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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Interview and Review: Golem by PD Alleva

 

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Today, we have an opportunity to talk to PD Alleva.  PD has written the book, Golem, a psychological horror novel. 

 

First, let me say I love the cover. Second, thank you for joining me.  I appreciate you giving me your links and I want to share those with our readers.

 

Thank you for the interview Jerry, it’s greatly appreciated.

 

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Golem Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CV5823C/


"Yeah, that’s what I do, I write books, that’s my day job. I’m also a hypnotist and therapist with a specialty in treating trauma, addiction, and mental health. My interests include, quantum physics, ancient philosophy, science of mind, spirituality, and of course, ancient aliens. Any questions?"


That is great.  Can you tell us a little about yourself and what led you to start writing?

 

I’ve been writing since I can remember, it’s kind of an itch I need to scratch on frequent occasions plus writing affords other opportunities for all the voices in my head to be heard. I find a certain profound peace in the creative process I’ve never been able to replicate. Writing keeps me focused, poised, alert, and on point, it’s the balance between the surreal and the real, kind of like teetering across the line between total insanity and complete numbness. Plus it’s a safer and healthier practice than acting out the insanity as if personal life was meant to be chaotic and filled with mayhem and drama.

 

But to answer your question about myself, well, I write books, that’s what I do. Good ones, crazy ones, fun books, entertaining books, scary creepy books that are absolutely insane, books with depth and books with excitement, and books that tear out the heart of humanity and throws it on a slab to be feasted on. Yeah, that’s what I do, I write books, that’s my day job. I’m also a hypnotist and therapist with a specialty in treating trauma, addiction, and mental health. My interests include, quantum physics, ancient philosophy, science of mind, spirituality, and of course, ancient aliens. Any questions?

 

Where do you get your inspiration, information, and ideas for books?

 

Inspiration can come from just about anywhere, but mostly nostalgia, old movies, old books, certain scenes or nuances that take up space in my brain and need to jump onto a page. But also, concepts, theories, folklore, and myths. Sometimes I look at society and want to puke or grab an axe and start whacking, but I can’t do that now can I, so I wrap it all up into a story.

My best piece of advice is to not just read, but study the craft."

What are your hobbies and do they ever play into your writing?

 

Reading is my ultimate hobby, and it is through reading that I can explore unique concepts such as science of mind, spiritualism, quantum physics, mythology, folklore, and alien theories. I’m big into aliens and alien concepts and theories. Ancient Aliens is one of my favorite shows, allowing this indulgence to take on a new life. I’m also a psychotherapist and hypnotist (practicing now for close to twenty years) and with my practice training comes into play, mostly through concepts and practices like hypnosis, neuro linguistic programming, and an understanding of belief systems and how the mind functions including the subconscious mind. The human mind contains depths far exceeding the reach of the known universe. I find it amazing how disempowered the human race has become, with little to no understanding of how powerful we all truly are, how eternal, with the ability to self heal.

 

And yes, my hobbies have an uncanny knack of finding their way into my writing. It’s one of those things that you just can’t turn off.

 

What advice would you give someone who wants to be a writer?

 

My best piece of advice is to not just read, but study the craft. While you’re reading stop and look around (at the book that is). How did the author introduce a new character? What is the flow of the book from one chapter to the next? How did the author use dialogue to move the story? Begin to see the craft and artistry behind the story and that will lead to better writing on your part.

 


Do you write full-time or around another job? How do you schedule your time to write?

 

I write full time and also have a private practice, although the private practice is more of a part time position. A few years ago when I decided to write full time I began to take on a smaller role in the private practice and cut down on the amount of patients I see in any given week. Since it’s a private practice I can schedule my days around writing.

 

How many hours a day do you write?

When I’m writing it’s about four to six hours a day. But I do take breaks in between writing and editing. I write horror novels and I write scifi novels about alien vampires attempting to subjugate the human race after WW3 so I need to bounce between genres and sometimes I need to disconnect from one genre to give my full attention to the next. Kind of like having different personalities but the best of both worlds.  

 

What is your favorite part about writing?

I love it all, the craft, the fine-tuning, the relentless click of the keyboard, the editing, cover design, all of it, but I will have to say my favorite part is holding the finished product in my hands. There’s just something about the finished product that carries a certain pride to it, kind of like watching your child walk across the stage to receive their diploma. It’s a battle writing a book just the same as raising a child (I’ve got four), you go through so many trials and tribulations, but when you see that final product, you know it was all worth it.

 

What does literary success look like to you?

 

Millions of preorders.

 

Please tell us about your current release.

 

Golem is a psychological horror novel written in the vein of books like The Shining, Interview with the Vampire, The Silence of the Lambs, and Frankenstein. The story follows a young and naïve detective, John Ashton, whose first case as a detective is to find the District Attorney’s missing daughter in 1951 New York City. Problem is, his only lead is high society sculptor and socialite Alena Francon who’s been a resident at Bellevue’s psychiatric facility for the past six months. When John interviews Alena, she tells him the story of Golem, a demon she incarnated into a statue she created in 1947 whose been wreaking havoc on the New York social elite, gaining power and control over the city as he uses orphans to serve as bodily hosts for his demonic army. The story is profoundly psychological (I am a therapist after all) and is told through multiple points of view, as are most of my books. I love being in the heads of my characters, discovering their intricacies and fears, motivations and desires. 

 

Can you read / provide us with a small exert?

 

“Sixty-two bedrooms,” said the cabbie. He was explaining to Ashton the Francon Mansion’s history. “Every brick was imported from all over Europe. Right down to the marble tile.” He added, “From Italy.” Ashton surmised the cabbie was Italian by the prideful way he expressed “Italy”.

           They were driving down a barren road lined with red cedar trees. Every so often they passed a gate and driveway leading to a house or mansion tucked back off the main road.

            “It’s the biggest house on the block,” said the cabbie as he eyed Ashton in the rearview mirror. “We’re almost there.”

            “You seem to know a lot about the house.”

            “Lived here most of my life. One tends to pick up history as the years go by.”

            “Have you ever been inside?”

            He shook his head. “Not at all. A guy like me has trouble getting invites.” He laughed. Then a moment later, “Here we go.”

            Ashton perked up. The gate was old steel and wide open attached to two stone pillars on either side. The cab stopped outside the gate and Ashton looked up the long winding drive to the house that stood in darkness. Colossal, was Ashton’s first thought, his eyes wide taking in the sheer volume and size. A single light flickered in the mansion as if a candle had been lit in the foyer.

            “No party tonight,” said the cabbie. “Your luck must have run out.”

            Ashton caught the cabbie’s smile.

            “You’re not gonna drive up?”

            He clucked his tongue and shook his head. “No,” he said. “This is as close as I get.”

            “Superstitious?”

            “You might say that. I don’t invite devils into my life, detective. That’s your job.”

            “Indeed,” Ashton breathed staring at the long walk to the house.

            The cabbie added, “I feel like I’m dropping off Rhenfield to meet his doom. Be careful in there, detective. Evil spirits are everywhere around this place.”

            “Rhenfield?”

            The cabbie eyed him in the rearview. “You don’t read, do you?”

            Ashton shook his head. “No time.”

            “You should. Great books are like a blueprint…a survival manual disguised as fiction. As folklore. Because the truth hides in plain sight and those that see have to hide and those that can’t see…well, they’re just a part of the plan.”

 

What exciting story are you working on next?

 

I’ve got a few in the pipeline. I just began writing Vol 3 of my scifi fantasy series about alien vampires attempting to subjugate the human population. Series is titled, The Rose, which is based on an alchemy practice that allows for the manipulation of chemistry in inanimate objects, and telekinesis. I’m also editing my next horror novel, Jigglyspot and the Zero Intellect, a novel I refer to as my covid quarantine satirical cosmic grindhouse horror fantasy thriller novel. It’s one hell of a wild ride. Carnivals, Cannibals, and Clowns! Oh my!

 

Who are your favorite authors?

 

This is a very long list, but I’ll keep it short: Ray Bradburry, Edgar Allan Poe, The Bronte Sisters, HG Wells, Jules Verne, Stephen King, Blake Crouch, James Herbert, Ernest Hemingway, Clive Barker, Mary Shelley (favorite book is Frankenstein), and Anne Rice.

 

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Time and Again by Jack Finney. It’s a time travel novel that uses hypnosis as a means for time travel. Fantastically excellent book.

 

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?

 

Yes, first thank you for the interview and supporting indie authors. For all the readers out there thank you for stopping by and taking some time to check out my interview. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter. I send that puppy out once a month, and it’s the perfect way to score an early release, take part of giveaways, and enjoy some book fairs.

 

One more time, where can someone go to purchase your book?

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pdalleva_author/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pdallevaauthor/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/PdallevaAuthor

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/pdalleva

Website:  www.pdalleva.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7634126.P_D_Alleva

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/p-d-alleva

Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gxKH7P

Golem Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CV5823C/


MY REVIEW:


For one, I love old lore and myths reinvented. I enjoy horror and love the psychological thriller told well. If you are still tracking with me and like the same, this one is for you. Allena is a laugh for Captain Knowles. She claims a Golem kidnapped a horde of children in a hotel. A hotel she apparently set on fire. She is in a sanitarium. John Ashton is a detective tasked on a different case, another kid kidnapping. Their worlds intertwine. There is cruelty and blood. In fact, at one point the story echoes the whole when Allena is bleeding and the narration declares “Life is a cruel trick that God gets off on playing. And hope is nothing more than a delusion.” Grim, right. It is. And captivating. Page turning. Especially when we meet Golem. Alleva weaves an engrossing tale that leaves you curious to see what is on the next page. But, as the Golem warns, “be careful… you know what happens to curious kittens.” Alleva certainly does well writing compelling narrative. I was given a free copy for review. I usually read a little here, a little there. I found myself staying up past my bedtime on this one.


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