5/18/14

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. 

4/5/14

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...

https://www.createspace.com/4745427


3/29/14

'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

11/2/13

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!

10/4/13

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. 
www.darkrecessesezine.com



7/31/13

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"

Shadowminds

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

6/25/13

Murderous Marriages Released

https://www.createspace.com/4045729



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
ISBN/EAN13:
1490523308 / 9781490523309
Page Count:
146
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5" x 8"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / North America



2/20/13

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.

1/28/13

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)

11/21/12

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.

11/11/12

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.


10/8/12

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

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. 

9/18/12

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

7/31/12

WHORL BOOKS IN ENID AUG, 18

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.

6/15/12

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..."

4/23/12

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.

3/22/12

NEW SERIES COMING SOON


GREAT ACTION AND MYSTERY NOVEL!
We bring your attention to these spirited tales featuring the mystifying woman known as -
MADAME DELAINE
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.

1/19/12

'AUTHOR IN TOWN SERIES" KICKS OFF WITH AUTHOR CULLAN HUDSON


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.

1/2/12

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.

12/17/11

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.

12/13/11

CATCH AUTHOR MARILYN A. HUDSON, DEC. 17 AT OKC FULL CIRCLE BOOKSTORE

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.

12/4/11

AVAILABLE SOON

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

11/26/11

Thank You For Shopping With A Small Publisher!

On this Shop Small Saturday, thank  you for choosing to purchase works from our small concern. It is deeply appreciated. We have one desire and that is to provide good stories, done well, and for a fair price.  Most titles have been reduced to celebrate the day.   Happy reading!

11/14/11

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.

10/17/11

BOOK SIGNING SET

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.

All books currently available on Amazon.

10/2/11

BOOK SIGNING

Join author Marilyn A. Hudson, co-author of the new novel THE MOUND, at a book signing event.  Books, free book drawings, dramatic readings, photo opps, and autographs are all available Friday, October 7th, 2011 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.   The setting is the lovely and historic Carriage House at the Overholser Mansion.


Later in the month she will return as "The Ghost Teller" for a benefit fundraising program at the mansion for the "Scary Stories and Twilight Tours" on Oct. 27,28 (Thurs. and Friday). She will do two story sessions per night and a mansion docent will take the guests on tours.  Contact the mansion for details on reservations and tickets for this two evening event.

10/1/11

ENID, OK LIBRARY VISIT CANCELED

The book signing and program scheduled for Saturday October 8th, by authors Cullan Hudson and Marilyn A. Hudson, has been canceled by the library.

Catch author Marilyn A. Hudson as she presents a story program for children in Shawnee on Oct. 15, spooky tales at the Overholser Mansion in OKC on the 27,28 and on Nov, 15 at the Choctaw Library.

9/29/11

Author Barbara Jones Announces New Book

Oklahoma author, educator and storyteller, Barbara Jones announces her foray into historical romance with a soon to be published novel. Look for it this fall!

9/22/11

REVISED EDITION RELEASED

The revised edition of Those Pesky Verses of Paul is now availableAuthor Marilyn A. Hudson tackles a topic that has long afflicted many women in the Christian church. For one of the few times, the apparent limitations of women in the life of the church are examined by a woman. The words of the Apostle are balanced by examing the actions of Jesus Christ. Centuries of assumptions and "copycat" commentary are peeled away to reveal a world of new possibilities. The result may surprise some, anger many, and challenge all to reconsider "Those Peskey Verses of Paul."

Endorsements for “Those Pesky Verses of Paul”:
“In an era where Bible interpreters, commentators, and theologians emphasize the anthropological aspects of the vital contributions of women to Christianity and the New Testament, Mrs. Hudson places the emphasis of exegetical enterprise where it belongs…in the arena of proper and correct Christology.” Ken L. Young, Associate Professor of Bible and Theology


“Marilyn Hudson provides more than an eye-catching title; in this work she delivers corrective to misnomers concerning the biblical portrait of women. Her conclusion that Jesus inaugurated an elevation of women to their proper distinction, and that Paul echoed that practice in the Church, desperately needs to be resounded in our day. With her stroke of a pen and sharp grasp of scripture, history and gender differences, this writer compels both men and women to re-examine ancient texts and contemporary interpretations in a quest to arrive at the truth.” Dr. Terry Tramel, Dean

“Marilyn provides much needed balance in her examination of those “pesky” verses. Finally, a woman looks at the scriptures, sees the truth, and communicates it!” – Anna Storm, Renaissance Fire Alliance

“Mrs. Hudson's work explores a subject that has plagued the Christian world for centuries. What role, if any, should women play in the ever-unfolding drama of the church? Rarely has there been unity of thought in this "arena." Her work is informative, innovative and intriguing. It states clearly and succinctly the examples from the scriptures that have been argued many times. She writes to declare truth rather than to "prove a point" or "make a case." Bound by neither time nor culture, she makes her presentation in perspective of both in order that the reader understands more clearly, what the doctrinal precedent is. Christ brought liberty to the captive--even the captive of culture.” – C. Iaquinta, Certified Counselor and Educator
“Marilyn is…a skilled writer and storyteller…It’s so refreshing to have a balanced view of the role of women in the Bible – especially one that is written by a woman!" – Megan Miles

9/21/11

NEW SERIES ON ITS WAY

Marilyn A. Hudson, author of The Bones of Summer, When Death Rode the Rails, and co-author of the novel, The Mound, branches out to create a story featuring an intriguing character.

The books featuring 'Madame Delaine' should be in print by mid 2012.   "Madame Delaine and the Gutsy Girl Detective" should be first followed by "Madame Delaine, The Case of Diamonds and Dirigibles."

"She is a little like a female Sherlock Holmes, " Hudson noted, " only with some steam punk perspectives and values."

The works will target the young adult audience but will be enjoyable for any age group. "The focus will be on crafting a good story first and all else will fall into place."

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and offers alternative universe aspects along with dashing clothes, mechanical gadgets, and steam inspired technologies.  "Think of the movie, 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen', or any of the works of Jules Verne and you can see the blending of the Victorian-Edwardian eras with inventions and strange problems."

Why steampunk?  "Steam punk is one of the fastest growing sub-genres out there and the freedom of the imagination encouraged through it is astounding."  Smiling she said, "A perfect genre for someone who never lost their love of playing 'dress up'."

As not only an author but a storyteller and performer, she is also at work crafting oral stories for some "Steam Punk Storytelling."    When she is not strolling the by-ways with her parasol, penning another tale, or sharing an exciting story, she is at home in Norman, Oklahoma.


9/10/11

STRANGE STATE CONTINUES TO ENTHRALL

Since its first appearance, Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma, has received high praise for its scope and style. It has been periodically reprinted and is now available in a 3rd edition.   Alien visitors to Bigfoot through Zombies in the Sooner state are covered with keen insight, balanced perspective, and occasional humor.

Available on Amazon

THE BONES OF SUMMER BRING CHILLS

This collection of chilling tales is delighting readers with is mix of tales about aliens, ghosts and vampires.  

Targeting the young adult and adult reader, the stories are sure to please anyone who likes a shiver now and then.

Available on Amazon

9/9/11

What Readers Are Saying...

Just released a few weeks ago and already reader response is very positive!

"The book started out fast and the pace never let up."
"One awesome book..."
"I love the characters...."
"I was not expecting this....truly a pleasant surprise."
"Thrill! Ride!"

Available on Amazon.

9/5/11

THE OTHER SIDE OF EARLY DAY OKLAHOMA CITY

Early day law officer Sam Bartell, notorious local Madame's such as Annie Wynn, and notorious murder cases.   Along the way are also mysterious people and bizarre events.


Sample:

WHO WAS THE GIRL IN RED?

In 1906, a headline cried "Girl in Red Takes Plunge of 42 Feet on Horse's Back" in Oklahoma City's Colcord Park before an audience of some 2,000. The 2:30 event was part of the grand entertainment of fancy shooting, diving horses, and daring riders, like the girl in red "the bravest girl in the west", riding the diving horses.(Okahoman, Dec. 4. 1906, pg. 5)
 "Doc Carver" or "Dr. Carver" had begun the wild west show phenomena in the 1870's, one of his first performers was Bill Cody. His show, in an appreviated format, continued well into the 1930's.
He was well known in Texas as well as nearly everwhere else in the country, (http://www.texasescapes.com/MikeCoxTexasTales/192-Jumper-and-Diving-Horse.htm). The girl changed from time to time - which may be why she was whisked away before reporters could interview her in OKC - but all that was needed was the red outfit and a girl with enough bravado, or desperation, to make the jump.

The girl jumping into the tank of water continued with the Dr. Carver show for many years. One young woman in the 1920's missed the water and hit her head, blinding her for life. Yet, she went on to make more jumps and her story is immortalized in the Disney film, "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken."


Sources:
Thorp, Raymond W. "Wild West" Doc Carver : spirit gun of the West; plainsman, trapper, buffalo hunter, medicine chief of the Santee Sioux, world's championmarksman, and originator of the American Wild West Show".
Buffalo Bill Historical Center at http://www.bbhc.org/edu/readyReference_02.cfm 

Also included are such episodes as the 1907 James Meadows murder trial.   Were the lovers - Lila Meadows (wife of the victim) and young Rudolph Tegler - "set up"?  Who really killed Meadows in his Capital Hill house and why?  Who were the mysterious 'medium' and the so helpful neighbor of Lila's who simply disappear?  It was a case with everything including barely ethical lawyers, courtroom theatrics, sudden illness, people who may have been paid off, and too many suspects.

Available on Amazon.

WHEN DEATH RODE THE RAILS


WHEN DEATH RODE THE RAILS examines some true accounts of questionable deaths along railways from 1900 to 1920 across Oklahoma.   Along the way explore the history and culture of those rough and rowdy days and then decide for yourself....

Sample.....

"On a warm day in Oklahoma, workers found an unidentified and nearly nude male body within feet of a rail line. On closer examination, the nature of the bruises showing on the man’s remains meant the initial theory of just a hapless soul hit by a train no longer fit.
Across the state, to hide their crimes, criminal elements dumped bodies along the tracks with throats slit “ear to ear” and skulls “crushed.”  Passing trains have helped disguise their deeds in the past. This time, however, they were not lucky and the body gets spotted before a train comes through.
Local dogs find human bones and drag them, snarling and fighting over ownership, through the hot and dusty streets of a southwest Oklahoma town.  Authorities, eager to close a messy case, look at the bones and quickly determine death by “natural causes.” 
A local farmer found dead in his yard with his throat cut. So aggressively and deeply made is the incision that it nearly severs his head from his shoulders.  Local police surprisingly label it a clear “suicide.”  The man’s farm is within easy walking distance of a busy rail spur.
Across the state, all within easy reach of a rail line, other bodies appear."


Available on Amazon.

9/4/11

WHORL BOOKS DISPLAY

Great books for any season...
Authors Cullan Hudson and Marilyn A. Hudson

9/1/11

AUTHORS TO VISIT ENID, OKLAHOMA



Authors,  Cullan Hudson and Marilyn A. Hudson, will present a program at the Enid and Garfield County Public Library on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 10 a.m.


Hear about the research and writing process, dramatic readings of selected portions of their new work,  The Mound: A Novel, hear a spine tingling tale from Oklahoma history from Marilyn, who is also a professional storyteller who specializes in shivery offerings as "The Ghost Teller."

Cullan Hudson is a freelance graphic artist and author of the popular work, Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma.  This almost encyclopedic look at the strange side of Oklahoma history has been called "the book on the subject."   Marilyn A. Hudson is author of a collection of chilling tales The Bones of Summer and a historic monograph, When Death Rode the Rails: Strange Deaths Along Oklahoma Rails, 1900-1920.

There will also be opportunity to get autographs and photos with the authors.   All books are available on Amazon.

8/17/11

POPULAR TITLE NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON

The popular work, cited as "the work" on the strange and usual for the state of Oklahoma is now available in a revised third edition.  Covering everything from bigfoot sightings to zombie tales and many other interesting tidbits of history, the work received notable reviews when originally issued at the inaugural Red Dirt Book Festival in 2005.  This revision includes additional tales and added details.

Author Cullan Hudson has begin continuing to research and write of the unusual in his popular blog, Strange State and has traveled the globe collecting stories of the mysterious and legendary.

Get your copy: Amazon

8/5/11

Author Discusses New Novel

Cullan Hudson, author of Strange State: Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma, and co-author of the new paranormal suspense novel, The Mound, was interviewed by noted blogger, Autumn Forest.  Read the interview here, where he discusses inspirations and future plans.

8/1/11

The Mound : A Novel - Now Available on Amazon!


What readers are already saying:
"...an awesome book."  Chris
"...pulled me in right away." Jeremy
"My new favorite horror book..." Autumn
" Unique female characters, strong and interesting..."  Ann

7/28/11

ARE YOU A CHILD ARTIST? CONTEST ENDS DEC. 1



If you are a child under the age of 16 and like to draw - enter this contest.  No money - but lots of bragging rights as your art work will be loaded on a couple of web sites - and  some may be used in an upcoming children's book (scheduled for 2012).  Artist's selected will receive a free copy of the book when published.

Illustrations are needed for the following stories:

- "The Big, Bald Werewolf"
The big mean werewolf is rescued by children who use their old sweaters to knit replacement fur for the balding werewolf.
- "The Space Monkey"
An adventurous little Macaw monkey escapes from the zoo...again and again,  so he is trained to be an astronaut and then goes to space...
- "A Lion is Loose"
A lion rides, with several teens, in an open car all around the town....where would he go and what would he see?
- "Annie Oklahoma"
She's tall, thin, and was born the day Oklahoma became a state. Her mother was a Native American and her father a red-haired cowboy.  She had an encounter with a load of pitchforks, an oil well, and  fought off a tornado with a beehive....and is always ready for the next adventure.
-"Library Mouse"
What kind of adventures would a mouse have in a library?

Work should be original, quality, and reflect one or more the actions mentioned above.

Email your pictures - with your parent's permission - to whorlbooks@gmail.com or write: M. Hudson, 5658 NW Pioneer Circle, Norman, Ok 73072.

7/27/11

Author Tackles a Subject of Our Times




Author Molly Lemmons, whose fun stories and heartwarming tales have often delighted audiences of all ages, shares a meaningful and touching time in her new work for caregivers. We Are Invisible, shares experiences and insights for those coping with caring for a loved one or aged parent.     "I learned a lot of what to do and not to do as our loved ones age." Molly explains about her own situation. "I thought maybe other caregivers could learn from what I experienced and maybe save themselves a lot of sorrow." 



Available from Amazon.


Molly Lemmons is author of Kind of Heart, Pure as the Driven Snow, andSeize the Flashbacks!

7/26/11

CHISHOLM TRAIL BOOK FESTIVAL

Author Marilyn A. Hudson will be attending the Chisholm Trail Book Festival, Sept. 17, 2011 in Duncan, Oklahoma to promote her recent true history books, Tales of Hell's Half Acre and When Death Rode the Rails.  In addition, she will have copies of her chilling short fiction, The Bones of Summer and the novel she has co-written with Cullan Hudson, The Mound.   

Be sure to stop by and say hello, buy a book, and enjoy the event in the lovely convention center in Duncan, Oklahoma.

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