By Jo Carr
Key Themes: Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Mental Illness, Fiction
Stephens body, dug up from the grave, is transported on a train ride with his two guardians, Tom and Mac, to an unknown destination, a seemingly bottomless abyss where he finds all his memories and emotions coming back to him. His body is shattered but his mind remains intact.
In the abyss the devil is salvaging souls to place them within living subjects.
Anna, Stephens daughter, a journalist with a young family who lives a mundane life in Oxfordshire, becomes distressed following her fathers funeral. She starts hearing her fathers voice within her mind and as the voice grows stronger, she embarks on a journey that has far reaching consequences.
Is Anna possessed, or is this a descent into schizophrenia?
About the Author
Jo has suffered from schizophrenia since 1984. She is a survivor. Her life-style is good, she has a lovely family and friends, all of whom are very supportive. Last year, she tried to come off the medication she had been on for nearly 30 years. At first, she felt wonderful but soon started getting hallucinations and hearing voices. Fortunately, she recognised she was developing psychosis and returned to the medication.
During this bleak and frightening time she started writing her book Possession which, although fiction, explores some of the delusions and experiences she has had over the years. She is now well and feels confident enough to want her voice to be heard and to break the stigma and dispel societys illusions which surround her condition.