Another Review of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1 by Charles F. French

“Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I” is, on the one hand, a masterstroke of suspenseful storytelling, but also a touching exploration of the human drive and spirit. Maledicus, a vile demon, who in life was a monstrous torturer and advisor to the ancient Roman Emporer Caligula, embodies pure evil who will not let death get in the way of his search for absolute power.

Opposing Maledicus, we meet Roosevelt, Jeremy, and Sam, three men who, in their retirement, form a group meant to investigate all manner of the unexplained and occult. They name themselves The Investigative Paranormal Society, and before long find themselves pitted against this ancient evil who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

The story spans multiple periods, from ancient Rome to modern-day Pennsylvania, all described in vivid detail, which makes you feel like you are right there with them. Our heroes are deep, complex characters, all dealing with challenges and the ghosts of life experiences that we all have as we walk in the twilight of life’s journey.

I highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys a deeply disturbing villain, relatable heroes, historical settings, and comfortable, yet sophisticated, writing. It is highly entertaining, and is as much a story exploring the relationships of three friends, as it is a gripping tale of horror and suspense.



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I have changed the title of my horror novel Evil Lives After to Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society Book I.  An extraordinary cover has been designed for the book by Judy Bullard at  I recommend her highly. Her designs are professional and of excellent quality, and Judy will work with you to create the cover you need and are happy with!

I am targeting late September for the book’s release.

Here is a little about my novel:

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (Edmund Burke)

Roosevelt Theodore Franklin attempts to make it through life day by day.  Roosevelt is a widower, who lost his beloved wife to cancer and a retired history professor, and he has not stopped grieving.  Along with his two closest friends, also retired and who have also lost loved ones, the three men form a paranormal investigation group.  They hope to find an answer to the question: is there life after death?

When asked by a local teacher to investigate a possible haunting of her house, the group discovers an evil beyond anything they could have imagined.  This is no mere ghost. Maledicus, who was in life a pimp, torturer, and murderer during Caligula’s reign in Rome, in death has become a sociopathic demon that attacks the weak and the innocent.  Maledicus threatens a five year old child’s life and soul.  Terrified by what they have discovered, Roosevelt and his friends must choose to either walk away from this threat, or to do battle with this ancient creature at the potential loss of their sanities, their lives, and their souls.

Look for my book to follow this battle.