The Imaginings, a novel

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“never disregard your imaginings”

Three years after his brother Peter’s suicide, David Blithe is still haunted by this cryptic message found scrawled on a piece of newspaper in his brother’s apartment.  David can only believe that Peter must have gone insane… until the supernatural being that pushed his brother to his death finds David in Colorado.  The encounter nearly kills him. Badly scarred, in a fight for his soul and his sanity, he escapes into the mountains.

Three months later, David collapses in the Montana cabin of Dr. Robert Marrick, his wife, and their teenage daughter, Jeannie.  Something more than just coincidence seems to have driven David to the Marrick cabin, something that seems to revolve around the girl, but in the ensuing chaos, will he be able to save Jeannie’s life without losing his own?

The Imaginings takes the reader into a world where the questions of “right” and “wrong” aren’t so easily defined, locking David and Jeannie in battle with an evil that threatens not only their lives but ultimately all of humanity.

Approximately 125,000 words.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING: See complete reviews at

“… [The Imaginings”] is a gripping read with gritty characters and nonstop action … I didn’t put the book down until I could read to the startling finish … Five stars.”

“I really enjoyed this book. I’m not normally a “horror” reader, but this one was so intriguing, I couldn’t put it down. The horror elements were not just there for the sake of being horrific – they really were necessary to the story.”

… The Imaginings is a great tale of good vs. evil with believable and likeable characters … The author is creative and imaginative. His writing is wonderfully descriptive and gives the reader vivid mind’s-eye pictures of the action, environment, and surroundings … Five stars.”

“The scene in the cabin towards the beginning was a page-turner and a little disturbing. It’s frightening when you get a glimpse of a person not in total control of themselves … An exciting story. I think it would make a good movie.”

“… Would certainly recommend this book. I am not normally a horror/thriller genre reader, but felt this was an excellent balance of psychology, horror, suspense …”

Longer reviews available at the following blog pages:

– Aniko Carmean (A.K.A. “the happy horror writer”) review

– All Things Jill-Elizabeth review


20 responses to “The Imaginings, a novel

  1. Valerie Noel Ciardi

    This e book was a wonderful read. Thank you for writing it! I enjoyed it so much!
    As a random aside,is the funky artwork of bones above, like the Cemetery of the Capuchins in Rome ?
    The Imaginings is a great book. It is exciting to get such enjoyment from your published work!

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  6. Paul, I did it. I bought your book from Smashwords so my kids can’t access it on my kindle account with their ipods. Sneaky, huh? I don’t need their nightmares along with mine. 🙂 Now I’m going to screw up my courage, step out of my element, and give it a read! Can’t promise a review on my kid lit blog though, lol.

  7. Thanks, Michelle. So you’re my one Smashwords sale, eh? ha ha.

    Seriously, though, I look forward to hearing your thoughts (and clearly not something to be reviewed on your site. I’m more curious as to your opinion as a reader and writer, yourself). And I’ve heard from some readers that once you get past Chapter 2, it’s more “thrilling” than “horrific.”

    Not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing 🙂

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  9. After meeting you on the Halloween Hop, I decided to buy The Imaginings. I started last night, right before bed and had to stop because the television+no electricity motif was creeping me out so effectively, I knew I’d never sleep if I kept reading! I am absolutely enjoying it! Thanks for writing and publishing The Imaginings!

    • Thanks so much, Aniko. And very flattering, kind words. I’ll look forward to hearing your continued thoughts. And again, it was a pleasure to meet you as part of the Hop, and I look forward to getting to know you better.

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