I am excited to welcome Erin Kellison to Literary Escapism today. Erin is getting ready to release her third Shadow novel, Shadowman, on September 6th.
They haunt the halls of the Segue Institute, terrifying the living, refusing to cross over. But one soul is driven by a very different force.
It survives even death. And Kathleen O’Brien swore she would return to those she was forced to leave too soon.
He broke every rule to have her in life; now he will defy the angels to find her in death.
Forging it is his single hope of being reunited with his beloved, but through it an abomination enters the world. Leaving a trail of blood and violence, the devil hunts her too. Pursued through realms of bright fantasy and dark reality, Kathleen is about to be taken…
True story. The first time I saw a man made out of shadows was when I was four years old, in bed, awake in the dark. Actually, I saw two men and they were whispering to each other. One was short and fat, with a pocket watch, and the other was tall and skinny, with a hat. They looked like darkened cartoon characters from the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious song in Mary Poppins. At the time, I shared a room with my big sister. I remember heroically forcing myself to get out of bed to wake her. She was pretending to be asleep and would not be roused. So I bit her finger.
Maybe I’d just seen Mary Poppins and had thought it disturbing. Maybe a shadow on my bedroom wall had the basic drawing lines of one of the characters—that I can’t remember. But watching shadows at night from the vantage of my bed, covers pulled up to my eyeballs, became a favorite way to terrify myself. In the thirty-three years since the Poppins Event, I have made an intense and in-depth study of shadows.
Ever watch the approach of a person in a darkened room? How the shadow head arrives almost instantly, looming, but the feet have to walk up into the stretched shadow body? Something’s not quite right, or real, there.
Or ever notice how when light passes (like a car driving by, headlights skating through a window) the shadows do a maniacal lilt and careen, almost independent of their sources? Maybe the shadows use the sudden, disconcerting light for mayhem. If I were a shadow, that’s what I’d do.
Or have you considered why, even in a semi-lit room, the edges and corners where walls and ceiling meet are darkened by shadow? At a short distance, the observer (me, in bed, trembling) might wonder if the walls and ceiling were connected at all. That they might suddenly skew and the bedroom would become a portal into an Otherworld.
What would the denizens of the Otherworld be like? Some of course, would be nightmares. I white-knuckled that prospect through many a night as I grew up. The shadows were too deep, too malevolent, too suffocating.
But others, however dark and capricious, might just be watching back, silent voyeurs into our equally strange world. I will not divulge here my various fantasies regarding these watchers as I grew up. Suffice to say, I never lusted after the football team captain—not when I’d been feeding my imagination gothic romances like Jane Eyre (Hello, Mr. Rochester) and Wuthering Heights (Heathcliff can damn me to haunt him anytime) and favorites like Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Enter Shadowman, the hero of book three in my Shadow series, who belongs on the Other side of the veil between our two worlds. He also makes key appearances in Shadow Bound (book one) and Shadow Fall (book two), but finally, he gets his own story. Shadowman is about as dark as a hero can get and as conflicted as one made out of magic should be. Because in my series, shadow and magic are nearly interchangeable terms. And Twilight, the realm of shadow, is likewise a place where all stories, all flights of imagination, are true. And sometimes its inhabitants watch us back. And sometimes the magic bleeds into our world.
And for a chance to win a copy of Shadowman, the continuation of their story, I’d love to know what keeps you up at night.
Shadowman hits shelves September 6, 2011.
Erin Kellison is the author of the Shadow Series, which includes Shadow Bound and Shadow Fall, as well as the upcoming Shadowman (Sept 6, 2011), and the e-novella Shadow Touch. Stories have always been a central part of Erin’s life. She attempted her first book in sixth grade, a dark fantasy adventure, and she still has those early hand-written chapters. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on for a masters in Cultural Anthropology, focusing on oral storytelling. When she had children, nothing scared her anymore, so her focus shifted to writing fiction.
- Shadow Bound at Amazon or the Book Depository
- Shadow Fall at Amazon
- Shadow Touch at Amazon
- Shadow Man at Amazon or the Book Depository
Thank you Erin for taking the time to stop by Literary Escapism!
Contest Time! Erin is giving away a copy of her new novel, Shadowman. To enter, all you have to do is answer this one question: What keeps you up at night? Remember, you must answer the question in order to be entered. Sorry my friends, however this contest is only open to US/Canada residents.
Even though I’m not giving the additional entries any more, you can still help support the author by sharing their article, and this contest, on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, or anywhere you can. After all, the more people who are aware of this fabulous author ensures we get more fabulous stories.
The winner must post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until September 8th at which time I’ll determine the winner with help from the snazzy new plug-in I have.
I have not been contacting winners, so you will need to check back to see if you’ve won.