He writes about the choice between good and evil, God and Satan. He has had experiences with ghosts, witches, curses, apparitions and unexplained accidents. Now author Doug Wardwell will visit Washington County next month promoting his latest novel, “The Battery: A Story of Good and Evil,” an occult thriller set in Eastport.
Wardwell is an award-winning video and television producer and writer. His documentaries have been shown on Maine and Connecticut public television and on the BBC. He has taught classes on radio and television at the University of Connecticut, was the director of television at Central Connecticut State University, and was professor of media at Central Connecticut State University and University of Rhode Island.
His recent novel, published by Outskirts Press, follows two protagonists, Guy Forrester and Liz White, as they face the forces of evil and darkness in a struggle for their souls.
Based on his own experiences with the occult, Wardwell said the book’s ultimate theme is the real-life choice between good and evil — God and Satan. Wardwell said he has chosen God.
“People should read the book because all of us have to make a choice in the end, whether they choose God or darkness,” Wardwell said. “I put this book out to help them make the choice. I believe the end time is among us, people have said that for years, but with all that’s happening, tsunamis, hardships, volcanoes, the ends are near. We’ll all have to make a choice.”
Wardwell said he encountered the occult while working on a TV documentary about witchcraft with Ed and Lorraine Warren, Syfy channel ghost hunters. They took him to a Wicca meeting in New Haven, Conn. When Wardwell told a witch he didn’t believe in her, he was cursed.
“We had an accident that night that almost wiped out my car,” Wardwell said. “After supper at the Warrens I witnessed tremendous heat in the room. I also observed a black faceless apparition in the mirror in the room. My children conveyed to me that the apparition entered their rooms.”
After this encounter, Wardwell said he began thinking of other occult experiences he previously had, some occurring in Calais and Eastport, such as inexplicable footsteps on stairs and lights going on and off in rooms.
He wrote the outline of the book with these experiences in mind. In the story, the two protagonists are employed by a society for extraterrestrial happenings to uncover the strange occurrences in Eastport.
Wardwell set the book in Eastport because he was familiar with the town. As the northeast most part of the United States, Eastport has geodetic markers noting this, which made for good fictional alien symbols, according to Wardwell.
“The two protagonists were trying to trace these symbols back through centuries and tried to uncover the secrets of how these alien entities existed and where they came from,” Wardwell said. “There are locales that are mentioned in the book around the area. Airline Road is mentioned, Eastport Cemetery is a locale, and the battery is a locale.”
The Eastport Battery plays a large role in the book, as it is located next to the cemetery and is the highest point in town, Wardwell said.
Wardwell said he hopes to generate excitement for the book, and if it sells, attract the attention of a movie producer.
Wardwell said he is looking forward to the book signings because he loves Eastport and the people there.
“It’s talking about my hometown,” Wardwell said. “I’m hoping that people in my hometown will read it and it will give them an opportunity to use their imaginations about the battery.”
Wardwell will be at Eastport Peavey Memorial Library at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, to discuss how the book evolved and the pros and cons of book writing and publication. A book signing will be held 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Raye’s Mustard Shop and 5-7 p.m. at IGA. Wardwell also will be at the Calais Free Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, and at Treworgy Pharmacy, 2-5 p.m.
“The Battery: A Story of Good and Evil,” is available through www.thebattery-revelations.com or through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.