Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Paul DeBlassie III


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.

Author Paul DeBlassie III, PhD


What do you think you’re really good at?

Good at keeping things as simple as possible from my music to my writing (hopefully) to relationships and art and yoga and the other stuff that makes life life.

What do you think you’re really bad at?

 I’m bad, terrible, horrible at nothing.

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

 Multiple, numerous, legions….I’m a gothic thriller writer!

Do you have any phobias?

 The total terror of not having any fear at all which would be a complete horror vacuii!

Ever broken any bones?



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. 


 Thanks for stopping by!


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D./SoulCare said...

I'm excited to be a part of your blog exciting day to be a paranormal thriller writer on a mind blowing blog site!

Caroline Clemmons said...

Thanks for sharing with us Paul. I don't know why part of the background for the text is white. Sorry.

Ruby said...

What an interesting excerpt. I can just see those crows circling. Interesting birds. I have a flock that inhabit my backyard on occasion. Wonder what that means? There are no locked wards here! Good luck on your sales.

Rita Wray said...

Love the excerpt.


Anonymous said...

Best of luck with the release!


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Natasha said...

Thanks for the excerpt and the chance to win!
Sounds like a really good read!!
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