Thursday, January 3, 2019

A Whole World Full of Hurt

A Whole World Full of Hurt, available at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon, is a 328-page urban fantasy novel.


All her life, Raven Westbrook has been looking for love. After enduring the emotional abuse of her family and the physical abuse of her lovers, she joins The Black Cauldron. Under the coven's powerful high priestess, Abigail Sheen, Raven becomes an accomplished witch. Unfortunately, this new future doesn't turn out as Raven intended.

To stop a mad quest for ultimate power, Lloyd Edwards, a top government agent, joins forces with Raven, and they gather a troop of angels to take on an impending demon horde. They need only one more thing: a woman of renewed faith. 

With time running out, can Lloyd, as a man of renewed faith, convince Raven there's reason to trust in the goodness of life? Can she find the faith and the love she lost, the way he did, by overcoming the pain she's suffered in her own world full of hurt?

Their lives, and the fate of the world, depend on them. If only he can reach her, and if only she can trust him, they may have a chance, yet, to save the world.


I was inspired to write A Whole World Full of Hurt by readings in esoteric literature, one volume of which claimed that, in designing the layout of the streets of Washington, D. C., Pierre Charles L'Enfant incorporated an inverted pentagram as a symbol of the true, demonic energy that would power the nation's capitol.

From an image in the public domain.

Supposedly, the northwestern point of the pentagram, at Dupont Circle, linked to (what would become) the Federal United City College Library, by way of Massachusetts Avenue, and to the White House, by way of Connecticut Avenue (and, presumably, also by way of an invisible, mystical extension). The southwestern point, at Washington Circle, connected to Logan Circle, by way of another invisible, mystical extension and by way of Rhode Island Avenue, and to the Federal United City College Library, by way of K Street. Finally, Logan Circle also connected to the White House, by way of Vermont Avenue and by way of yet another invisible, mystical extension.

As a result, the inverted pentagram created the head of a goat, an avatar of Satan, the points of the horns of which ended at Washington Circle and Logan Circle; the tips of its ears, at Washington Circle and the Federal United City College Library; and the tip of its beard at the White House. (Other sources envision a larger pentagram, one of the points of which connects with the Pentagon, in Rosslyn, Virginia, as it does in my novel, which also takes a few additional liberties with the inverted pentagram configuration.)

I made the "power centers" (the points of the pentagram) inactive; to be activated, they need to be occupied by a demon, whose power is energized by the life force, or soul, of a person whose identity is predicted in a mystical tome. Once the pentagram had been activated, a coven of witches could use its power to defeat the U. S. government and conquer the world. Only a man and a woman of faith could stand against them.

Other influences on the novel were Buffy the Vampire's Initiative, Marvel Comics' Dr. Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts (and the illustrations, especially, of Steve Ditko), my boyhood environs, and some of the people I've met over the years.

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