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.
“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’
For many years now, the Montoyas had been privileged with access to the quarters of Archbishop Anarch, whom they considered a veritable Christ on earth. To be granted a private audience was a privilege afforded few, and those so privileged showed their gratitude and from then on never ceased behaving in the expected manner lest they lose favor and have to endure the consequences. For instance, the Vigils, a family of fine repute, politically well-connected and above reproach in matters of social standing and financial stature, had dared question the need for their annual gifts to the Ecclesia Dei, some saying an amount typically exceeding six figures. Mr. Vigil had raised an eyebrow when the archbishop, behind the very doors the Montoyas were soon to enter, had gently, in his godlike manner, stated that the amount of years past was no longer sufficient and had to be increased to a flat 10 percent of the family corporation’s annual profit. It was well known throughout Aztlan that the Vigils were one of the wealthiest families in the area, scuttlebutt having it that their worth exceeded that of the entire Ecclesia Dei of the Southwest, perhaps nearing $1 billion. After Mr. Vigil’s casual reaction betrayed resistance to the archbishop’s demand, a succession of bad things happened to the Vigils, beginning with the unfortunate death of their first grandchild before the infant could be baptized and continuing with the death of Mr. Vigil’s mother without a priest arriving in sufficient time to provide the last sacraments to ensure that she avoid eternal hell fire, as well as numerous other spiritual tragedies. It was only with restitution to the Almighty that the terrible occurrences ceased.
The Montoyas knew why they had initially been summoned over seven years ago. It was because of their love of the Almighty and the Ecclesia Dei and their devotion to each other. The archbishop noticed such things and rewarded those of extraordinary virtue with a special apostolic blessing. The rest, the financial proceedings, were just a routine matter.
Benito Montoya lightly stroked the back of his wife Isabel’s hand and smiled tenderly. He felt badly about his behavior the previous night. It rarely ever happened anymore, in spite of what she said. Once or twice a month was not bad. Only a year ago it had been more frequent. Besides, the bruises on her arms and back didn’t last that long and usually nobody noticed. Any Sunday parishioners who raised an eyebrow were quick to look away for fear of displeasing two of the highest-ranking lay leaders in the Ecclesia Dei.
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.
What makes you feel inspired to write?
Every day I hit the page running. In The Unholy, I’d rise at 3:45 a.m., write, then go for a run, and then off to a full day of seeing patients. I treat adults healing from the ravages of the dark side of religion. Their suffering and their transformation inspired The Unholy!
What is your favorite scene in the book? Why?
My favorite scene in the book is the last one. Here we have the culmination of painful searching, hope and its result. There is no question that in this final scene things come together in a way satisfying and completely unexpected.
What is your usual writing routine?
When I write I enter into a ritual. It’s automatic and has to do with how I arrange fetishes on my desk. They are protective and guiding numinous energies. I do what I do with them, conjure the energy, then hit the page with wild energy and write!
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
I’ve already met the great writers that mean so much to me. The old gothic masters, H.P. Lovecraft, Algernon Blackwood, and Arthur Machen, stand over my shoulders as I set pen to pad. They whisper, I listen, the story is told.
How do you spend your free time? Do you have a favorite place to go and unwind?
The absolute most favorite things I do is spend time with Kate, my literary muse and daily companion for nearly forty years. She and I talk, walk, do yoga, movies, music, art. It’s a surreal experience to love and be loved, the bubbling source of creative mojo for The Unholy and all the supernatural thrillers right around the next literary corner.
What do you have in store next for your readers?
It’s Dark Goddess, a paranormal thriller of love and whether bad love is better than no love. A woman struggles with magical realities that lead her to a life changing discovery. As a thriller it tears through the veil of denial and jettisons us into the heart of fear, desire, and the nature of love.
Paul DeBlassie III’s Website: http://www.pauldeblassieiii.com
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