Michael Potts, PhD
Michael Potts is Professor of Philosophy at Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He co-edited the anthology, Beyond Brain Death: The Case against Brain-Based Criteria for Human Death (Kluwer, 2000). He has authored or co-authored over thirty scholarly articles and book chapters and has delivered over fifty presentations at scholarly conferences.
He is the author of the philosophy book, Aerobics for the Mind, along with his his works of fiction, the Southern fiction novel, End of Summer, and the supernatural thrillers, Unpardonable Sin and Obedience, both published by WordCrafts Press. He and his wife, Karen, live with their three cats, Frodo, Pippin, and Rosie, in Linden, North Carolina.
It is a lazy summer day in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee; much like the day before, and the day before that. Everything seems normal – at least on the surface; like an idyllic, pastoral painting; the sky dyed with pastels of blue and white, the ground carpeted with dark green fescue and bluegrass, a clapboard farmhouse resting on top of a hill, sugar maples, oaks and Eastern red cedars providing welcome shade from the heat of a Tennessee summer sun. You can almost see moving images of little children running barefoot through the grass; an era before tweeting and texting and the triumph of technology over all.
Alas, appearances lie.
Behind the clapboard farmhouse sits a red barn, all bright and new looking; fresh enough to lull a casual observer into believing it the benign keeper of hey for cattle and shelter for goats. A closer look reveals the color to be not barn red, but blood red.
Locals tend to close their eyes when passing by that barn. Something is just not right about it. Some say it is unnatural. Some say it’s obscene and evil. But they don’t say such things out loud, for the owner of the barn is Sheldon Sprigg, a well-respected man of the cloth, the preacher at Hare’s Corner Church of God Incarnate. Sheldon is the most upright man in these parts. He keeps the law religiously, and makes sure his wife and teenaged daughter do too. After all, to obey is better than sacrifice.
Still, there’s just something that not right about that barn.
The tension is present from the start and builds to very the end in a whirlwind of horrifying, supernatural tumult.
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End of Summer
End of Summer is a poignant, literary novel that explores the mysteries of life, love and death through the eyes of a nine year old boy…interpreted by the man he grew to be.
Aerobics for the Mind
Aerobics for the Mind: Practical Exercises in Philosophy that Anybody Can Do is a book for anyone who still has that unique, childlike sense of wonder.