CSFF Blog Tour – The Strange Man, Day 1

This week the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring The Strange Man by Greg Mitchell. This supernatural suspense is the second of three books published by Realms, an imprint of Charisma House/Strang Book Group, that we are featuring during this first half of 2011.

Interesting fact. The Realms imprint came into being under the watchful eye of Jeff Gerke (also an author, writing under the name Jefferson Scott), now the head of his own publishing company, Marcher Lord Press.

Years before bringing MLP into being, Jeff envisioned an imprint dedicated to the publication of Christian speculative fiction. Realms was his first effort to bring that about.

While Jeff moved on after launching the first set of books, Realms continued with some modification. Now this fiction arm of Charisma House focuses on inspirational stories, specifically an unlikely pair: supernatural thrillers and prairie romances.

It’s an interesting marriage.

As I’m sure most people expect, the CSFF tour is featuring only the supernatural thriller half of the couple.

Supernatural thriller, of course, is a euphemism for Christian horror — a genre author Greg Mitchell is familiar with. He first conceived of the idea for the story that became the first book in the Coming of Evil Trilogy more than ten years ago.

At the time, he wrote the story, inspired by an episode of the Twilight Zone, as a screen play. When the script didn’t find a home, he eventually undertook the job of rewriting it as a novel. He decided first to self-publish The Strange Man in 2007. Later he revised the story yet again and sought publication with a traditional house. Realms acquired it along with the next two books in the trilogy.

Greg admits he has a love for monster movies and comic books, but he also wants to communicate his faith. Consequently, he was the perfect author to write a faith-based story with a Strange Man and accompanying gremlins.

How do the two fit together? That’s a topic that may need some exploration. (I’m guessing that the people who thought Mike Duran’s The Resurrection didn’t have enough suspense won’t have the same to say about this one). In the meantime, watch this video trailer, then see what others on the blog tour have to say about The Strange Man (the book, not the author! 😉 )

Published in: on April 18, 2011 at 1:47 pm  Comments (5)  
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