Hello everyone! Today I am interviewing Mr. Sam Sadlowski, a retired homicide detective, art lover, and the protagonist in Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 by Charles F. French.
Thank you very much for this interview, Mr. Sadlowski.
Sam: You’re welcome, and please, call me Sam. You can probably tell I’m not a very formal sort of guy.
Certainly. Would you like anything to drink? Coffee?
Sam: That would be fine. I take it black, and thanks.
You’re welcome. So, I heard you’re a fan of art… Would you mind if I asked you some questions about that?
How long have you been interested in art?
Sam: Well, pretty much, all my life. I was always taken with looking at paintings, and when I was in High School, I realized that I loved art. I enjoyed looking at any kind of artwork, and I even tried to be a painter, but (he laughs) without much success.
What did your family and friends think of this?
Sam: That wasn’t very good either. Let’s say I didn’t let the other football players know about it. They would probably have assumed I was weird or something. Now, I don’t care what people think about me, but then I was a teen, a kid, and nothing mattered more than fitting in.
And my family? Let’s say my old man didn’t like the idea at all. I told him I wanted to study art history in college, and he went apeshit. Sorry about the language. But I wanted to get away from him so much I went an enlisted in the Marines and left the day after high school graduation.
Wow, that’s quite a reaction!
Sam: Well, my old man scared the crap out of me, and I was more afraid of him than going to war. Doesn’t make any sense now, but it did at the time.
Well, I’m glad you made it home in one piece! Did your love of art continue?
Sam: Yes, it never left me. I continued to go to galleries as much as I could over the years. Even through college and the decades as a detective, I still always thought about art. I collected books on art history, and my friends and I, typically Roosevelt and Jeremy would make trips to galleries in New York or Philadelphia.
Can you tell me more about Roosevelt and Jeremy? I understand they are also members of the IPS?
Sam: Yes, they are. Roosevelt, Jeremy, and I began the Investigative Paranormal Society; we’ve gained another member since. I first met Roosevelt, when he was my commanding Lieutenant during the Vietnam War. I was immediately impressed with both his courage and his humility. We bonded during terrible fighting in the War, especially during the Tet offensive. After the war, we both ended up living in Bethberg, PA. I went to college there and became a police officer. Roosevelt got his Ph.D. in History and got a professorship at Bethberg University. Bethberg is not very big, so we reconnected there and continued our friendship. I got to know Jeremy, who had moved from New York City with his partner, David, and they set up a very successful antiques business in Bethberg. I met Jeremy through Roosevelt, and we became almost immediate friends. Now something that bonds all of us and was the main reason we created the Investigative Paranormal Society was that we have all lost someone close to us to death; Roosevelt lost his wife, Sarah; Jeremy’s partner David died; and my son Josh committed suicide.
That must have been very hard on all of you. I’m so sorry. Can you tell me more about any of it? How everyone’s doing and what you’ve learned?
Sam: Well, this is much harder…. I think you will have to read the book to get a better answer.
I’m looking forward to it! Thank you very much for your time and this interview.
Thanks for joining us, all!
You can find more about Sam and the Investigative Paranormal Society in Maledicus and Gallows Hill by Charles F. French.
Short synopsis: This book follows the adventures of The Investigative Paranormal Society
after their battle with the demon in the book Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1.
Sam Sadlowski is one of the founding members of this group. He is a retired homicide detective, and he carries the guilt of never understanding why his teenaged son, Josh, a seemingly well
adjusted boy committed suicide. Sam had always been close to his son, and he had never seen any sign that his child was in grief or depression.
As in Maledicus, the past intrudes on the present. In Maledicus, an evil from ancient Rome found its way to the small city of Bethberg, PA. In Gallows Hill two intrusions from the past invade the present. One is a human criminal, a man Sam helped to put into prison and who is now vowing revenge, and the other is the ghost of a former preacher/hangman whose severe Puritanical views drive him to seek to “cleanse” the contemporary world of sin.
Sam has to decide how to face these two threats—alone or with his friends. His life and his sanity depend on his choices.
Gallows Hill: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2 on Amazon
Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 on Amazon
About the author:
Charles F. French lives in northeastern, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. He is a writer of speculative fiction and a professor of English Literature. You can find his blog here.