Tonight on The Haunted Librarian Show, Connie Hall-Scott discusses the various haunted locations in and around Dalton, Georgia.
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Two nights before my panel presentations at Dragon Con 2019, I finished my mystery book. I’m a serial reader. I read before bed, between 1-2 AM. I prefer series; however, when the series runs dry, I start looking for my next new author. And I found her, and a few others who will be in separate blogs, book talking books at the Bard’s Tower bookstore in the AmericasMart Atlanta, or Mart for short. Corinne O’Flynn’s new Witch Island Mysteries series has me hooked, line and sinker.
Although I’ve always tried to identify new authors at Dragon Con, I rarely do. I feel rushed when shopping at the Mart. When there’s 80,000+ people attending, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. This year, however, I was determined to find one new author. I was blessed with 5.
Ask my daughter and husband, and they will agree. I talk to everyone. My dad never knew a stranger, and I take after him. While my daughter was scouting for items, I beelined over to the bookstore. My time was limited; I spoke fast.
The Con has megastars where attendees wait in line for hours to see. And the Con has a hoard of other professionals—namely authors and artists—who spend time chatting with attendees. One of the best things about Dragon Con is the accessibility to up-and-coming authors, actors, artists. Lisa Manifold, author of 25 books, started up a conversation.
She pitched me a couple of her “New Adult” (books for late teens and early twenty-somethings who have outgrown the Young Adult section) books. I purchased two for my daughter; both were autographed as her birthday gifts. Then came me. I’m a tough nut; crime and mysteries are my favorite genres. Since I was not at a crime and mystery conference, my odds for finding something interesting was low. When I ask Lisa to book talk one of Corinne’s books, Corinne interjects and tells me briefly what the book was about. I had no idea that either were the authors. How serendipitous was that!
I started Death Comes Ashore last night. After walking 23,000 steps and participating on 2 panels yesterday, I was tired. I’m 20 pages in and trying to wrap this entry up so I can get back to reading. The book has everything I’m looking for: not too in-depth with the fantasy, enough paranormal descriptions to be believable, and a solid crime scene, where I believe Corinne did her research. I’m fan-girling!
The former New Yorker turned Coloradan runs Rowan Tree Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is “support after the death of a child.” She’s a full-time writer, mother of four children, and tea addict. Lucky for me, her latest book was released on August 28th—just in time for the Con.
Find more information about Corinne here: https://www.corinneoflynn.com/
Paranormal Field Notes Benefit All Investigators
Field notes are invaluable. They capture moments when the memory fails. Field books contain notes, drawings, and working hypotheses. Patrick H.T. Doyle’s Ghosts from the Ground Up: Field Notes of a Ghost Miner interweaves observation, reflection, and visual imagery and comes up with an entertaining paranormal read.
Oregon’s Crescent Mine has long been believed to be haunted. Located outside Sumpter, Oregon, the entire area has reported activity. This town ceased to thrive when the gold mining dried up. The town’s population is under 300 people; moreover, tourism is the main, possibly only, economic activity.
Ghost Mine debuted on SyFy on January 16, 3013. For two seasons (18 episodes), Doyle, along with investigator Kristen Luman, searched for answers deep within the mine, while a group of burley miners searched for gold. Doyle and Luman respected the miners and their boundaries. The investigation uncovered a lot of fascinating evidence and data. Unfortunately, SyFy opted not to renew the series for a third season. Instead, Doyle penned his book.
This book is a journey. Doyle views investigations like a science experiment. Peppered throughout are definitions and explanations and very few conclusions. But that’s not the point. Doyle’s writing is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, also developed from traveling field notes. Doyle offers up unanswered questions, and his commentary is humble and honest. The vagabond lifestyle ended decades ago; however, readers still yearn for an armchair adventure. This one involves the paranormal. Doyle’s book is a great gift for anyone interested in the paranormal. Add this one to your para collection!
Sarchie’s Deliver Us from Evil Thrills
Demonic possession cases are rare. However, every—and I mean EVERY—paranormal investigator needs to know how to distinguish between them and mental illness. Ralph Sarchie’s Deliver Us from Evil teaches the reader to do just that.
Ralph Sarchie is a veteran NYPD police officer. He is also a paranormal investigator trained by Ed and Lorraine Warren. A devout Catholic, Sarchie along with co-writer Lisa Collier Cool interweave fascinating case studies with practical advice. My copy is flagged throughout. This book dives right into an unbelievable case. The authors then step back and provide Sarchie’s backstory. The common thread linking the chapters is God. Sarchie’s a firm—and I mean firm—believer in God and the power of prayer. And I agree!
Some of the more salient points are: The psychic hours are between 9 pm and 6 am. Human spirits aren’t subject to exorcism. Inanimate objects cannot be possessed. Prayer works! However, Sarchie goes in depth with orders and stages and terminology. Hint: Read the book.
[Note: I would be remiss not to point out the one glaring typo: Super Bowl is two (2) words. This is a pet peeve of mine.]
The problem is that people don’t believe in the Devil. Even some of the clergy don’t believe a Devil exists. Sarchie makes a credible argument that an Unholy Trinity exists and is waging war against the Holy Trinity. His Unholy Trinity consists of Satan, Lucifer, and the Antichrist. Combined they are feeding off of innocent and uneducated souls. Only the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, can save them. Sarchie should know; he has assisted on countless exorcisms. He works in concert with the Catholic Church.
While reading the book, I was reminded of the movie The Conjuring. I can hear Ed Warren’s voice advising Sarchie in many of the cases. Shoot, even John Zaffis make a couple appearances. This book shows why it is important for paranormal investigators to help their clients. It reminds us that somewhere along the way we will encounter a case that is beyond our capabilities. We cannot handle it alone. We should refer those few cases to the professional exorcists. Do not attempt! Unfortunately, there will be the few who will not heed my advice. The Devil and his minions do exist, my friends. It is only through God that they are controlled and casted back to Hell.
The Archer Paranormal Investigations Gals interview Patrick Doyle. Patrick shares stories, insights, and a preview of his new book Ghosts from the Ground Up, this Thursday (June 26th) at 7 pm EST. Tune in to http://www.liveparanormal.com and find out why we absolutely ADORE patrick!
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