People of the Ethereal Realm, published by Post Mortem Press, starts off with a blind man seeing a dead woman. A pretty good start to what seems to be a fascinating novel.
Gerald is a man that lives alone and appears to get along well in his surroundings. With this short intro, it is clear that he is not unfamiliar with the unusual and the mystical.
The quick prologue leads into the first chapter which deals with a husband and wife, Justine and Adam Kroger. They have a routine that doesn't do much for either one of them. She works at hospitals at night while he drinks himself into a paranoid state. She comes home and he goes to work. Then they do it all again the next day and the next.
While Justine is away, Adam's paranoia creeps in slowly but surely, and though he tries to squash it, thoughts and images stay in the back of his mind. On the night introduced in the story he gets an unexpected visitor, one that does nothing to calm his nerves.
These first pieces of the novel are interesting and slowly paint a picture of disturbing entities and helpless victims. While I'm not exactly sure where the story is heading just yet, the writing is good enough to keep me interested. I find that I'm more curious about Gerald, though. Who is this man that can seemingly communicate with the dead, though admits to having limited knowledge of demons? What is his life like and who is the woman that wants his help? How and when will his story cross paths with Justine and Adam's – and any other characters not yet introduced?
Overall it's an interesting beginning, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all turns out.
Nancy O. Greene started writing at the age of nine. Her short story collection, Portraits in the Dark, received a brief mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007. Other works have appeared or will appear in ChiZine; Lovecraft eZine; Cemetery Dance; Tales of Blood and Roses; Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror; Shroud Publishing's The Terror at Miskatonic Falls; Dark Recesses; Flames Rising; Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore! and others. She has a BA in Cinema (Critical Studies) and a minor in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California, and is a Fellow of Film Independent's Project: Involve.