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Today I have the great pleasure of shining the spotlight on one of my favourite authors. After reading Eclipse Lake by Mae Clair, I became an instant fan of her work and brilliant writing style. Her writing is flawless, as she weaves elements of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and a dash of romance, taking readers on an always impressive journey.
After finishing the masterful Point Pleasant Series, I was thrilled to discover another supernatural suspense series was in the works. And, in true form, Mae delivered another can’t-put-down thrill ride. I’ll share my review in a future post!
In Cusp of Night, book one of the Hode’s Hill Series, Mae bridges past and present, mystery and urban legend in a supernatural suspense thriller you don’t want to miss.
Please join me in welcoming Author, Mae Clair!
Hello, and many thanks for allowing me to be your guest today. I’m excited to share the news of my latest release, Cusp of Night, a mystery/suspense novel with elements of the paranormal. The book features dual time lines—past and present—that ultimately converge at the ending. You’ll find ghosts, a creature of urban legend, and a look at the practice of Spiritualism in the late nineteenth century.
The research for this book was so intriguing! Today, I thought I’d like to share some of the terminology I came across as related to spiritualism, much of which finds its way into my book:
Those who attend a séance
The realm of the afterlife, a popular term during the nineteenth century spiritualist movement
The Aether (or Ether)
A place between realms, especially between the living and the dead. Also called the “ether of space” or “the barrier.”
A type of mediumship in which the medium is controlled by a spirit or guide who communicates through rapid writing
An instrument a medium used to communicate with his/her sitters. The spirit trumpet might issue whispers, words, music, or soar through the air
A device, much like a free-standing closet, introduced by the Davenport Brothers in the 1850s. The medium would be secured inside the cabinet, seemingly restricted from producing any tricks during. Séance, ensuring that what sitters witnessed were actual manifestations produced by the departed.
A slimy white substance said to be produced by spirits. Ectoplasm would ooze from the body of a medium to form ghostly limbs, sometimes entire bodies. Fraud mediums produced it through a mixture of egg whife, paper, cloth, and even surgical garb.
The Fox Sisters
Margert and Kate Fox, two young sisters, are credited with starting the Spiritualist movement in 1848, after reportedly communicating with an entity they named Mr.Splitfoot. The girls would go on to earn world renown. P.T.Barnum invited them to perform at his American Museum and James Fenimore Cooper is said to have been spooked by their accuracy after visiting with them.
Ghosts who appeared in “spirit photography,” a craze that gained popularity during the spiritualist movement
Small groups of family and friends who gathered to attempt to communicate with the dead. Home Circles were a popular form of entertainment, replacing charades and other parlor games.
Society of Psychical Research (SPR)
Founded in 1882, the SPR was dedicated to investigating paranormal and psychic phenomena, with the intent of championing the authentic and debunking the fraudulent.
I hope you enjoyed this brief look at terms that were common in the late 1800s as related to the practice of spiritualism. Perhaps I can entice you further with the blurb:
Recently settled in Hode’s Hill, Pennsylvania, Maya Sinclair is enthralled by the town’s folklore, especially the legend about a centuries-old monster. A devil-like creature with uncanny abilities responsible for several horrific murders, the Fiend has evolved into the stuff of urban myth. But the past lives again when Maya witnesses an assault during the annual “Fiend Fest.” The victim is developer Leland Hode, patriarch of the town’s most powerful family, and he was attacked by someone dressed like the Fiend.
Compelled to discover who is behind the attack and why, Maya uncovers a shortlist of enemies of the Hode clan. The mystery deepens when she finds the journal of a late nineteenth-century spiritualist who once lived in Maya’s house–a woman whose ghost may still linger.
Known as the Blue Lady of Hode’s Hill due to a genetic condition, Lucinda Glass vanished without a trace and was believed to be one of the Fiend’s tragic victims. The disappearance of a young couple, combined with more sightings of the monster, trigger Maya to join forces with Leland’s son Collin. But the closer she gets to unearthing the truth, the closer she comes to a hidden world of twisted secrets, insanity, and evil that refuses to die . . .
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Cheers and happy reading to all! ♥