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Lanes End, A Paranormal Journey (review)

10 Aug

A review of Lanes End by author L. Sydney Fisher . . .

While thumbing through articles on WordPress, I came across an author’s blog that immediately captured my attention.  I read the author’s bio and discovered that he was a realtor who had an unusual practice not commonly seen in my part of the country.  I was instantly drawn in . . . MORE: Lanes End, A Paranormal Journey

See No Evil

8 Aug

The Best Selling Amazon author L. Sydney Fisher has a penchant for the truth, something typically stranger than fiction. She published See No Evil toward the end of last year as a somewhat historical work, though it is much more than that. As fiction based on facts she discovered quite accidentally, she still felt compelled to write about them. This author has no qualms about researching exactly what that elusive quarry decides to deliver. The presentation is colored with fictional characters and situations, but it remains “inspired by true events.”

Historical fiction is not easy to write; perhaps even harder than made-up fare. Any reader who has the chops to stop and research a given point or story line will soon find out if there are discrepancies. Most readers will simply read an exciting story though, unaware of where things are coming from. That’s okay too.

See No Evil begins with an account of a Civil War setting where two men on the Confederate side plan what they’ll do after they die, should that be an outcome of the coming battle with Union soldiers. Though they make a pact that plays out in unpredictable ways, their future and that of the innocents around them may be pre-determined.

So who is L. Sydney Fisher? A search of her books on Amazon will quickly reveal that she is a prolific writer of novels about the paranormal. But we really need to dig deeper:  as a denizen of northeast Mississippi, she has a particular bent for its supernatural terrain, including Tupelo, the city where Elvis was born. Who knew that this southern semi-urban enclave and its environs is haunted by events that happened long before the white man set foot on its soil, extending their influence all the way downstate to places like the Confederate bastion of Carrollton. Regardless of your politics, real people with real families died there.

What’s required from writers of these types of stories is working experience in the local fields, not just a good imagination and a flair with a pen. I look for true stuff when I write, even if I have to dramatize all or parts of it. I value a sense of place in a novel. Don’t give me made-up cities and characters who have no basis in myth or fact. So writes L. Sidney Fisher. As a teller of scary stories myself, I can make the connection. Psychics or sensitives– whatever you want to call them, don’t just spring into being to meet a publisher’s deadline. As Lady Gaga wrote in song, they’re usually “born this way.” Then maybe they can write.

So we note the author’s self-proclaimed background where she describes herself as “an author and researcher of paranormal activities.” She is the real thing. As we read more from her website: “Sydney’s books will always contain some element of truth, so be observant. She is fascinated with the paranormal and has done extensive paranormal research for over twenty years. She calls herself a ‘Literary Indiana Jones’ “.

But let’s get back to the story. Is it good, or just another addition to the pantheon of books about the unknown realm of premature death, living humans with unusual supernatural talents, and the ghosts themselves who still haunt the locales of the living? According to the book the progeny of that Civil War pact compelled his wife to write the following:

. . . only some can see the earth’s non-linear thoughts,
and fewer still what under heaven is wrought.
Praetor knows, and he will share, but its your choice . . .
The truth awaits only if you dare.

Seymour Prater, “the Mississippi Mystic,” apparently was a real person with psychic ability who lived in the area back in the early first half of the 20th Century. Locals knew of his psychic abilities, and soon discovered the implications for the town’s descendants. Along with the Seymour depicted in See No Evil, now you too can search for another man’s unearthly murderer whose stage might have been set during the height of the Civil War. This is an excellent book and highly recommended by this author. My only criticism is that L. Sydney Fisher may be too good to be true.

For more about See No Evil, visit the author’s website.
ALSO see her review of Paul Hill’s LANES END on her blog.

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