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Saturday, May 2, 2020

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Robert Herold & The Eidola Project!

Good Morning and Welcome!

Lot's of states are lifting their stay-home orders but still strongly encouraging continued precautions (wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands often, etc). Although I'm ready for things to get back to normal, I believe we'll have a whole new idea of what that means to us individually, as residents in our towns, cities, states and as a nation as a whole. Whether you're fed up or scared silly, please be smart and be safe!

Today's guest was brand new to me and our blog last month when he shared some words with us, but before I spotlight Robert Herold and his book I'd like to announce the monthly gift card giveaway winner for April.....(drum roll please).......

Kara O'Neal! 

Now without much further ado, please welcome Robert Herold back with a peek into his novel, The Eidola Project....

The Eidola Project is recruiting. Dare to join them?

It's 1885 and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium's séance. A strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife.

The Eidola Project is an intrepid group of explorers dedicated to bringing the light of science to that which has been feared, misunderstood, and often manipulated by charlatans. They are a psychology professor, his assistant, an African-American physicist, a sideshow medium, and now a derelict, each possessing unique strengths and weaknesses.

Called to the brooding Hutchinson Estate to investigate rumored hauntings, they encounter deadly supernatural forces and a young woman driven to the brink of madness.
Will any of them survive?

Sarah retrieved the lamp and twisted the peg. The outhouse door swung open on its own, and she gasped.

“Momma?” Sarah asked as she held out her lantern. No. A ruined version of Molly stood in the doorway.

Before her disappearance, people often commented on the sixteen-year-old’s beauty, but in the last twenty-eight days birds pecked out her pretty blue eyes, and maggots now swam in the sockets. Molly’s head hung to the left at an odd angle. Her skin looked mottled with patches of gray, blue, and black. A beetle crawled out of Molly’s half-opened mouth and darted back in.

Sarah’s heart leaped to her throat, and she jumped back. She lost her footing, fell onto the outhouse seat, and dropped the lantern to the floor. She bent to retrieve it; thankful the glass globe did not break. Sarah looked up and saw an empty doorway.

Impossible, she told herself. Must’ve dozed off, had a nightmare, and woke up when I dropped the lamp. Her heart still pounded in her chest, and Sarah took a deep breath to calm herself.

Holding the lamp before her once more, she crept out…

Oh my goodness, Robert...I knew your book was horror but .... SHUDDER.... LOL!

If you love horror novels, friends, The Eidola Project is published by The Wild Rose Press and can be purchased at Amazon and B&N. Watch the book trailer HERE (if you dare LOL!)

The supernatural always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since Robert Herold’s mother refused to allow him, as a boy, to watch creature features on late night TV. She caved in. (Well, not literally.)

As a child, fresh snow provided him the opportunity to walk out onto neighbors’ lawns halfway and then make paw prints with his fingers as far as he could stretch. He would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their front lawn. (They were skeptical.)

He has pursued many interests over the years (among them being a history teacher and a musician), but the supernatural always called to him. You could say he was haunted. Finally, following the siren’s call, he wrote The Eidola Project, based on a germ of an idea he had as a teenager.

Ultimately, he hopes the book gives you the creeps, and he means that in the best way possible.

Robert is Paranormal Romance Guild's 2019 Reader's Choice 2nd place Winner and a contributor to the charity anthology Australia Burns volume 3. All three volumes are the product of authors, editors and our publisher donating their efforts for the victims of the wildfires in Australia. All profits will go the Australian Red Cross. Volume three contains SF, paranormal, and horror stories!

Find out more and connect with Robert through his Website, on Facebook and/or Twitter.

Hope you enjoyed the sneak peek into Robert's book folks. Be sure to leave a comment and enter into my monthly gift card giveaway!

Until next time, take care, be safe and God bless.


D. V. Stone said...

Robert, oh yuck! But then I read Stephen King so, good job 😲 Congratulations on your book. D. V.

Barbara Bettis said...

Oh, my. That excerpt!! I have sympathy for your mom's rules. When I was quite young, I used to stretch across my grandmother's bed and read all newspapers and magazines she kept for me. I remember a really creepy story about an old casket that had somehow been knocked open in a flood to reveal deep scratches across the inside of the lid. As if the person had been buried alive. I'm sure it must have been a fiction story of some kind, but that incident stuck with me for the rest of my life-- At a certain age, I probably would have fallen for your snow trick :)

Alina K. Field said...

Wow, what an evocative excerpt! I'm scared!
Congratulations on the book, and lots of luck.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Congrats on your novel. Best wishes for its success.