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:
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
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