Murderous Marriages because when love goes wrong - it can be a killer.

Marilyn A. Hudson is an author and researcher who loves turning over history to see the story long hidden by time, ego, and reputations. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma with degrees in history, library and information studies, she collects arcane tales and has been dubbed the "genie of bizarre history". Hudson is author of several historical monographs When Death Rode the Rails, Tales of Hell's Half Acre, Halloween and fiction such as the short story collection The Bones of Summer, short fiction such as the Madame Delaine series, and is co-author of novel The Mound.

Publication Date:
Jun 25 2013
1490523308 / 9781490523309
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / North America


Anticipated Work Announced

"A journey into her past sets her on a path to stop the future."  A new supernatural thriller from the authors of The Mound, Cullan Hudson and Marilyn A. Hudson, is in the works.   Readers have expressed eagerness to read more of the Psychic Shade Hoffmeyer introduced in The Mound. This edgy, no-nonsense woman is a unique character with very special abilities.


Schedule Author for Readings & Talks

MARILYN A. HUDSON is now available for book talks, readings, and discussions about writing and research. 

With theatrical skill she can read selections of her short stories to delight and entertain.  With skill and expertise she can communicate the process of research and on the writing process itself. Marilyn A. Hudson holds degrees in History and Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma. 

She has been a newspaper stringer, a contributing editor, radio voice, a columnist, a blogger, and an author. She has been a public, school, and higher education library professional. She travels each year sharing stories as a professional storyteller.

Born in Kansas, seasoned in Oklahoma and polished by the world – Marilyn A. Hudson is an author whose scope is wide and whose words speak volumes.

Cost is reasonable for Oklahoma City area.  

Book her soon for your library, class or club. Reach her at: marilynahudson@yahoo.com  (Please put Author visit in subject line)


Now Available!

The Madame Delaine series Has launched!    The series is a fun romp through a gaslight world on the verge of a steampunk reality. It is coming but it is not yet fully formed. Airships sail over head and novel inventions cause people to marvel and some to worry.

Through this landscape saunters Madame Madelaine Delaine, steam punk sleuth, as she trails a nefarious and mysterious group led by "The Baron" and "The Duke". United by a connecting story arch, each book is a stand alone adventure.  They are also being made available in KDP format for Kindle. Print version will sell for about $12.00.

Madame Delaine: The Case of the Daring Girl Detective! (Nov. 21, 2012)
Set in Oklahoma City and New Orleans, follow Madame as she tracks down a mystery - while being trailed by the inquisitive daughter of the local police constable.  Outlaws, plots, and mysteries abound causing Madame to join forces with the daring girl detective and her charming father. (book two)

Madame Delaine: Invasion of the Aerostats! (due out spring 2013)
Introduces the gifted girl inventor Ardella Minerva Terry of Marigold Ranch near Vision in northern Texas. As strange events occur, queer lights seen in the night skies, and a friend mysteriously disappears, the rancher calls in old family confidante, Madame Delaine. As mysteries swirl overhead, can the two women solve the puzzle and halt the invasion of the Aerostats! (book one).

Madame Delaine: Murder on the Prairie Queen! (due out summer 2013)
Forces combine as the giant Clockwork Corporation prepares its historic speed run from Kansas City to Colorado in the 'Prairie Queen.'  Designed to be the fastest train in the world to compete with the airships, there are plots and plans in place to threaten existence!  Trapped on a speeding train as murder and conniving commence, can Madame Delaine solve the puzzle and  save not only their lives, but perhaps, the world as well? (book three)

Recommended ages: Teens to adults
Pages : Approx. 125

See the KINDLE LINKS at the top of the page to get copies of published volumesin KINDLE FORMAT.


Steampunk Sleuth Prepares for Debut

The opening book of the series of books featuring a steampunk sleuth will be launching in just a few weeks.  The MADAME DELAINE series features a woman of mystery who uses her keen skills in observation, logic, and intuition to solve mysteries.

In Madame Delaine and the Case of the Daring Girl Detective, met the 'world renowned mentalist', a suspicious local constable and his daughter with a nose for mystery.  A perfect book for young adults, readers needing a high interest read, or those interested in gaslight mysteries and steam punk fiction. 

(Fall 2012)

Madame Delaine in The Case of the Daring Girl Detective
(Spring 2013) 
Madame Delaine in the Invasion of the Aerostats!
(Summer 2013)
Madame Delaine in Murder on the Prairie Queen 

It is a different world where airships soar through crystalline skies, clockwork machinery run industry, and seemingly impossible strange inventions defy imagination -

A clever and mysterious woman who touts herself as a world-renowned "mentalist” -“Madame Delaine” - travels widely.  Although, looked on with suspicion by some she has an intriguing legal, social, and scientific circle of connections.  Her past is cloaked in mystery.  Intelligent, unruffled, with obvious social breeding she also seems to know her way around the back alleys, dimly lit dens, and more questionable places in any town.  

Just who is this woman and why has she come to town?  One thing is clear, wherever Madame Delaine travels there are daring exploits, strange adventures and mystery.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson is author of the short story collection, The Bones of Summer, co-author of The Mound, as well as several historical and inspirational titles. Her training in history, literature and research blend to create tales rich in character, interest, and action.



This small volume is a collection of academic papers - a Gedenkschrift - written in honor of a late Pentecostal minister and scholar, Noel Brooks.  The papers will have broad interest to not simply those in Pentecostalism but evangelicals and other scholars. Contributers include Dr. Chris E. Green, Mrs Irene Belyeu, Professor Kenneth Young, and Dr. Marvin J. Hudson.
Contents include: Word and Spirit, Critical and Constructive Reflections on the Theological Method of Noel Brooks (Dr. Chris E. Green) ; Investing in the City (Prof. Kenneth Young); By Faith We Understand (Mrs. Belyeu); Ta Charismata Te Meidzona (Dr. Marvin J. Hudson); Analysis of Pentecostal Mission Strategy (Prof. Kenneth Young); Prophetic Women and Publishing the Word (Ms. Marilyn A. Hudson).

To order: https://www.createspace.com/3837288

Note: all funds from this sale will be donated to an academic themed charity.

New Book Recounts Halloween History in Oklahoma

HALLOWEEN: OKLAHOMA TRICKS-N-TREATS 1900-1989.  This fun little book shares the history of some ways Halloween was celebrated in Oklahoma between 1900 and 1989.  It looks at some of the influences that made the season sinister, safe, and sometimes silly.  Authored by Marilyn A. Hudson it will be of interest to any who enjoy their holidays with a dash of local history. 


Author Marilyn A. Hudson Headed to Mooreland

Marilyn A. Hudson will be speaking to a womens gathering at the  UMC  in Mooreland, Oklahoma on the evening of September 19, 2012.     She will be there sharing stories of history, of writing escapades and the adventures of writing and research



Whorl Books will have a table at the paranormal themed conference, Ghostlahoma, in Enid, Oklahoma on Sat. Aug. 18, 2012.  To be held in the downtown's lovely Cherokee Strip Conference Center - 123 W. Maine - Enid, OK, the event will feature books, authors, speakers, tours and other events.  Copies of Strange State, The Mound, and The Bones of Summer will be on hand along with lots of other resources and information.


We Get Mail

It is always a great day when we hear from fans...."I found THE MOUND at SOUTHERN OAKS LIBRARY two days ago. I was glued to it to the very last word in the epilogue!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT a great book!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope to find another..."


Author Marilyn A. Hudson in Ponca City on May 19

Author Marilyn A. Hudson will be on hand at the Northern Oklahoma Literary Arts Book Festival in Ponca City.  The event will be hosted at The Marland Grand Home at 1000 E. Grand Avenue in Ponca City from 10-4 on Saturday May 19th.



We bring your attention to these spirited tales featuring the mystifying woman known as -
Steampunk Sleuth
The most astounding adventures ever put to paper! Mysterious  and bizarre contraptions of most ingenious invention will amaze and astound.  Will win the hearts of all readers.

(Spring 2012)
Madame Delaine in The Case of the Daring Girl Detective

(Fall 2012) 
Madame Delaine in the Case of, the Invasion of the Aerostats!
(Spring 2013)
Madame Delaine in Murder on the Prairie Queen 

It is a different world where airships soar through crystalline skies, clockwork machinery run industry, and seemingly impossible strange inventions defy imagination -

A clever and mysterious woman who touts herself as a world-renowned "mentalist” -“Madame Delaine” - travels widely.  Although, looked on with suspicion by some she has an intriguing legal, social, and scientific circle of connections.  Her past is cloaked in mystery.  Intelligent, unruffled, with obvious social breeding she also seems to know her way around the back alleys, dimly lit dens, and more questionable places in any town.  

Just who is this woman and why has she come to town?  One thing is clear, wherever Madame Delaine travels there are daring exploits, strange adventures and mystery.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson is author of the short story collection, The Bones of Summer, co-author of The Mound, as well as several historical and inspirational titles. Her training in history, literature and research blend to create tales rich in character, interest, and action.



Author Cullan Hudson will be signing books on Sat. Jan. 28, 2012. The event will take place in the Library on the campus of Southwestern Christian University (on NW 39th Expressway, just west of Rockwell) from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The author of the highly popular Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma (and its companion blog by the same name) and co-author of the novel, The Mound, will be on hand to do a brief reading, meet and greet, have his photograph taken, and sign copies of his books.

The author shares he is working on a sequel to the popular Strange State and looks forward to meeting readers at the signing.

Hudson will be the first in a series called "An Author In Town" sponsored by the Library of Southwestern Christian University. Sub-titled 'connecting campus and community' the series seeks to provide a venue for readers and authors to connect. This series will feature local and emerging authors meeting specific criteria (for information email marilyn.hudson@swcu.edu) for details and information about the next event.


Author Marilyn A. Hudson Does Presentation

With books and stories, author Marilyn A. Hudson will present a program for a business women's association in Oklahoma City this May.


Author Marilyn A. Hudson - OKC Book Signing

Hudson attended the INDIE INK event at Full Circle Bookstore in Oklahoma City to sign copies of the novel co-written by Marilyn A. Hudson and Cullan Hudson.



Marilyn A. Hudson, co-author of the suspense novel, THE MOUND will be signing copies of the book at FULL CIRCLE BOOK STORE,50 Penn Place, Oklahoma City on Sat. Dec. 17, 2011, 3-5 p.m.



A CreateSpace publication of a Whorl Books title.

The Reverend Noel Brooks (1914-2006) was an English clergy, educator, and author who ministered in the Wesleyan Methodist, the Elim Pentecostal Church, The Bible Pattern Fellowship (and wrote a biography of the leader and well known revivalist, George Jeffreys) and in the Pentecostal Holiness Church in both Great Britain and North America. 

Using letters, personal papers, unpublished manuscripts, interviews, examinations of numerous resources and analysis of the published writings of Brooks, the author presents an introduction to his life, work and the influences, which shaped his theology. This simple work seeks to examine some of the influences and explores, in their historical and social contexts, some of the major activities in the life of this man. 

A scholar whose life of spirituality, sacrifice, and insight left a lasting impression on all who had the privilege to know the man or read his work.

Author Marilyn A. Hudson.

List Price: $15.00
5.06" x 7.81" (12.852 x 19.837 cm) 
Black & White on White paper
230 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1468025095 (CreateSpace-Assigned)
ISBN-10: 1468025090
BISAC: Biography & Autobiography / Religious


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Reader Comments

Received the other day in the mail: "...just finished the book, The Bones of Summer, and had to write. Some of the stories were deeply creepy- lots of those chills as promised - but some were moving. Weird, I know, but they were so real and the emotion .... like the one about the old woman who haunts her long burned down house and the one about the son everyone had thought had just run off... "The Bones of Summer" is a great story and I remember those kind of summers....oh, and I loved the "Fungus" and laughed all the way through it!....Judy"

Read it for yourself and discover what other readers are learning... "Marilyn uses a darkly poetic writing style to create atmospheric character-driven stories. The result: chills and a need to read the next." Keith Pyeatt, award winning author of Struck and Dark Knowledge. 

"[She] has a way of captivating your senses and making you feel the emotions of her characters. The Bones of Summer demands your attention and leave you wanting more." Terri French White, author of Tulsa's Haunted Memories.

The Bones of Summer is 20 stories of thrills and chills...no matter what the season.



Author Marilyn A. Hudson, co-author of the paranormal suspense novel, THE MOUND, will be part of an author signing event.   She is also author of THE BONES OF SUMMER and WHEN DEATH RODE THE RAILS.

The event is  set for  3 pm on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Sponsored by Oklahoma City's largest independent bookstore, the event will be held in the  Full Circle Book Store  located in 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City.

Marilyn A. Hudson will be there with copies of THE MOUND  for purchase.  She will also be available for autographs and photos.

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