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How The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber Inspired East Texas University! #texas #crime #history

Remember that magician I met through my books?

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you may recall that I made friends with a reader last year who not only lives overseas, but gave my books their first reviews on Amazon UK.

Cowboy Santa Claus (photo by Tui Snider)
Cowboy Santa Claus (photo by Tui Snider)

Here’s a post I wrote about how Owen Lean (aka The Bachelor of Magic) and I became pen pals through my books:

How I Became a Fan of My Fan!

Owen is a fascinating guy; which is why Teal Gray and I interviewed him on our radio show a few weeks ago (check out the replay here: Teal Gray Worldwide Radio: Owen Lean – the Bachelor of Magic.

Plus, not only did Owen Lean make headlines for earning the world’s first bachelor’s degree in street magic, but he’s even given a TEDx talk:


How my Santa Claus book inspired a role-playing game:

ETU_Horror_for_the_HolidaysOK, so my book, The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber inspired Owen Lean to weave some of that strange-but-true weirdness into the adventure he wrote for a role-playing game called East Texas University (ETU)  – and the game was just released today!

You can check out the video trailer for the ETU game here:

Pinnacle Entertainment Group: East Texas University

Also, here’s the blurb for Owen’s role-playing adventure, which is called “Horror for the Holidays.”

“The Christmas spirit has descended upon [the East Texas town of] Pinebox. It’s a time for celebration, a time for relaxation, and perhaps a time when the forces of darkness would give the world some gosh darned peace and quiet.


Unfortunately, this year the Christmas spirit is an actual spirit—and it doesn’t care if you’ve been naughty or nice. The spirit of the last man to be publicly lynched in Texas has risen, and he’s on the tail of a young Freshman at East Texas University.
Oh. And he looks like Santa Claus. “

Are there any gamers on your Christmas list?

So, if you’ve got any gamers on your Christmas list this year, check out East Texas University’s latest adventure “Horror for the Holidays.” I plan to do so!
And just so you know: In order to play “Horror for the Holidays” you need the Savage Worlds core rules and East Texas University, both of which can be found on the Pinnacle Entertainment Group website. Happy holidays!


Psst! Looking for Stocking Stuffers?

Since it *is* the holiday season, I’d like to point out that I wrote a strange-but-true tale about a very bad Santa, and guess what? It’s the perfect size for most Christmas stockings! (What are the odds?) Check out this bizarre piece of West Texas history, and grab a copy for anyone on your Christmas list who delights in things that are wee bit quirky:
The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber

Want to read more like this?

To read about more weird, offbeat, and overlooked places, check out my best-selling travel guide:
UNEXPECTED TEXAS: Your Guide to Offbeat & Overlooked History, Day Trips & Fun Things to do near Dallas & Fort Worth

For ghost hunting hot spots, check out my best-selling travel guide to haunted places:
PARANORMAL TEXAS: Your Travel Guide to Haunted Places near Dallas & Fort Worth

For a strange-but-true tale of Texas history, check out this bizarre piece of West Texas history:
The Lynching of the Santa Claus Bank Robber



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  1. Harold Harrington Harold Harrington

    Where can I find your books, in store
    Or from you? Enjoy your news clips each
    week. Also enjoy the historic cemeteries
    Keep up the good work.

    Harold Harrington

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Hi Harold! I’m so glad you enjoy the weekly newsletter. :) As for my books, you can click this link and it will take you straight to my books on Amazon: That’s an affiliate link, so that helps me out, too, just so you know! Also, you can simply type “Tui Snider” in the Amazon search bar and all my books will pop up. They are available as paperbacks and ebooks! I hope they take you on an adventure or two! Thanks again! :) Tui

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