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Based on a true story of exorcism and paranormal events, this story’s undercurrent is a dysfunctional relationship between Savaunah and her husband, Alex, that prompts Savaunah to blame God for her unhappiness and dares Him to prove he is real. The bizarre response takes the surreal to a whole other realm–literally.
In Michele Zirkle’s debut novel, Rain No Evil, lead character Savannah needs more protection than her police officer husband can provide when a few demons infiltrate her life. As one demon soaks the interior of her home, another pops up in her mirror. Just knowing that an evil presence could be buried within her skin almost scares the hell right out of her. Almost. It takes a lady with divine light to do that.
“There’s a rare honesty in the writing of Rain No Evil. After reading this story, I remembered everything that happened as though the events had actually happened to me. I’ve never experienced that before in a book, and I can tell you I have never been so pulled into a story as I have with this one. It can’t be placed into a neat box of horror or suspense or supernatural. It is as original as it is fascinating. Wickedly funny, yet profoundly sincere and thought provoking. I loved it.” – Michael Knost, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author of Return of the Mothman.
Read an excerpt HERE
About the Author
After teaching high school English for twenty years, Michele Savaunah Zirkle wrote and released her first novel, Rain No Evil, which won WV Writer’s Inc. Honorable Mention as a short story. “The River Runs Through my Blood,” took first place in Mountain Ink Literary Journal short fiction contest, and she has published several vignettes in The Journal of Health and Human Experience, including “Healing Hands,” which describes how energy healing helped her to break a self-defeating cycle and transform her life. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show, Life Speaks, on AIR radio, Michele writes inspirational columns for several Ohio Valley Publishing newspapers. She is a graduate of Concord College and Marshall Graduate School and is currently pursuing her doctorate in metaphysics.
Michele Zirkle Marcum shares her true story about her experience with the paranormal. This video includes actual photos from the occurrence.
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Guest book review by Carly Louise Wilson
Rain No Evil is about a woman called Savannah, and she is married to a policeman who is well respected. Her husband has worked on a number of domestic violence cases and child abuse, and Savannah doesn’t know whether this is why her husband has changed towards her, and become verbally abusive.
She longs for the Alex Templeton she first met fourteen years prior, a man who used to look at her through eyes of love, rather than disgust. Unfortunately, her desire to be loved has led her to numerous indiscretions with other men, all in the hopes of ‘capturing a feeling’.
To make matters worse, Savannah is certain that her husband is also having his own indiscretions, and with people she knows. So she is in a general state of vulnerability and insecurity. But when a random leak appears in her house, as her life is spiralling, it starts to tip the Templeton family over the edge.
The book suggests that negative situations can attract negative interruptions from perhaps the paranormal. This is an idea I’ve heard before when studying spiritualism, so it was something I could understand within the story, despite it being a topic I’m not used to seeing featured in a book.
It shows differing opinions on such instances, and also highlights more issues within their family unit.
It was a well-written story, and a book I can see was written from a woman who has experienced these events in her life as it’s based on true events, and wants to empower and educate others on how to handle such a situation as a difficult verbally abusive marriage.
Some readers may relate to Savannah and her situation, and be able to take some comfort and message from this story. Others may find the subject matter of interest in general.
I liked the journal entries that Savannah wrote as escapism, and you can’t help but love her two children Ben and Isaac.
Good read, and ideal for reader empowerment.
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