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 pine 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.
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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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Savannah has a unhappy marriage, both parties seem to have cheated in the past and for what it worth Savannah’s go to response when her husband was being disrespectful was to go off an have sex with someone else…. I am not condoning Alex’s behaviour towards her, but what Savannah did was equally as bad – she would dump her kids on her neighbour so she could hook up with a guy…I just don’t understand her reasoning for doing what she did and the way she did it. What we had were two very broken and unhappy characters who in essence didn’t want to be the first one to make the move to separate.
The paranormal side to the story was great, and I really loved it. I loved how Savannah and her boys dealt with it and how Alex was so pig headed he refused to believe it was anything other-worldly and wasted money looking for a leak that simply didn’t exist. How could a water leak shoot water across the room, cause the toilet water to shoot up straight to the ceiling when flushed and be caused by as water leak? This part of the story was fantastical, sometimes scary and I wanted more. As the story progresses you can see a change in Savannah, she changes her ways and grows stronger as a person, she finally redeemed herself when she got the courage to tell Alex she was leaving.
Rain No Evil is based on the authors true paranormal experiences, but I must say that I am shocked that she included her sexual trysts in so much detail, but now as I write this review it makes sense that what she was doing invited the spirit in and it was her change and acceptance coupled with an exorcism that got it to leave.
From an editing point of view I disliked the journal entries – I would have preferred them to be just typed into the story rather than a image – this was tedious to click on to read the one or two sentences and click off again to get back to the book – if I am 100% honest I didn’t bother to read the journal pieces after the first few and I really don’t think I missed all that much by doing so.
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