|Unchosen by Michele Vail|
Michele's idea for a teenage girl tasked to become a reaper was influenced by darkly comic views of paranormal phenomenon, such as the zombie flicks Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland, the hit television series Supernatural, and the horrifyingly hilarious novels Happy Hour of the Damned by Mark Henry, The Sinister Mr. Corpse by Jeff Strand, Jailbait Zombie by Mario Acevedo, and My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland.
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Mythos of the Reapers
When ancient Egyptians figured out how to mummify human remains, they also figured out how to re-
|Anubis, Ruler of Reapers|
So, how did humans end up with reaper gifts? A long, long, loooooong time ago, the uncle of Anubis, the god of chaos named Set, got into a battle royale for Underworld rulership. It was a hot mess of death--and not even the immortals escaped the destruction unscathed. Anubis and his loyal reapers defeated Set and the betrayer reapers, and Set got put into a cage far down into the Underworld. The Reaper Wars is the reason that Anubis granted certain humans reaper powers--splitting them into five distinct abilities to prevent one person from having too much power. Giving humans the powers of reapers served a two-fold purpose: First, Anubis took away the powers of the reapers who fought with Set (save one, his twin sister Anput) as punishment, and second, he recruits new reapers from humans who used their reaper abilities well. Learn more about the heka by watching the short video (less than two minutes) below. Check out the exciting second book in the Reaper Diaries by clicking here!
Enslaving the Dead
The biggest difference between having a walking corpse and a sentient spirit as part of your household is that legal zombies are made in licensed zomporiums--and have been around since ancient times. The acquisitions of sentient spirits, however, is due to an invention created by a Mr. Michael Ruddard in 1898 (around the same time Guglielmo Marconi created the wireless telegraph using radio waves). One reason Ruddard took interest in spirit communication was due the peaking popularity of spiritualism and mediumship in the 19th century. Ruddard's work led to the first SEER (Spirit Extraction, Encapsulation, and Restraining) machine. Nowadays, SEER machines are found in homes, businesses, schools, restaurants, and entertainment venues.
Did you know spirits:
- Cannot be photographed or filmed? (This is why Broadway and live shows have seen such a revival in the last 100 years!)
- Must have an intact soul to be attached to a SEER? (If the soul's "ka" has been used to zombify the person's remains, there's no way to use the same soul to initiate a spirit extraction.)
- Will often follow ren hekas around? (If a ghost isn't attached to a SEER, they can only communicate with each other, a ren heka, or sometimes, a human psychic. Believe it or not, the dead really like to talk. A lot.)
- Of animals are rarely seen? (The theory is that animals are already pure of heart and go straight to the heavens.)
- Are mentioned in nearly all of Molly's adventures, including UNCHOSEN? (One of her BFFs is a ren heka!)
|Paranormal YA Author Michele Vail|
Michele Vail is the author of The Reaper Diaries, a young adult fantasy series set in the modern world with a zombie twist. The stories center on 16-year-old Molly Bartolucci, a reaper-in-training who's learning to deal with love, destiny, and death.
Michele Vail is the pen name of national bestselling paranormal romance author Michele Bardsley (who also writes thriller mysteries under Michele Freeman). The Reaper Diaries consist of three books: Undeadly, Unchosen, and Unbroken.
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