Halloween Reading

In about three weeks, one of my favorite holidays occurs–Halloween. Naturally, it’s a favorite because I am a paranormal/supernatural writer. Naturally, it’s a favorite because I am a paranormal/supernatural reader. So considering all this, I thought it appropriate, not to mention fun, to feature a paranormal book this week. I choose…


Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I

by Charles F. French

The paranormal/supernatural genre chose me through weird circumstances so I am always curious how other authors fell into this particular genre. I posed this question to Charles and his response is below. I hope you find it as revealing and interesting as I did.

Why I Write Horror, Paranormal, and Speculative Fictioncharles-french-maledicustee

“I am Charles F. French, a writer of speculative fiction, including horror, paranormal, and young adult fiction. I have had an interest in the genres of Gothic, horror, and science-fiction since I was a youngster. As a young teen, I read Dracula by Bram Stoker and The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, and these books immediately appealed to my youthful imagination.

I continued reading works in these genres throughout my life, including in my academic studies, as well as for pleasure. Now I teach some of these books in various courses as an adjunct professor at Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University.

One of the great strengths of books in these genres is that their authors are able to make social critiques about their real worlds but offer them as metaphor in the fictional environment. The plots capture the readers’ attention but then often go deeper into discussions of life and societal concerns. Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein, deals with such issues as limits of scientific research, abandonment of children, the position of women in the 19th Century, and justice/injustice.

While I am not placing my writing on the level of Mary Shelley, I hope that I both create a compelling story and also include important themes. It is in the writing of speculative fiction that I can work simultaneously on both creating interesting plot and characters but also speak to matters that I find important about the world. But always, story comes first. If the piece is not interesting, if I lose the reader, then nothing else will succeed.

I believe that in Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I, I have created a novel that will capture the readers’ interest and imagination and also aid them in considering important thematic issues.”

I am in total agreement with Charles’ thoughts on writing and reading paranormal/supernatural fiction, and am pleased to feature his book. If it’s been a while since you’ve indulged in a paranormal read I can think of no better time than now, what with Charles’ new book and Halloween. Click here to purchase your copy. Go on, I dare you!

13 thoughts on “Halloween Reading

    • Indeed! As you are well aware, some life decisions are made for us and as writers we simply get to write about the fallout of those decisions–either in nonfiction or fiction form. Gotta love this life as a writer; so mysterious.

  1. Ann, this was a great way to feature the up and coming author and book, as well as the holiday, Halloween. I liked how you did this, too. 🙂
    Charles is well respected by a fellow blogger, Jennie, who is a teacher impacting other’s lives with her listening and caring about their stories. I don’t purchase books due to a finite amount of space in my 1 bedroom apartment! 😀 I do fill out library requisition forms to use library funds from donations from patrons. 🙂

    • Robin, what a great idea! To complete a requisition form at the library. I hope you don’t mind if I adopt that. Thanks and hope your Halloween was scary good with the grandbabes.

  2. Hello Ms Fields ! I was trying to use the KnowHow site to register for your Tue 24 Jan talk ‘Life & Death of a Blog’ but every time I click the button, it just stays on the same page. Is there alternative process or site available for registration? Thank you

    • Hi Siobhan, I’m sorry about the difficulties you’re having with registration. I am actually meeting today with the Registrar and have captured your comment. Would you mind trying again tomorrow or better yet…I have your email address and will email you when the links have been reestablished. Thank you for trying and we’ll get it fixed quickly.

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