Calhoun makes an appearance in a new post-apocalyptic horror fantasy novel by Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., Author J. Todd Kingrea.
“The Witchfinder” follows Witchfinder Imperator Malachi Thorne as he pursues a fleeing traitor and in turn confronts his faith and his own morality.
“On the surface, ‘The Witchfinder’ is about freedom, especially freedom from any oppressive regime. It’s about fighting to resist and overcome tyranny, ”Kingrea said. “On a deeper level, however, the story is about relationships and their impact on us. It’s about how relationships can bring out the best and the worst in us.
Kingrea’s writing career began as a freelance writer for the tabletop role-playing game “Call of Cthulhu” in the early 1990s, and evolved into more spiritual works in the 2010s. Her faith and commitment to long standing in the church play an important role in his writings.
In 2012, Kingrea and his eldest son visited the Czech Republic on a mission trip and visited a museum filled with medieval torture methods.
“As I looked at the exhibits,” Kingrea said, “I kept wondering ‘How could men of the Church have subjected so many people to such terrible agony, all in the name of God. ? ‘ I began to wonder what the world would be like if this period of European history – the times of the Roman Inquisition and the Spanish Inquisition – had continued, strengthened and ruled everything? What if this tragic period in Church history continued?
Calhoun appears in the novel, but only briefly. The main characters stop at Calhoun on the way from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Renamed Caloohn in the novel, Calhoun is mentioned as a favorite stopover for travelers on 75 Road, or I-75.
It remains to be seen if Calhoun will make another appearance in other books in Kingrea’s Deiparian saga, but perhaps the author will decide to make another stop here in Calhoun.
It wasn’t until 2017 that “The Witchfinder” found its form, but now that it’s out, it looks like the wait was worth it. On Goodreads, the book has a 4.2-star and 4-star rating on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Kingrea is not formally trained in creative writing, which shows that someone with no formal education can still get into writing novels. To those who wish to learn to write, Kingrea suggested research and practice.
“The more you write, the better you’ll develop your own style and your own voice,” Kingrea said. “Remember, the first draft is for your eyes only. No one else needs to see it. As a result, it can be as ugly, awkward, misspelled, grammatically inaccurate, and messy as it needs to be. Just get the story out of your head and write it down on paper.
J. Todd Kingrea’s “The Witchfinder” can be found at all major retailers and booksellers in paperback, hardcover and ebook.