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Scary, mean, dark, compelling, transformational potential, and hope but not too much hope for the future. If there is too much hope then we run the risk of selling our soul out to an angel. Selling out to an angel is a terrible possibility because that trivializes the human condition, takes what is complex and looks only at the surface and ready made answers that seem to provide immediate relief from suffering. Scary and mean and dark and compelling set the stage for dark forces infringing on human hope and potential with no guarantees. We have to remain on the edge our seat, waiting to see what’s going to happen. Claire, in The Unholy, is a young woman haunted and intimated by a life-threatening figure, a man robed in black. He haunts her dreams, comes in nightmares, terrifying remembrances of things past. This deep fear from childhood trauma so laces The Unholy with compelling imagery and emotion that the reader is flung forward into the narrative desperate to find out not only what will happen but how it will happen, how a young woman could possible handle the power of a misogynistic religious male patriarchy. Archbishop William Anarch hates women and Claire Sanchez, curandera, is a young and vulnerable women. When a man carries the sanction of society, particularly of a huge religious organization, and mixes it with his own sordid inclinations so as to empower himself then we’ve got one of the building blocks of good set against evil. Innocence is the other building block, Claire Sanchez, and when she confronts face to face the worst thing in her life…we’ve got action and thrills. Scary, mean, dark, compelling with the potential for hope and transformation are the building blocks for good psychological thrillers and dark fantasy! ~~~ Paul DeBlassie III
About The Unholy:
Witchcraft, magic, demons and religion each play a
role as healer confronts slayer.
Claire, a young curandera (Spanish medicine woman) intent on uncovering the secrets of her past is forced into a life-and-death battle against an evil Archbishop. Set in the mystic land of Aztlan, the Unholy is a novel of destiny as healer and slayer. Native lore of dreams and visions, shape changing, and natural magic work to spin a neo-gothic web in which sadness and mystery lure the unsuspecting into a twilight realm of discovery and decision. As women die in mysterious circumstances, Claire must decide how much faith she has in her own powers and how far she can go before putting her own life in mortal danger.
The Unholy will appeal those who are fascinated by the old traditions of healing and magic as well as those who simply desire a fast paced battle between good and evil, masculine and feminine, darkness and light…
Part psychological thriller, part supernatural heroine’s journey and part gothic horror, The Unholy lures the reader into a twilight realm that pits two old worlds against each other: the medicine woman against the church. Witchcraft, magic, demons and religion each play a role as healer confronts slayer.
Paul DeBlassie III
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Paperback: 202 pages
Genre: Psychological thriller
Book video: http://youtu.be/O6dqH211hKA
Book video: http://youtu.be/O6dqH211hKA
As she ran forward, out of nowhere the two crows flew at her, scraping
the air near her face with their sharp talons. Fists clenched, she struck out at
one and grabbed at the other. They flew up, circled overhead, then dove, talons
flaring. Unmoving, Claire placed her hands by her side and held their gaze.
They fluttered above her head for a minute, then left. Claire turned and saw an
eagle soaring—a healer’s spirit manifestation. Medicine women said it came
only when needed, when danger lurked.
Frantically tugging away bush, bramble, and cacti, she uncovered the
mouth of the seventh cave and stepped in. She had the feeling somebody was
Her eyes adjusted and she made out the contour of something. Squinting,
she stooped and touched what seemed to be a circle of stones and charred, cold
logs. She stood up and pulled back. A bat flew at her. She waved it away.
She stopped, waited for her breathing to slow, and, stepping sideways,
touched the walls of the cave. They were damp and the stink of blood and guts
was everywhere. Using the hard surfaces as a guide, her fingertips suddenly
brushed through a hollow space roughly the size of a human body.
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About the Author
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and writer living in his native New Mexico. A member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association, and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, he has for over thirty years treated survivors of the dark side of religion.
SoulCare, his professional consultation practice, is devoted to the tending of the soul. One of the few therapists writing fiction with a healing emphasis, Dr. DeBlassie has been deeply influenced by the
surreal beauty and natural magic of the mestizo myth of Aztlan.
The Unholy is his first novel.