Welcome to Robert Herold, author

Follow me deep into the paranormal world


You have every reason to fear!


I know the way...


 The Eidola Project book series will  investigate all things that go bump in the night -- or worse! 


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Excerpt from The Eidola Project

     Sarah retrieved the lamp and twisted the peg. The door swung open on its own, and Sarah gasped. A figure stood outside the privy door. 

     “Momma?” Sarah asked as she held out her lantern. 

     No. It was Molly, or what was left of her. She had been an attractive sixteen year-old, but birds had pecked out her pretty blue eyes, and her skin was alive with maggots. Molly’s head hung at an odd angle to the left. What Sarah could see of her skin looked mottled with patches of gray, blue, and black. A beetle crawled out of Molly’s half-opened mouth and darted back in.

     Sarah’s heart leapt to her throat, and she jumped back. She lost her footing, fell onto the outhouse seat, and dropped the lantern to the floor. She bent to retrieve it, thankful that the glass globe hadn’t broken. Sarah looked up and saw that Molly was gone. 

     Impossible, she told herself. Must’ve dozed off, had a nightmare, and woke up when I dropped the lamp. 

     Her heart still pounded in her chest, and Sarah took a deep breath to calm herself. 

     Holding the lamp before her once more, she crept out.

About Me

      The supernatural always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since my  mother refused to allow me, as a boy, to watch creature features on late night TV. She caved-in. (Well, not literally.)

      As a child, fresh snow provided me the opportunity to walk out onto  neighbors' lawns halfway and make paw prints with my fingers as far as I  could stretch. I would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the  neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their  front lawn. (They were skeptical.) 

     I have pursued many interests over the years, but the supernatural  always called to me. You could say that I was haunted. Finally,  following the siren’s call, I wrote THE EIDOLA PROJECT, based on a germ  of an idea I had as a teenager. Ultimately, I hope my book gives you the creeps, and I mean that in the  best way possible.   


  • "A ripping yarn! The narrative is lurid, lean, and delightful." -- Lisa Jones (Professional Editor) 
  • FINALIST in the Launch Pad Manuscript Contest (as Haunted Heart) 
  • As a pilot script: WINNER of the Wildsound Festival, FINALIST in the People's Pilot Awards, SEMI-FINALIST in the Nashville Film Festival 


Contact Me

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Presentations, readings, and panels:

October 7th, 2018 -- 1:45PM Speaking on a panel of mystery sub-genres organized by Sisters in Crime.

Write on the Sound Writers Conference

Edmonds, WA

Robert Herold, author

horror / paranormal mysteries




Eidola Project:

1.)     In what way does Sarah help the woman in black during her first day working at the carnival?

2.)     Does Madame Vodoma possess any supernatural abilities?  Is she able to help Sarah? Explain.  Is she a good person?

3.)     On p. 217 Sarah states that her true self would not have allowed her to send the others off a cliff.  How then to account for what happened that first night on the cliff (pp.203--204)?

4.)     Is the minister a good man?

5.)     A color is prominently used in the book. What does it symbolize?

6.)     What does each member of the Eidola Project hope to achieve through membership?

7.)      What does the fox on p. 262 represent? Is there an added meaning to it being daytime?

8.)     How long has Lenore been a vampire?  How can you tell?

9.)     Are there similarities between the dust moats discussed on p. 278 and Lenore?

10.)     Is there an irony to Nigel's racism and his falling in love with an albino vampire?

11.)     How has Nigel changed by the book's end?

12.)     Have other characters changed in the course of the book?