I frequently say that I love people who hustle. It’s a hard thing to define since I don’t necessarily mean “to earn one’s living by illicit or unethical means,” as Random House Dictionary says. When I say I love the hustle, or people who have got their “hustle on”, I’m generally talking about “to proceed or work rapidly or energetically, to push or force one’s way; jostle or shove, to be aggressive, esp. in business or other financial dealings,” as the rest of the 2010 Random House Dictionary entry states. Kathy Griffin? Hustle. Perez Hilton? Hustle. David Pitkin? Hustle. However there is one lady who I put above all others when thinking about the hustle. Is it Oprah? Nope, it’s a woman whose hustle was so potent that she, despite being an actual person, has become entwined with the Gods themselves. (And no, it’s not Madonna. Just click into the article already!)

A peek at 4 albums all in one blog! Check them out, you’ll be glad you did!

Vampires. They’re everywhere you look these days. Not to sound all old grandma on you, but back in the day all a girl had to get her vampire fix with was a beat up VHS of “The Lost Boys”, a pirated copy of “Near Dark” (which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who just won the Oscar for “The Hurt Locker”, thank you very much), and some new type of game called “Vampire: The Masquerade”. It’s true young female readers, there was a time when rarely was a vampire pined for by adoring masses. They were bloody, they were cruel, and they never shined like Robert Pattinson covered in diamond dust. And no, I won’t be slamming on “Twilight” here. I get it. If I was 13 years-old again I could easily imagine me replacing my dreams of marrying Wil Wheaton or Jonathon Knight of New Kids on the Block with spending eternity with Edward. That is his name, right? Lord I am old.

However, for as jarring as it may be for 13 year-old girls to come to terms with Kiefer Sutherland biting into a guy’s skull like it’s an overly ripe cantaloupe, yes, Jack Bauer was once an evil vampire, it may be even harder for the collective consciousness of our society to get a handle on what vampires were like really way back in the day. There is a secret history of vampires, and there is only one man, in my opinion, who is qualified to educate us.

How much can you learn about someone from their Twitter feed? What defines a friend? Do kindred spirits find each other in the surreal landscape of social networking? What happens when you ask someone you’ve never spoken to before, “Who the heck are you?” Click on in to read what he said!

Click on in to see how Quest Books is proving their love to Magical Buffet readers!

We haven’t had anything about Gnosticism on the website! Who better to school us than Andrew Phillip Smith, author of “A Dictionary of Gnosticism”?

10 questions with Judika Illes, author of “The Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells”, “The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft”, “The Encyclopedia of Spirits”, “Pure Magic”, “Magic When You Need It” and the forthcoming “Weiser Field Guide to Witches”.

Last month I published one of my old “Letters from the Publisher” from back when The Magical Buffet was a monthly e-zine because the letters didn’t migrate over to the new blog format. As I said then, most of my letters aren’t worth republishing. However there were a few that shared some of my more personal thoughts that I wanted new readers to have access to. With that said, here is my “Letter from the Publisher” from August 2007.

A tale of adventure and intrigue that culminates with a recipe for a tasty treat. In the interest of full disclosure, it may be less like adventure and intrigue, and more like rambling snarkiness. But there is still a recipe!