January 2, 2015

If You Could Have Powers, Would You?: a guest post by Weston Kincade, author of "A Life of Death"

Weston Kincade has helped invest in future writers for years while teaching writing. His short stories have been published in anthologies, and he has completed two books in the serialized coming-of-age horror series A Life of Death, published by Books of the Dead Press in 2013-2014. A new fantasy/sci-fi series titled The Priors is scheduled for release beginning in early 2015, and the third book in the A Life of Death series will follow later that year from Books of the Dead Press.

Weston also edits and operates WAKE Editing (http://www.wakeediting.com) when not spending time with his wife and maine coon cat, Hermes, who talks so much he must be a speaker for the gods.

A Life of Death can be purchased at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

If You Could Have Powers, Would You?
by Weston Kincade

Do you believe in psychics? There are charlatans claiming to be psychics through varying means, but does the real thing exist? Many people have had encounters, things they couldn’t explain, which made them believers. Others haven’t but are optimists, feeling there has to be more out there, while some people firmly dismiss the idea.

From astrology to palm reading and predicting the future, psychics have existed for centuries—from the English and Shakespeare’s depictions in his plays to Native American Creation myths. Psychics and their equivalents have existed within every culture, from the Celts and Egyptians to the Greeks and Romans. Our military has even used them to track down armaments and instillations. Psychics, or their abilities, have been depicted in movies like LucyHornsCarrie, and even shows like The 4400. However, something that hasn’t been mentioned much until recently is the psychic ability to explore the past. At the heart of my A Life of Death series is this one thing—a psychic ability called retrocognition.

Whether you believe in psychic abilities or not, most of us can agree that it is fun imagining ourselves with powers. Shows like The Dead ZonePushing DaisiesGhost Whisperer, and Medium are perfect examples of this fascination. But in the real world, how would something like this manifest? How would you cope with an ability like this? And how would the world cope with you… if they knew? These are some of the questions I pondered while writing A Life of Death. And if the psychic ability to see the past did exist, and has existed for centuries, how is it passed on?

I came to one conclusion: genetics and evolution.

It is one of the themes I integrated into my A Life of Death series, a coming-of-age tale Alex Drummond tells his son, Jamie—for the sins of the father shall be visited upon the son. Alex can see people’s murders, through their eyes. He just has to touch something connected to the victim. Because of this ability, Alex found his career path. He’s a homicide detective.

Would you embrace these abilities… these powers?

For Alex, there is no choice. You can travel with Alex and Jamie, experiencing their journey and striving to bring these murderers to justice. But how will the world perceive them? Can they even let people know?

I am an optimist, a believer. What are you? 

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