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Friday, September 18, 2015

Arcane Radio Presents: Sylvia Shults - Paranormal Author - 'Hunting Demons'

This week we welcome paranormal author Sylvia Shults to Arcane Radio

Sylvia Shults states on her website:

I love books. I'd better, since I've worked in a library for the past eight years, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

I love books, and reading, so much that a long time ago, I decided to try writing books of my own. It's been a long, interesting road from there to here. At first, I thought I wanted to write children's books. (Anyone who knows me who's reading this is blowing huge noisy snort-bubbles in their beverage right now.) Then I thought I'd do a whole series of time-travel novels for older children. Well, the first one got written (see Something Completely Different elsewhere on this site) and then I got sidetracked. I did another time-travel novel, but this one was decidedly adult (Golden Horus). Then I did a novel that was a straight historical romance (Games of Venus).

All this time, I was also writing horror short stories. This is my all-time favorite genre and type of story, either to read or to write. I eventually collected all of these stories and published them as Voices in an Empty Room. The next full-length book was Price of Admission. It was with this book, a supernatural romance, that I finally admitted to myself that I was, in fact, a horror writer. No matter what I write, no matter how it starts out, it always seems to turn out dark and spooky. And I'm okay with that.

I live in the Midwest (great summers, lousy winters) in a ninety-year-old house full of books, animals, and plenty of interesting hobbies. I have a devoted husband, and (as of this writing) two dogs, three cats, two rats, and a miniature opossum named Stewie. One of my dogs is brilliant, and the other is a complete tard, but I love them both.

I make wines, cordials, and cheese. (Yes, I make cheese. I don't watch much TV, okay?) I garden, and bake, and cook (when I feel like it). I bellydance when the spirit moves me. And I love music -- all kinds, but especially classical, ragtime, and 80s tunes.

So that about wraps it up. My life basically revolves around food, animals, plants, and the written word (things you can eat, furry things, growing things, and things you can read).

Sylvia's newest titles include Fractured Spirits: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital and her most recent book Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural

Hunting Demons: A True Story of the Dark Side of the Supernatural - For more than a 150 years, seekers of the unknown have been trying to communicate with the other side, seeking out the lost souls who have died and yet still inhabit the earth. But what if some of spirits being sought were never really human at all? What if what they were hunting was also hunting them? Linda was a seasoned paranormal investigator, founder of a well-respected ghost hunting group, with a religious conviction that allowed her to hear the voices of the spirits that she was seeking to help. Unfortunately, Linda's prayers for the souls of the dead were answered -- but not in the way that she ever imagined. Sylvia Shults, author of Fractured Spirits: Hauntings of the Peoria: Hauntings at the Peoria State Hospital, presents the chilling true story of a woman who steps over the line into the darkest corners of the paranormal. Encompassing the history of diabolical folklore, possession, the spirit world, and fallen angels, she then reveals one woman's battle against demonic oppression, human frailty and Linda's all-encompassing trust in her God. It's a compelling volume for anyone with an interest in the paranormal and a must-read about the dangers of the supernatural -- and about what just might be waiting for us out there in the darkness.

'Hunting Demons' is a well-researched essay of demons and related entities throughout recorded history. Several interesting accounts, including a detailed occurrence on a personal level. I recommend to those who wish to learn the perception of evil amid early and modern civilizations - Lon Strickler

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