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A young curandera...an evil archbishop!
International Winner/New Age Fiction
Pinnacle Winner/Metaphysical Thriller
January 30, 2016
: a Review by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. of AuthorsTalkAboutIt.com
The dark and frightening depths of radical religious leaders, as well as their followers, is blatantly displayed in Paul DeBlassie III’s book, The Unholy
. Claire Sanchez is a woman who continues to deny to herself or anyone else that she is a medicine woman, a healer. Tragedy in her childhood pushed her away such acceptance. Yet, she ultimately has no choice but to face her own personal demons as evil surrounds her from the bowels of the church or is it, in this case, really the bowels of Hell? The Ecclesia Dei, a “wealthy, centuries-old church”, maintains control over its members and the community through the manipulations of Archbishop William Anarch. Not only does Claire have to choose her path spiritually, but DeBlassie interweaves the challenge of choosing her path in other areas of her life, including her love life. The question really is whether or not Claire will be able to make her own decision – that is, if she is even allowed to survive.
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. has crafted a tale of tragedy and upheaval with a full scoop of mystery mixed in. Readers may be shocked at the psychotic and twisted mind of not only Archbishop Anarch, but of others around him. This thriller will keep readers turning pages with bated breath. DeBlassie’s ability to paint a picture with words helps readers easily imagine the details of each scene. Though the plot is complex, and one readers need to give their full attention to, it is a story that will have them anxious to find out what happens next. The Unholy
will lead readers on a path to wonder what really is holy as well as what really is unholy.
Reviewed by Janelle Alex, Ph.D. of AuthorsTalkAboutIt
January 27, 2016
takes us into frightening realms of the dark mind. There is the feeling of not ever finding your way out. Everything feels hopeless, like hell on earth. Alas, where there is great darkness, depth psychology teaches, there also exists the potential for consciousness.
We learn from one of the great masters, "Jung has observed that crises come at critical points in our life. Usually they make it painfully evident that the previous world-view or attitudes of consciousness are inadequate to encompass the new situation. Accordingly, the crisis requires the development of new attitudes, however disdainful the ego may be ...
Such, in microcosm, is the meaning of crisis for us all - the invitation to sort and sift, to discern, to move to enlargement, to outgrow the sundry comforts of the old vision of self and world. We may not welcome crisis, but we have no choice other than to suffer it. And, indeed, we may well come to look upon it as a turning point, where our understanding grew, our psychology became enriched and differentiated, and our encounter with the unpredictable universe exploded into theretofore unimaginable new vision."
James Hollis - CREATING A LIFE Finding Your Individual Path
So, we could say, there's no heaven without hell. But, with the hell, the incredible suffering that threatens to take us down and out for good, a turning point presents itself. In The Unholy
Claire, the young medicine, must decide whether to listen to what she knows must be done or forever lose her way. There are no guarantees because it all depends on deciding whether to outgrow the old and move into a new vision of self.
January 20, 2016
The medicine women in The Unholy
live in a spiritual world. They understand that life exists beyond space and time dimension as we know it. They pick up on thoughts, feelings, dreams, and intuitions. Modern scientists now know what the ancients have known and lived for a very long time:
"Scientists firmly believe that have discovered a new detail about our DNA which points towards the fact that it has the ability to ‘link itself together’ when separated by distance, in other words, our DNA has the ability to communicate telepathically. But this was believed to be impossible according to many experts, but you know what they say, everything is impossible until it becomes possible." http://www.ewao.com/a/1-scientists-prove-our-dna-has-telepathic-abilities/
ushers us into dimensions beyond space, time, and common thinking. We have the opportunity to enter a transpersonal world that intimately affects people. Read The Unholy
, keep an open mind and watch as feelings, dreams, and life shifts into heightened sensitivities toward the impossible becoming possible.
January 13, 2016
dramatizes the sacredness of feminine energy. Spirituality dominated by patriarchy is one-sided, out of balance. We need intuition, sensitivity to self and others, and a deep understanding of visions and dreams to live a spiritual life that continually evolves and grows.
A depth psychologist wrote, "The particular psychic function with which we are concerned is an aspect of the archetype of the feminine. Ann Ulanov writes that the feminine function in both men and women completes individuation, and is therefore vital to our psychic development: This highest phase of confrontation and individuation in both sexes is initiated by the feminine: for the man, through the anima, which leads to the self; for the woman, through the feminine self, not through any contrasexual elements. The feminine, in this sense, is the completing element; it is the feminine which completes the individuation of each sex. The masculine initiates the emergence of consciousness from primary unconsciousness; the feminine initiates the completion of consciousness by re-establishing contact with the unconscious. (Nancy Qualls-Corbett, THE SACRED PROSTITUTE, Eternal Aspects of the Feminine
Medicine woman in The Unholy
exemplify balanced spiritual living. The patriarchy of the church despises them. Religious authorities believe that independent souls threaten the establishment, so much so that they employ any and all measures to maintain their power base. Wise women and men in the story listen to intuition, sensitivity to self and others, and cultivate a deep understanding of visions and dreams to see them through troubling times.
January 10, 2016
In The Unholy
we read, "Father Gall had taught Archbishop Anarch about the dark side of spiritual powers, to be used only for the highest purposes, a foul magic ignited when hatred burned from the core of the soul. Then and only then would the sordid wizardry accomplish the nefarious deed required for the most godly purpose. Archbishop Anarch took the lock of the child’s hair and curled it around the top of the crook. Stroking the head of the serpent, he repeatedly whispered, “Curl and coil, tease and frighten, strike and bite till her blood begins to boil.” The crook became white hot, aglow with his hate. The viper writhed in his hand, its eyes fixated on him. Soon the crook was no longer a crook, and the snake slithered away" (p.119).
Spiritual powers can be used to hurt and curse. When this happens, then a person is in danger. Consciousness of the foul energy directed our way is necessary, something that can be communicated in dreams and waking life events that speak to us, warn us of dangers ahead.
In The Unholy
Claire, as a young medicine woman, learns to trust her intuition. Dreams turn to nightmares so as to get through to her. There is nothing she can do to battle the evil leveled against her unless she is willing to face the reality of the dark side of spiritual powers.
January 6, 2016
"When Mercury shifts retrograde our angelic trickster slips into his role as psychopomp, the guide of souls who can journey into the underworld and back again. On a personal level this coincides with a turn within toward awareness not as readily available when Mercury is moving direct, a process that can birth new presence and shed old habits as Mercury reemerges on the other side (Mercury will station direct on January 25 and leave the retrograde shadow zone on February 17). Mercury retrograde is not a time to fear but rather an opening to symbolic perception that can divine messages within the darkness of our dreams as well as in the signs that appear during our sunlit daily journeying." ~ Gary Crawford http://graycrawford.net/…/mercury-retrograde-in-saturns-ho…/
abounds with nature working its magic. The medicine women listen to the rhythms of nature as spoken in turns of events, subtle shifts of energy, and dreams. Claire, the youngest of medicine women, struggles against listening. She wants to do things her own way rather than going yielding to life as it unfolds.
To fight against the movement, the flow, of things weakens us. In The Unholy
, Claire's challenge is to align herself with the nature of things or else risk demise. We make things harder on ourselves when we go against a turning inward, listening, attuning ourselves to new awareness that births new presence.
January 3, 2016
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Interview with Indie Book Butler
Tell us a little about yourself and your work.
I am a psychologist and writer who treats patients in psychotherapy and creates phantasmagoric tales set in the mystic land of Aztlan. The Unholy
conjures a spell about life, love, and religion gone bad. It’s a step into horror that chills, frightens, and then blows out clogged psychic pathways.
You’ve got 20 words to sell your work. Tempt us.
A young medicine woman, uncovering the secrets of her past, struggles in a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop.
Where do you like to write?
In the lair of my private study, I am surrounded by old gothic masters who whisper twists and turns of fate that propel my writing into dark places and winding tunnels where life and death hang in the balance.
Is there anything you must have in order to write?
There is one woman I need and must have, she who knows me intimately and inspired me to turn from writing depth psychology to penning dark fiction with the human heart ushered into perilous psychic realms.
What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?
Stories from the gothic spellbinders, Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, Arthur Machen set my mind loose into dimensions outside of time and space and into hallowed realms of imagination.
What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?
Treating trauma survivors, people who’ve lived through and healed from terrible happenings, propelled me into another level of writing that tears into illusion and opens pathways to human understanding.
What do you want to achieve most from your writing?
I want to pop the top of the head off with writing, to quote Emily Dickenson, a task not necessarily for the feint of heart and not to be read by timid souls.
Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?
Reading and writing and editing improve writing like drip by drip from a mountain stream carves into granite and forms a wondrous natural basin.
What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?
Tension, understanding, encouragement, and authenticity pivot an author and editor in a unique relationship that painfully births a well-crafted story.
If you had a direct line to someone who loves your writing, what would you say?
Thank you for reading and passing on to friends, foes, and casual acquaintances the insight, joy, inspiration and entertainment you discovered in The Unholy
If you had a direct line to someone who hates your writing, what would you say?
Thank you for reading and passing on to friends, foes, and casual acquaintances the passions stirred by a controversial novel, The Unholy
If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
If you feel the itch to write, there’s something in you that needs to come out. Stay with it. The Unholy
took many years and much fortitude to bring to fruition. Staying with it makes things happen.
What does your writing future hold for you?
My next psychological thriller, Dark Goddess, a novel of love and whether bad love is better than no love, is set for release by Sunstone Press at the end of 2016.
How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?
Images for the front cover of Dark Goddess have been streaming my way via virtual reality, dreams, and sudden insights. The front cover of The Unholy
is an actual place, the Devil’s Throne, set into the landscape between Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It came to me years ago and finally materialized in a surrealistic version on the captivating front cover of The Unholy.
How often do you read? What genre?
I read mystic texts every day as much as possible since words, thoughts, and stories nourish and stimulate just as food metabolizes into nutrients and energy.
December 23, 2015
In the myth of Aztlan, celebrated in The Unholy
, Quetzalcoatl presides over sky and earth as the sun god. The Roman festival Saturnalia and Dies Natalis Solis, the festival of the unconquered sun, was celebrated on December 25th. Symbolically, Christmas is as a mythic celebration. We express gratitude for the birth of the sun, (more…)
December 12, 2015
Depth psychologist Carl Jung wrote, ". . . my father did not dare to think because he was consumed by inward doubts. He was taking refuge from himself and therefore insisted on blind faith." ~Carl Jung, MDR, Page 73.
Blind faith binds us within dogmas and traditions. The human soul nourishes herself on freedom and exploration that leads to healing and growth. In The Unholy
, we discover that potential for freedom brings fear of letting go. We have to let go to be free.
Treating patients so afraid to let go of what they have expressed and experienced as thwarting, I feel concern and empathy but also know that only the individual can make the decision for freedom or remain bound out of familiarity and fright.
December 7, 2015
I saw the film Spotlight yesterday. At first I wasn't up to going, figured, been there, seen it, done it; but, the movie took me by surprise. It rekindled my sensitivity to the human capacity for denial, in this case, people denying the reality of the dark side of religion and innocents suffering as the result.
Treating patients in psychotherapy scathed by the dark side of religion helped to inspire the story of The Unholy
. One elderly woman once said, "Let the clergy do what they want, but don't get caught, and keep giving us our religion." That's quite a frightening idea considering people's lives are on the line.
A trusted colleague said, "People erect the system and then fight to maintain it. It becomes corrupt, and they don't get it. They don't want to get it." There are so many who have gone through hell emotionally and spiritually under the lash of the dark side of religion. Hopefully, we'll increasingly grow to see that the system is corrupt, and we'll want to get it, and we will get it."