One of my first blog posts, and incidentally one of my most popular, helped me to realize just how much I didn’t know about the genre of paranormal fiction and how big of a deal it is these days. In the public comments following my post, I was reprimanded for making light of the genre (specifically the paranormal romance book covers). As someone who usually only reads non-fiction titles on the topics of spirit communication and the paranormal in general, my ignorance of the paranormal fiction craze was obvious. They were valid comments.
After being away from it for several years, I recently took some time out for some fiction… yes, paranormal fiction, by reading The Sixth Seed by Lee Allen Howard.
Book Description from Amazon.com…
Today’s stories of alien abduction and experimentation include temporary embryonic implantation. THE SIXTH SEED, a dark paranormal fantasy fraught with suburban Pittsburgh horror, takes this scenario one radical step further when the first alien/human hybrid fertilization develops to full term in utero. Believing a vasectomy will prevent another unplanned pregnancy, 34-year-old Tom Furst–Melanie’s loving husband and the father of their five children–wants more than anything to dig them out of the fiscal hole they’re mired in and become financially secure. However, during the procedure, mysterious Dr. Prindar Krakhil secretly implants a worm-like alien seed in Tom’s vas deferens that not only ensures Melanie gets pregnant, but plants in her womb a child half alien. Their children are abducted. Melanie becomes gravely ill. When Tom loses his job, their home, and the sixth seed is born, will he accept the child for what it really is–and conquer the temptation to exchange it for the money Krakhil offers?
I truly loved this book! I found myself getting close to Tom Furst and his family, and I silently cheered them on as they fought through some financial and life challenges. Who can’t relate to that?! And the character that just might be my favorite isn’t even introduced until chapter 34. This character (that I’ll keep quiet about) warmed my heart and reminded me so much of one of my family members who passed on several years ago.
Thank you, Mr. Howard, for encouraging my mind to travel to an area of the paranormal that I rarely visit. Perhaps alien beings on this planet really are scary. But perhaps they would also surprise us. And perhaps there are people out there that know already. And you know that really weird guy you work with? Maybe… just maybe… the reason for his strangeness is that he is an alien/human hybrid.
Lee Allen Howard writes horror, dark fantasy and supernatural crime. He’s been a professional writer in the software industry since 1985. Besides editing fiction and non-fiction, Lee has served as a book publishing consultant and now publishes fiction and Spiritualist classics for Kindle. His publications include The Sixth Seed, Mama Said, Desperate Spirits, Night Monsters, and Stray. Death Perception is due for release in 2013 (read the first chapter at http://leeallenhoward.com/2012/12/12/read-the-1st-chapter-of-death-perception/). He blogs about writing and editing on his writer’s site: leeallenhoward.com. Lee also discusses metaphysical and spiritual issues at buildingthebridge.wordpress.com. He works as a Spiritualist medium and healer.