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The Cambion

The Cambion by Paul W. Nielsen

The Cambion, a Global Ebook Silver Award Winner for Horror Fiction, is available in paperbacks and ebooks and available either online or at your local bookstore.
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When Dr. Beth Carmichael and her husband visit Gettysburg, they discover much more than Civil War history. Beth"s connection with a previous life emerges when she encounters the ghost of a young boy whom she realizes to be her son from ages past who was killed by Rosa Carmichael, the cruel mistress of the Homestead orphanage. When the boy's ghost trails the couple home, something else comes with him, something they would all have preferred remained at the battlefield: the demon who ran the brutal orphanage, the demon who killed the boy, the demon who wants them all in its grasp now and forever. Through seductive night visits to Beth's husband, the evil presence moves into their midst, tearing through the fabric of their reality, threatening all that they hold dear. With the help of a paranormal researcher, Beth may have a way to save them all, but at a gruesome price.

Since its publication, the book has earned a 5 star rating on Amazon, and glowing reviews from readers.

Excerpt From The Cambion

Beth dressed quickly, ran down the stairs and found the Witch Board where Cynthia had left it. She turned it in her hands and absorbed its energy. "Could a single person use this thing?" She wondered. There was only one way to find out. She paused as Geri's words came back to her; "you can end up dead with your soul trapped inside the Board."

If she had another way, any other way, she would have walked away from the Board and tried to contact Bethlehem. But, the stark reality was that the Board was her only chance and Beth needed that option.

She placed the Board on the table and through her sobs positioned the pointer on its surface. She quickly rubbed her eyes and nose with her sleeve then placed her trembling fingers on the edge of the planchette.

"Bethlehem, talk to me. How do I free him? What do I need to do?"

The piece of ancient wood didn’t move.

“Please, Bethlehem, help me,” she screamed.

Initially, she couldn't tell whether the planchette was moving or whether her trembling hands shook it across the Board until it gradually gained strength and a purpose. She spelled the letters out loud.


“Red thread. What red thread? Help me Bethlehem.”


The planchette stopped. “I need to know, Bethlehem. What does it mean?”

The planchette remained still, its animation gone.

“Beth dropped her head, overwhelmed by the encounter with her own past soul and tried to think. There was something there, lost in the dark corners of her mind. She tried to concentrate and searched for the recollection just beyond her reach. The lost memory was there. The words written on a piece of paper started to emerge into her conscious mind, “a thread between two lives”.

The noise above her snapped her head upright. A second and third sound thundered across the floor overhead, moving towards the top of the stairs. For a moment, Beth sat transfixed, uncertain what to do until the unmistakable sound of claws on the wooden floor, scraping between the heavy steps, brought a scream from her throat. Suddenly she realized if she didn't get away she was going to die. She ran for the door, grabbed her purse and snatched Tank in a single movement. She could hear the beast on the stairs when she slammed the door behind her and ran for her car. The sound was unlike anything Beth had ever heard or imagined; a sound which could only come from someplace in hell.

Awards & Reviews

* Amazon 5 star rating
* Global Ebook Award, Horror Fiction Silver Award Winner

Just finished The Cambion and WOW! Have not read a book in a long time that kept me on the edge of my seat for the entire book. I found it a great mixture of history, modern day medicine, demons and things that go bump in the night. Not that I am a big believer of things that go bump in the night, but hey, what's so bad about sleeping with the night light on? Sweet dreams.
—Mrs. B.K.

Paul W. Nielsen has written a page turning novel of paranormal horror. His inclusion of emergency room terms is short and no way distracting. The dialogue was natural, while the story itself kept a perfect pace for suspense. The characters are well developed and are easy for the audience to identify with and “root for.” The tale contained several twists that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Overall it is a well written novel that fans of horror will enjoy.
—Kurt D. Springs Kurt rated this 5 of 5 stars

If you want to be captivated suspense between wicked and evil, paranormal and history, then you MUST read this book. From page one, I couldn't put it down. The extravagant story just thickens as the chapters roll on! The vehemence in every chapter built one upon the other. Be prepared to expect the unexpected, because you will be stunned!!. I loved how Dr. Paul Nielsen's twisted mind worked to write The Cambion.!!!
—Stacy Jones Cales

Left me waiting impatiently for the next one. Entertaining, didn't want to put it down, suspenseful, really good book. Definitely worth reading.
—Pen Name (Amazon)

This one has an interesting story to it. Paul added me to his network on LinkedIn and asked me to review the book. It took me a while to get to it (too many books, too little time, seriously). When I did, I have to say I really enjoyed it. I hope he gets his due with his novel.

When Dr. Beth Carmichael and her husband visit Gettsyburg, they don’t leave with just memories and Civil War history stories. Unfortunately for them, Beth’s connection to a previous life begins to tip their current life upside down and right side up, in a way that is unlike anything I have read in a novel yet. Beth has an encounter with a young man’s ghost. The young man, she believes, is her son who was killed years past. Not only does the young man’s ghost follow Beth and her husband back, but along with it comes a malevolent force (cambion) that’s determined to wreck havoc upon Beth and her husband. The cambion moves with stealth, damaging the core of her marriage by using seductive wiles in the dark of the night to rip Beth’s world apart. Beth has help with a paranormal researcher, but to do what needs to be done to dispel the evil cambion, may be the end of them all. You hear stories of the supernatural aura from people in everyday life, and either you believe those forces exist or you don’t. To read the premise that forces like this do exist, well, it’s scary as hell and fascinating at the same time. The novel proceeds with frightening force. A stunning conclusion tops off a great story.

I really loved this book. I cannot tell you enough how I tore through this book in the better part of two days, and while sick, no less. It was riveting. Absolutely loved it. I hope Paul gets the kudos he deserves for this novel. And thank you, Paul, for contacting me and letting me read and review it. I wish I got more novels like this one. It scared the shit out of me, and I love to tell people that I read so many books that it’s hard to do that. The last actual book that scared the shit out of me was Helter Skelter when I read it one weekend in 1989, and this one, well, I didn’t sleep well after reading parts of it. Do yourself a favor and give it a read.
Generation Books

Supernatural Suspense Thriller Will Grab You & Not Let Go. Don't read this book alone or late at night. You might be creeped out, like me, and ask your spouse to read it first! Captivating, mesmerizing, and eerie, yet engaging. Get past your fears and this book will grab your attention and won't let go until you reach the end. Well written, full of vivid imagery, with a twist of history and keen, realist perspective of a real ER doctor! This should be the first of many to come! Not going to give away any more - it's too good a story to unveil more!
—Janice M Wee (Amazon) Janice rated this 5 of 5 stars

I loved it! One of the best books I have ever read. Once i started I could't put it down; I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
—Cathy Hafer (Amazon) Cathy rated this 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely LOVED The Cambion! I was hooked from the start and had a hard time putting it down. Can't wait for The Second Son to be released.
—Jessica Cozart (Amazon) Jessica rated this 5 of 5 stars

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