Nevermore: The Power of Words

By Kathrese McKee | Feature

Words have power. So much power. Words hurt, heal, bolster the ego, or kill the spirit. Be careful, my dear ones, to use them for good and nevermore for evil.

Warehouse 13

I was reminded of this last night when I watched Episode 11 of Warehouse 13, entitled “Nevermore.” You guessed it — the supernatural objects the team were hunting once belonged to Edgar Allen Poe. The famous horror author’s notebook and pen had gotten separated and couldn’t be properly contained unless they were reunited.

Frustrated Author

Myka and Pete, the two Warehouse 13 agents, visit her parents' home during the investigation. I loved finding out that Myka’s father was a frustrated writer who had revised his beloved first book twelve times. (Sounds like me, sort of.)
But then he gave up and asked his wife to burn the manuscript. Being a loving spouse, she hid the manuscript away instead, and his writing winds up… Ahh. That would be a spoiler.

Anyway, the pen falls into the hands of a college student with some scores he wants to settle. Every time he uses the pen, a Poe-inspired event occurs, like a wall that opens up and swallows its victim without a burp. Good stuff!

Pete and Myka track the student down, and that’s when he says, “Words have power, but this isn’t fiction. It’s real.”

I don’t consider myself to be a writer of Christian fiction, but rather as a Christian who writes speculative fiction. Hopefully, my novels will shed light on eternal truth and cause my readers to consider the reasons they need God.

Two Beliefs that Inform My Books

Words are real. They hurt more than sticks and stones, and the pain they inflict can last a lifetime. On the flip side, words can save lives too.

That’s one of the reasons I write, not because I’m such a great author but because I want to use words for good and not for evil.

I believe two things that provide the bedrock for my writing:

    1) God spoke and created all. (Genesis 1)
    2) The Word (Christ) was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1)

God, alone out of every other deity man puts their faith in, inspired a book of books. He alone spoke, and it was so. He alone came to Earth as a man to speak to mankind in order to give them access to salvation.

Fiction Is a Curious Medium

Fiction is a curious medium, where make-believe worlds and people seem to come alive. Fiction is also a means by which we can dissect our world and uncover our beliefs.

I don’t consider myself to be a writer of Christian fiction, but rather as a Christian who writes speculative fiction. Hopefully, my novels will shed light on eternal truths and cause my readers to consider the reasons they need God.

As a Christian who is also an author, I pledge to remember that words have power and to evermore speak truth.

Thank you for reading. What is your favorite Edgar Allen Poe story? Please leave your answer in the comments below, and don’t forget to join my email list so you don’t miss out.

About the Author

Texas author, Kathrese McKee, writes epic adventures for young adults and anyone else who enjoys pirates and princesses combined with life’s difficult questions. She is committed to exciting stories, appropriate content, and quality craftsmanship.