My work and the paranormal

As I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a writer. I work in several mediums – short stories, novels, comic books and TV/film. I’ve even written text for several websites. But, most of my work is fiction. Two things I get asked a lot is where my ideas come from and why I devote so much time to monsters and faeries.

There are things out there that we either don’t know about at all, or, if we are aware of them, we know almost nothing about. Many people dismiss these things as fiction and folklore. However, there are decades, if not centuries, of sightings and eyewitness accounts of some of these things. That fascinates me. Most especially when there’s some sort of plausible scientific explanation to explain how such thing could truly be.

While writing the Wendy Markland novels, or my latest novel, “Shadow Castes: Book 1 – Aspects”, and dealing with vampires, lycanthropes and such beings, I’ve often tried to ground those creatures in reality as much as I could. Often, that grounding has come in the form of magick as viewed as being another form of physics. But magick is nothing more than the manipulation of energy; it is a form of physics. When looked at that way, it makes it even more plausible that ghosts, faeries and such could be real.

While writing my first two novels, “Winter’s Rite” and “Well Wishes”, I excluded humans from that world altogether. Every character in those books is a faerie being of some kind. In “Well Wishes”, I used a dwarf, but the character is the magickal faerie being version of a dwarf. That’s as close to humanity as I want to get in those books. I have fun dealing with an exclusive non-human cast in those. The faerie beings in them are drawn from various folklore and mythologies around the world. Most of them that I used are Celtic, but not all are. And, again, we have centuries of reports and sightings of these beings.

Why do people report – for hundreds of years! – such beings as faeries, werewolves, ghosts, lake monsters, vampires, etc. if there’s nothing out there? To me, personally, the sheer number of the accounts, going so far back into human history, says that people have seen, and are seeing, something out there. As I said before, I find that fascinating. Being a writer, I write about what interests me. So, I tend to devote a lot of time to such topics.

True, Wendy Markland is out there hunting and killing zombies and vampires; she’s the focus of those books, not the monsters. But every story needs an element for the readers to identify with. It’s easy for readers to relate to Wendy – a woman who encountered things she never believed to be real, who has had her entire life and belief system shaken to the core and needed to reshape her way of thinking. – because she’s human. It wouldn’t be as easy for readers to identify with a vampire character with zero humanity left and is only looking to feed and make other vampires.

On a side note about that… I’m often asked by people, before they read one of my Wendy Markland novels, what “take” I use on the vampires in those books. My vampires are based on the creatures of ancient myth and lore. They’re the hungry undead. The vampires in the Wendy Markland books are demon-possessed corpses, seeing humans as food and a way to make more vampires.

In an effort to, hopefully, make others aware of the rich history of sightings and documentation regarding some of these beings, I spent a little time looking for some relevant websites. As of the time of this writing – 01/03/2012 – all of these sites are up and running. I have no connection to, or claim to, any of these sites or the content on any of them, aside from my own website.







 Scott Harper

  1. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any tips and hints for rookie blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

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