To commemorate the Blood Moon, we’re having a sale on How to Date Dead Guys (in the hopes that the world doesn’t end before you finish reading it), and we’ve invited author Ann Noser to talk a little about the Blood Moon and how it relates to her novel.
Not to worry you, but the end of days might be at hand.
We are in the middle of a Lunar Tetrad—a series of four Total Eclipses (also called Blood Moons), each one six months apart. Lunar Tetrads are relatively rare. The next time we will experience one is 2032-2033.
Here are the dates for the Blood Moons in the current Lunar Tetrad:
April 15, 2014
October 8, 2014
April 4, 2015 (today!)
September 28, 2015
These dates coincide with important Jewish festivals: Passover in the spring and The Feast of the Tabernacle in the fall. The timing of the Blood Moons in this particular Lunar Tetrad has convinced some believers that the Apocalypse is at hand.
After all, the moon has been foretold to turn red before the End of Days.
Joel 2:31 (Common English Bible):
The sun will be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood before the great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.
During a Total Lunar Eclipse, the Earth’s shadow creeps across the full moon, blocking direct sunlight. Indirect sunlight must pass through the Earth’s atmosphere before reflecting on the moon. Our atmosphere filters out the green to violet portion of the light spectrum. The remaining reddish light first refracts towards the Earth’s surface and then onto the moon, giving it a reddish glow. The amount of humidity, dust, and temperature in the Earth’s atmosphere will determine what shade (often copper to dark red, but if there has been recent volcanic action more grey to black) the Blood Moon will appear.
Native Americans called the full moon of October the Hunter’s Moon or Blood Moon. That month, the moon rose soon after sunset and appeared full for several evenings in a row. Since the moon hung so low in the sky, it appeared a more reddish tone due to the increase in the amount of atmosphere between the Earth and the Moon when viewed at that angle. The brightness of the full moon helped Native Americans hunt, thereby spilling blood of deer and other prey on the ground—also symbolic of a Blood Moon.
HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS
After Mike drowns in the river, Emma decides to bring him back using a mysterious Book of Shadows. A dedicated student, Emma delves into the online Wiccan world, learning enough to get her started but not enough to keep her out of trouble.
Emma learns that the Blood Moon of October is the time when the veil between our world and the spirit world is at its thinnest. The alignment of the Sun, Earth, and Moon opens a gateway into the Heavens, making this night the best opportunity to bring her friend back.
The Blood Moon is also known as a time of violence and aggression. Without realizing it, Emma invites danger into her life.
Ann M. Noser
College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when cute Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.
Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one…
Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a young man determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.
Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders.
My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.
Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.
I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.