Jonathan Bordune writes from the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in New England where, in the fall, the hills are ablaze with color.

Jon grew up when the old black and white monster movies were still being shown on TV. Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, and Bela Lugosi were old friends to a young boy, as were all the science fiction melodramas of the era.

This led to an interest in all things weird and unusual. He read about Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and UFOs for hours. A huge fan of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Jon would read a short article about something strange, then search the library to learn more on his own.

Dowsing never worked for him but he tried it, reading all the books he could find about it. The hexagrams of the I Ching and layouts of the tarot cards opened the world of fortune telling to him.

Yet the gift of a simple magic kit revealed there was more going on behind the scenes and many things were not what they seemed. That brought his love of science into play, full of chemistry experiments and crystal radios.

All that, with a love of books from fantasy to science fiction to horror, combined to make him comfortable with the strange and unusual, while still keeping a scientific mindset.

The urge to create his own stories grew over the years and Jon studied the craft of writing the way he studied everything else in his life. An adult-ed writing class led to a later critique group and a dozen new and original stories.

Jon hopes readers will enjoy his take on the world of the weird.

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