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Supernatural Thriller Incorporates the Principles of Spiritualism
When I first got the idea for DEATH PERCEPTION, my latest supernatural thriller, I knew nothing about Spiritualism. I came from a Protestant Christian background and held a general belief in life after death, but all of the after-death spirit communication and paranormal abilities, I invented from an imagination fueled by a lifetime of movies and short stories and novels. At least I thought it was made up…
DEATH PERCEPTION was my master’s thesis, which I wrote while enrolled in the Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University from 2004–2006. The spring that I graduated, I quit the ministry, finalized a divorce ending eighteen years of marriage, came out, sold the house I alone was paying on for the previous six months, moved, and finalized my thesis. Whew!
I gave up on organized religion and orthodox faith. And I gave up on my novel. After working on it non-stop for two years, I was burned out, not to mention overwhelmed with life changes. But I had a profound spiritual experience during that time that set me on a new course, studying metaphysics and all things New Age. I tell that story here.
I read dozens of books, went to conferences, and learned a lot during that time. But in 2010, a young relative committed suicide. The shock of this loss and its resulting devastation set me on a different path: I wanted to know what happens when you die.
Perhaps you don’t believe in the continuity of consciousness, the survival of the soul. I’d heard many say, and had said it myself, “There’s no proof of the afterlife.” Yet I wanted to know for sure. After seeking direction, I was led to the Morris Pratt Institute, where I studied for a year. Whether or not you believe there’s proof, there are 165 years of research of research about life after death and spiritualistic phenomena. I became convinced about the survival of the soul.
Spiritualism affirms that the existence and personal identity of individuals continue after the change called death. And that communication with the so-called dead is a fact, proven by measurable phenomena.
I found my way to a Spiritualist church near me. I sat in development circle and, after attending mediumship workshops in Lily Dale, New York, began to give messages to the living from their departed loved ones.
In 2012, I resurrected DEATH PERCEPTION and began to revise it. And I noticed something amazing. The supernatural abilities my protagonist Kennet Singleton develops—powers I wrote about from pure imagination almost a decade ago—I was now experiencing in my own life.
Much of what I had written was already accurate. But my study of Spiritualism and mediumship provided me with the knowledge I needed to fill some holes in my manuscript. And having experienced psychic phenomena for myself, I was able to add realism to Kennet’s otherwordly perceptions. (For more about this, see “Visitation from the Summerland.”)
I’ve always loved ghost stories and found them fascinating. Now I know why. The Spiritualism in DEATH PERCEPTION is authentic, drawn from years of study and actual experience. But it’s also a fun read, one which I hope you’ll enjoy.
Nineteen-year-old Kennet Singleton lives with his invalid mother in a personal care facility, but he wants out. He operates the crematory at the local funeral home, where he discovers he can discern the cause of death of those he cremates—by toasting marshmallows over their ashes.
He thinks his ability is no big deal since his customers are already dead. But when his perception differs from what’s on the death certificate, he finds himself in the midst of murderers. To save the residents and avenge the dead, Kennet must bring the killers to justice.
DEATH PERCEPTION is available in trade paperback, Kindle (.mobi) and Nook (.epub) at http://leeallenhoward.com/death-perception/.
About Lee Allen HowardLee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy, and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer and editor of both fiction and nonfiction since 1985. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, “Mama Said,” “Stray,” and DEATH PERCEPTION, available in various formats at http://leeallenhoward.com.
You can keep in touch with Lee on his Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lee-Allen-Howard-author/117844011639457. Follow him on Twitter @LeeAllenHoward.
A great basic book on spirit guides and mediumship
Rose Vanden Eynden’s primer begins with terminology, the philosophy of Spiritualism and natural law, and progresses to preparing your mind and body to contact Spirit.
What I found especially helpful about this book is the description of spirit guides in part 3. Just knowing what a gatekeeper guide is and what one does helped me to understand a lot about how mediumship works.
Rose covers the tools used in Spirit work, and gives some great exercises for developing and testing your skills. The section on giving readings and sittings is also very practical and took away a lot of the mystery (and trepidation) in performing this work for others. With her help, I am now giving readings of my own!
I recently attended one of Rose’s workshop on public mediumship in Lily Dale, and I’m impressed with her knowledge, skill, and professionalism. She’s really a terrific teacher. Along with other students, I gave one of my first readings at “Inspiration Stump.”
I also want to say that I’ve had many readings, and I consider Rose’s to be in the best of them. You will learn much from her down-to-earth style. You can reach her at http://www.vandeneynden.biz/.
How to Humanely Help the Departed Move On
Is your house haunted?
Are you experiencing paranormal activity that you believe is spirit contact from the other side?
If so, what’s the best way to handle it?
The “show yourself and get out!” approach popularized on many ghost-hunting programs fails to consider that, in this world or the next, “spirits are still people, and they want to be recognized, remembered, understood, and respected” (from the book). If someone’s visitor was your grandmother, how would you want them to treat her?
This short treatise on how to handle hauntings and spiritual contact takes a humane and practical approach to:
- Determining whether the activity is paranormal in origin
- Gauging whether the activity is interactive and increasing
- Deciding if the interaction is malicious
- Contacting the spirit
- Getting the spirit to move on
If you desire to know more about contacting the spirit realm or freeing your home of unwanted spirit visitors, this practical guide is a must.