Welcome to another episode of Author Spotlight. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Neal Parks. Neal is an Award Winning Author, Artist, Paranormal Researcher, Investigator, Public Speaker, and founder of Parks Paranormal Research and Investigation, with over twenty five years of firsthand experience.
Welcome, Neal. Can you tell us about yourself?
NP: My journey started with fascinating stories that my grandmother would tell me about local and regional ghost legends, UFO sightings, Bigfoot sightings and various other unworldly encounters. Personal experience also played a major role in my wide-eyed wonder and reflection.
In September of 2007 my research was featured in the book Ghosts from Coast to Coast – America’s Best Ghost Investigators. In September of 2008, I released my first book titled, Paranormal Chronicles Tales of Humor, Horror and the Absolutely Strange.
My first book, Paranormal Chronicles – Tales of Humor, Horror and the Absolutely Strange was self-published by Lulu Press. An inspirational and Paranormal work and is a compilation of short stories, it was characterized by Andy Dominianni, a former news anchorman from FOX28 News as a, “Fun and Scary good time,” while Yolanda Harris from FOX28 called it, “A frightening and inspirational book full of heart, scares and some laughs.” A moderate commercial success, by December 2011, it has continued to sell well nationally and has made its way through the international markets.
NP: My second book, Haunted Chillicothe – True Ghost Stories, Tales, Legends and Folklore was another self-published effort by Lulu Publishing, released in 2010. It too is a collection of ghostly tales. However, it is completely a local effort sold directly in my hometown to help promote tourism in the area. I have also appeared as a guest speaker and presenter at the 2007 – 2016 Chilliicothe Ghost Walk, the Mid Ohio Paranormal Convention in 2010, the 2008, and 2013 – 2015 Mothman Festival, the 2016 C.R.E.E.P. Fest, the 2017 Chillicothe Halloween Festival as well as speaking at schools, libraries and churches during the Halloween season. I’ve been featured in several articles, newsletters / newspapers, radio, television and documentary films. I have also been featured in two other books and a documentary due to my research and experience in the field of paranormal investigation. My third book, Haunted Holiday’s – Tales of Inspiration, Terror and Reflection was picked up by SynergEbook in 2012 and went global. It won a literary award in 2014, and earned critical praise.
My newest book and fourth release, Haunted Enough? Terrifying Tales to Tell your Friends (Paranormal Chronicles 2) will be released in Spring 2018.
Please feel free to contact Neal at email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s take a look at an excerpt from Haunted Holidays…
“Check that out, Stacey,” Kristin said.
“Who could that be?” Stacey replied, softly chuckling.
The dark figure stood silently watching them, without moving. The longer the person stood there, the louder and more obnoxious the girls became.
“Look everyone, it’s the Grim Reaper!” one of the girls shouted.
The girls burst out into laughter.
The shadowed figure started to move toward them, silently shuffling in their direction.
“Oh no, he’s on the move!” Kristin said to the group.
Within inches from the group of girls, the shadowed figure completely vanished and a blast of intense heat filled the hall where the girls were standing. It left behind the stench of burning wood and ash.
“What just happened?” Stacey shouted.
“Who was that? Where did he go?” Kristin asked.
“Neal Parks has done it again!! Haunting at its best! Haunted Holiday is filled with non-stop paranormal action. From Halloween all the way yo the new year, Haunted Holiday reveals horrifying true paranormal encounters. Mind blowing! You won’t be able to put this book down! Spectacular stocking stuffer for the holidays or any time of year. Haunted Holidays has my two thumbs up along with a five star rating.” – Karen Vance Hammond, Author of Shoe Maker
“This book was terrific! It was super well written, interesting, and spooky. I absolutely loved how the book tied in individual holidays and showed how ghosts can be found in each. I am a teacher and I think each of these stories will make a great read-aloud as we get close to each holiday season because they are short and can be read within a few minutes. Additionally, I loved how this book showed that ghosts can actually be angels too. Really entertaining!” – D.H., School Teacher, OH
“This book is so good! I’m not even halfway through Haunted Holidays and I have completely gotten sucked in. I’ve read Neal Parks’ earlier works and this piece is by far his best effort to date! He’s a great storyteller and writer, one of the best modern authors out now! Buy this book today!” – Amanda Quinn
“For Neal Parks, the holiday season begins a little earlier than for most folks – although he’s hoping to in some way change that feeling. The local paranormal investigator’s third book, Haunted Holidays, features a series of 12“short stories … about paranormal phenomenon experienced in the period between Halloween and New Year’s Eve.” – http://www.hellnotes.com