Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation by Francis H. Powell - Guest Post

Today, I'm featuring a spotlight and guest post for a book I couldn't pick up but I'm excited about.

Meet Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation by Francis H. Powell.

It's a collection of short stories from the Horror, Fantasy, and Scifi genres.

What if the human race was considered irrelevant and then each being was just uploaded then locked away on hard drives called "brain pods" ?

What if a sub species was to come into fruition, then the human race turned on it, hunted it down before trying to annihilate it? Imagine you found out you were an ancient soul, who is reunited with another being from your former life?

Set in different times in a variety of settings and time periods, the past, the present and the future, the book explores the inevitable unknown that lies before us all "death". Death can arrive in a multitude of forms. Each part of the book explores different themes. There are characters who following their demises have to face up to their lurid pasts. There are some who face annihilation and others who are in a crazy pursuit of world destruction. We are living in an age in which it appears that the doomsday clock is ticking ever faster, as we teeter over the edge of world destruction. The book aims to contain some ironic twists. Even as young children we build up nightmare visions of what death involves. The reader is often left to distinguish between what is real and what is not, as stories reside within stories and the storytellers can never be fully trusted. Not all the book is doom and gloom, there are Elsa Grun's bizarre encounters with men and Shellys' hapless husband Arnie.

From secluded beach houses, to obscure motels, to visions of heaven, which takes the form of the Hotel Paradiso, to the world of the future death is always a wild adventure.

Guest post by author Francis H. Powell

How should an author work?
As a painter I would often work on perhaps, five or more paintings at the same time.  Maybe this is due to my style as a painter.  This links the works together, gives them a cohesion.  The paintings become a series, perhaps similar thoughts are in my mind, as I slap paint on each, in a feverish state.

What about stories?
Should a writer rigidly stick to one?  Go from start to finish? No distractions as to other works?
I was working on a project last year,  it is pretty much finished, it has to be rounded off. I have dedicated a lot to this book.  It has taken a lot of research, because it is set in Italy in the past.
However I haven’t worked on it in a long time.  It is gathering dust in my hardrive.
I feel sure to go back to it and hopefully with vigour.
Like with paintings, you can leave them for a long time, then go back to them and see new unexpected evolutions.
I went to my home country for Christmas and returned to where I live in France angry.
My anger was to do with politics and Brexit, a story that keeps  rumbling on, devouring hours of media time.
I felt impelled to write a book about the subject of Brexit, however a political  spoof.
It was remarks by family members that set me off.
Face to face I might be shouted down, but in a book I can express myself.
The book bares  some of the hallmarks of some of my previous work, but in other ways it doesn’t resemble my usual style.  I am usually writing short horror stories, but recently have a book published with elements of Fantasy and Science Fiction.
This book has become a bit of an obsession.
Last year my mind was a bit languid, perhaps a bit of “writer’s block” the beginning of this year has begun with a flourish  of ideas.

I don’t know how other authors work, perhaps in a more orderly way to me. or are they chameleon-like, with several books on the go?
Your thoughts please.

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This post is part of a blog tour organized by Silver Dagger Tours, so check out the rest of the tour HERE along with a giveaway!

About the Author
Born in 1961, in Reading, England Francis H Powell attended Art Schools, receiving a degree in painting and an MA in printmaking. In 1995, Powell moved to Austria, teaching English as a foreign language while pursuing his varied artistic interests adding music and writing. He currently lives in Brittany, France writing both prose and poetry. Powell has published short stories in the magazine, “Rat Mort” and other works on the internet site "Multi-dimensions." His two published books are Flight of Destiny and Adventures of Death, Reincarnation and Annihilation.
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