Please welcome Cheryl (aka CC) Dragon to her first RU visit. She has a new release today, perfect timing for a spooky Halloween topic!
The Exorcist. Lucifer. Supernatural. American Horror Story…
We love to be scared. Good and evil are real and real is scarier than fake monsters.
Maybe your Halloween plans are a haunted house? One of those elaborate fake scares with fake blood and it’s all good fun?
Maybe your Halloween plans are a haunted tour? Or a paranormal investigation like oh so many TV shows do now…Want to talk to a ghost? Or a demon?
Demons are as old as angels and the unseen terror—the devil’s minions. Whether you’re religious or not, the idea of possession or demonic oppression is scary because you can’t see it. You can’t control it. There’s no wooden stake that will kill this vampire or silver bullet to take out the werewolf. These demons have powers. They can read your mind and know your fears.
The cure isn’t as flashy as Buffy’s Mr. Pointy. The core of exorcism hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years. There are guidelines and training for priests and assistants who do this work. It’s not just practice, their faith is also tested in the training. But what does that famous line mean? Why an old priest AND a young priest?
Wisdom and strength. An older priest has been tested and tricked. He has the experience to see through the demon or devil’s games. The younger priest has strength—stamina to endure the never-ending supernatural energy and powers—demons don’t need to sleep.
Demons are tricky. The scariest thing isn’t always the serial chainsaw killer who is possessed by a demon. It’s the demon pretending to be a scared little girl ghost on your paranormal investigation. She’s asking for help and responding to you with EVPs or via the Ghost Box. That girl gets sympathy and people will try to engage her, help her. And all that time, she’s really a demon pretending so you’ll draw closer. The demon is exploring your mind/ your fears…are you worth attaching to?
Congratulations! You’ve brought a new evil friend home and he’s got nothing better to do than mess with you, your family, and your life. It’ll start slowly. You hear knocks. You hear your name whispered when no one else is home, and you have weird dreams—scary or sexual. Everyone has nightmares, right? Your hubby thinks it’s your imagination. Your kids think you’re nuts…
Maybe you figure out it’s something bigger and stand up to the demon and tell him to leave. You get sage or salt or some things you’ve seen. You have the house blessed by your pastor. Maybe you even stop doing paranormal investigations—or maybe it was one night for Halloween? Once they’re in the house, they’re hard to get rid of. Especially when you went looking for them. It’s like an invitation.
Then again, maybe you like it? Maybe you think it’s that little girl and you give her a doll. You want to help her cross over. She hides your keys or slams a door or two but she’s just scared…you keep researching and digging into the paranormal. Now you’ve got your own Ghost Box and try to talk to the girl. They can play these games for years.
But what if the demon decides to play with your kids? Awe, little Katie has an imaginary friend…or so you think at first. Or the demon is attracted to the energy of your teenage son, all those hormones… That might be the perfect place for your demon to hide. Teens want to be left alone and can have bad attitudes anyway. You might not realize there is anything actually wrong with him for some time…they’re just plain moody.
Congratulations, your house is haunted and paranormal investigations don’t get rid of demons…they just document them. Maybe you think it’ll help so you have them over and let them investigate your house. Things have been moving around your house and no one is admitting to it. Your nightmares are getting worse. Your husband thinks you’re crazy.
The investigation makes things worse. You’re scratched, three nice claw marks on your back. Maybe that investigative team got aggressive and provoked the demon? They made it angry. Maybe they made it reveal its name? Or maybe you’ve had a weird name in your dreams over and over. You look up that name.
Demons have names? Yep. Here’s the trick, don’t say it. Don’t address them by it. All that does is give the demon power. Like Beetlejuice, if you say their name too many times—you’re inviting them in. You’re validating their presence. You’re infusing them with power. You’re summoning them…
So you’ve got a demon. Maybe it’s just a spirit, a ghost of a human who has passed on and they’re just really mean. If they were human, you’re lucky. That’s way easier to get rid of. But demons…who are you gonna all? An old priest and a young priest? I would…BUT the Catholic church has strict rules and procedures before an exorcism is approved. It’s a long and documented process.
The good news is that now the Catholic church does require medical testing and safety protocols. So if the person believed to be possessed is simply suffering from a mental illness combined with something like seizures—they get medical help first. And if there are medical conditions that make the exorcism dangerous, like say a weak heart, more safety protocols might be added—if the exorcism is even permitted.
But what if you can’t wait? What if the danger to the family is just too great? What if that demon is tormenting your little girl now and has pushed your teen from drinking to drugs? Oh, they can mess with people’s heads. Who you gonna call?
That’s part of what made me create Greg…when creating my paranormal cozy mystery series…I didn’t want to have to wait for church approval. It bogs down a story and the people coming to my team of characters are in desperate need. But I wanted to use the training and guidelines because, let’s face it, the Catholic church (as flawed as it is) has never bragged or flaunted their exorcist powers/works. It’s a private rite, for safety reasons. It’s dangerous work. They literally wrote the book on demons and what do to about them. I wanted to use what works in the fight between good vs. evil…
So Greg, an ex-priest who was trained and performed exorcisms as a Roman Catholic priest, is part of the team who solves mysteries and hauntings. He’s an academic as well and has some personal issues. He’s not perfect but he’s trained in the ways to vanquish demons. So bring on the Holy Water and crucifixes…brush up on your Latin and let’s hunt some demons and ghosts!
Have you had a supernatural experience? Good or bad? Angel or demon?
New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author BRENDA NOVAK joins us on Wednesday, November 2
A loyal Chicago girl who loves deep dish pizza, the Cubs, and the Lake, CC Dragon is fascinated by mysteries, sleuthing, as well as the supernatural.
CC loves creating characters, especially amateur sleuths who solve crimes in their spare time. A coffee and chocolate addict who loves fast cars, she’s still looking for a hero who likes to cook and clean…so she can write more!
Whether it was a time warp or just a time jump, Deanna Oscar spent years in Chicago with her brother while he fought cancer and ultimately lost. But even as a ghost, he’s not making things easier on his sister. He’s refusing to cross over.
De heads back to New Orleans to resume her work but her brother fails to show up in Heaven and Gran is in a tizzy. Also De’s friend, Ivy, committed our favorite medium to do a ghost hunt with one of those annoying TV shows. De wanted things to go back to normal—deal with supernatural problems and catch a murderer or two.
But the location for the ghost hunt is very much haunted and she can’t say no when a man sits in jail for a murder he denies he committed while working at a bar that oozes evil. Deanna juggles angels, demons, and Death himself plus a puppy! She’ll probably solve the mystery, hopefully save her brother, and maybe even find a date to her ex-boyfriend’s wedding in time.
Releases today – Halloween. Order it here:
I’m happy to give away a copy of a print book (Book 1, 2 or 3 depending which the reader wants) US shipping only
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