Debbie De Louise is a reference librarian at a public library. Her novels include four books in her Cobble Cove mystery series, a romantic comedy novella, a paranormal romance, and two standalone mysteries. And now she’s dabbling in horror. Learn more about Debbie and her books at her website/blog.
The Value of Knowledge
My horror story, Knowledge is Power, is about a witch whose spell to bring back her dead cat goes terribly awry. The witch, Margaret Goodley, is also a librarian. Since she has knowledge of both librarianship and witchcraft, she believes she is powerful but learns the hard way that knowledge alone may not be enough to grant what she desires.
The saying “Knowledge is Power” was coined by Frances Bacon in the late sixteenth century. Bacon was regarded as the father of scientific methods of inquiry. In my story, besides telling a horror tale, I wanted to demonstrate that knowledge, used in the wrong way, can render one powerless rather than powerful which is what happens to Goodley.
When we look at successful people, not all of them have earned college degrees. Many have gathered knowledge without going to school, such as those who have “street smarts.” Society offers less monetary compensation to most educators and artists than it does to those with less schooling such as star athletes and certain trade workers like plumbers. This is because knowledge can’t be measured by schooling alone. Talent and hard work with a bit of fate combined with knowledge can create a powerful and successful person. But no matter how hard you study, if you don’t take advantage of the knowledge you’ve assimilated, you won’t get far.
Poor Margaret Goodley thought her spells were magic and her library books the answer to everything. She never bothered to consider the consequences of the power she conjured through them.
Knowledge is Power
On the one-month anniversary of the death of her beloved cat, Librarian Margaret Goodley uses her excellent research skills to cast a spell to bring Bluebell back to life. Unfortunately, there are unexpected consequences when two other women who have lost their own loved ones on the same day interrupt the ceremony.
Knowledge is Power, while telling a lesson, is also a great Halloween story. It’s free from October 29 through November 1 on Amazon and permafree for KindleUnlimited.