Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law

Jerry Baldwin sells haunted houses for a living.

A dangerous job — but in a world where paranormal has become the norm, someone has to do it. When the daughter of a former client ends up possessed by a supernatural entity, Jerry enlists his friend, private investigator Felix Renn, to help him perform an exorcism.

Unfortunately, Jerry is a better salesman than he is an exorcist, and he soon finds himself in over his head, despite the best laid plans of monsters and men.

Published by: ChiZine Publications
Date: October 2014
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Notes: “Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law” is the first standalone story featuring my huckster of haunted real estate, Jerry Baldwin. Introduced in “The Brick,” Jerry is a short, hyperactive man who tends to display more energy than brains. Despite his flaws, Jerry’s heart is usually in the right place, and he stands by his motto of helping people put a little “super” into their “natural” lives.

I’d had the idea for the Jerry Baldwin character for a long time — long before I came up with Felix Renn and the Black Lands. I just liked the idea of a guy who sold haunted houses for a living. It was only after I’d written a few of the Felix stories that I realized Jerry would fit perfectly into this world. Jerry’s first appearance was in a short story called “Out of the Blue,” then he showed up again in “The Brick.” Since he was so much fun to write, both as a foil for Felix and as an interesting character in his own right, I knew it was only a matter of time before Jerry got a story of his own.

Felix Renn also appears in “Possession,” but it’s with much duress. This is definitely Jerry’s story, and it won’t be his last.

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