Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Blog Tour

Many of you that I love ghost stories and everything spooky. I am especially a big fan of Ghost Hunters on Syfy and all of those other paranormal investigation TV shows. So I was super excited to read Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, by Stephen Prosapio and published by Otherworld Publications.

I have the pleasure of hosting his blog tour today, and so I took the opportunity to ask him some questions about his book and the world of ghost hunting:

Jay: Your book is titled Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum. Give us just a quick description of what this book is about:

Stephen: The one-sentence pitch you’d see in the TV guide:
Forced to work with a rival TV ghost hunting show, a paranormal researcher—who is himself possessed—investigates a 19th century asylum and uncovers as many dangerous secrets as he does spirits.

The back of the book reads:
Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events. It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.

Without giving too much away, your book contains vengeful ghosts, demons, pyromania and other terrifying things. What the hell happened to you as a child? Just kidding. Why did you choose to write a horror story?

Like Stephen King says, “What makes you think I have a choice?”  LOL  Seriously though, writing tends to be a good form of therapy to work out some of our issues. I don’t know where half of this stuff comes from, I just try to pluck it from the either and jot it down.

Have you ever personally had a "paranormal experience" in your life?

Yes. I don’t share the details of it though because I use them in my stories and I don’t want to affect the way a reader enjoys the story. Between you and I, a slightly less dramatic version of what happened in the “Zachary’s Past – Age 3” chapter happened to me.

Everybody here knows that I'm a paranormal junkie, and that I have had the pleasure of speaking with several members of TAPS and the TV show Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters International. I'm amazed at how accurate your descriptions are of what it's like to film a paranormal investigation show. What kind of research did you do to write this book?

Thanks, Jay. I’m complimented often on the realism of the TV side of things, and oddly enough, I didn’t do too much dedicated research on that. I am a junkie when it comes to behind the scenes shows and DVD commentary tracks. I think my mind extrapolates the very limited experiences I’ve had involving TV shows. I expanded that into what I assumed it would be like (at least plausibly). I also have a friend who’d been involved in the production side of reality shows and answered some questions for me.

So what do YOU think of these paranormal shows (Ghost Hunters, Ghost Adventures, Paranormal State)? Real? Fake? Or something in between?

To be honest, I think there are pluses and minuses with all of them. One of the things I really enjoyed trying to show in Ghosts was what incredible pressure there must be to “find” evidence of hauntings. Debunking only goes so far on TV, so I think that’s where all the “What was that?!?!?”’s come from.

Paranormal investigation teams are usually made of of people assigned different tasks: lead investigation, technical expert, intuitive, researcher, and if you grew up watching Scooby-Doo, you need bait. If you were to investigate, which role would you take?

Bait. That’s hilarious…and true. I’m probably best qualified to be bait right now. I’m somewhat intuitive but I wouldn’t consider myself an expert. Investigator maybe. I’d enjoy that.

Paranormal themes are abundant in fiction these days. How is your book different from the rest?

I’d hope people find the multiple levels of conflict different than most of what we’re seeing today. Typically books seem lately to either establish the good guy and the bad guy and then we watch them fight. Or they give us a Hamlet-like character and there’s internal conflict galore but not much outside drama. I think books/shows and films that are able to portray both internal conflict as well as multiple layers of external conflict, captivate us.

In addition to Zach’s internal struggles, readers live through conflict between the teams, conflict with the mystery of Rosewood, conflict with the ghosts as well as conflict between the spirits themselves. There are side characters in conflict with each other. It helps propel the action of the novel forward.

How can we get a hold of your book?

You could order it at your local bookstore or online. It’s available both as a paperback and as an eBook at:

Barnes & Noble


To get your chance to win an ebook copy of Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum, all you gotta do is comment below in the next 24 hours. I'll randomly choose a winner this week.

Check out Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum's spooky trailer:


Ciara said...

My 14 y/o LOVES this kind of thing. Is there anything sex/foul language that a teen shouldn't read. Not that he doesn't hear it every day at school.

Jay Noel said...

Nope, nothing beyond PG-13!

David P. King said...

Sounds awesome! And I love that it's about TV paranormal researchers. Those shows crack me up. Now I'm curious to see what happens when the haunting are more than even they can handle. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Well now I want to know what happened to him!
Sounds like it would make an excellent TV show.

Jay Noel said...

David: Yeah, it would be nice to watch these investigators stir something up!

Alex: I agree, it would make a great show.

Dafeenah said...

Great interview. I love all things paranormal.

Jay Noel said...

Thanks Dafeenah!

Emily R. King said...

A writer after my own heart! Paranormal is my FAVE. Thanks for introducing me to Stephen, Jay.

Pk Hrezo said...

Oh cool! Sounds like a fun read!I'm a non-believer in these types of paranormal activities, but I love suspending my disbelief!!!
Thanks for the interview!

Phats said...

OOO!! This is so cool awesome!! Ghost Hunters did a show at Kings Island I forgot to watch it. I love ghost stuff

Anonymous said...

Very cool interview, Jay.

And his cover is faaaaantastic.

Jay Noel said...

Emily: As I said, I am a paranormal junkie. My highlight has been meeting Jason and Grant from Ghosthunters a few years ago. And then I got to interview Amy and Adam just last summer.

PK: You are very welcome!

Phats: YOU of all people should know that I love a great ghost story.

Riann: I agree. And there's big time significance to the arm you see on the cover - the tattoo of the Chi Rho is an important symbol in this novel (and Catholics like myself will recognize it immediately)

The Golden Eagle said...

Great interview.

Multiple levels of conflict are always a plus; there are effective stories that only deal with one or two, but the more there are the more tension there is throughout the story.

That's a creepy trailer!

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