To be clear, I don’t mean “magic” tricks as in the art of illusion for entertainment, which uses sleight of hand and/or deceptive contraptions. Obviously those are real things, and there is nothing supernatural about them.
I’m talking about magic when it refers to the very real practices of sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, occultism, etc. These Black Arts are called that for a reason: because they involve mere humans dabbling in unfamiliar powers that can neither be controlled, nor safely engaged.
I am a Christian by faith. That means that I believe there are only two sources of power in our little 3-dimensional universe: God and Not God. God is the source of all good things in our world: love, truth, beauty, hope, and real life. Not God is the source of all that is not good: hate, lies and deception, ugliness, hopelessness, and real death.
As humans we are titillated by the idea of supernatural powers, whether in the form of Marvel and DC Comics characters, or in something as (seemingly) innocuous as a Ouija board. Humans are born with an understanding that we are not the be-all and end-all of existence, so it’s natural for us to want to enter that mysterious not-3D realm. And let’s be honest; at some point, we all will.
In the meantime, messing with dark things that we really don’t understand can hurt us – now, and later.
I had to grapple with this when I decided to write a paranormal trilogy. I am walking a careful line between what could be God possible, and not allowing Not God to take any part in my story. So that means no demonic creatures, no shape-shifters, no zombies, vampires, or dead-people ghosts.
My solution? A Viking caught between life and death during
’s historical shift
from Paganism to Christianity in 1070. Norway
My precedent? Enoch, Elijah, and Lazarus.
My happy ending? My hero eventually gets his body back at the end of book two and picks up his life again.
After being stuck in the ether for 950 years.
Will traditional paranormal readers like him? Maybe. But he might be too tame for readers who regularly dine on blood and evil.
Will my Hansen Series fans like him? I think so. His unusual circumstance aside, he fits into the family quite nicely, as both the beginning and the end of my historical timeframe. Plus his contemporary heroine is a hoot.
Either way, the cross-dimensional and unique relationship between an 11th-century Viking and a 21st century woman is the kind of “magic” which I can happily embrace.
Coming in 2016:
An Unexpected Viking
A Restored Viking
A Modern Viking