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Monday, January 30, 2017

Edge of Night by Ann Gimpel: Guest Post

Edge of Night
A Collection of Short Stories
Ann Gimpel

Dream Shadow Press
60K words

Release Date: 12/16

Genre: Paranormal and Horror
with a splash of romance and scifi

Book Description:

Here’s a roadmap to Edge of Night. Welcome to an eclectic collection of nine short stories.

You’ve done time at the edge of night. Nail-biting, stomach-churning time filled with hissing snarls, menacing growls, the whoosh of unnatural wings, and the flash of hellfire. Time that lasts forever, but is over within seconds because time becomes unpredictable in places like that. You don’t want to stay, but it’s too fascinating—in a grisly, macabre, toe-curling kind of way—to turn your back on.

You recognize it, though. The place just at the threshold of darkness where it’s not quite safe anymore. Evil broke its bounds at the edge of night, or maybe it always ran free and we’ve been deluding ourselves all along.

Join me for nine supernatural tales. Monsters, demons, gods—fallen and otherwise—ghosts, aliens. A touch of science fiction. More than a splash of romance. From magical lands to a chilling glance into the past, Edge of Night has something to tempt everyone. Everyone who craves danger, that is. It takes guts to read the stuff woven into nightmares.

It’s a tough job, but you’re up to it.

Welcome to my world. A world where magic holds court and the dude next door just might be a demon. Or a shifter. Or an alien.

Author Bio

Ann Gimpel is a USA Today bestselling author. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. Once upon a time, she nurtured clients. Now she nurtures dark, gritty fantasy stories that push hard against reality. When she’s not writing, she’s in the backcountry getting down and dirty with her camera. She’s published over 45 books to date, with several more planned for 2017 and beyond. A husband, grown children, grandchildren, and wolf hybrids round out her family.

Find Ann At:

@AnnGimpel (for Twitter)

Guest Post

Please welcome  Edge of Night author Ann Gimpel to Diane’s Book Blog. 

Jung and the Paranormal

First off, thanks so much for inviting me back to your blog. I truly appreciate the support and hope the new year is being good to you.

Jung was born in 1875 and graduated from medical school around 1900. He saw himself as a man of science, not as a mystic. That label has grown since his death. It’s true that Jung was fascinated by “soft science.” For example, he believed in astrology. There are a few “Jungian astrologers” around today. They have a slightly different take on reading charts. In any event, before Jung would accept an analysand (Jungese for patient), he sent them off to have their chart done to see if their energies would be a good blend with his own.

Before you scoff and stop reading, remember that Jung was a psychiatrist. He treated mental illness before we had drugs to blunt the most severe symptoms, and he had a surprising amount of success “curing” illness we consider incurable today, like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. This is a gross simplification, but he joined patients in their delusions so he could understand them, and helped them find ways out of the twisted labyrinth their minds had become.

Traditional analysis is an extremely intimate relationship between doctor and patient. Patients spend several hours a week in the doctor’s office analyzing dream material to shed light on the roots of their problems. While modern psychotherapeutic approaches focus on symptom alleviation, analysis aims to integrate a person’s psyche so they can transform themselves into fully functioning human beings.

While treating his patients, Jung was struck by the similarity of the material presented by those with mental illness. This led him to postulate the existence of a collective unconscious that collects and organizes our experience as human beings. He traveled widely and did research into primitive cultures. The commonality in symbolic drawings led to further fleshing out of his theories of the collective (as opposed to our personal) unconscious.

This is getting long for a guest post, so let me wrap it up on a personal note. I was drawn to depth psychology because of its potential to enrich us. That we are alive at all is one of the mysteries, and I don’t want science to explain everything away. If any of you are interested in learning more about Jung, try Man and His Symbols or Memories, Dreams, and Reflections.

Thanks again for inviting me. I’d be glad to answer questions added to this post as comments.

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