All Photography by Joseph O'Donnell IV Unless Noted.

The Raven Revisited by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

October 1st, 2019

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary, over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, while I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a  tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. “Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door- only this, and nothing more.”

I was an English teacher at Stone Junior High School, in Centreville, Virginia. I had always cherished this subject throughout my own school days, and it feels almost natural for me to make this my career. Read more »

TAEM Takes a ride on the Walkersville Southern by author Joseph J. O’Donnell and photographer Joseph O’Donnell

October 1st, 2019

Joseph O'Donnell, Sr. and Joseph O'Donnell, Jr.On the 16th of September our magazine turned its eyes to the North to see what new adventure we could muster up. Approximately two years ago (see the September 2017 article) we ventured to Cumberland City Maryland and toured the area on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad. We decided to do so again , but at a closer location to home.

Our photographer, Joseph O’Donnell, found such a venue and brought it to my attention. Game for a pleasant afternoon jaunt in ideal weather conditions , we headed north to Maryland once again to the Small town of Walkersville where a splendid small tourist railway and museum stood. Read more »

TAEM Welcomes Back Author Raymond Benson

September 1st, 2019

Raymond BensonTAEM- Once again we have the honor of interviewing the first American author of the famed James Bond novels . We last interviewed Raymond in our July 2014 issue of our magazine. At the time we discussed his recent publications of the series ‘Black Stiletto : Secrets & Lies’ and ‘ ‘Ice Cold- Tales of Intrigue from the Cold War’. We recently learned that Raymond has just completed another great novel, ‘Blues in the Dark’, so we caught up with him to find out more about it. Raymond what genre is this novel written in?

RB- We call it a thriller, but I think it’s more of a suspense novel, or perhaps a literary thriller. My publisher, Skyhorse, is beginning a new crime imprint this fall, Arcade Crime Wise, and I’m proud to be one of the first publications under that banner. Read more »

TAEM Discusses NASA’s Push to the Moon and Mars with GMU Professor Michael Summers

September 1st, 2019

Michael Summers: Author of Imagined LifeTAEM- Recently the current Administration, and NASA, announced that they have begun a push to put a man on the Moon and Mars in the very near future. This is very exciting news and it looks like we will be in the space race once again… We decided to reach out to George Mason University and get the intake on this event from them. There was none better to ask than Planetary Scientist Professor Michael Summers who we last interviewed in the December 2012 issue of our magazine.

TAEM- Professor how did you feel when you had first heard this announcement?

MS- When I first heard the announcement that NASA was setting the goal of sending humans back to the moon to develop a sustainable presence, I felt excited that our country was giving human space exploration a high priority again. But at the same time that excitement was tempered by several concerns. I had, and still have, several worries about moving too fast with human exploration. Read more »

Pay the Piper by Joseph J. O’Donnell

September 1st, 2019

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Margaret and I had lived in our new home for approximately six months before we began to notice the strange occurrences that changed our lives. Prior to these happenings, we had busied ourselves by redecorating the interior and making repairs where necessary.

It was an old house, but we loved it’s classic Victorian character. There were areas of the house where it showed maintenance had been lacking. All in all there was nothing major to the structure that needed an overall. The heating system was something that needed updating, but the plumbing and electrical fixtures were up to building codes. We had additional electrical and telephone outlets installed for my computer and a cable television box put into the living room for our new large screen TV, but that was about all. This gave us time to putter around the house and add a few of those personal touches. Read more »

TAEM Visits Tennessee… and the Land of Dolly Parton

August 1st, 2019

Joseph O'Donnell, Sr. and Joseph O'Donnell, Jr.By author Joseph J. O’Donnell and photographer Joseph O’Donnell

We decided to set our sites to the South and explore a gem of an area hidden in the Great Smokey Mountains . As avid hikers my son, Joe (our magazine’s photographer), and I have traveled extensively in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. A neighbor, and good friend, had told us that he had vacationed often in the Great Smokey Mountains just to our south, in Tennessee. So we decided to travel there to see what the area offered.

We drove the distance from Northern Virginia to this fantastic location in a drive time of seven and a half hours, taking turns at the wheel and stopping along the way for gas and meals. It wasn’t so bad as the majority of the driving took us along Interstate 81 giving us a mostly direct route with little traffic. Read more »

My Virginia- Summertime Hiking in the Blue Ridge by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

July 2nd, 2019

Joseph O'Donnell, Sr. and Joseph O'Donnell, Jr.Virginia is unquestionably the most beautifully state for hiking along the Appalachian Trail . The state offers many trails branching out all over the Commonwealth, but its most scenic trails lay along the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Access to the area may be obtained via the Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park. This 105-mile serpentine roadway runs the length of the mountain chain and offers many places where a vehicle can pull off to the side of the road to let its occupants enjoy the beautiful vistas of the Shenandoah Valley below. The views are spectacular and many photographers flock to these sites to pan the seemingly endless horizon and mountain peaks. Read more »

TAEM welcomes back Charles Butler!

June 25th, 2019

TAEM- We last spoke with Charles on November 14th, 2013 (see the article by clicking on here). It is hard to believe that it took place so long ago. Charles and I have been in contact constantly on Facebook and I have been privileged to witness his many advancements in both writing and his art work in there.

Charles, tell us about some of your written work after the 2013 issue.

CB- After we last spoke, I completed several more books on the horror film genre, all available on Amazon across the globe. Vampires Everywhere: the Rise of the Movie Undead, Vampires under the Hammer, Werewolves the children of the full moon and Vampires; the Final Hunt. I’ve also upgraded my original book The Romance of Dracula to Dracula; the ultimate Romance last year. I’m still wrestling with a book on the films of Frankenstein, but have been side-tracked – very pleasantly – with a lot of comic book work. Read more »

TAEM Fishing Adventure by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

October 17th, 2018

This month we decided to do something new for our readers. The Commonwealth of Virginia is nicely situated between the Allegheny mountains in the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. There is a marvelous stretch of water on the mainland’s east coast called the Chesapeake Bay with the Delmarva Peninsula separating it from the Atlantic Ocean.

The Chesapeake Bay is a fantastic fishing ground for sport fishermen not willing to brave the wilds of the ocean beyond. Here calmer waters prevail most of the time. Many fishing communities have sprung up here, alongside of residential areas harboring residents who love waterfront views. Vacationers and sightseers frequent the villages dotting the coastline to enjoy hearty seafood restaurants and explore the beauty of the Chesapeake Bay. One such community is know as Solomon’s Island. Read more »

TAEM Explores the world of Hiking by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

October 2nd, 2018

Within the past two months we began a new venture by exploring the world of Hiking ! What seemed like a dire period of bad weather, either roasting hot or a season of monsoon-like rains, we finally stepped outdoors in search of a new story, and a new passion.

The impediments of extreme temperatures , what felt like 103 + degrees in the shade, to one of the rainiest years on record for our area, sunshine and more temperate weather finally kicked in. Friends of ours have been sending us photos of their hiking and camping adventures and they really wetted our appetites for similar field trips. Unlike their extended stays, encapsulated by mother nature, we decided to minimize our explorations by going Day Hiking. In this way we could start building up our stamina along with much needed experience. This included purchasing the correct type of gear and supplies we would need for this purpose. Read more »

TAEM Visits St. Augustine Florida By Joseph J. O’Donnell & Photographer Joseph O’Donnell

August 20th, 2018

Joseph O'Donnell, Sr. and Joseph O'Donnell, Jr.Our magazine had trekked south this past week to explore the land of sunshine. Our goal was to explore the fabled city of St. Augustine, Florida, the first true city in North America.

St. Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, Florida’s first governor. He named the settlement “San Agustín“, as his ships bearing settlers, troops, and supplies from Spain had first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier on August 28, the feast day of St. Augustine. The city served as the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. It was designated as the capital of British East Florida when the colony was established in 1763 until it was ceded back to Spain in 1783. Read more »

J&J Movie Review: Jurassic World – Fallen Kingdom

July 1st, 2018

J&J Movie Review: Jurassic World - Fallen KingdomWe had the pleasure of seeing the new sequel to Jurassic World titled ‘Fallen Kingdom’ . It’s an action packed movie with many fine graphic scenes which thrill the viewers each step of the way. There is a minimum age limit requirement as it is billed as too violent for younger children.

Once again the characters of Claire Dearing ( Bryce Howard Dallas) and Owen Grady ( Chris Pratt) must return to the island to try to save the dinosaurs – again ! Actor Jeff Goldblum ( from the original Jurassic Park) is featured as a narrator in a governmental hearing to plead the case (against) such a venture. Read more »

TAEM at the All-Star Comic Con! By Author and Photographer Joseph O’Donnell

June 22nd, 2018

This month’s article deals with a visit to The All Star Comic Con held in Northern Virginia’s Tyson Corner. The event took place at the Sheraton Tyson Hotel. Accompanying me was my good friend Alex, who is also an avid Comic Con fan.

We arrived at approximately 1:00 pm and the parking was already jammed packed. Searching for a parking space was tedious, but we finally found one on the upper level. This particular show was much larger that the previous one I attended, The Nova Com, in Alexandria, Virginia. The venue for this show consisted of Comics, Games, Board Games, Artists, and merchandise. Read more »

Hobbies, Hobbies, Hobbies! by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

May 4th, 2018

Writers block is a terrible thing for one who takes up the pen. Sometimes it is a brief thing. Other times it comes in stages. When unusual circumstances intervene, long periods of brain mortification can set in.

Usually in the brief term a cup of java, or a short walk, will help the writer regain their poise and will act like a refreshing wind to get their juices flowing again. In dire circumstances a vacation, or alternate hobby is needed to get them back on course. Such was the long term effects dealt to me recently. Read more »

Today’s Great Authors by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

April 1st, 2018

   There are so many new authors with their work gracing the book shelves today, and they surely owe their talents to some of the great authors of our century, and the current generation. To name a few we must conjure up the names of Tolkien, Rowling, Martin, and Doyle.

Each of these writers have spawned, not only written works, but movies, board games, comic books, and television shows . There are also many current writers, whose written topics, mirror these great people and it is comforting to know that written literature has been reborn again. Read more »

SpaceX To Launch First Stage Of Mars Mission by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

March 12th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

Elon Musk the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, Inc. stated during the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas on Sunday that they will be launching the first stage of the Mars and Interplanetary space ship as early as next year.

Last year he announced that they will make the first cargo shipments to Mars by 2022, followed by the delivery of the first human colonists to the Red Planet. He also plans to build amenities for the future colonists as well. His Mars and Interplanetary ship could be the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) or another named craft under the development now. Read more »

My Virginia – Let’s Go Exploring by Author Joseph J. O’Donnell

March 8th, 2018

Well, it’s time to dust off the camera and leave the ‘cabin fever’ doldrums behind us. When Winter set in and the weather left us in a state of hibernation, a good book and a cup of hot chocolate beckoned us indoors in front of the fireplace. We threw a comforter around our shoulders and settled in till Spring. Now that Old Man Winter is about to leave us our magazine’s team is searching to explore our surroundings once again. In retrospect we are like bears leaving our dens to see what has changed over the winter months. Read more »

SpaceX Is Leading the Way Into Space by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

February 12th, 2018

SpaceX has just successfully launched the largest missile  ever to leave the surface of the earth. Known as ‘The Falcon Heavy’, it is far larger than the Saturn V rocket that sent Americans to the Moon.

The company was founded by Elon Musk, Who also founded PayPal and Tesla Motors. As a great promotional gimmick he placed a cherry-red Tesla Roadster on board for the use as a test payload. The missile was designed to carry heavy payloads into space to such future destinations as the Moon and Mars. As a private entrepreneur Mr. Musk has not only a proven track record for business, he has also been cited as a genius and leader for our country’s space endeavors. Read more »

President Trump Signs Bill for Manned Space Exploration by author Joseph J. O’Donnell

January 30th, 2018

Author Joseph J. O'Donnell

President Trump recently signed a bill authorizing NASA to once again to pursue manned extraterrestrial exploration and put Americans on the moon again.

 It is America’s destiny to be at the forefront of humanity’s eternal quest for knowledge and to be the leader amongst nations on our adventure into the great unknown.

President Donald J. Trump

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TAEM Praises our Photographer and his Latest Works!

December 1st, 2017

TAEMOur photographer Joseph O’Donnell has given much to the success of our magazine and has also created our company name of The Eerie Digest that is known world wide. His work is extraordinary and has given our readers a better insight to all our stories. Read more »