Panther (or creature of the night) stalks Tuscany?

More missing sheep, this time in Tuscany!  Call it a panther if it makes you feel better…but we know the truth!

Tuscany Trembling over Big Cat

Phantom Panther Gives Italians Paws for Thought

By Hans-Jürgen Schlamp in Massa Marittima, Italy

The village of Massa Marittima in Tuscany, Italy.

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The village of Massa Marittima in Tuscany, Italy.

A large black cat believed to be a panther is stalking the fields and forests of southern Tuscany, striking fear into residents and holidaymakers. Hunters have angered animal rights campaigners by offering to kill it, but the debate is academic — … Read more.

Chasing Vlad1: The Case of the Missing Sheep

Believe it or not, people often ask me, “Karen, was Vlad the Impaler really a vampire?”   I finally decided to make a trip to Romania and Transylvania to investigate.  The next few posts will be about that journey. 

We’d set out for the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania from Bucharest in the morning, encountering a tempestuous rainstorm so severe as to be deafening, lashing the vehicle and obscuring our sight.  In the brutal rain teaming from a blackened, ominous sky, it became … Read more.

Can SEX & LITERATURE really get along?

I originally wrote this piece for Publisher’s Weekly but it was cut in half for space.  Here is the unedited version.

No Sex, Please, We’re Literary!

No Sex, Please, We’re Literary!

Sex sells. But what about sexy storylines? When it comes to fiction is sex in one category and literature in another, and never the twain shall meet? In this provocative essay, author Karen Essex takes on the issue and responds to critics of her literary thrillerDracula in Love. So get ready … things are about to heat up.

During an auction for the audio rights to my new novel, Dracula in Love, … Read more.