Category Archives: Lake Melts

Dire Wolve’s

Dire wold skeleton


The Dire Wolf plays an important role in SORCERESS RISING and is an ancient wolf species that ranged throughout North America. While long extinct there are groups actively involved in “rebreeding” and as a result, reintroducing, the Dire Wolf back into our population. SORCERESS RISING takes place in Lake Melts Wisconsin which is located in the East Central part of the state. The ancient remains of Dire Wolves have been found near there.


The Physical description of the Dire Wolf is quite impressive, some may say even intimidating. These are not the German Shepherd sized Grey Wolf or Timber Wolf that you are familiar with. While in some instance they were larger than these wolves, historic mythology has described them as the size of small horses. Whichever description you choose to believe they were and remain the largest of the wolf species.


These were fierce and powerful animals. They hunted not by speed but in packs and their primary food source was larger animals. Dire Wolf remains have been found all over the United States. The Dire Wolf Project is working diligently to return these magnificent animals. Starting with a crossbreed between an German Shepherd and a Alaskan malamute. Over time this breed has earned its own identity and is now officially known as the American Alsation. Their temperament is far from wolf like as they are primarily family companion dogs, less than 3 feet tall and weighing up to 120 pounds. They have a very wolf like appearance and I suspect confusion at the Dog Park could be interesting.

While the picture below is of a modern American Alsation, it is very easy to imagine a ferocity based upon its wolf like appearance.


Modern Dire Wolf

John Slocum – Deputy Sheriff, Johnson County

Deputy Sheriff

John Slocum is a central figure in SORCERESS RISING and the upcoming sequel, SORCERESS REVEALED. He is a native of lake Melts Wisconsin, having lived there all of his life, except for the 3 years he spent in the Army with his lifelong friend Karl Grabinski.

John’s time in the Army, as you might expect, was as a Military Policeman. He joined with Karl directly out of High School. Eventually the two friends found themselves about as far away from Wisconsin as they thought they would ever get…Fort Polk Louisiana. At first disappointed the two avid outdoorsmen discovered the rich hunting and fishing around the area and neighboring Texas.

Until he became close to Clio Boru you could often find him hunting or fishing throughout the State of Wisconsin, unless he was with his children. John is divorced and has 2 children who live with his mother. It is because of this that he chose to work the 3rd shift as a Sheriff’s Deputy for Johnson County. That shift allowed him the time for his kids’ school and extra-curricular activities.

As a mischievous child, John and his friend Karl were always involved in some kind of prank. While he never did anything truly bad, he did enjoy antics customarily found in rural or semi-rural schools of Wisconsin. The occasional loose chickens inside the gymnasium or cows in the football field, while never directly tied to John were usually linked to someone he knew and knew well. Summer and fall Saturday nights were occasionally spent in Harvey Plausheks’ Barn, listening to music and drinking beer. John’s knowledge of the barn would eventually help him in SORCERESS RISING.

John and Clio have continued to grow their relationship. In SORCERESS REVEALED, Book 2 of the Clio Boru series, their closeness continues to grow into more than simple friendship. Both Characters are typical of stereotypical Midwestern people and as such exhibit an openness and honesty that epitomizes stereotypical values not frequently found in modern America.

John Slocum is just beginning his adventures with Clio, Karl and new found friend Roger Marquette. Follow the journey of this group in the soon to be released Sorceress Revealed and in the fall of 2015, SORCERESS RESURRECTED.

Roger Marquette – Paranormal Investigator




Roger Marquette, crypto-zoologist and paranormal investigator, plays an important role in SORCERESS RISING. He has been investigating things like the Ohio Grassman, Bigfoot and other supernatural and occult related activities.

Roger is from back east, New York to be specific. While finalizing his divorce he discovered a book that had been left in his room: WEREWOLVES OF WISCONSIN—FACT OR FICTION by reporter Erika Klause. This book took him to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, a small town near Kenosha, Wisconsin. Fascinated by the book’s topic, the Beast of Bray Road, so named because that is the road the creature was most often seen near, he began conducting his own investigation of this phenomenon.

Eventually his investigation takes him to Lake Melts where he quickly becomes friends with Karl Grabinski, John Slocum and Clio Boru.

Roger is nationally known for his expertise in what he sometimes refers to as “events of the odd.” A regular contributor to the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland Maine and the American Paranormal Research Association in Los Angeles, Roger’s passion has taken him to some of the premier Criptid and paranormal locations in the United States. He became interested in these activities at about the age of 12 when he was fascinated by news reports in his hometown in New York about ghosts and specters in the surrounding countryside. While he loves to investigate crypto-zoological events, such as Bigfoot and the Boggy Creek Monster, it was the Cayuga Lake Monster in New York State and Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster, that really drew him into the investigative part. Reading everything he could find about both animals, it was his discovery of a picture by Sandra Mansi that caught him hook, line and sinker. Roger was caught several times by law enforcement when he ran away to try and join several expeditions searching for these two legendary beasts.

Roger was instrumental in confirming the challenges John, Karl and Clio faced in SORCERESS RISING and will continue his very visible role in SORCERESS REVEALED, due out in April 2015. The future holds great promise for Roger and the adventures he will experience.

Harvey Plaushek

Plaushek truck2


One of the characters in SORCERESS RISING is Harvey Plaushek, an elderly farmer living in Johnson County. Unintentionally he has become beloved by readers.

Harvey Plaushek, local farmer in Lake Melts, is a character many found to be a key figure in Clio’s story , SORCERESS RISING. A minor character originally, Harvey begins to have a greater presence in the second book in the series, SORCERESS REVEALED .

Harvey lives on a dairy farm east of the Ledge in Lake Melts. A pioneer family of the area, Harvey’s family has farmed the same land since his family immigrated there in the late 1840s. Originally from the Baden region of Germany, the Plaushek family came to Wisconsin through Manitowoc, Wisconsin, following a period of revolution in Germany. The Plaushek family found their way to what is now Johnson County and began to farm the homestead that Harvey lives on today.

He is popular and noticeable in the community of Lake Melts because of his outspoken but friendly mannerisms. He is frequently seen in town driving his old red and rusty Ford pickup truck. Usually dressed in Carhart bib overalls, Harvey often comes into town to wander the local farm supply store and enjoy a cup of coffee at a diner along Highway 51 in Lake Melts .

Harvey’s farm is most famous for the large red barn that sits in the middle of his pasture. Built originally by his great-grandfather in the late 1800s, it became popular with young people in the county in the early 1960s as a party place. Beloved by the young people of Lake Melts, mostly because he never seems to notice their parties in his barn, Harvey also enjoys attending football and basketball games at Lake Nicollet High School. With a loud and booming voice that can be heard above the other crowd noise, he had been honored by the athletic teams of the school for his thunderous support..

His history with Clio Boru began during the Gavaudan episode. Suffering the destruction of his dairy herd, presumably at the hands of Jack Gavaudan, Harvey became less amicable regarding the use of his barn as a place for anything other than the operation of his farm.

Harvey will continue to play a small role in Clio’s adventures and while not an insignificant figure in the community, he will make his presence known.