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Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum Review/Interview

Otherworld Publications LLC, May 10, 2011
Paperback, 294 pages
ISBN: 1936593106
Ordering Information:
Amazon.com, Smashwords

Zach Kalusky, host of Sci-D TV's Xavier Paranormal Investigators, is ecstatic when he's given the opportunity to explore the most haunted site in Chicago for a Halloween Special: Rosewood Asylum, a place long made off-limits by the local government, plagued by decades of mysterious fires and unexplained events.

It's Zach's dream investigation- but there's a catch: the network forces Xavier Paranormal Investigators to partner with the more dramatic-but less ethical-Demon Hunters. Now, Zach must fight for both his show's integrity and his team's loyalty while trying to protect his own secret: that he, himself, is possessed.

Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is basically a behind-the-scenes look in to paranormal TV with a few twists and turns. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Ghost Hunters teamed up with Ghost Adventures to investigate a location like Waverly Hills? This book will give you an idea. The story is well drawn out. The characters are likeable and a few that aren't. Anyone who knows anything about the haunted locations understands the history is a part of its allure. In this book, the history behind Rosewood Psychiatric Hospital is like a character on its own.

The only note I have for potential readers of this book is to pay close attention. In some scenes, there's a lot going on. It all has meaning which will get you to the final leg of the race. This is a suspenseful read, ripe for the Halloween season.

5 Questions With Stephen Prosapio

1. What do you consider the best part of being an author?

Easy. When people I don't know connect to my story and enjoy it (…and of course let me and others know about it!). Writing a quality novel is an extremely difficult task. There are many frustrations in today’s publishing world. For a writer, at some point sales figures become less about the money and more about connecting with and expanding your audience of readers who enjoy your work.

2. If Zach and Bryce were to duke it out in a boxing ring, who do you think would walk away with bragging rights?

Zach or Bryce? Well, Zach would likely get pummeled, but at some point, I think Ray would intervene and challenge Bryce to a match. And, inside of one round, beat him to a pulp.

3. If XPI was teamed up with the Ghost Adventures crew, what location do you think they were investigate and would the two teams get along?

Zach meets Zak eh? Funny you should mention the GA crew in particular because I wrote Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum before ever having heard of Zak Bagans or Ghost Adventures. When I saw it for the first time, I was shocked how Zak reminded me of Bryce (this was back in their yelling at spirits days). That said, it’s evident that Zak really believes in what he’s doing, and I think he and Zach Kalusky would connect on that level. One thing’s for sure. The two shows would coexist much better than XPI did with the Demon Hunters.

4. Did you mold the legend behind Rosewood Psychiatric Hospital from any actual haunted hospital/location?

Yes and no. There were a number of shows which investigated actual haunted asylums. One that Paranormal State conducted planted a seed in my mind which eventually germinated into Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum.

5. Can you reveal any spoilers from XPI's next case, Atchison, Kansas?

Other than my writing group, no one else knows this: the book opens with an accident on the Amelia Earhart Bridge with one of the XPI team members getting hurt. I won’t reveal who it is, but I’ll say who it isn’t: Turk. He actually sits this case out, but I’ve been asked to write a short story for an anthology and am considering writing about a road-trip he takes with his Demon Hunter friend Rico.

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