Elizabeth Maxim

Take a Journey.
  The works of fiction you will find here are a mix of fact and fantasy

A bit of truth blended with the free play of creative imagination.


The Surreal.
 Although there are paranormal elements in my work, the term is too broad to do justice to what I write. I prefer to say I write the surreal. But what does that mean?  Those who associate surrealism with visual art probably think of Salvador Dali and his melting clocks.  Those who go at it from a Freudian angle may consider the un/sub conscious.  Neither applies here.

Is it Real or is it a Dream?  Surreal = above the real.  That’s a good description of the paranormal events that color my life and inspire both characters and plot.  To put it plainly, part of my life is surreal in that it’s like a dream.

A waking dream.

In the surreal, paranormal meets truth.

My characters experience the fantastical while remaining objective observers of it.

These experiences change the way they view the world, if not the universe in which they live.

Thus changing their lives.


Why the Surreal?  The paranormal is deeply entwined with the creative process, so it makes sense to combine the two in my work.

To show readers a world they never knew existed.

Step Through.  Windows and doorways are openings, objects through which we can view or cross into another world.

My awareness of the place between – the doorway if you will – enables me to not only see both sides, but to touch or experience them in a unique way.  I draw from this perspective when creating my stories.

Where Perspective Meets Fiction.  The paranormal has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember

  • Interaction with ghosts
  • NDE
  • Prophetic Dreams
  • Clairvoyance
  • Clairaudience
  • Clairsentience

Below is a list of places I’ve visited throughout the years where I had a paranormal experience; specifically, ghosts. Some of these locations are purported to be haunted. Others were/are, as far as I’m aware, undocumented.

  • Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Island, MI (Paymaster’s Office at the Fort)
  • Gettysburg Battlefield, Gettysburg, PA (Theatre where they do reenactments)
  • Chalmette Battlefield, Chalmette, LA (Gravesites of soldiers from the North who were sent to fight the British in the Battle Of New Orleans)
  • Carnifex Ferry Battlefield, Summersville, WV (In the woods near the campsites)
  • Stones River Battlefield, Murfreesboro, TN (Near the river down from the cannons and on the trail from there to the information table with the map and letter)
  • Bingham Hill Cemetery, Fort Collins, CO (Graves near the water)
  • Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV (Area with rock memorabilia)
  • Sutter Gold Mine, Sutter Creek, CA (Down in the mine)
  • Tombstone, AZ (Various locations near the saloons and other historical buildings on the main street)
  • Ulm Cathedral, Ulm, DEU (Side chapel to the left when cathedral doors are behind you)

Enjoy the journey.