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Reading & Signing in Taos, N.M.

22 Jun

For those of you in or near Taos, New Mexico on June 24th (Saturday), you are invited to a Reading & Signing of my new book, Lanes End, A Journey Into the Paranormal. The rest of you are probably going to think something like “I’m sure not going to get on a plane from (name the city) to fly to Taos to hear about a book and get some free cookies.” Perfectly understood. But the rest of you have no excuse for not showing up at 2 p.m at the Op. Cit. Bookstore at 124A Bent St. in downtown Taos on June 24th.

Op Cit has a website that talks about our talk, if they’ve posted it yet. So c’mon down, we’s gonna have a party!

Paul Hill, Author

ps: Here are some book reviews and comments from our Shameless Self-Promotion Department. Also, if you can’t get to the event and want to otherwise get a copy, Amazon is always there . . .

Lanes End Giveaway Contest!

29 Mar

The Shameless Self-Promotion Department of Light in the Dark Paranormal Press is at it again. We are running a contest where you can win a free copy of Lanes End, a Journey Into the Paranormal. You’ll have a 1 in 10 chance of winning! Here are the rules:

–Watch the audio/video version of Chapter One of the book, Madonna on the Curb (below). Its only 8 minutes and 53 seconds long. Two questions you have to answer: 1) somewhere during the video, you’ll see an aerial view of a small park. What’s the shape of the park? 2) somewhere after that, it will show who wrote the original music. Who is that?

–After you watched it, via Contact Us (above) send us your answers. Then write a short paragraph about why you might like to read Lanes End. That simple. The first 10 entrants will be in the First Round, where we will judge the best entry. That person will win Lanes End (the soft cover, a real book!) which we will send to him or her including FREE U.S. shipping (for international shipping, you may have to chip-in some).

–The next 10 entrants will qualify for the next round, then the next 10, etc., until we have a maximum of 50 entrants. That’s 5 books given away among 50 readers! Even the non-winners (there are no losers in our world) will be able to buy the book for a discount just for entering.

–Finally, you agree to let us post your entry to our blog (anonymously if you wish).

As soon as we have our first 10 entrants, we’ll quickly pick our winner and get back via email to set up delivery. That’s it! Get started with watching the video . . .

 

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Lanes End Review

3 Mar

final-cover300x480From the Shameless Self-Promotion Department of Light in the Dark Paranormal Press, a review of Lanes End . . .

Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Lane’s End: A Journey Into the Paranormal is an urban fantasy novel written by Paul Hill. Odessa Kearney was a “Lady Trucker”, and she was proud of it. She had wanted more from life than an uninspiring relationship; the ubiquitous big rig advertisement on the matchbook cover had settled itself firmly into her imagination. It took very little for her to make it become a reality. As she drove the I-40 east into New Mexico, she noted that her son’s twenty-seventh birthday was coming up. He lived in California now after leaving Phoenix for San Francisco eight years ago. She missed those few years when she was able to be his full-time mom, but that was all past. For her, nirvana was the open road, traveling the country, seeing the sights and warring, sometimes, with her tendency to zone out on the road. She had long learned not to indulge in a bit of road rage, no matter what craziness transpired on the road, but the crazy in the old Grand Prix that came zooming up behind her and nearly clipped her rig when passing merited a long lean on her horn. The passenger brandished a stubby middle finger in salute as they roared away.

She sighed sometime later when a profusion of red brake lights signaled traffic ahead, There were the inevitable police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance gathered around the impacted vehicle, but no flurry of effort surrounded the driver’s sheet-covered form. With a shock, she recognized that old Grand Prix and pulled over to give FBI Special Agent Sam Buscella a witness statement. Sam was there because the incident was definitely a homicide, and he suspected a serial killer, possibly a trucker riding the roads, was at work. When Odessa got back into her rig, she wasn’t alone. A gaunt and disheveled man in a filthy coverall had a gun trained on her, his near-perfect diction and manners a startling contrast to his appearance. As she started her rig, she wondered if perhaps a fortunate accident would occur; however, nothing unforeseen or otherwise halted their progress.

Paul Hill’s paranormal urban fantasy, Lane’s End: A Journey Into the Paranormal, is a taut, suspenseful and compelling descent into terror as Odessa comes to terms with her abduction and uncertain survival at the hands of the strangely urbane Zacharias. Odessa Kearney grabbed my attention in the opening paragraphs. I so admired this gutsy and resilient woman who had actually fulfilled the owner-operator fantasy so many harbor within their imaginations. Following as she adroitly manages her rig, plans the rest area stops to comply with DOT regulations and embodies that fantasy of the trucker’s life so many dream about was a joy indeed. Her story, which gets dark so quickly with the arrival of Zacharias, continues, somehow, to be the stuff of dreams as they leave her scheduled pick-up in Albuquerque and head towards the Four Corners and into Utah. The canoe scene is unutterably lovely as the two navigate the Green River in a stolen canoe through the Canyonlands. One can’t help but wonder at the possibility of Stockholm Syndrome as the two discuss her family and “the sparkling refractions of sunlight playing off the small waves breaking against the bow” lull Odessa into slumber. I especially enjoyed the serial killer investigation conducted by Agent Sam Buscella and hope that the author considers giving Buscella additional investigations in future novels.

Lane’s End is powerful and profound, and it’s a most impressive debut novel – this is highly recommended.

 

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Lanes End Audio Book/Video of Chapter One

5 Jan


This is a spoken-word, or audio book version of Chapter One of Lanes End,
a Journey Into the Paranormal
. Just to help your imagination a bit, I’ve included some imagery. Hope you enjoy it . . .

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Comments & Reviews: LANES END

27 Oct

final-cover300x480Lanes End, A Journey Into the Paranormal is printed and available for shipping! For more information about the book and how to order, CLICK HERE.

If you’ve already read the book and would like to comment or contribute your own review, feel free to do so. Just click on the Contact Us link (above), and fire away in the comment box provided. Then we’ll publish it on this page.

For those who have already been promised a book, please send your mailing address so we can ship you a copy!

 

Reviews/Comments/Recommendations

Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Lane’s End: A Journey Into the Paranormal is an urban fantasy novel written by Paul Hill. Odessa Kearney was a “Lady Trucker”, and she was proud of it. She had wanted more from life than an uninspiring relationship; the ubiquitous big rig advertisement on the matchbook cover had settled itself firmly into her imagination. It took very little for her to make it become a reality. As she drove the I-40 east into New Mexico, she noted that her son’s twenty-seventh birthday was coming up. He lived in California now after leaving Phoenix for San Francisco eight years ago. She missed those few years when she was able to be his full-time mom, but that was all past. For her, nirvana was the open road, traveling the country, seeing the sights and warring, sometimes, with her tendency to zone out on the road. She had long learned not to indulge in a bit of road rage, no matter what craziness transpired on the road, but the crazy in the old Grand Prix that came zooming up behind her and nearly clipped her rig when passing merited a long lean on her horn. The passenger brandished a stubby middle finger in salute as they roared away.

She sighed sometime later when a profusion of red brake lights signaled traffic ahead, There were the inevitable police cars, a fire truck and an ambulance gathered around the impacted vehicle, but no flurry of effort surrounded the driver’s sheet-covered form. With a shock, she recognized that old Grand Prix and pulled over to give FBI Special Agent Sam Buscella a witness statement. Sam was there because the incident was definitely a homicide, and he suspected a serial killer, possibly a trucker riding the roads, was at work. When Odessa got back into her rig, she wasn’t alone. A gaunt and disheveled man in a filthy coverall had a gun trained on her, his near-perfect diction and manners a startling contrast to his appearance. As she started her rig, she wondered if perhaps a fortunate accident would occur; however, nothing unforeseen or otherwise halted their progress.

Paul Hill’s paranormal urban fantasy, Lane’s End: A Journey Into the Paranormal, is a taut, suspenseful and compelling descent into terror as Odessa comes to terms with her abduction and uncertain survival at the hands of the strangely urbane Zacharias. Odessa Kearney grabbed my attention in the opening paragraphs. I so admired this gutsy and resilient woman who had actually fulfilled the owner-operator fantasy so many harbor within their imaginations. Following as she adroitly manages her rig, plans the rest area stops to comply with DOT regulations and embodies that fantasy of the trucker’s life so many dream about was a joy indeed. Her story, which gets dark so quickly with the arrival of Zacharias, continues, somehow, to be the stuff of dreams as they leave her scheduled pick-up in Albuquerque and head towards the Four Corners and into Utah. The canoe scene is unutterably lovely as the two navigate the Green River in a stolen canoe through the Canyonlands. One can’t help but wonder at the possibility of Stockholm Syndrome as the two discuss her family and “the sparkling refractions of sunlight playing off the small waves breaking against the bow” lull Odessa into slumber. I especially enjoyed the serial killer investigation conducted by Agent Sam Buscella and hope that the author considers giving Buscella additional investigations in future novels.

Lane’s End is powerful and profound, and it’s a most impressive debut novel – this is highly recommended.


“Lanes End sounds like a well balanced tale. I’m glad you made the choice to keep Zacharias multidimensional. The more people read about characters who are not merely black or white, the more they will recognize that the people in their lives and in the news reports are not always what they seem as well.” -Gerald S.


“. . . just finished–absolutely incredible! I loved it. I think if you got it to the right publisher, it could be a best seller . . .” -Harry A., Trinidad, Colorado


“. . . it was really interesting. i told jon that the beginning (before the first paranormal event) peeked my interest. then, for a few chapters, i was confused about what was going on…then it all started to come together and it was hard to put down. i really enjoyed it! congrats to you and all the research you did for it. of course, i found the pharma connection particularly interesting and close to home!”
-Jean D., Gurnee, Ill.



“The last sentence you spoke got to me. I look forward to the read.” -Pamela V., California, USA


“Well done Paul!” -Beverley Y., Ottawa, Canada


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Interview: Paul Hill & Author Ellis Nelson

1 May
Ellis Nelson

Ellis Nelson

Recently I interviewed Ellis Nelson. Her last two published works are Elephants Never Forgotten in 2015 and Into the Land of Snows back in 2012. Let’s see what she has to say about her work . . .

PH: Ellis, you write fiction for Young Adults; more specifically in the mystical, paranormal, or possibly “visionary” genres. Visionary is a relatively new category of writing that you self-identify with, but I believe most readers are not yet familiar with it. Do your last two books fit under that label, and if so, can you tell me your definition of visionary?

EN: Into the Land of Snows definitely fits in the visionary fiction (VF) category. My main character grows in his understanding of consciousness and reality. That is the central theme of the book. Ultimately, his preconceived ideas about reality crumble and his world vision opens to new possibility. I think the definition of visionary fiction is emerging but for me, any book that tackles going beyond the limitations of the third dimensional reality fits the bill. That said, I think pegging books solely to this or that category can get sticky. Many books are combinations of genres and I still agonize over how to present or label a book for editors and agents.

Elephants Never Forgotten lends itself easily to the world of science fiction because its main theme involves the manipulation of genes, a scientific endeavor. But even here, it could just as easily be tagged adventure. My main character travels to a Botswana of the future. I wouldn’t label this book as VF; however it does look at the animal/human bond and heart-centered connection. For me, this is a spiritual book on a certain level and does represent part of my own spiritual journey.

PH: I’m fascinated by the fact that you can write these kinds of stories for young adults. Is there any downside to those folks being exposed to such subjects at an early age? On the upside, what’s the benefit for them?

EN: From my point of view, the earlier the better. But then, I came into the world as an open, inquisitive kid, very intrigued by the spiritual, paranormal, and the desire to understand the nature of reality. The benefit is that we grow a society of bright, open-minded, heart-centered individuals. The ultimate revolution in consciousness! This is the reason I write for kids. They are the future. The downside is that we already have plenty of kids who feel like outsiders because they are different. We’ve seen bullying since time immemorial. We live in a society that is highly judgmental and materialistic. I do recognize that those who don’t fit in run risks.

PH: Good point about creative kids not getting respect from their less thoughtful peers. On your website, you say that you were interested in Buddhism, and that you were also interested in mystical things when you were that young. But as an adult you were in the a military. At first glance that would seem to be a little at odds with things mystical. How do you reconcile that?

EN: I think they are at odds. I grew up in a working class family and did well in school. An Air Force ROTC scholarship put me through college. Although I had a deep interest in history, psychology, and religious studies, the AF would not pay for those kinds of degrees. I have an undergraduate degree in math and an advanced degree in management. I served four years as an acquisitions officer and left the AF. The way I go about any task really goes back to those values and methods. My husband is a retired Lt. Col. and we’ve lived throughout the country. I still retain the core values and ideas of leadership. However, my spiritual life has taken me in new directions.

PH: Have you ever had your own paranormal or mystical experience?

EN: Yes, many. I’ll talk about a few. On my books blog, I mention that as a toddler I repeatedly told my mother about a man who visited me at night who wore a hat with a big feather. I don’t have any conscious memory of that. But I regard that as my first encounter with the paranormal. As a teen, I watched books fall from shelves and heard footsteps when no one was at home. As an adult, I saw a ghost at Bent’s Fort.

But some of my most amazing experiences have been with my own pets. These are the experiences that convince me we are connected in very incredible ways. I am very empathic, but it took me a while to admit this.

The first instance happened when I took one of my older cats in for a regular vet exam. Now, I had had a tooth hurt from time to time prior to this and I decided to wait and see if it got worse over time. At the vet, it turned out that my cat had dental issues and the vet wanted to schedule a cleaning letting me know that extractions might be necessary. I scheduled the procedure and over the next two weeks, my back molar was really starting to give me problems. Now it was actually throbbing and I thought, for sure, I’ve got to get to the dentist. Turns out, the cat had three teeth removed. “The worst one,” the vet said poking a finger toward an xray, “was this one.” It corresponded to my troublesome molar. My tooth never hurt after my cat had the tooth pulled. A curious coincidence?

A couple of years later, I had a Golden retriever who was going through chemotherapy. I’d drop him off in the morning for treatment and the office would call in the afternoon for me to come and pick him up. They’d fit the treatments in between appointments so I never knew how long he’d be there or when he’d get the meds. The second time I took him, I was at home and suddenly got very nauseated and so dizzy I had to go lie down. I’d never had that happen before and had no idea what was going on. I was really concerned that if things didn’t resolve quickly, there was no way I could drive to the vet’s and get the dog. It took about an hour or so for the situation to abate and I was able to drive to the vet’s later that afternoon. I dismissed the incident because I had no explanation for it.

The next week, the same thing happened and I noted the time. I’m a slow learner, but when I went to retrieve the dog, I had a question for the vet tech. “What time did Barkley start getting the drugs?” The time was exactly when I started to feel sick. I was experiencing the chemo right along with my dog. Later that night, I did a meditation and entered a space to talk with my guides. That was the end of my chemo. I did learn some important lessons about healing and the reality we live in.

PH: There really are no coincidences, are there? Let’s talk about the storylines of your latest books for a bit. Briefly, what are they about, and is one more mystical/paranormal or visionary than the other?

elephants never forgotten 2

 

EN: In Elephants Never Forgotten, we are taken into the future where microelephants are pets and wild elephants are extinct. Twelve-year-old Nigella receives a shipment from her deceased grandfather. Her inheritance is a herd of micro-elephants. But her elephants are different. She starts to wonder what her grandfather was up to. With the help of her best friend, Kepler, the girls set off on an adventure to discover the truth. This is a futuristic, SF novel for the younger set.

 

 

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In Into the Land of Snows, we follow sixteen year old Blake to Base Camp on
Mt. Everest to spend time with his physician father. When a deadly avalanche occurs, Dad is forced to rethink things and sends Blake away. Now accompanied by a Sherpa guide, and in possession of a mysterious camera, Blake undertakes a journey that will challenge everything he believes. In the magical Himalayas, he will be forever changed by what he experiences. This is the visionary novel where Blake’s reality is shattered and he is opened to a whole new paradigm.

 

 

PH: Both stories sound compelling. But as you well know, one of the big issues in getting published these days is getting one’s work to conform to a known genre. Sometimes it’s like fitting the proverbial square peg. When you published these books, did your publishers insist on what genre and sub-genre they should be grouped into?

EN: No. In both cases the publishers asked me for tags. In my experience with children’s books, the main classification is first deciding if the work is for a middlegrade (MG) audience or a young adult (YA) one. After that, a book can be associated with further descriptions as adventure, fantasy, SF, magical realism, contemporary, etc.

PH: I haven’t read your books, but if you asked me which of your last two fit into what categories, I might say Elephants could be “visionary/science fiction,” almost like a Jurassic Park for the younger set? Do you agree?

EN: Yes, I see your point. For promotional purposes, I was using “Jurassic Park meets Micro”. I love Michael Crichton, by the way! The genre VF is very new and most publishers, agents, and editors don’t recognize it. So at this point trying to attract any of them using VF isn’t going to work. We’re still left with paranormal, New Age, spiritual, etc. I have a manuscript right now I’m circulating and it’s VF, but I’m calling it adventure. It reads like a thriller, but it has strong mystical elements.

PH: What about a genre/sub-genre for Snows?

EN: The genre for Snows is YA. It’s a teen book with potential cross-over. Its subgenre, in a perfect world, would be VF. However, the tags associated with the book are adventure and contemporary.

PH: I read your excerpt from Elephants, and I noted that you don’t “talk down” to your young adult readers. It seems it could be enjoyed by an adult just as well. Did you intentionally write it to cross-over into the adult fiction market, or did it just come out that way?

EN: It was not a conscious intention to write a cross-over. My books do involve copious research and, I think, a level of sophistication. All of my books have an underlying objective to teach something. Those are the kinds of books I devour so those are the kinds of books I write. The part of your question dealing with not talking down to young readers is also critical. I don’t believe that children come in as blank slates. I’m a parent too. Children come into this world as spiritual beings with personalities and experience. That has to be appreciated and honored.

PH: You mentioned you have a manuscript in circulation right now. Can you give us a hint about it?

EN: I’m shopping for an agent right now for a YA book titled, The Greening of the Laurel. In it, Ryan’s junior year is turned upside down by a series of bizarre visions and freaky encounters with fire. As his reality crumbles, he must confront his past life in Cathar France in order to regain a lost manuscript that is key to guiding scientists in unlocking the secrets of the universe. Only then will Ryan be free.

PH: Sounds fascinating. So where do you think this is all headed? By that I mean both adult and YA literature about the visionary, the mystical, the paranormal, ghosts, etc.? Is it just a fad, or do you think we’ll see these genres evolve and gain in popularity?

EN: Cultures have always told stories about these things. Although the term VF is new, the stories are not. They fill a need. The need is to go beyond everyday reality, to search for truth and meaning. These things are not going away. Today, we see the mystic and quantum scientist joining hands using different words, but pointing in the same direction. The old paradigm is dying. It’s scary for some. Some will hold on tooth and claw, but we’re going there anyway. The future will be different and so will our worldview. VF is a way to make sense of that new future. I’m optimistic that we’re heading in the right direction.

PH: Thanks for being in the hotseat with me today, Ellis! One last question: where might a reader buy your books? Are they in e-book form, or is hard copy available?

EN: Elephants Never Forgotten is available as an e-book.  Into the Land of Snows  is available in both print and e-book forms (click on titles for links).

Thanks for hosting me, Paul!

I invite readers to visit me at www.ellisnelson.com (mystical/spiritual/paranormal site), or https://ellisnelsonbooks.wordpress.com/ (kid friendly site).

PH: It was enlightening talking with you Ellis, and best of luck with your book sales and your latest work!

 

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a Queen’s birthday– a Prince’s passing

22 Apr
the Queen

Queen Elizabeth

Yesterday, the world’s media was focused on two dissimilar events: the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth of Britain, and the unexpected passing of Prince, the performance artist and musician. My wife thought of the above headline ironically describing the two unrelated events happening on the same day.

Most of you know who “the Queen” is; some of you may not acquainted with Prince, a pop/rock artist who’s been on the music scene and in the public spotlight since the early 1980’s. Since his death, he is finally being acknowledged as one of the most innovative and creative influences in the world of popular music. This event reinforces the notion that artists get their best reviews after they’re dead.

Of course music is a very personal thing, and for what one jumps out of bed for in the morning, another sleeps till noon. But that’s art, whether its in the form of music, painting, writing, or any other creative endeavor. So why do I continue to deviate from my self appointed mission as a blogger of the paranormal with posts about writing and music? I guess because the latter are as important to me personally as investigating and writing about ghosts. More pragmatically, other than my real estate blog this is the only forum I have to rant in! So I’ll try and keep these things as connected as I can.

As anyone who’s been following me is probably sick of hearing by now, I wrote a book. Its a work of paranormal fiction, so there’s the connection to the literary world. But how do I justify music? Here’s how: my last post discussed visionary fiction, and how it has a hard time pinpointing a specific genre that publishers need when they select a hole for their literary pigeons. “Visionary” in writing and art in general is hard to define.

Prince

Prince (click for video)

But after listening to a news interview on CBSN last night, I had one of those little epiphanies. A reporter was talking to a music critic in front of the Apollo Theater in NYC about Prince’s contribution to contemporary pop music. She said Prince was a visionary, combining funk, jazz, rock n roll, gospel, and other music genres as easily as we chew gum. She concluded that visionaries defy genre (her words).

There’s my answer to the visionary aspect of the written word in fiction writing. The reason book publishers have such a hard time pigeonholing that genre is because with books (and music), visionary has no genres. It defies them.

I promise I’ll get back to ghosts soon.

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the Visionary Fiction Alliance

14 Apr

VFA-member bannerWhat is the Visionary Fiction Alliance (VFA)? I guess I should know as I just joined it! As the new kid on the block, so far I can tell you its an organization of authors, readers, editors, publishers, artists and others who specialize in a certain new genre of fiction.

Visionary fiction is the kind of story that shows how the protagonist changes for the better through expected plot development and conflict. That can be said about any good novel. The distinction is that in visionary stories the main character is not only transforming into someone better, but transforming in the context of a universal good. This happens through an extraordinary mental, spiritual, or paranormal ability or experience.

Visionary fiction is also referred to as transformational.  Think of classic stories like Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman, Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma, or The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  All are great classics and best-sellers.

But don’t be intimidated. Nobodies like me are writing visionary fiction. My finally-finished novel Lanes End is hopefully part of that genre. I didn’t realize it until I recently stumbled across the VFA and thought “hey, my book fits their definition” (see why I think Lanes End does).

But enough shameless self-promotion! Check the VFA out for yourself (click on the logo). You’ll find a better definition of visionary fiction than mine, plus some very interesting posts, reviews, books, etc. You may even want to join . . .

 

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Publish or Perish? (Part 1)

5 Apr

In case you’re wondering why all this stuff about books, and what happened to the ghosts? . . . fair question. Since I just finished my first paranormal fiction novel, I’m a bit preoccupied with it. So unless you’re into reading such books and the perils of publishing one, feel free to skip this post. You won’t hurt my feelings!

Its for those of you who are book readers, if not authors yourselves. People into the paranormal like to read and write about the subject, and there’s the tie-in. Everybody has an experience or an opinion. I’m my case, I decided to couch my own theory of why and how ghosts exist into a story. Its always easier to inform with a story rather than a lecture; the hard part is writing the story.

Besides “self-publishing” and endlessly querying literary agents and publishers to take a look at my work, I also plan to create e-commerce webpages for authors, agents, publishers, and anybody else involved in the process of publishing. It would be a single platform for all of us types. But before I bore you with the details, a little background on why I’m doing this business model as I am . . .

If you’ve ever waded into these waters as a writer, you already know how daunting and frustrating the process of finding a publisher can be. I’ve found that there is in fact lots of antipathy from authors directed toward traditional publishers, and submissions to them are actually down.

That’s why self-publishing has become so popular, like posting your latest work for sale to Amazon. The good news is that anybody with a word processer can “publish” their book to sites like Amazon and its cousins. The bad news is that anybody can publish regardless of the quality. Amazon and other websites like them do not vet or edit one’s work in any way, and readers must take their chances, usually for a very low e-book price. They can only rely on word-of-mouth, shameless self-promotion on Twitter and Facebook, and online reviews from readers.

Can a writer do both, i.e. self-publish in those kind of venues and also seek a real publisher? The short answer is yes, but the longer answer has some qualifications to it. Those are beyond the scope of this post, and I’m already writing too much, which is my tendency. So to make this easier to swallow, I’m breaking the post up into two parts. This is the first, and thanks for getting this far. I’ll post Part 2 as soon as I write it . . .

 

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the Treasure in Mr. Libner’s Dark Basement

16 Mar

Who is Mr. Libner, and why should you care about his basement? Got you going, didn’t I? Actually, my mysterious character is the name of my old high school principal (rip), and I’ve never been in his basement. But what I’m trying to demonstrate here is the principal of “discoverability.” When you think about going down into his dark confines and finding a treasure, you’re probably curious . . . stimulated, even.

Its what gets us paranormal investigators juiced. Hunting for and maybe finding something from the Great Unknown. But this post isn’t about investigating; its about writing. Many of the followers of this blog are not only investigators, paranormal researchers, or interested readers; they write about this stuff in their own blogs or in their own books, fiction or non. I have just completed all 282 pages of my first novel Lanes End, and am firmly in the grips of hoping its “discovered” by the right people. Not just readers at this point, but also publishers and literary agents.

Unfortunately, what I’ve learned to date is not encouraging. Perhaps cynically, I believe that having a well-written and entertaining novel (as I hope mine is) is not enough. If potential agents and publishers don’t notice, it won’t be seen by readers unless the writer “self-publishes.” That’s the big thing in writing now, the results of which one can see on Amazon/Kindle, Smashwords, and a host of other websites offering authors’s otherwise unpublished ebooks for very low prices.

So not getting attention from publishers and agents who deal with hundreds of submissions emailed to their desks each day is only part of the problem. Now that the glory days of self-publishing have peaked and everyone has dozens of unread ebooks backlogged in their Kindles, the same problem of being noticed among the thousands of self-published books is now upon us.

Anybody can self-publish a book, and huge numbers of anybodys are doing just that.

Back to the principal of discoverability . . . If readers fail to discover a book, they will never have the opportunity to read it. But the ability to be discovered is hampered by the sheer numbers of everyone else seeking the same attention. We as authors need to be discovered by our readers before anything else happens. Someone, somehow has to create an atmosphere of mystery and curiosity in order to have readers want to search us out, just like in Mr. Libner’s basement. Amazon, Smashwords and their cousins don’t do that. They simply pile-on the latest offerings over yesterday’s offerings while thousands buried underneath remain unnoticed.

If you’re a writer (or a reader), do you agree? Are you satisfied with the attention your offerings are getting? Do you have any ideas? Maybe we can put our heads together and figure this out. How do a bunch of writers about spooky things get our work discovered?

Please comment. Mr. Libner has lots of hiding places.

 

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Investigating Our Own Home, or “I never believed in orbs before, but…”

5 Aug

Lanes End information


 

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Photo #4 – “Orb Chain” Anomaly

Light in the Dark Paranormal recently investigated the home of two of its members. While this is not recommended, the two resident ghost-hunters already knew of the existence of ghosts in their house, and felt it was about time to formally introduce themselves.

Photo #1- no orbs; flash off

Photo #1-small orb (not camera flash reflection); flashlight off

The above image was taken as a still photo during a sweep of the second floor loft while conducting a flashlight communication session (the flash can be seen on the island in the middle). The team had succeeded in getting whoever was there to turn the flashlight on and off in response to their questions (we have an unedited video of this session on YouTube).

At the same time, one team member was conducting an EVP session with her digital recorder, with the recording revealing an unexplained knocking sound. This sound + the flashlight activating itself + the above photo taken all at the same time demonstrate what we feel to be from a single paranormal event.  It was recorded by three different investigators using three types of recording media (video, audio recorder and a still camera) all starting and stopping on the same timeline.

Photo #2- no orbs; flash on

Photo #2- small orb; flash on

The large photo above reveals a an anomaly appearing in the right center of the image, and seems to be emanating from behind the stove in the kitchen area. You can click on this photo to obtain a separate larger image (we suggest blowing it up to maximum size to see the detail of the phenomenon). Upon closer examination, note what appears to be a series of interlocking orbs! They seem to be contained within a tube or conduit of some sort, whose source seems to be from just behind the oven door, and whose other end tapers off into a dissolve. If this were a hair or other piece of debris on the camera lens, it would be in front of and covering the background, not coming from it, and the end of it would be definite, not fading away.

Photo #3- orbs visible; flash off

Photo #3- orbs; flash off

This anomaly was not present in the photo taken seconds before it, nor in any taken seconds after (each photo is numbered in the order taken). Also note the presence of the more traditional “orbs” of the type observed by many investigators over the years. These began to appear in the prior and subsequent photos, but then they too disappeared.

One of the advantages of investigating your own home is that you get to go back and validate what you might have documented earlier. In this case, we took the same series of photos the next day at exactly the same time during similar outside weather. No phenomenon whatsoever was present (one of the disadvantages of investigating your own home is that you have to go to sleep there after your investigation, regardless of what you may have riled up).

Photo #5 - orbs; flash on

Photo #5 – orbs; flash off

We discussed our investigation the following Sunday with Rob Henry and Jason Olivo, hosts of Living Paranormal on the web. To listen to the entire show, which includes some amazing EVP’s recorded in previous investigations at other locations, click here to hear an archived version.

Photo #6 - orb; flash on

Photo #6 – small orb; flash on

Also tuned into the show that night was acclaimed psychic medium Reverend Robyne Marie. Using her technique of photo scrying, where Robyne claims that she can actually see live spirits present in a photo, she said the following about ours as she studied it during the show:

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Photo #7-orbs gone; flash on


We have physical bodies walking through here . . . remote viewing.

I saw the main character and all the other bodies with them. This is their heaven. So many of them together . . . we have doppelgangers! They mimic you. 

 

 

Paul Hill is the co-founder of Light in the Dark Paranormal,
and he has a brand new ebook: 
LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

Its now available! Read excerpts from the book

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Lanes End

1 Apr

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LANES END

a supernatural
mystery-thriller!

 

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Plot Summary

After over-the-road truck driver Odessa Kearney is blatantly kidnapped from the shoulder of Interstate 40 in New Mexico, she and her abductor are doggedly pursued by FBI agent Sam Buscella through the deserts and canyon lands of the American Southwest. The crusty investigator is defied time and again by the apparent supernatural power of her captor as Odessa slowly succumbs to his influence.

Of course Sam doesn’t believe in such things, and remains determined to find this taken woman who had been so earnestly seeking a new life. Odessa may now have to pay a heavy price for release from her old one. Her estranged husband David tries to keep his job and his sanity while he copes with his wife’s transformation, not knowing her fate or that his company’s research can destroy humanity’s ability to exist. It can only be stopped by this extraordinary woman whose path is forever changed by murder, and an unimaginable form of corporate espionage played out in the shadowy realm of the paranormal.



Excerpts from Part One– the Abduction


Chapter 1  Madonna on the Curb

          A few seconds of mutual staring ensued. A chill ran down Odessa’s back. Not wishing to confront this disturbing image further, she climbed behind the wheel, cranked up the Detroit Diesel power plant, slipped it into first gear with a crunch, and hurriedly pulled out. When she glanced back at the building, the apparition was gone. What remained was a feeling of dread, and a vivid memory of someone who scared her far more than the Sisters of Fear ever could.

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Chapter 2  Wheels of Thunder

          But Odessa knew those were uncertain days not only for her but for many. America was still in the grip of the Great Recession–a period of dumbing down, down sizing, and not knowing if down was up. Still, even though she had a steady paycheck, she was holding on to a marriage that should have crumbled from its own weight long ago; to an occupation that represented containment at the same time it was liberating; to a culture that left her more alienated than the alienation she rebelled against as a teenager, and to a sense of age that though more chronological than real, was nonetheless a nag of a worry. She yearned for the good life she thought she should have earned by now.

Chapter 3  If I Ever Make It Home

            Odessa hesitated. “Do you want me to ID the body or something?”
“Not quite. Just part of it.” Sam carefully put his notebook and pen in his vest pocket, donned a latex glove, and gingerly opened the car door. He partially lifted the sheet off the deceased driver, exposing both hands. “Are these the fingers you saw?”
           Odessa had never seen a corpse positioned exactly as it was at the time of death. Her knees went weak, but she focused on what she was asked to do, quickly realizing those lifeless white fingers were long and lanky, like she played the piano. Definitely not home to the elfin-like appendage she remembered.

Chapter 4  Fill Her Up

          If I scream right now, who’s going to come and help me?
The unwitting confederate of the daring escape attempt broke formation to go to her car. Time to scream now! Just as Odessa inhaled to let out the best piercing vocalization she ever sang, Zacharias came up behind her and covered her mouth. He spoke to her softly. “Shh, Odessa. You’ll give people the wrong impression…”

Chapter 5  Runaway

          Odessa listened intently as Zacharias spoke like a scholar. “They are there, my good woman, even if you can’t see them. They are still hiding…they did not disappear because they ran out of the energy to live…they ran out of the energy to die.”

Chapter 6  Change

          Instead she saw something that was about to make her situation far worse…something that would have terrified even the most skeptical unbeliever…It’s vacant eyes insidiously returned her gaze as if to challenge Odessa’s right to exist.

Chapter 7  Riders on the Storm

          As the state trooper peered into the darkness beyond the profile of the truck, no one came forward. Backing away from the rig to get a clearer view of the entire scene, he detected no new sound other than his own footsteps. The solitary, plaintive figure was silhouetted against the background of the lifeless vehicle. He saw and heard nothing, but began to feel the uncertainty of what was about to unfold. He was alone; the only authority to deal with events that were about to evolve beyond his control.

Chapter 8  Angel of Death

          The park ranger raised his injured right arm. “There is one more thing, Agent.” Sam paused in the doorway and looked back…”I’m not a religious man, but I’m wondering if that thing could have been from somewhere else. Ya know, maybe it wasn’t a bird. Like maybe it was the devil or something. That angel of death came from the sky. It sure wasn’t natural.”

Chapter 9  Don’t Fear the Reaper

          “Ya see, the one I had this mornin’ was different. The truck keeps comin’ closer and closer. What happens when he catches me? Ya know, maybe the dreams are about something that hasn’t even happened yet!”

Chapter 10  There’s a Doctor

          Dr. Zarkovian plopped down at the table…”I believe ve just witnessed our patient’s reaction to recalling an extremely traumatic event. Ve were on the very edge of him recognizing the driver of that truck, and it was just too much for his subconscious to handle. This vill not be an easy case, Dr. Mahoney.”

Chapter 11  Who Did I Kiss?

           David responded angrily. “Then I repeat, who was that woman who looked and talked exactly like Odessa, and whose truck was she driving? Are you saying the woman was an impostor? That’s insane! Who would stage that kind of elaborate trick? I don’t believe it! Listen, the woman you found can’t be Odessa, and the person in the truck that pulled up this afternoon was. Odessa is alive, but she just took off!”

Chapter 12  Break on Through 

            David was scared. He tried to run . . . tried to hide, but there was no place to go. He thought he was losing his mind as he perspired profusely and his head ached. Where did everyone go? he thought. Is this Zacharias coming back? Things began to spin around him, and he felt like he was going to die.


Excerpts from Part Two– the Ghost


Chapter 13  The Third Eye

     They got into the SUV and left the cemetery, looking back one more time at Odessa’s grave. It was dark, and the shapes of the neighboring tombstones looked ominous as the pair followed the curving road back to the exit. Leaving through the still open gates, Dr. Zarkovian looked at her driver. “Sam, you realize ve have a lost time episode here, don’t you?” Sam looked back at her. “Lost time? As in a UFO abduction?” She did not answer, and they drove off into the night.

Chapter 14  Visits

     “You are a special case. Many ghosts live in limbo for eternity, unaware of the passage of time and remembering their own tragic end as if it was yesterday. Some are rescued and move on to my world. Many do not. This is not to say there are not well-adjusted earthbound spirits, those who are relatively content with their station in the afterlife, perhaps as a guardian of the mortals or places they left.”

Chapter 15  The Professor

     “You’re not going to tell me the imagination’s a powerful thing, are you? I’ve dug into the bodies of many a research animal and some dead humans to boot, but you know what? I’ve never found an imagination! If it was so powerful, you’d think I would have come across one by now. Maybe its right next to the soul. Haven’t seen a single one of them either. Haven’t even discovered a figment. What the hell are those supposed to be? Listen, human evolution didn’t program too many figments of imagination into our design, and if a chemical is being produced in our brains, its there for a reason.”

Chapter 16  The Mission

     In spite of her concern, she also wondered about more mundane issues . . . are there only vague discomforts when you’re a ghost? Can we be afraid or angry or happy? To her It was like ascertaining the emotional state of a cat or a dog. A person could tell by their eyes and their expressions and what their tails were doing. What about spiritual beings? Not the ones who successfully made the leap into the supporting arms of those in the other world, but those stranded alone to deal with their past life and death while waiting for their turn.

Chapter 17  Rebellion

     “Sometimes people get to a point in their career where where they have to break off and fly on their own. Other guys hang-in there and run out the clock no matter how miserable it makes ’em. As far as my plans go, I’ll get my private investigator’s license and keep nosin’ around things and pissing people off. That’s what I always wanted to do when I grew-up anyway.”

Chapter 18  Father and Daughter

     “You know Dave,” she laughed, “its not every day ve talk about people losing their souls!” Her laugh quickly vanished. “But if that was the message from Odessa, ve have to take it seriously. As ve’ve talked about before, its not unusual for a recently deceased loved one to visit, especially in a dream.”

Chapter 19  Warnings

     As he undressed and threw on his ratty old bathrobe, he began to feel strange. This scotch is stronger than I thought, he mused. But the heavy ambiance in the room was not due to his drink. He felt someone else was there with him. As he stood by the bed with shot glass in hand looking bewildered, he saw a familiar sight forming in the corner by the dresser. He felt a chill, and the hair on his arms stood up.

Chapter 20  The Trial

     He had finished his self-guided visualization, and was pushed into a deep dream-sleep by the strong relaxant he was also given. As he continued to see the castle in his dream, it took full control over his unconscious thoughts. Suddenly the imaginary edifice was no longer being buttressed by the welcome soldiers. Dave could only watch as most of them disappeared from the scene. Black smoke began to billow from the turrets, and the granite stones in the walls started to crack. Entire large pieces of the castle walls were tumbling down onto what soldiers remained still trying to get-in. Flames could be seen from the open windows, and screams were heard coming from deep within.

Chapter 21  The Meeting

     “Well get the fire department here. We have an emergency!” David ordered. The alarm sounded, and most in the room were no longer seated. Someone tried to open the emergency exit in the corner, but it also would not function. He gave up when loud banging noises started to emanate from the back wall. Boom . . . boom . . . boom . . . The sound mixed with the screaming siren, raising the level of stress for the now captive group of executives.

Chapter 22  Let My People Go

Sorry, no excerpt! I’d be giving away the ending . . .

 

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“The Fun of Staying in Touch”

1 Nov

Book Review by Paul Hill

How Our Loved Ones Contact Us and How We
Can Contact Them–
Roberta Grimes

Don’t let the title fool you. The Fun of Staying in Touch isn’t about your new bookcoversmartphone. The book’s subtitle, How Our Loved Ones Contact Us and How We Can Contact Them continues the theme of communication, but if you don’t venture beyond the cover, you wouldn’t know that the “loved ones” referred to are dead!  I’m not entirely sure being dead is “fun,” connected or not, or that talking to them is equally entertaining. But that’s what author Roberta Grimes is telling us. Her message seems to be that though life may not always be fun, the afterlife is–the dead are simply anxious to tell us about it.

This is the second in a trilogy about human transitions. The first was The Fun of Dying–Find Out What Really Happens Next!  The last in the series will be The Fun of Growing Forever. Roberta is a retired attorney, and given her occupation, I suspect she was strictly business. Nonetheless, she has spent her present life with an unusual interest in the afterlife. It began with her self-described “experiences of light,” first when she was only eight years old, then again at twenty–spiritual visitations that eventually changed her path in spite of hiding the events for many years.

Before we delve into the detail of her story, let’s ask some eternal questions…Is this a good read?  Do I have some issues with it?  The answers are yes and yes.

I should first point out for whom this book is suitable. Certainly not the professional nor armchair skeptic who will refuse to suspend their disbelief long enough to win a ticket to paradise. Its also not for the sympathetic reader who is looking for scientific or technical confirmation of what they suppose to be true. It is instead written for both the doubtful and true believers who need a good overview of the state of the art of afterlife communication.  As a paranormal investigator, I share Roberta’s interest in evidence that supports our belief in communicating with those in the afterlife. But I still have some ideological concerns; quite honestly the kind that may not matter to her readers.

I’ll offer more on my intramural nitpicking in a follow-up article, but let’s stick to this review for now and get some negatives out of the way first. I’ll pick on a few points that even a believer might find a little hard to swallow…

In Chapter 10, Roberta writes about a soul phone as a technological solution to the problem of talking with the dead, and a tipping point in the struggle to get the rest of the world on board. Should we invent this device, where we can unambiguously have a casual conversation with a departed loved one, the debunkers will have to take notice. But as a fairly tech-savvy civilian, I’m not aware of any piece of hardware in development that could ever facilitate such a feat. So I must remain skeptical and judge this as a theoretical event, one that if ever came to fruition would be more important than Alexander Graham Bell telling Watson to “come here…” on history’s first voice transmission, and only slightly less significant than a UFO landing on the White House lawn.

In this same context, Roberta also tells us that dead scientists are helping living researchers work this kind of stuff out. While this may be true, they’re sure not contacting me, so its a little hard to get my head around it. I’m reminded of the technical certainty of Sylvia Brown (whom I greatly respect) who in one of her books gave a detailed description of the environment of the afterlife, right down to where you put your car and get your parking ticket validated.

In both cases, I find these descriptions to be a bit over the top, and a distraction from the authors’ greater and better-expressed message about life with the dead. For the most part though, these speculations do not detract that much from an otherwise excellent fly-over of our loved ones’ terrain in the afterlife, conducted by a tour guide who has “been there” in the metaphysical sense. The author has bolstered my belief that communicating with our dead is part of the legacy of our creation, and as Roberta points out, the grand result of each of us being an undivided part of the Eternal Mind. Whether we acknowledge that or not, Roberta Grimes is spreading the Word.

Paul Hill


Paul is the co-founder of Light in the Dark Paranormal,

and he has a brand new ebook: 
LANES END
A Journey Into the Paranormal 

Its now available! Read excerpts from the book

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All Things Preternatural

25 Sep

If the above title read All Things Supernatural, would we be talking about the same thing? What if it was All Things Paranormal? Same subject? While bigfoots, zombies, mutilated cattle, UFO’s, and ghosts* are certainly not ordinary, are they supernatural, paranormal, or something else?

Let’s get some definitions.  Merriam/Webster’s online dictionary says supernatural is …of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe, especially of or relating to God, a god, demigod, spirit, or devil. Whew! Surely a ghost fits somewhere in there, but is a dead cow the result of a supernatural event? That’s a bit presumptuous.

What do they say about paranormal? …not scientifically explainable: supernatural. Wait a minute! I’m not buying this either. There are lots of scientific theories supporting all of these things…zombies even! A theory is just somebody’s explanation that’s not (yet) proven—its hypothetical. Einstein’s Theory of Relativity is just that: a theory that just about every white-coated scientist believes despite lack of absolute proof.

Theories are cool. Though unproven, you can still believe one is true and rely on it day-to-day. So when it comes to having a less than rickety frame of reference for otherwise crazy things like UFO’s and ghosts, I think there’s no better concept than my old fav, the preternatural. I first heard this term uttered by a fictional character named Dr. Markway (played by Richard Johnson) in the 1963 film the Haunting  (the original movie; not the stupid re-make. It happens to be my favorite ghost movie, and I highly recommend it to any serious believer or skeptic.  I also blame it for my continuing preoccupation with ghosts decades later).


Dr. John Markway: A closed mind is the worst defense against the supernatural… If it happens to you, your liable to have that shut door in your mind ripped right off it’s hinges!-from the Haunting


Early in the movie, the parapsychologist is trying to explain to a skeptical but curious investigator his theory of why things keep going bump in the night in an old mansion in New England. He tells his dubious associate that there were lots of phenomena that were not explainable at the time they happened, but were later proven scientifically. He gave the example of magnetism. What self-respecting peasant in 16th Century Europe didn’t think that a (magnetic) rock causing a metal knife to inexplicably slide towards it wasn’t the work of Satan? It was supernatural then. Its Physics 101 now.

Markway’s term for this kind of stuff was preternatural. You know, as in before nature; before it was proven to be a natural part of it.

In this 21st Century we now have the words to talk about weird things, the theories that might explain them, the hardware to measure them, and the growing evidence that could eventually prove they exist. But most of us still don’t get it. What’s happening “out there” (where the truth is) is still beyond common understanding.

Enter the Valley by Christopher O’Brien is his second book about one very strange locale in southern Colorado, the San Luis Valley. It has a little bit of everything, including ghosts, UFO’s, and cattle mutilations. Trying to put all this into perspective, he offers up not only experiences and theories, but rules of how to investigate them. One of his theory/rules is “the (sub) culture itself may cocreate manifestations of individually perceived phenomena.”   If he’s right, some paranormal occurrences could be in our collective heads… as if our brains are responsible for conjuring up the very things our brains are anxiously trying to figure out!

Or instead do these “non-ordinary” events happen in a Castanedan universe–
a Separate Reality that exists independently of our own thoughts?

In the long run, only you know what you saw, heard, or felt if you were lucky enough to have a preternatural experience.  Don’t ever let anyone convince you it was just your imagination!

Paul Hill

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*Author’s comment:  10/1/2012–I was just reminded by a reader as to why no vampires are on this list at Halloween season:    “From my all-time favorite TV show, the legendary “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” comes the notion that the one night of the year that you won’t find vampires and other demon-y creatures about is Hallowe’en.  They take the night off because, as one vamp in the show, said, it’s just too much of a mess out there, can’t always tell the real vamps from the make-believe, you could end up biting one of your own.”

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