Author explores life and afterlife in new book

The official press release for RIP: Choices After Death


Jan. 21, 2014 – A ghost experiences physical contact for the first time since death. The idea came to author Daniel Sherrier one night and compelled him to write “RIP: Choices After Death,” a new paranormal fantasy book.

Rip Cooper learns he can perceive ghosts with his five senses as if they were flesh and blood, and he’s just as solid to them. This young loner must overcome his fears and kill dead people to prevent them from corrupting the living. He works alongside a deceased young woman and his ex-best friend’s ex-girlfriend as they teach him how love can lead to strength.

Sherrier originally conceived the story as a television series. The pilot script was a semi-finalist in the 2011 PAGE International Screenwriting Contest in the TV Drama category and a finalist in the 2010 People’s Pilot Competition.

Ultimately, he decided the story would work best in prose, but he decided to retain certain elements of its television origins.

“I’ve always been a fan of the season-long arc structure used on shows like ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Veronica Mars,’” Sherrier said. “And it’s the perfect structure to show Rip’s maturation as he adjusts to dealing with ghosts and adulthood.”

“Choices After Death” consists of four novelettes: “Touch,” “Alone,” “The Crazy Line,” and “Point B.” These “episodes” each tell a complete story while building on each other and setting up future installments.

“The Rip in ‘Point B’ isn’t exactly the same guy in ‘Touch,’” Sherrier said. “And this is just the beginning for him and his friends.”

“RIP: Choices After Death” is published through Amazon CreateSpace and is available in both paperback and e-book formats.

Amazon reviewers have hailed the book as “a witty and humorous page-turner,” “refreshing,” “too funny,” and “fantastic.”

Daniel Sherrier was born in New Jersey and grew up in Mechanicsville, Va. He graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2005 with a degree in English and Theatre. “RIP” is his second release, following “Earths in Space: Where Are the Little Green Men?” He currently resides in Glen Allen, Va., and has written for community newspapers in the Hanover, Henrico, and James City areas.

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