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Julie L. Hayes
Friday, October 10, 2014
Name Before the Masses Tour: The Unholy
Please welcome author Paul de Blassie III, who is here to talk about his latest release, The Unholy. Paul will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B&N GC to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. To find out where the rest of the stops are, go here. Look for the rafflecopter at the end of this post.
marooned on a small island with one person and one item of your choice—who is
that person and what item do you have? I’m with my
wife, Kate, and my guitar because I love Kate and wouldn’t want to ever be
without her, the inspiration and muse of my life and writing and the planter of
seeds regarding all of the dark fiction I write to include The Unholy. My
guitar comes in as the thing I’d bring along because I like ending the day
singing boleros, love songs, to the
one I’m with—Kate.
musical would you say best exemplifies your life – and which character in that
musical are you? You know, I’m not generally into
musicals, but if I had to pick one it might be West Side Story as it explores
ethnic tensions that are also dramatized within The Unholy as the propagators
of white misogynistic religion prey on innocent and vulnerable souls, one
fierce woman out to set things right.
these three words and give me a 100 word or less scenario using them: insurance, owed, talk Insurance as in fire insurance for the soul as is proferred by the dark
side of religion can never be counted on for much except to set up the
vulnerable party to always feel they are owed an explanation as to why the
mumbo jumbo of eccelesiastical talk never came through in the way it was
is your idea of how to spend romantic time with your significant other? Kate and I enjoy fine dining and listening to soft jazz
recordings done on the Blue Note label as we discuss our reads and the mind
bending twists and turns of the characters.
you start a new story, do you begin with a character, or a plot? A gut-wrenching scene kicks the story into gear and then
scene after scene flashes onto the white screen of my mind as each
dramatization impresses upon me the truth that story emerges not so much from
characterization or plot as from the archetypal images and symbols that animate
the characters and plot
they were to make the story of your life into a movie, who should play you? To play me, you’d have to resurrect from the dead Algernon
Blackwood, the great gothic horror master, and ask him how to and who could
interpret in modern terms and context one who lives in a way remarkably similar
to his character, Dr. John Silence.
your favorite horror villain and why? My favorite
horror villain is H.P. Lovecraft because even as a writer he is the ultimate
villain in his stories, the one who creates the scenarios that terrorize and
you have an historical crush and if so, who is it? Yes…my wife Kate is my historical crush since my
dreams have repeatedly narrated that she and I have live through many
passionate lives together, the one preceding this one having taken place in
turn-of-the twentieth century Victorian New York.
there a story that you’d like to tell but you think the world isn’t ready to
receive it? Actually, I struggled with whether the
world was ready to receive the reality of dark side of religion as depicted in
The Unholy. Now that The Unholy has been unleashed and is largely being
received with great fervor, I’m getting ready to reveal in the next year Dark
Goddess---a novel about love and whether bad love is better than no love. I’m
not sure the cosmos is ready for the answer, but it’s about ready to be
jettisoned forth with the same phantasmagoric vigor as The Unholy!
A young curandera, a 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 mysticlandofAztlan, 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
me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked
the door open then forced it to slam behind her.
still for a moment, feeling as if a tornado had swept through the room.
Elizabeth’s demand had left her shaken. She drew a deep breath, then went to
her desk and picked up her tea, noticing her trembling hands.
the window, Claire saw a muscular orderly accompanying Elizabeth to the locked
ward at the far end of the hospital compound. A flock of crows circled high
overhead, seeming to follow the two receding figures. As they arrived at the
outer doors of the locked unit, the orderly reached for his keys. The crows
circled while the two crossed the threshold of the unit, Elizabeth suddenly
pausing, turning, and looking outside, her gaze riveted on the flock of birds.
All but two flew
off, disappearing into the piñon-covered hills. The two that remained came to
rest on the red brick wall adjacent to the locked unit, their black eyes boring
into Elizabeth. She looked panicked then enraged and, shaking a finger at the
creatures, yelled something. Her frantic gestures told Claire that she was
screeching curses to ward off evil.
Claire took a
step back from the window, from the impact of Elizabeth’s rage.
grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.
waited, watched, then flew away.
Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D., is a
psychologist and writer living in Albuquerque who has treated survivors of the
dark side of religion for more than 30 years. His professional consultation
practice — SoulCare — is devoted to the tending of the soul. Dr. DeBlassie
writes fiction with a healing emphasis. He has been deeply influenced by the
mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic. He is a member of the Depth Psychology
Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International
Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.