It’s the holiday season and with it comes renewed interest in classic stories like Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. In Dickens’ story, we meet the “Ghost of Christmas Past,” the first of the three spirits that haunted the miser Ebenezer Scrooge in order to prompt him to repent.
We won’t be talking about Dickens’ ghost this Friday, but we will be delving into the paranormal with two fascinating guests, Chandler McGrew and Kirby Robinson (a detailed description follows the show notes below).
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Although he is the author of four critically acclaimed supernatural/suspense thrillers, Chandler McGrew, lives in quiet seclusion in the mountains of Maine. He writes ten to twelve hours a day, fueled by liberal doses of coffee and Pepsi, with only an occasional dollop of single malt scotch to take the edge off.
Born in Texas he lived for almost a decade in Alaska where his first novel, Cold Heart, is set. I Love a Mystery called the book a "tense and satisfying read"' and the Contra Costa Times said it was "The best opening 10 pages I've read this year…reads like a good martini tastes: icy cold, with flecks of terror where the ice chips should be."
Not a bad start for a man who didn't begin to write professionally until he was in his forties. Chandler's books, described in detail on his personal website, have been published by Bantam/Dell (a division of Random House).
Chandler followed Cold Heart with Night Terror, a psychological thriller about a woman who has lost her only son and believes she may be losing her mind as well. Like all his novels, the book is peopled by characters who might be your next door neighbor. Or they might be escapees from a boobie hatch. The Denver Post said the novel '…plays on the primal fears that cause most adults to lose sleep.'
The Darkening, his third book, is a dark, apocalyptic thriller in which two very different individuals must not only find each other but themselves as well before discovering the path that will lead them to salvation. Publisher's Weekly, the industry standard, said the book was an "addictive…one part Rapture drama, one part Lovecraftian horror story, one part blood-soaked chase… a thrilling one-sit read."
Which brings us to In Shadows, which the Chicago Tribune called "…a born-to-be-a-TV-series story."
This year two books were published. In Crossroads, Sheila Bright talks to the dead including the ghost of her mother who wants to move to California. Kira Graves produces money out of thin air and can transform people into monsters. The two of them, along with Shape Shifters, Pookas, Lost Boys and more all inhabit the Crossroads, where good and evil collide. "The angels have returned. Now all hell is breaking loose," in The Remnant, available in Kindle and soon to be available in paperback. Trace Wentworth has a connection with rats. They attempted to devour him in his youth. Then beneath the streets of New York the vermin save him when he flees from the same Mormon Fundamentalists he believes murdered his fiancée, Ashley. When he learns that she is alive and her fellow Brethren are under siege Trace joins them, only to be drawn deeper into the world of intrigue and danger that may yet cost all of their lives. One secret connects both sides in the battle, and it will almost certainly destroy the Mormon faith.
Most of his fans agree: McGrew has the uncanny knack for touching readers and frightening the bejeesus out of them at the same time.
Our other guest, Kirby Robinson, doesn’t get “the bejeesus” frightened out of him – he instead calls upon his Christian faith and Jesus Christ to get rid of demons.
Kirby has been involved in the paranormal field for over 25 years. He was raised in the Midwest, where his childhood encounters with ghosts and demons made a big impact on his worldview and life. He later went on to study psychology at Indiana State University and Los Angeles City College.
Much of his time is spent helping people deal with demonic haunting. He has performed numerous house blessings and exorcisms.
Kirby is currently at work on a book about demonology and the rite of exorcism. He recently published Never Mock God: An Unauthorized Investigation into Paranormal State's "I Am Six" Case. In writing the book, which examines a case on a popular television program, Robinson and his team traveled to Quincy, Illinois, to unearth the facts about an episode aired in Paranormal State about Lara, a 26-year-old woman who is allegedly possessed by a demon called Six.
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