Effrosyni Moschoudi Interviews Peter John, Author Of Dead Medium: Not Your Average Ghost Story

Effrosyni Moschoudi Interviews Peter John,

Author Of Dead Medium: Not Your Average Ghost Story

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The Inspiration For May Elizabeth Trump

The Inspiration For May Elizabeth Trump

When I first came up with the idea for Dead Medium I was sitting in the living room of a stranger. The television had been switched on just for my own amusement and I had been left to sit there alone. Well not alone exactly, there was an elderly woman sitting in an armchair in the corner knitting. She said not a word to me but looked up at me and smiled on a few occasions before returning her attention to her task at hand.It was the only time I can remember agreeing to take my mother to see a clairvoyant. She was upstairs in an unseen room with a woman in a baggy tracksuit, whom I saw only fleetingly on my arrival. The television had failed to grab my attention so I started to imagine what mystical events were occurring above my head. I could envision my mother sitting at one end of a small table in a dimly lit room. The psychic jogger was sat opposite her surrounded by ghosts all of which were jostling for position around her. Pushing and shoving each other, even overlapping in places as they all tried to grab the attention of the athletic medium.I began to realize that if a living person needed the aid of a clairvoyant to contact the dead then surely it was likewise on the flip side of the coin. If ghosts were freely capable of speaking with the living then we would hear them far more often than we reportedly do. Even if they were merely talking among themselves, wouldn’t we occasionally overhear them as we quietly crept down the stairs in the small hours to fetch a glass of water. A further thought occurred to me: if ghosts also needed the aid of a gifted individual, why did it necessarily mean that they had to still be alive. Was there no such thing as a dead medium? Eventually my mother reappeared from the depths of mystical re-enlightenment with a wide grin, an old cassette tape and an empty purse. I bade farewell to the old woman in the corner who looked up at me and smiled again. The square of wool between her knitting needles seemed no bigger than it had been when I arrived; it was as if she had been merely rubbing two sticks together the whole time I was there. On the journey home I listened to my mother’s rendition of what she referred to as a reading. I couldn’t help analysing her every word and compiling far less fantastical reasons than she, for that which she experienced in the unseen room. It was at that exact moment May Elizabeth Trump appeared in my mind, wagging a bony finger and complaining about how gullible some people could be. I consider myself an open minded cynic. I believe that there is something more beyond the curtain of death but I find it hard to accept the validity of the vague or circumstantial evidence that some people claim to be undeniable proof of life after death. May Elizabeth Trump on the other hand had a firmer view on things; she didn’t believe in anything that she couldn’t poke her umbrella at. She was a hard nosed cynic and the perfect candidate to become the main character in my début novel: Dead Medium. B9raLkKIIAAsvm-

Peter John: A Hopeful Sceptic

A few years ago I had an experience which I find hard to explain. I have made my stance quite clear in previous posts regarding the supernatural but this singular incident stands out from the crowd. It is the moment when I was closest to believing in the existence of ghosts. Woolwich, a town in south east London, is not well known for its paranormal activity but it is where I found myself at 4am one morning. I was a bus driver, and as such, a regular patron of the less populated hours.

Nothing seemed unusual about that particular morning as I collected my bus from Belvedere Bus Depot. The shadows danced no more provocatively than usual and the faint London mist seemed no more sinister than it had on previous mornings. I was allocated DWL30 (DAF-Wright-Long-30), which in itself is nothing newsworthy. The route I was scheduled to serve would start at Lewisham and, once I had performed the standard vehicle checks, I set forth for this location. The most efficient route would take me through Woolwich town centre and it was there that my morning took a turn for the bizarre.

As I drove through the town centre I glanced in my rearview mirror and was greeted with an unexpected sight. Sitting there in what I had earlier confirmed to be an empty bus, was a figure in white. This was no ordinary figure, even when you remove that fact that I was driving an empty bus. This was a figure of a man wearing a 1970’s white disco suit. As clear as day, I can remember his flared trousers and ruffled shirt as he sat, uninvited and unexpected, on the third seat from the back, to the left of the centre aisle. I often run the events through my mind and am amazed at just how much information I managed to glean from what was no more than a quick glance, but it still does not retract from the vividness of my memory. He was there, or at least that is what my mind would lead me to believe. The traffic signal turned red in front of me and I stopped the bus, giving me the opportunity to turn my head and look down the aisle. The man was no longer present and this surprised me. My first assumption had been that the figure was an undiscovered sleeper, a passenger who had fallen unconscious and had remained on the bus, and his sudden absence threw me into a mild panic. I didn’t know what to think or do as I sat stationary at what had switched to a green light; thankfully there was no other traffic on the road at that time in the morning. My mind raced to find a plausible explanation and finally settled on the fact that I had found little sleep the night before and it was exhaustion that was haunting me not some spectral presence. I was tired, that was all. I was seeing things that existed only in my mind. I was a victim of a sleep deprived hallucination, nothing more, and it was nothing a strong cup of coffee couldnt cure. Yes, I considered the possibility that at some point during the 1970’s a man, on his way to a local disco, could have been involved in a fatal traffic incident and that his spirit could conceivably haunt that particular intersection but I found it far easier to blame my lack of sleep. Maybe I am just unwilling to admit that I had indeed experienced a paranormal event, but somehow I doubt it. I want to believe, truly I do, but if I can find a way to rationalise the situation I will. I am a firm believer in one thing, if ever I do encounter beings from beyond the  grave there will be no doubt and no room for interpretation. I will keep looking and I will forever be a hopeful sceptic.

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My Top books of 2016 (so far)!

Read the Bloody Book

Hello, everyone, and welcome to July. So I’ve read some pretty great books in the first half of 2016. I think my lowest rating was a 3.5/5 so that’s pretty good. Although I haven’t had a huge amount of time to read as I’ve been writing my PhD thesis, so I’ve only really finished books that have really grabbed me. But I’ve still read some really great books, and here they are (in no particular order).

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (review)

My goodness I love this series. I just cant get it off my mind. I think about it all the time. It’s just fantastic. Sarah J. Maas is my Queen.

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Morning Star by Pierce Brown (review)

This series is just one of the most phenomenal series I’ve ever read. These books have always been there to get me through difficult…

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New Release! When Living Is Not Enough By Paul Raven

Maggie Benson thought she had it all. A husband she loved more than anything else in the world and a fairly comfortable life. Then like a bolt out of the blue everything changed. ‘When Living is not Enough’ is a bitter sweet story of a typical housewife in the early 1970s whose life is turned upside-down in the aftermath of a road accident. An accident that leaves her husband profoundly disabled. We follow her story through stages of denial and acceptance, hope and despair. We share her successes and her disappointments as she desperately tries to make sense of her new way of life as a Carer. A task made even more difficult because she had always relied on her husband for guidance, love and companionship.
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Wrapped Up In Brown Paper & Other Poems Free On Kindle 20th to 24th May 2016

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Wrapped Up In Brown Paper & Other Poems
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A collection of 35 poems from the author of ‘Dead Medium’ Peter John.

Spanning subjects such as homelessness, public transport and kitchen utensils. This poetry collection swings between being both humorous and thought provoking.

Illustrated by Christopher Raven.

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Alone
Life On The Line
Bad Deals On wheels
Good Bloody Morning
Memories
Mind Slip
The Fleeting Kiss
The Ninth Love Potion
The World At Our Feet
Splat!
All The King’s Horses
Waiting for Summer
The Couch Potato
A Pint And A Half
The Last Resort
Cringe
Sponge
Green Eyes
The Future Mushroom
Friend Or Foe
Spin Cycle
Broken Promise
Far From Perfect
Christmas Online
Just Another Christmas Morning
Paranoia
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D’ring
Stray
Hello Friend
Utensil
The Beast Inside
The Foot’s Cray Meadow Adventure
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Bad Memories by Douglas Sandler

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John Miller wakes up one morning to face his bitchy, dominating, possessive wife; the shocking death of his friend, a doctor who worked with John at the asylum, and WHOM his wife Julie hates. She was an administrative nurse at the same asylum who dumped another doctor that also worked there to marry John. The interactions of the characters will make you want to hate them all. There is a hidden connection between the heirs (?) and doctors Miller, Younger, AND Smith. Get the book to find out the connection and who did it, and discover why John Miller wishes he never got out of bed that morning.