Dead Medium

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The deathly silence is about to be broken.

She disliked the company of others and death did little to warm her spirit. She had led an independent life and she faced death in much the same way. She was finally alone, finally free from the mindless babble of others, at least that's what she thought. May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living, and her services were to become ...

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Overview

The deathly silence is about to be broken.

She disliked the company of others and death did little to warm her spirit. She had led an independent life and she faced death in much the same way. She was finally alone, finally free from the mindless babble of others, at least that's what she thought. May Elizabeth Trump was the rarest of spirits and she was none too happy about it either. She was a dead medium, a ghost who can speak with the living, and her services were to become in great demand. Flung into the limelight and smothered with unwanted attention, May soon discovers that it is not only ghosts with long awaited messages that have taken an interest in her. Something dark was lurking in the shadows, stalking her. Even the dead are not left to rest in peace.

Dead Medium: A humorous, character driven story and a unique vision of life after death. Not your average ghost story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781481879101
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/9/2013
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 634,389
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter John was born in Bromley Kent, England in 1973. He gained an interest in creative writing at the age of 14 and was published during the 1990's in several poetry anthologies. Happily Married to Jo since 1996 and currently living in Sidcup Kent, not so far from the tree.
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  • Posted August 12, 2013

    This book was quite possibly the most delightful ghost story I h

    This book was quite possibly the most delightful ghost story I have ever read! The story is of a strong-willed “old crone” that dies and for the first time in her life begins to make friends. Well, not exactly in her “life”, which helps set the mood for this rather quirky tale. The obvious plot is that the heroine, May Elizabeth Trump, tries to help a young woman keep her house, as her mother Penny also recently passed away. May is actually brought into this dilemma by meeting the dead mother. May is no ordinary ghost, however. She has an ability that was rare for ghosts: she is able to talk to the living! So, after meeting the living daughter, Chloe, the three develop a plan to raise money for the house. The idea, which is wrought with flaws, is to act as a medium between other ghosts, with their unfinished business, and the living. As is often the case with any story worth reading, nothing goes right with this plan. What is the downfall of their endeavor? Naturally, the problem is the eccentricities and foibles of all the people, dead and alive, who simply will not cooperate with May, Penny, and Chloe’s plan.

    Mr John does quite a bit more with the short story than can be summarized above. To begin, he brings to life a very diverse set of characters with a tremendous amount of personality. The bickering and banter between them all is quite funny, but frighteningly close to what one would expect to hear between geriatricians at a Bingo hall or the regulars at an old diner. Most of the characters described are of retirement age, and likewise have outgrown the need for approval of their younger counterparts. Therefore, they do not attempt to hide their real opinions or nuances. This alone helps his story flow very naturally and provides most of the entertainment.

    I also sense some deeper themes. May Trump, who was a loner during her life, begins to understand her origins, choices, and becomes more open to companionship. Some of the living also begin to uncover things about themselves while interacting with the dead. This all happens against an imaginary tapestry of Mr John’s conception of life after death. What he suggests of the afterlife seemed to me an original idea, and a fairly optimistic one. At some points, he does paint a little of the macabre against the more lighthearted tone of his writing, which does lends some of the classic spookiness of ghost stories. Then he immediately explains how the ghosts feel in those situations, in stark contrast to the recounting of most hauntings.

    I would have to agree with the front cover of his book that this is “not your average ghost story.” It is quite clever, novel, and entertaining fiction. I laughed frequently. He provides just enough suspense to keep the reader hooked to the end, and satisfactorily finishes the story with a little twist. As easy a read as Dead Medium is, it’s more than worth the time.

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  • Posted August 6, 2013

    R2R (LoP) Dead Medium I received a free copy, through LoP, in e

    R2R (LoP) Dead Medium

    I received a free copy, through LoP, in exchange for a review.

    Strict and antisocial in life, May is the epitome is the old crotchy lady, who lives down the road.  She has one visitor a week, Margaret, that rubs her the wrong way, but it is a tradition for her to come, for tea and cake.  One gathering ends unlike the others and May finds herself on the other side of life or horrifying to her, death, with a mess in the kitchen. She finds herself in the unlikely of situations, helping a fellow ghost, down the street, by trying to come up with a way to speak with her daughter. Through this, May realizes that the living can actually hear her; she is a dead ghost medium and she is in high demand. Ghosts start to come, to have the chance to speak with their loved ones. Get Margaret and her crew of friends to perform seances, with May, throw in some dark tales of a darker force out there and some wine and well, things happen.

    “Now calm down and be quiet so I can think,” May ordered. She didn't have the faintest clue of how to resolve Penny's dilemma. She had no real experience with death or its after effects other than when Mr Kibbles had passed away. All she knew about ghosts and ghouls were what she had seen in old Abbot and Costello movies. It seemed that the supernatural never had much trouble snatching the limelight on the silver screen. In the real world it was a different matter entirely. 

    Great, funny story, with fun and ridiculous characters. I could see this as a play or tv show, almost Monty Python-esque! Loved the way it ended, with the guardian animals watching and waiting. Great job!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    A humorous slant on the age-old question of what happens when we

    A humorous slant on the age-old question of what happens when we die. 

    Dead Medium is an engaging and funny tale of life after death that is likely to appeal to a wider audience than the usual paranormal genre readers. 

    For me, the power of this story lies in the simplicity of its telling. These are very ordinary people thrown into extraordinary circumstances, and many comic moments ensue.

    The unmistakably British humour reminded me a little of the Ealing Comedy re-runs I watched as a child. 

    May Trump is very nicely characterised as the fiercely independent, crotchety old cat lady. Her cynical witticisms, suffer-no-fools approach to life, and her stiff upper-lip make her very likeable and identifiable. I have known many such stoical, self-sufficient characters in real life. 

    A couple of things prevented me from giving this book a higher rating.

    I hate to nit-pick, but the book is littered with typos, incorrect word usage and minor punctuation errors. It could really benefit from the fine-tooth comb of editing to give it that final polish, as it is a great story at its heart.

    The first third of the book really worked for me. It was simple, character-driven storytelling at its best. I had laugh out loud moments and quite snickers and I really engaged with May's character and her journey to adjust to the afterlife.

    Where the novel fell down for me was when it began to lose sight of that simplicity. The middle section felt like a bit of a spare tyre, veering into (in my opinion) some unnecessary and occasionally repetitive scenes. The surreal 'Wild West' parts meandered and the plot and humour seemed to lose their way for a time.

    I can see how Edwardian ghost George's dialogue might be a sticking point for some readers. It felt forced at times, overly complicated and there were times I was picturing Yoda in plus-fours. (Perhaps that was intentional?) 

    Towards the end the pacing and the humour picked up again and the finish was both unexpected and satisfying. 

    Favourite quotes

    After May discovers she has died: "There were so many things left undone, there was washing up in the sink for a start."

    "She was a harlot in surgical stockings, but she had a fire inside not unlike her own."

    Thanks to the Lovers of Paranormal and  author, Peter John, for the opportunity to read your wonderful story. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    This is so totally not my normal type of story that I would read

    This is so totally not my normal type of story that I would read. Even with that being said, I don't think I could have given less then a five just based on pure beauty. The story as a whole was almost generous in how it offered up the storytelling. Peter has a brilliant voice as and author and he brought each character to life from the moment they stepped onto the page. They each had definite and unique personalities.

    I am a totally fan of any really great ghost story. Ghost Whisperer was one of my favorite shows and I happen to be watching it again. This story is sort of like Ghost Whisperer in reverse. A single ghost, May, can talk to the living and translate ghost to the living.

    It is such a great story! Engaging and almost like magic, I even cried at the end. I have to say that if you are a fan of ghosts and paranormal this is the story for you. I will give a warning that this is written in UK English. Having a british husband that writes in this style I LOVED it. I wanted to hug the book when I read the language that this was brought to life in.

    Once again, I highly recommend this for light reading to break up your usual genre!

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2013

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    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite "Dead Medium&qu

    Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

    "Dead Medium" revolves around seventy-five year old May Elizabeth Trump’s life after death. A hermit who doesn't really want to do anything with everybody else during her lifetime, she reluctantly agrees to help Penny Saunders, a woman who dies a few days before her, to solve the debt problem that she leaves behind to her daughter Chloe. With this, May eventually gets involves with a lot of people, both dead and alive, more than she likes. She is after all a dead medium who is capable of talking to the living; her ability is rare and in great demand.

    Peter John is such a wonderful author with a brilliant writing skill, which makes the narration of the book somewhat nostalgic and beautiful. May Trump is truly the center of the story and makes the reading captivating and an absolute joy. Her strong, independent quality anchors the other colorful characters: Penny and Chloe Saunders, the mother and daughter with debt problem, Barbara the so-called seer who works part-time at the supermarket, the ghost George Tailor with his Soul Stalkers’ theories, and even Mr. Kibbles, the ghost cat. The story itself is marvelous as well as humorous and gives remarkable insight into how the dead deals with the living world and it discusses the mystery of the other side. The ending takes a surprising turn but it ties up everything together nicely in the end. An enjoyable read and I can't wait for the author's next brilliant work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2014

    What a great ghost story. This is perhaps one of the best ghost

    What a great ghost story. This is perhaps one of the best ghost stories I have ever read because the after world has many of the
    same trials and tribulations as the living world. Great tag line too! An elderly lady dies and discovers that she can communicate
    with the living. The story moves at a relaxing but page turning pace. Everything is clearly written and it is in a style where the
    reader can understand exactly what is going on. The characters are well developed and we find ourselves caring for each and
    every one of the main characters. There are surprises and twists. There are scenes of emotion. A truly exciting and entertaining
    book. 5 stars. I recommend it highly. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    The premise of Dead Medium by Peter John, grabbed me right away

    The premise of Dead Medium by Peter John, grabbed me right away - a reluctant “ghost” who can communicate with the living. The prologue begins like a classic ghost story but starting with chapter one, we learn the author is more than a very good storyteller, as we are taken by May Elizabeth, one of the great characters I’ve recently encountered. After that, he keeps us turning pages with an exciting plot and a sharp and clever wit. Avoiding spoilers, I must say the ending was the icing on the cake. Well done! Highly recommended.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I was given this book in return for an honest review through LOP

    I was given this book in return for an honest review through LOP.




    Basically, this is the story of a cranky, isolated 75 year old women named May who chokes on a piece of cake and dies. While when alive, she had pushed away the company of others, once dead, she finds herself for some unexplained reason drawn to helping another ghost named Penny. Penny is trying to help her daughter Chloe raise money to maintain the family house and continue her education. Through the help of some other geriatrics, they begin doing seances because May can communicate with both the dead and the living.




    I struggled trying to finish this book. Not necessarily because it was a bad book, it just wasn't one I really got into. There were a few spelling issues, and one time I noticed that the character Martin was once referred to as Matthew, but other than that, the book was well written. This book just never lit my fire so to speak though. I didn't feel a connection to the characters or the story. 




    The book did have some funny moments though, and I like the way everything seemed to come full circle in the end as far as May's estate and who it went to

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