Path of the Half Moon has been named an official semi-finalist for the paranormal book awards as part of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (CIBAs).
The SEMI-FINALISTS for the PARANORMAL Book Awards for Supernatural and Paranormal Fiction – the 2018 CIBAs
Vince Bailey’s award-winning Path of the Half Moon is a chilling adventure into the paranormal world of demonic murderers and vengeful Native American ghosts.
When young Curtis Jefferson is sentenced to time at Fort Grant, a creepy juvenile detention center built upon the historic site of a Native American massacre, he doesn’t realize that the trials of juvenile prison are only one of the challenges he is about to face. Almost immediately, Jefferson begins suffering from apocalyptic Apache visions and attacks from fellow inmates. The most nefarious inmate in Fort Grant, the murderer and dark magic practitioner Harvey Huish, has taken an instant dislike to Jefferson.
“Wonderful first book for Vince Bailey! As the book began, I wondered what does “this” story have to do with “that” story, but shortly after this distraction I found myself needing to know how the stories would merge. Like pieces of a chess set, the characters in the story are thrown together in a time-warping battle between friends and enemies; likewise the good and the evil that revenge enables. The tale is filled with lessons from the past and wisdom from loved ones. The imagery is vivid. I felt like I was there watching. It’s stitched together in a way that makes you keep turning the pages to find the next clue. The exquisitely described scenes demonstrate the author’s deep understanding of our world and how it works. Highly recommended.”
Rebecca Marie Rowley–Tempe, Arizona
“Bailey’s voice sparkles in this gritty tale about injustice, survival and the mysterious world of angry ghosts and dark magic. Don’t miss it.”
-Todd Fahnestock (Author of Wildmane and Fairmist)
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Let me state up front Path of the Half Moon is a historical fiction work, with the emphasis on fiction, although it was not always so. The writing process taught me what was vital to the tale.
At the outset of telling this story, I was preoccupied with maintaining precise historical and geographical accuracy. In the age of seemingly infinite data stores and powerful search engines, little effort is required to discover, for instance, the high temperature on April 30, 1964, or the exact time for sunsets on any given date. During the course of writing, though, I began to feel my obsession with such minutiae was becoming restrictive and cramping my creativity. For example, the reader is given to understand that the phase of the moon is crucial in triggering the story’s events. A search reveals that the very real massacre at Fort Grant occurred during a waxing half-moon. It followed the ghostly reprise of that atrocity should be enacted under that same phase. But it occurred to me that the story would be better enhanced if the moon were waning—getting darker, as the plot was darkening. After several of these conflicts in which creativity ultimately triumphed over historical precision, I all but abandoned my fixation on accuracy with regard to historical and geographical details.
Consequently, though the Fort Grant massacre is historically factual, its actual location may be somewhat sketchy. Similarly, you can search long and hard but you won’t find a town anywhere in Arizona called Jacobs Well. Its description, however, suggests a suspicious similarity to Mesa where I grew up. State highway designations and even county names in the book may or may not be fictitious, depending on their consistency with the story.
This abandonment of accuracy allowed me the freedom to fabricate a world of shadowy places, actors, and actions that imitate the real. Historical purists will certainly find a number of flaws in Path of the Half Moon, but casual readers will enjoy the creativity that imprecision allows.
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