In Ghost Dance you have a vampire and a werewolf team up. Strangely enough, these are not the bad guys.
As for the meaning of the title Ghost Dance, well, it has a number of meanings.
In many parts of the world, including the USA, Ghost Dance conjures up powerful images that touch upon joy, sorrow or both.
There are many examples in many cultures of the Ghost Dance.
It can be found, for example, in the Mexican celebration of The Day of the Dead.
For television references to this The day of the Dead check out the first season of the western Rawhide.
Also check out the first season of Dead like Me, The Crow, and The Flash.
Ghost Dance can be found in Halloween and in children in the USA dressed up for Trick or Treat.
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The menace of the vampire has been with us for a very long time.
Over the centuries, various societies have developed their own methods of dealing with it.
The Japanese in the 17th Century created the Rising Sun Group of specialist ninjas and samurai.
In the British Empire and then the British Commonwealth the Secret Compass, an offshoot of Freemasonry, came to the fore. It now has many branches including the Scottish Maclean branch.
In and around Greece there were the Greek mystics who eventually formed an alliance with INTERPOL and then with the Sydney, NSW branch of the Secret Compass.
In the USA there was the Pinkerton Detective Agency out of Chicago followed by the FBI and the CIA. Over time such organizations have come to share information, resources and even personnel in the continuing fight.
The events mentioned in this book primarily take place in 1975. The events of the previous novel, Disco Evil: Dead Man’s Stand, take place between the years 1976 and 2010.
In 1975 Lilith and Paul Priestly can be seen at The Blue, an inner Sydney disco but have yet to meet up and form an alliance. Lizzy, Miles Henry’s niece, can also be seen doing her thing at The Blue. Her fate has yet to be sealed. It will be soon enough in 1976.
Helen Kiln, a Secret Compass psychic, knows The Blue in 1975 as a place that might attract the undead. Miles Henry and Frank Long are field agent partners in the Sydney branch of the Secret Compass and have worked together off and on since the Korean War. They are both attracted to Helen. Miles and Long, however, are not the only field agents working for the Secret Compass.
“Bring back the buffalo,” was the cry and the hope of a generation of North American Indians. “Bring back love and hope,” was the cry of a different people of a different generation. It was more universal but just as heart-felt.
Both people, both generations thought they could do it through music and movement. They thought the Great Spirit would weave magic their way and it would be done. They were wrong.
Both are examples of the now traditional ‘GHOST DANCE’.
There is, however, another version of the Ghost Dance that is just as well known and just as traditional. It is part of Mardi Gras and the Venetian Carnivale.
In both instances it evokes the meeting of two worlds – the living and the dead. Both sides are masked. Both sides are to be revealed. If properly executed, it is quite a powerful dance and the results are totally unpredictable.
It is the dance of the present, the past and the future. It can be joyful or the complete opposite. It is the dance of the living hand-in-hand with the dead. At such events the ungodly need to be wary.
If Helen Kiln wanted a quiet, no-nonsense life she should never have become a psychic for the PSI division of the Sydney, Australia branch of the Secret Compass. Of late there were ghosts to sort out, vampires on the loose, a Gypsy warning to heed and a young man becoming a monster to befriend. With any luck she’d get in her morning cup of coffee and donuts!
Frank Burkhard, the young man, and Petra Card, a female vampire, were expected in Worms (Voems), Germany where they were hopefully going to save the world. There was also a warlock out to save humanity by killing off a lot of people. In all of this Helen could envisage, through her powers, a dead man about to make a stand. Helen knew this for a certainty. It just wasn’t clear to her who it was going to be.
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Keep an eye out for my new novel, Desk Job, which is my salute to 19th Century British novelist, Lewis Carroll.
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