A supernatural suspense/thriller by Janice Tremayne
A demon hell-bent on playing psychological games to torment its victims. A guilt-edged past comes to the fore to be relived again. Can Bolder overcome his mental suffering and destroy the voracious demon?
In the Australian ghost town of Ravenswood in North Queensland, a gruesome suicide occurs after the famous annual Halloween ball. Bolder is called in by Detective Wellock to help track the evil incarnate responsible.
However, has Zack Bolder met his match? Can a trained parapsychologist by the Church withstand the guilt-edged torments of the demon? This poltergeist dangles psychology as its weapon by tempering that frail part of the mind to those that get in its way. Bolder is taken back to relive dark secrets—ridden and guilt-edged.
Can Bolder overcome this tempest of the mind and save the town before more people take their lives?
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Bolder handed him the book of prayers and marked out the section containing the love of worship. “We plan to compel the negative energy to leave her body and direct it to another place—to cross over to the other side. We are lightworkers, remember? Not exorcists.”
“I can at least bless her with holy ointment … can’t I?”
Bolder nodded and said, “Well, why don’t you start with that first?”
Father Brennan walked toward Kelly as the old rustic timber floors creaked underneath. He opened his small container with holy ointment and brushed his index finger across it. Then he gently marked her forehead with the sign of the cross.
“In the name of the father, and the son, and the holy spirit … amen.”
Kelly jolted as though something had bitten her and her body trembled for a few seconds. She was still sleeping but aware of what was going on around her.
“What was that?” said Bolder.
“What was what?”
“You mean you didn’t see it? The dark shadow that was standing beside her.”
“I didn’t see it … but I felt something gripping my hand.” Father Brennan was perplexed.
An ominous image of a woman in a faint white dress glided across the bed—motionless and stoic but holding her stomach with both hands in hurtful prose. Within seconds it was gone with barely enough time for Bolder to capture a glimpse of it.
“I sense something else in the room,” Bolder said.
A pulsating wave of energy screeched from within, penetrating the bodies of Father Brennan and Bolder. They shook from the sensation—there was no movement or breeze, and the windows to Kelly’s room shut. But it still required they hold their balance as the snappy spiritedness vibrated their eardrums with a ringing noise.
“Whatever is in here is not going to give up with prayers of love,” said Father Brennan. He was ready to launch into a full-blown exorcism.
Guest Post from Janice Tremayne
Q: How do you get in the right mindset to write psychologically twisted scenes?
This is an interesting question that I have often had challenges. I have learned during my writing process to write twisted scenes; I need to be in my element. I mean that the environment has to be suitable to allow your creative forces to come forward. I need to remove myself from the structured and conditioned world and go through the escapism of the mind. To allow my mind to roar with ideas and to leave my mind exposed—to let my guard down. I have to be in my element.
Because I write in the horror and supernatural genre, I need to do this more than other authors writing in different genres. I have to touch, feel and experience the emotion of a confrontation with a dark ghost from the spirit world or a demon. Because if I can’t do that, my readers won’t be able to experience it either. I write in the third person omniscient, so I know what every character is thinking and feeling. That’s is no easy task for a writer and can be difficult.
Lucky for me, I’ve always had a creative side and an incredible imagination since I was a child. Not everyone has this ability, and it can be difficult for some authors who are more technical in their approach. I develop relationships with my characters, and they become my friends. I hope that doesn’t sound weird, but it’s how I tap into their minds. The setting is also essential—if it’s a haunted church or house, you need to feel the walls, hear the creaks and the dark spirits moan.
So how do I do it? It’s a personal experience that works for me, and I have to be in the right frame of mind. The elements of the Earth help me—I like the sunny days where the endorphins kick in. In a café near a lake or a beach where I can see the waves rushing in, and the sun permeates over me in a shaded café or apartment balcony. I am an Australian, so I have been to Fiji and Northern Queensland in Australia to experience their beaches and climate. Disconnect and dissociate from the daily grind and routine. I also use music to push along the creative thought, and you will often see me with wireless headsets talking to myself. Now that is weird to someone else who doesn’t know you’re an author.
I suppose what I am trying to say is to write twisted, psychologically bent scenes; you need to be non-conforming, unstructured in your thoughts, and trust your feelings. The rest will flow like a morning tide.
About Janice Tremayne
Janice Tremayne is an Amazon bestselling and award-winning ghost and supernatural writer. Janice is a finalist in the Readers\’ Favorite 2020 International Book Awards in fiction-supernatural and was awarded the distinguished favorite prize for paranormal horror at the New York City Big Book Awards 2020.
She is an emerging Australian author who lives with her family in Melbourne. Her recent publications, Haunting in Hartley and Bolder Blindsided, reached number one in the Amazon kindle ranking for Occult Supernatural, Ghosts and Haunted Houses categories hot new releases and bestseller. Janice is well-versed in her cultural superstitions and how they influence daily life and customs. She has developed a passion and style for writing ghost and supernatural novels for new adult readers.
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