Friday, August 23, 2013

VBT: Wail of the Banshees

An Interview with Veronika Kane, Captain of the Ghost Watch

RP: I'm honored today to welcome Veronika Kane, Captain of the Ghost Watch. Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to speak to the readers of the Paranormal Times. First could you tell us exactly what the Ghost Watch is?

VK: Sure, Robert, and thanks for asking me to stop by your office for this interview. The Ghost Watch is a police force made up of primarily ghosts, we're responsible for maintaining law and order in Limbo. The Ghost Watch is also responsible for protecting the living world from supernatural predators.

RP: That sounds like a big job. Can you tell us a little about this Limbo?

VK: Limbo is the place where people who die through violence go. It is a reflection of the living world, but it does look very different. There's a Philadelphia on the other side of the veil, but the buildings there aren't made of brick and steel. They're made of memories. The more ghosts that remember a place, the more likely it is to exist in Limbo. The cities of Limbo are also shrouded in a thick mist.

RP: That's very interesting. Are all of you ghosts able to pass through walls?

VK: Yes, but it's more complicated than you'd think. Memories in Limbo are a real force. If you walk up to a door and knock on it, your hand won't pass through it because you are expecting the door to be solid, so it is. You actually have to concentrate to pass through objects and doing so eats up some of your internal energy. There are also two kinds of material that are very solid and real in Limbo. Devil's iron and celestial steel are important materials that we use to make things with; stuff like trains, ferries, weapons, and armor. Most ghosts can't pass through these materials.

RP: There are trains in Limbo?

VK: Yup. I actually took part in a train heist at the beginning of the revolution.

RP: Wow, that sounds wild. You mentioned that devil's iron and celestial steel were also used to make weapons? Does that mean that there's fighting in the afterlife as well?

VK: Unfortunately yes. The fact that people have become ghosts doesn't mean that they've stopped being human. Even though we don't have hormones raging through our bodies anymore, memories sort of take there place. We bring all the baggage of life with us into the afterlife. The more despicable a person was in life, the more terrible the ghost that he or she will be. We recently fought a war to liberate shadow Philadelphia from a powerful wraith that was responsible for that spate of killings last year in the living world.

RP: You mean the serial killer dubbed The Tormentor by the Enquirer? Weren't you one of his victims?

VK: Yes.

RP: So your saying that ghosts can cause people to become serial killers?

VK: Some ghosts are able to possess people, but this is a rare ability. Mostly, bad ghosts use their powers to drive people crazy, or to help them do what they already wanted to do in the first place. There's a lot of hate out there, a ghost doesn't have to do all the work involved in forcing people to do certain things when he could just as easily find people that are more than willing to sow chaos.

RP: This is very disturbing information. I'm shocked that ghosts can affect the world as much as they can.

VK: Only a small fraction of ghosts can stay in the living world for any length of time that would allow them to stir up trouble. It takes an enormous amount of energy to operate on this side of the veil. The Ghost Watch exists to prevent ghosts from doing the type of things that they did in the past under the old regime.

RP: You were murdered at a young age, how do you cope with the loss of your future? It must be lonely being a ghost.

VK: You cope by staying busy. All ghosts are emotionally damaged by their experiences. I've made friends in Limbo, the Tormentors other victims. We support each other, but there are times when it is very lonely. I'm lucky, I can spend days on this side of the veil, its what I do to stay connected to the living.

RP: That's sad. Have you made contact with your family or friends? You do have the ability to manifest after all, like you are doing right now.

VK: No, I haven't manifested to my parents or friends. They've already mourned and said their goodbyes, it would be cruel to put them through that again. Besides we have laws against it now. We aren't allowed to fraternize with living people unless they are in the know about the supernatural world.

RP: I see. Well then, aside from evil ghosts, what other threats should humanity be worried about?

VK: That's easy, vampires and demons.

RP: I'm guessing there's probably a lot to talk about in a discussion involving those two types of beings, perhaps we can talk about them in another interview.

VK: Absolutely, anything I can do to help your readers.

RP: Last questions, Can you fly?

VK: Yes I can, but most ghosts don't have the power to sustain flight for a meaningful amount of time. I'm very fortunate, it's the best thing about being a ghost.

RP: I bet. Thanks again for joining us and I look forward to doing this again in the near future.

VK: Thanks.

Wail of the Banshees
Ghost Wars Saga Book One
Robert Poulin

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Publisher: Ghost Watch Publishing
Date of Publication: June 19, 2013

mobi: ISBN: 0989446905
Print: ISBN13: 9780989446907
epub: 9780989446921
mobi: B00DH7JQNK

Number of pages: 350 print
Word Count: 100, 471

Cover Artist: Hannah Carr

Short description

A murdered college student must help the Philadelphia Police Department track down the serial killer responsible for her death and then lead an improbable rebellion against the powers that be in the ghost realm of Limbo.

Extended description

My name is Veronika Kane and dying, dying was just the beginning.

How was I supposed to know that getting smashed on my 21st birthday would lead me to becoming the 9th victim of a serial killer that’s been stalking Philadelphia’s streets for months? Now I’m a ghost and unlife is pretty scary. Reapers, wraiths, ghouls, gargoyles: all of the monsters that I thought were storybook characters are real! On top of it all, the powers that be in the ghost world want to enslave me and use me in their own diabolical plot to manipulate the people of the living world. Too bad I didn’t turn out to be the kind of ghost they wanted me to be, and I’m not about to let them turn me into one of their puppets. These ghosts are responsible for my murder and the murders of eight other women.

A rebellion is coming, and the ghosts that run this place are about to find out just how big a mistake they made when they had me killed.

My name is Veronika Kane and being murdered isn't the end of my story.
Wail of the Banshees is an Urban Fantasy Novel and the first book in the exciting Ghost Wars saga which features paranormal horror and action set in living Philadelphia and the ghostly world of Limbo.

About the Author:

Robert Poulin was born and raised in the New England state of Connecticut. After spending his late teenage years in Boca Raton Florida, Robert moved to upstate New York where he lived with his uncle Wilbrod Poulin and attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

After earning a Bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Teaching, Robert went back to Florida where he taught Social Studies for a few years. After returning to Northern New York, Robert took a job with the North Country Center for Independence: a disability rights and advocacy organizations.

Robert has worked for NCCI for thirteen years and is now the Executive Director.

Wail of the Banshees is Robert's first novel; he has been a huge fan of fantasy and science fiction since second grade when he discovered The Hobbit. Urban fantasy in particular has become Robert's favored genre in the past decade.

Robert has been legally blind since infancy, but thanks to a mom that encouraged independence, hard work, and a healthy dose of dreaming, the disability has mostly just been an inconvenience. Robert is currently in the editorial process with his second novel, Death Toll, and is writing Echoes of Madness the third novel in the Veronika Kane saga.

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  1. Thanks for the spotlight on this book - both the book and the author are new to me and I love the sound of this new world that Robert has created! Good luck with the tour!

    1. Thank you Maria and to all who've taken the time to read the post. Thanks so much for hosting me today. Book 2 Prologue will be revealed on Tuesday the 27th over at , come check it out after you've read your daily Storm Goddess material.