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A Paranormal Casebook tells a supernatural tale from the perspective of a pragmatic cop that gets into some eerie situations. What were some driving ideals behind the development of your story?
The primary driving force was simply that I wanted people to see and understand that “Cops”, due to the very nature of their jobs seldom, if ever, get to express the true feelings of supernatural events.
I enjoyed the consistent ‘seasoned officer’ tone of Bob’s character throughout the story. Was this intentional or something that developed organically while writing?
Seasoned Officer implying was very much intentional. It’s what I am. Forty years of LE.
What inspired the different paranormal occurrences throughout the story?
Inspiration was 90% of what really happened. Very little “fiction” was intoned.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
Next book will depend a lot on my readers response to my current book, which has been good. I still have “events” that I can write about.
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A collection of short stories from West Texas, A Paranormal Casebook by Robert Lee Dean starts strong. Unsettled spirits feature alongside our narrator, who begins as a deputy in a rural Sheriff’s Department. Each story weaves in elements of death, loss, and haunting as we learn about specters he encounters, year by year.
The tone of the chief character is sparse, becoming a welcome voice. We read terse descriptions, not unlike case reports, with the awareness of surroundings that law enforcement officers often have. This creates punchy prose with nothing outwardly violent, terrifying, or grotesque; we see these unexplained phenomena alongside one with feet solidly planted on the ground and who has a gun in their holster. Few ghost hunters can call for armed backup, although it may not be needed, yet it helps the reader maintain a sense of safety when confronted with the unexplained.
Ghostly folk tales as outsider art make this a unique entry in the genre. The author is not a writer by trade and didn’t set out to write a book. That these stories were recorded gives us a rare and unique perspective, as he had written them as fleeting notes and hadn’t kept them. Luckily, someone did.
Some tales in A Paranormal Casebook have the familiar feel of urban legend or folk tales but are fresh through the eyes of a cop. We follow this rational, friendly man with his worn cowboy hat and love of pizza into ghostly adventures easier than a skeptic or frenzied ghost chaser. This is a riveting collection of short stories, and if you are looking for something new in the paranormal genre and want just the facts, this is a great pick from the Lone Star State.
Pages: 89 | ASIN: B091N8ZCQV
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