I have to admit, coming into this class I was worried about the focus on gothic and horror. I have never been a fan of horror movies and books, and I was not looking forward to reading them. However, I am very glad I did, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading Maledicus. For me it was one of those books that forces you to keep turning the page, and that was for a few reasons.
The most important of these reasons was the characters. Each and every character got a thorough background which helped me connect with them. Each member of the Investigative Paranormal Society (IPS) has a very tragic background. From traumatizing wartime experiences to equally traumatizing experiences at home, it is hard not to root for the success and well being of the IPS. The same is true for Helena and her late mother and father. Overall, the author does a great job of forming a bond between the characters and the reader which makes you feel as though you are battling Maledicus right alongside them.
Reading this story, along with some of the discussions we had in class, made me reevaluate what it means to be a friend and a family member as well. The theme of family and brotherhood was so pronounced throughout Maledicus that I decided to make it the topic of my second essay. What really moved me was Sam and Roosevelt’s willingness to rush to help Jeremy in the middle of the night when he fell and hurt his ankle. Although none of them are related, each one of them would do anything for the others. Reading that made me think about the type of friend I am to the people I am closest to. I sincerely hope that they know I would be willing to answer that 3 am phone call, and I believe they would answer that call for me. Having friends and family in your life who you can trust like that is something everyone deserves. Not only can those types of relationships save your life, they make everyday much more enjoyable.