Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Unholy by Paul DeBlaisse III - Interview and Excerpt


Publisher: Sunstone Press (October, 2013) 
Category: New Age Fiction/Metaphysical Thriller, Paranormal Thriller 
Tour Date: April & May 2015 
Available in: Print & ebook,  203 Pages 

Winner of the 2014 International Book Award and the Pinnacle Achievement Award! 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 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.


 “Help me? Help yourself! Face what is yours to face,” Elizabeth hissed. She yanked the door open then forced it to slam behind her.

Claire stood 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.

Turning toward 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.

The orderly grabbed Elizabeth roughly by the arm and pulled her inside.

The crows waited, watched, then flew away.

Praise for 'The Unholy' by Paul DeBlassie III:

Paul DeBlassie III

"The imagery throughout is amazing and I love the writing style.  The plot kept me engaged throughout and the backstory is intricate and makes you think.  This is a relatively quick read but I would suggest starting when you’ve got time to invest.  Because you won’t want to put it down once you pick it up!"-Shana, The Bookie Monster "The mystical novel, ‘The Unholy’ by Paul DeBlassie III is jam packed with native folklore, dreams and magic coming from all directions, which lead to the sadness and mystery that lures Claire, the heroine of the story, into a realm of discovery. The narrative of this book is fast paced and easy to read. Claire is a strong female character, who has to not only fight against others, but also herself. There are so many components that made this novel unique, such as the setting of Aztlan, the Native American beliefs, religion, magic, and the overwhelming dark forces present. Paul DeBlassie III succeeds at telling a riveting story with an inventive narrative that carefully intertwines cultural and romantic elements into the good vs. evil fight, which pulsates throughout all the pages of the book."-Red City Review


"The theme of the novel is pretty basic, good vs. evil. But the author takes that theme, twists it around, comes up with intriguing characters who often walk the balance between right and wrong, and takes things to a whole new level. There’s action, suspense, a hint of romance, and definitely enough darkness to share around in this book. The writing style is very descriptive, almost poetic. Intruiging."- Majanka, I Heart Reading 

"A new take on the classic good versus evil,  The Unholy is well written and will leave you wanting more. I was intrigued by the native lore that was used to develop the story, and also on how strong of a hold the Archbishop has on the people of the town – his fear and power is overwhelming. I really enjoyed the story and how the characters prepared for what was to come."-Tracee, Review From Here "

This is really a very good read but I have to warn you it’s really dark. It reminded me of watching a movie where it is overcast, gloomy, a bit foggy and there are crows and ravens around. Well this had all that plus a psychiatric hospital, ancient and mystical powers, a cult, and unknown forces at work. There is a sinister feeling that hangs over you as you read through this captivating story. It is really well written and so vivid, I had such a clear sense of where this all took place. The characters were very well done. The evil person is really dark and warped and creepy. As I said this is quite a dark story but it is well told and a really good read. The very first chapter draws you into this story and will keep you reading to see whether good or evil wins. I definitely recommend it."-Maggie Thom, Author of  'The Caspian Wine Series'

About Paul DeBlassie III: 

Paul DeBlassie III

 PAUL DeBLASSIE III, PhD, is a psychologist 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. 

 Paul DeBlassie III's Website: http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com 

Buy 'The Unholy' by Paul DeBlassie III:

Meet Paul DeBlassie III

What inspired you to start writing, and when? I’ve been hitting the page running for over thirty years. Psychology, the paranormal, and transformation are themes in my work. The Unholy is the first of my paranormal thrillers and delves into the dark side of religion, what I treat daily in intensive psychotherapy.

Tell us your latest news? My latest news right at this instant is that I’m thrilled to be interviewed by you. Getting the word out about The Unholy is a thrill. Readers dip into my mind a bit and there discover inner machinations of supernatural titillation, dark fantasy, and archetypal sensitivities.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest work? The Unholy exposes the dark side of religion. It’s about the horror behind the ostensible sanctity. There’s a black-cloaked coyote behind the pure and white innocence of clerical clothing. Without a doubt, The Unholy takes us on a religious ride of ups and downs and inside outs that end up with a young medicine woman knowing that she has to face her fears or forever fight the ghosts.

How long did it take you to complete? The Unholy was in process for over ten years. Jim Smith at Sunstone Press in Santa Fe caught on to the narrative, quick. He said “Let’s go with this. I’m excited.” And, voila, here we are with a paranormal thriller set in the mythopoeic realm of Aztlan, a phantasmagoric reference to New Mexico!

Are any of your characters based on real-life friends or acquaintances? The Unholy and all of its characters is based on a compilation of real life folks and events. They’re woven so that identities are veiled and situations layered over by phantasmagoric settings and supernatural thrills and chills.

Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? The cover popped into my head. I had the image. The aritist designed it based on what I described. It’s The Devil’s Throne, a actual place in the desert along the Turquoise Trail between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Where did you get the inspiration for your cover? The Devil’s Throne on the front cover is the central place of ritualistic murders. An evil archbishop goes there, does what he does, and the realm is unhallowed, foul. It is a dark inspiration that generated the phantasmic reality of this cover.

Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? Always I write stream of consciousness. As an American psychologist, William James, the father of American depth psychology, is my primary psychological forebear. He taught stream of consciousness. I rely on it for creative mobility and definition.

Do you have any advice for other writers starting out? If you feel the urge to write, do it, never give up, and you’ll eventually see  yourself where you want to and need to be!
Ok, now some fun questions….

Coffee or Tea? Coffee in the morning, tea afternoon and evening so as to start the day with a kick and keep on going with a nice hum so as to write dark tales of desperation and hope within the human soul.

White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate or Milk Chocolate? Very dark chocolate is my passion as it kindles feelings of mischief for my upcoming thriller, Dark Goddess.

What is your favourite colour? Dark blue is the color of Hermes god of the crossroads and startling realizations such as those within the Unholy!

Winter or Summer? Autumn is the time for me as the setting of The Unholy, a seasonal shift, a flux between realms outside of time and space.

If you could have one superpower what would it be? I’ve totally tapped into a superpower of mesmerizing storytelling that gets into your dreams and from the deep unconscious makes mind rumble, roll, and be transmogrified.

If you could be somebody else for a day who would you choose and why? I am totally content and wild-eyed to be me as I find myself having my hands full with everything that comes into my head, heart, and soul…all part of the tapestry of an ever evolving life and creative expression.

What are three things you never leave home without (apart from keys, money and phone)? I never leave home without a kiss from, an image of, and passion kindled for Kate, my creative muse and intimate partner of nearly forty years.

Are you a technology buff (i.e have every electronic gadget known to man)? I love virtual reality as I find it taps into unconscious and archetypal energy streams in a life changing way through information transmission and

What is a movie or TV show that you watched just recently and enjoyed? Babadook stole the scene in terms of horrific surprises, a twisted narrative, and chills that tore up the spine and left the mind reeling. Pure enjoyment froths up from horror as what’s bad is kept on the big screen and worked out safely on the inner screen of mind and imagination.

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