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Author Interview – John W. Howell

We chatted with John W. Howell about his new novel Eternal Road: The final stop, the transformation of the heroes, and the meaning behind historical and supernatural elements. 1. What is the significance of the book’s title Eternal Road? The title came to me one day while I was writing one of the scenes. Eternal Road is the avenue to one’s selected spot to spend eternity. The road is well-traveled...

Aspects of the Novel

No book worth its salt is meant to put you to sleep, it’s meant to make you jump out of bed in your underwear and run and beat the author’s brains out. Bohumil Hrabal, Czech novelist There’s a book called Aspects of the Novel, a series of lectures from E. M. Forster, written in 1927. I haven’t read it myself yet, but I saw a mention about it in the...

Author Interview – Sabina Gabrielli Carrara

I spoke with Sabina Gabrielli Carrara, the author of The Last Witch, about her tricky plot progression, whether she hates this century or no, and what comes next.  CAUGHT BETWEEN MYSTERY and CRIME 1: We tend to know you as the author of the blog Truly Madly Ordinary and thriller/crime novels Field of Lies and Black Souls. At the end of October 2020, you published your next book, the Seacross mystery...

Visionary fiction. What kind of world is possible?

Written by OGUNWUMI ABIMBOLA Visionary fiction is a genre that inculcates the idea of science fiction, magic, fantasy, horror, spirits, alternative timelines, and so much more. It’s quite different than just average science-fiction because of the inclusion of spirituality, mysticism, paranormal themes, and psychic phenomena. We can say it’s the combination of science, magic, and spirituality. Esoteric Ancient Metaphysical Visionary fiction also crosses consciousness expansion themes, which have to deal...

Book Cover

Book cover design is more important than ever, they say 😉✌️ And here is mine: If you’d like to know “WHAT MAKES AN ICONIC BOOK COVER?” – check HERE/link   Next post – Three spooky stories from Lagos 

Book Review. Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell

Time is endless in thy hands, my lord.  There is none to count thy minutes. Rabindranath Tagore The idea of eternity as it relates to God is an essential concept in any religion. We all know that God is eternally existent = God exists outside the human concept of time, but also inside of time. If eternity can be as long as you desire, this means that life after death...

The Season of Weltschmerz vs. Your Creative Force

A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.  John A. Shedd Autumn is here, pitch-black evenings and mornings, the true season of Weltschmerz. The darkness is not the only reason to feel despair, isolation, or angst. The stream of political and healthcare crises is destroying the world of our dreams, but unfortunately… this is what we’ve got today. The word Weltschmerz has a German origin...

Pluto and Venus – another chance for life?

written by Ogunwumi Abimbola I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to live anywhere… aside from Earth. What would the weather feel like? The people? The food? Would there be homework on the new planet? Having no school would be a bonus. But so far, possibilities of finding another place where humans could survive have seemed pretty slim. Well, until we look at Pluto and Venus. These two beauties might be...