Sunday, December 3, 2017
Book Review: 'Possession: The Rise of Edward Starke' by E.H. James
Canadian author E.H. James is a prolific writer of short stories – stories that test the imagination and call forth ghost like thoughts of the dark world about which we know very little. James is part of that conundrum as there is no biographical information on this gifted author as though that is meant to be part of the mysteries presented. We learn that she has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years, and has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. The fruits of her labor show!
James’ mastery of the short story is obvious to those readers fortunate to have been introduced to her craft. In a matter a few pages she is able to conjure an atmosphere that challenges the reader’s courage to enter past the initial page, and the manner in which she quickly sketches lifelike characters and draws us into their interactions with the challenges they encounter is masterful.
THE DEMON SERIES of which POSSESSION: THE RISE OF EDWARD STARKE is the fourth volume demonstrates James’ mastery of the short story. In a brief 85 pages she mounts the suspense for the entire series even more. The entire Demon Series will cover centuries; the fourth volume opens in New York in 2025.
James’ synopsis covers the story well ‘Thirteen years after the party at Starke house, Jesse Miller is now in New York, interviewing for a job. Only this isn’t just any job interview. This interview is with Cole Pearson. The man everyone wants to work for. The man, who, in five short years, has taken the business world by storm and amassed not only billions, but also the attention of everyone, who wants to be someone. Fumbling his way through a disastrous interview, Jesse believes the day can’t get any worse. That is, until Cole Pearson turns to Jesse, and he sees not Cole Pearson, but Edward Starke. Aware Starke has possessed Cole Pearson, Jesse gathers a menagerie of men to take him down. Can a ghost, a reporter, an ex-priest, and a childhood friend come together to end Starke once and for all, or will the possession of Cole Pearson only be the beginning?’
Knowing that the series continues makes the mystery of part 4 a very exciting continuation and growth. E.H. James is a master writer. Grady Harp, December 17
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