Interview with Author Dr. Paul DeBlassie

The Unholy, a novel by Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D.

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(Sunstone Press)

“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.”

Have you ever thought that something other than yourself has a hold of your mind? Meet Claire, a young curandera, in the mystic land of Aztlan who struggles to overcome the forces of evil and claim her inner inheritance.

The Unholy is a riveting novel about the dark side of religion, cultural prejudice throughout the Southwest, realms of mystic happenings, folk healers, native shamans, and signs from the spirit world. It is a psychological thriller, supernatural journey, and neo-gothic horror.

The Unholy lures the reader into a twilight realm that pits two old worlds against each other — the indigenous medicine ways versus institutional religion. Natural magic and the dark side of religion each play a role as healer confronts slayer.

“Paul DeBlassie III has brought us a richly imagined supernatural thriller set in the high mountain desert of Aztlan, where Claire Sanchez, an herbalist and medicine woman, has come to reclaim her healing heritage and uncover the secrets of her mother’s death. The book digs deep into legend, folklore, and the author’s own imagination to paint a stirring picture of a traditional curanderismo pitted against the oppressive forces of institutional religious power. Make sure you have lots of time; once you start reading this book, it will be hard to put down.”

-—Stephan V. Beyer, author of Singing to the Plants: A Guide to Mestizo Shamanism in the Upper Amazon

The Unholy, an excellent novel by Paul DeBlassie III, keeps the reader engaged throughout in mystery, suspense, and church politics. In addition to vividly depicting the beautiful landscape and culture of New Mexico, it exposes and strengthens the traditional work of the medicine women of the Southwest. I am looking forward to Dr. DeBlassie’s next book.”

—Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, author of Curandero: A Life In Mexican Folk Healing, professor, and university administrator

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About the author:

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 psychological thrillers with an emphasis on the dark side of the human psyche. The mestizo myth of Aztlan, its surreal beauty and natural magic, provides the setting for the dark phantasmagoric narrative in his fiction. He is a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance, the Transpersonal Psychology Association and the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.

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Skinner by Charlie Huston…the guy is a total psychopath but understandably so due to his background of having been raised in a Skinner Box…a man devoid of human emotion yet totally feeling and sensitive in other respects…one who knows that killing has to be done and yet refraining from acting badly when being human and kind is what is called for…Huston pivots between the opposites of feeling and not feeling when needed…a total mindscape horror piece for sure….as The Unholy delves into with the opposing characters of the young medicine woman, Claire, and the psychopath, Archbishop William Anarch.

Do you see writing as a career?

I’ve been writing for thirty years so it is definitely a career as well as seeing patients is in adult psychotherapy…dealing with severely injured and damaged folks who’ve suffered as the result of having been raised under the influence of the dark side of religion as dramatized in The Unholy…a novel that moves into the depths of religious psychopathy that may career as a writer is currently addressing.
Who designed the covers?

Harris Channing designed the cover according to my description of the actual place of The Devil’s Throne located in the high mountain desert of central New Mexico…she was able to intuit what I described in an uncanny manner and then pop it out dramatically as is shown on the eye-popping front cover…an eerie rendition of a realm of ritualistic religiously based murders that she captured brilliantly! 

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Waiting was the hardest part of writing since the novel was actually completed fifteen years ago and then put away after scores of rejections, largely because it was considered “too New-Agey” “more violent than a man of the cloth could ever be” and other such things. I felt that the story just needed to bide its time. Sure enough…Jim White at Sunstone Press picked up on the relevance of the story and put it in print!

What books/authors have influenced your writing?

The biggest influences of my writing have been the old Gothic masters such as Algernon Blackwood, H.P. Lovecraft, and Arthur Machen…the tone of violence, the supernatural and ancient settings are captured in the otherworldly desert setting of The Unholy as Gothic themes of good and evil are enacted in the everyday lives of the unsuspecting.

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