Paranormal characters – and how they help us re-imagine the world
Guest blog by Carrie Salo
Have you ever wished that you never had to be afraid again? Have you wondered what it would be like to feel like you are always in control? Have you ever wanted to make someone regret a harsh word or nasty conduct?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you are going to love Elise.
Elise is the main character in my recently released supernatural thriller, The Sounding. She is a highly paranormal character, and to date, my favorite character to write for.
As a writer, paranormal characters really open the world in which I’m writing. Because of their powers (and supernatural weaknesses), they can completely re-imagine normal situations and relationships. Love, for example. Life or death. So many things that in today’s world have very prescriptive, normal storylines and reactions can be turned upside down and newly experienced because of paranormal characters.
While The Sounding is grounded in true history and real, millennia-old religious prophecy, it focuses on how events in our world today might bring about the early end of the world. In the middle of underground catacombs, modern omens and an assassin’s mission that spans the continents, fear would be a common emotion for a character to face. But not Elise. She re-writes each situation and puts the story in an entirely different light because she has no fear. She is always aware (even if only in the background) that she will never need anyone, that there is almost nothing she physically cannot do. She can always win, or she can always escape, and therefore, she is never confined, even by the plot.
Elise can steal energy. From anyone. She simply needs to touch them – anywhere their skin is exposed – and then it begins. She calls it turning-up because the feeling reminds her of turning-up the volume on a stereo. She concentrates to make her consciousness “louder.” It’s as simple as focusing her thoughts, truly noticing the blood in her fingers; the way another’s skin is warm against her own, and then ¬– feeling for something more. Feeling for the life just on the other side of the skin. The burning begins, the tingling, the heat. And in a few seconds (or a few minutes if you’re unlucky) she can take as much of you as she wants – your strength, your feelings, even your thoughts. The energy is then hers to use. She can heal herself of even a fatal wound. She can make herself incredibly strong – running faster, jumping further, lifting more. She can use the energy to give herself telekinetic powers, moving and manipulating objects with her mind. At the beginning of the novel, she’s attacked while walking home very late. But, as you’ve probably guessed, it’s the attackers who are most surprised that night.
To be unafraid of pain or physical danger – I found Elise in the bravest and darkest parts of my imagination. I hope you’ll give her the chance…to touch you.
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By Carrie Salo
In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.
2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime – a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face.
While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.
Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis – the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.
They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.
As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift – and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.
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Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers. Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world's largest libraries. Carrie looks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. Her extensive travels have led her to many haunted places, including the private, underground catacombs of the Vatican. The Sounding is her debut novel.
Visit her at: www.carriesalo.com