When I’m asked which of my novels is my favorite, I’m hard pressed to give an answer. In one way or another, I’m attached to all of them. I’m sure most writers are. I can, however, talk about the one I think is best. Though it sells the fewest copies, it’s The Strange Haunting of Johnny Feelwater.
There are a number of reasons for this; primarily it’s the unconventional way this story is told. Like countless men in the world today, Johnny Feelwater comes to a point in his life he has to face the powerful laws of genetics, the laws that concern his sexuality. The reason I use the term unconventional is because of the catalyst involved that puts him in this predicament, i.e. his so-called haunting; which I think may be the reason this novel doesn’t sell as well as the others. Readers looking for an emotional human drama might, based on the title, pass on this story thinking it is more typical of books written in the supernatural genre. Setting the record straight, though a supernatural element does exist in this novel, it merely exists to serve the aforementioned catalyst. And, I might add, an intriguing twist.
The story deals with the complexities of human sexuality, the internal struggle a man faces in a society that tries to block the path he may have taken had he known it should have been open to him. An inexplicable event in Johnny’s life exposes him to the most basic carnal instincts inherent in all of us, which point him toward the direction his sexuality would have led him had that door been open. How all of this can affect a man’s life is the gristle and marrow of the story.
So if you’re looking for something to read, something about the drama of human emotion and sexuality, I hope you consider The Strange Haunting of Johnny Feelwater. It’s a tale you won’t soon forget.