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Review: The Year of the Flood (Book #2 MaddAddam Series)

Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Dystopian Trilogy Book #2 (2009): The Year of the Flood continues with the theme of man’s self-inflicted destruction of the world.  The novel follows some of the lives of a group of Gardners in America before and after the waterless flood of mankind.  When the author writes about the present, she describes the world as a much smaller place because of a global pandemic.  When she switches to the past, she describes the world after a previous pandemic.  Much America has divided itself into almost tribal-like groups that are determined by mindset, education, and misfortune.  

The Gardner group is kind of like a cult.  High-ranking members are numbered Adam #1, #2, #3, etc. and Eve #1, #2, #3, etc.  The numbers do not correspond to how high they are on the totem pole, but rather what their specialties are.  Some Eves are great bee-keepers, and some Adams are great at teaching the children about herbs and medicine, etc..  The Gardners are vegetarians who aspire to be experts in agriculture.  They remind me of a Zen-Tree-Hugger-Doomsday Prepper.

Some of the background of the book goes into the abuse of genetics like Oryx and Crake, Book #1.  There are many spliced, engineered species that were created after the extinction.  Engineered genes are used throughout the book for many frivolous things, especially with altering human appearances. Food is also genetically engineered (like super-GMOs), especially meat.  Natural vegetation and bugs are the food of choice for the Gardners. 

All the characters in the Gardner group have back-stories that date before the waterless flood/pandemic.  This cult consists of former strippers, students, rich housewives, burger flippers, military, and high-techies.  A Gardner could essentially be anyone.  They have hymns, sacred holidays, and spiritual instructions from their leader, Adam 1.  They also believe in God, or at least their version of God which greatly correlates with God in the Bible as evidenced by several Biblical verses and stories.  Gardners do things for the good of the group, the good of the Earth, and the good of mankind.  They are the protagonists of the story.

Oryx, Crake, and Jimmy the Snowman from Oryx and Crake-Book #1 are not really good-guys. They are part of the science/tech crowd who want to play God, especially Crake.

Some other groups are the PainBallers (this dystopian world’s way of making someone a prisoner in a warped legal system), pleebs (street people), Helthwizer (the tech company that also works as a compound with all of the world’s elites), and other competing or allied cults.

In this book (Book #2), there isn’t a striking conflict (yet).  The main problems that the Gardners face are survival and autonomy.  They do not have any power in this dystopian world, but they are somewhat tolerated.  They know their days are numbered.  When the waterless flood/pandemic sweeps, the power structure between all of the groups is once again levelled.  The Gardners’ survivor skills some into play.My Review: The book was a 5 Star No-Brainer.  I love Margaret Atwood and I also love this series.  Her book is extremely entertaining, but it is also a warning about the potential misuse of genetics, neglect of Earth, dependence on pharmaceuticals, animal cruelty, and the exploitation of women and little girls.  The book has a year time stamp at the beginning of most of the chapters.  This I found a little confusing as she goes back and forth in time.  She also uses original phrases that took me awhile to catch on to meaning.  That aside, the story is amazing.  She has a certain style that makes the reader work as a detective to follow along.  If you love sci-fi and dystopian fiction, you will love this series.  I can’t wait to read the last book, 

Maddaddam.  I really hope this series makes it to the movie theater or a streaming service.

Cover Reveal: Hounding: A Tale of the Heaving Sky by Travis Randall

Travis Randall stops by with his debut novel, Hounding: Tale of the Heaving Sky. I am currently reading the novel. A review and interview (hopefully) will soon follow.

Hounding: A Tale of the Heaving Sky is now available for pre-order on the publisher website.

Burrow & Grim (Publisher) Pre-order Purchase Link
Personal Author Website (including details about and excerpts from the book)

The world of the Four Corners is not as it seems. When his hermit father is executed for housing forbidden artifacts, teenager and troublemaker Greydal becomes the target of a centuries-old witch hunt, upending his already tumultuous existence. Agents of the diabolic Red Legate, a despot-turned-god, seek Greydal for his connection to his father’s accursed artifacts. Worse, something else beyond reason now wants him for an altogether darker purpose.

Greydal must escape the vine-choked village of his boyhood to uncover the secrets that fester beyond the horizon. Terrors real and imagined threaten reality itself, and despite his best wishes, only he can stop them. But will anything be left of him by the end?


Travis Randall is a native Texan making his way in the larger United States. Since 2018, he has worked in the cyber threat intelligence field, where writing and research go hand-in-hand. If that doesn’t pan out, he plans to chase UFOs.

When not working, he spends his time devouring horror and fantasy: film, literature, or otherwise. Blended genre stories fascinate him, as well as truth in fiction. He currently resides in northern Illinois.

Hounding: A Tale of the Heaving Sky is his debut novel.

Hereditary: Review

Hereditary (2018) is Ari Aster’s debut film. The story begins with a still-pic of an obituary of an old woman. Annie, the old woman’s daughter played by Toni Colette, gives a less-than-adoring speech in the first scene of her mother’s funeral. Immediately, the movie reveals tension, animosity, and secrets within family. Annie, her devoted husband, pothead son, and oddball daughter return back to their home and discover the mother’s dark past.

The setting of this movie is in a mountainous part of Utah with lots of pine trees and beautiful, rustic homes without close neighbors. Annie is an artist who lives in one of those beautiful homes and uses it for inspiration by making dollhouses and minitature dolls of her family. Her art reminds me of the miniature dollhouse room exhibits at the Chicago Art Museum. The dollhouse artist job is really a metaphor for Annie who is only a doll with someone else manipulating her life.


Annie’s son Peter is somewhat forced to take his weird, younger sister to a party. He blows her off to get high with friends. She eats something with peanuts and has an allergic reaction. As Peter rushes her to the hospital, she opens the window to get fresh air, and then he swerves accidentally into a telephone pole, decapitating her like she decapitated a bird in an earlier scene. There is a third headless body scene at the end of the movie in the attic.

One of the women in Annie’s grief support group talks her into contacting her dead daughter through a seance. This woman and the seance are fakes. Annie later learns that this so-called friend is really a cult member who knew Annie’s mother. She intends to finish what the old woman started by getting Paimon, a demon, a vessel/body from Annie’s family so that he can live in human form. Annie’s son is that vessel. In the end, evil wins.

My review: This is one of those GREAT horror movies that belongs in the same class as Rosemary’s Baby, The Omen, The Exorcist, and Devil’s Advocate. Aster scared the crap out of me in so many scenes. His kind of horror is a psychological kind with a great story that is very real to those who believe in spiritual good and evil. Aster is the master at subtlety, madness, and surprise. Midsommar is supposed to be even better. I will definitely check into that movie. Easy 5 star rating.

Some Symbolism

Paimon: A djini spirt pre-dating Christianity originating from the Arabic culture. The djinn are 72 spirits. Some say they are 72 pathologies of the demented mind. Paimon is mentioned in Mesopatamian culture as a goddess. He is also one of Satan’s generals who rules 200+ legions of angels. A legion is 5K-6K men. Paimon is the 9th spirit in Aleister Crowley’s The Goetia. Paimon is known for teaching arts and sciences to humans.

Decapitation-Symbolic for taking away one’s ego.

Sigil of Paimon-Aster slightly deviated from the original, but it’s very similar.

Drawings of Charlie the Spirit-Peter’s eyes are X’d out. Eyes = windows of the soul.

Shameless Plug: If you are looking for books that have to do with spiritual war of God and the fallen angels, please check into some of Dina Rae’s works.

Review: The Genesis 6 Conspiracy by Gary Wayne

The Genesis 6 Conspiracy is about one of the strangest chapters in the Bible. The most obscure passage within the chapter mentions Nephilim.

The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them.  Genesis 6:4

I bought this book on recommendation of Mark Eddy, host of Night Light Radio, who interviewed me about my own Nephilim novel, Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers-a shameless plug. But nonetheless, Nephilim, giants, and sons of God with daughters of men/humans are not discussed in mainstream churches on Sundays. Why? I can only speculate that it makes people of faith uncomfortable. Gary Wayne fearlessly tries to answer this piece of the Bible through a very long undertaking of research, family origins, myths and legends, cultures, art, sacred writings, Rex Deus bloodlines, and secret societies.

Without spoiling the book, Wayne sets up quite a thesis on who the Nephilim are, why they are here, and what they have to do with the present day as well as the Apocalypse. Wayne quotes and paraphrases the Bible, Book of Enoch, and other sacred writings that focus on angels who came down to earth and mated with women, producing Nephilim or giants or half-breed angels with super powers and spurious plans of global takeover. God might have caused the Flood because of them. Wayne takes the position that some of them survived and continued to breed. Goliath, the famous giant who lost to David, is just one of his many examples.

These surviving Fallen angels continued mating with human women after the Flood. Their unions produced secret societies since the dawn of civilization. These halfbreed angels have permeated throughout literature while disguised as fairies and elves. Lord of the Rings by Tolkien is an allegory about the Annunaki, a race of people that some consider to be Nephilim and/or aliens.

One of the most fascinating parts of Genesis 6 Conspiracy is the way Wayne connects the lineage of Jesus to the lineage of the future anti-Christ via Nephilim. The Bible’s heroes all seem to have relatives who produced more of these half-breed angels or Nephilim. For example, Noah’s son Ham strayed away from God and his father, finding a new family with a Nephilim wife. He was the great-grandfather of Nimrod, a supposed Nephilim who was one of the most evil rulers of all time.

Wayne’s book might be offensive to some Christians. He connects many more bloodlines of Nephilim to the bloodlines of Jesus. But that’s not the controversial part. He goes into great detail about Jesus’s bloodline continuing in Europe after Jesus rose from the dead. Using the DaVinci code theory, Wayne claims Jesus’s family tree was continued in France by His wife, Mary Magadelene. But if you don’t believe that Jesus was married (and the Bible certainly never says He was), Wayne has got it covered. Jesus’s brother, James, continues the family tree in Europe, specifically France. So by wife and/or brother, Jesus’s bloodline continued after He rose. The most shocking inference is that this holy, royal blood intersected with Nephilim blood when powerful families of Nephilim and Jesus marry and breed.

This book is a fascinating, dense read that took me a long time to get through. It’s a 5-star no-brainer. Although I don’t agree with everything Wayne says and think some of his theories are a far stretch, other things he brings up are profound. He is a Christian and I do not believe he is trying to blaspheme Jesus. This book is more than a theory; it’s an exposition of our past, present, and future; it’s an illustration of why we are at war with evil. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history, religion, myths, and secret societies. It is not a book for people who are not familiar with the Bible or ancient myths. And by the way, if you want a clever, fun read packed with research that is about a cult of Nephilim worshippers set in modern day, check out Peacocks, Pedestals and Prayers by Dina Rae!

Cain: The First Vampire/Nephilim


Vampires have been around since the beginning of time. Cain was the first recorded account of vampirism. Cain’s biography began in Genesis as Adam’s first son. He and his brother Abel gave God their offerings. Abel was a shepherd, and he gave God a sheep. Cain was a farmer, and he offered God the fruits of his crop. God made it known that He favored Abel’s offering. Cain took his brother to a field, and then killed him. Some believed Cain killed him with a rock, while others claimed he killed him with a knife that was used for disemboweling animals. Regardless of the “how”, Cain lied to God when asked about Abel’s whereabouts. The famous quote “Am I my brother’s keeper?” came from this story.

Most believed Cain’s motive was jealousy. Cain did not like how God seemed to favor Abel. But in the Muslim faith, Cain and Abel were in love with the same woman, Aclima. She was also Adam’s daughter which made her at the very least their half-sister, maybe even their full sister. The offering to God was not about God, but rather using God’s favorite gift as a way to determine who would get the girl as a wife.

Furthermore, Ancient Jewish philosophers claimed that Cain was not Adam’s son, but Sammael’s son, suggesting that Eve was an adultress. Sammael was an angel who was linked with Satan, or even Satan himself. This made Abel his half-brother. This also meant that Cain was a nephilim.

But Cain’s biography continued. God sentenced Cain to a life of wandering, and he wandered for over seven hundred years. Cain fathered six children, 2 daughters and 4 sons. He was possibly killed by stones when his house collapsed on top of him (Jubilees), a neat and convenient poetic justice from those who believed he killed his brother with a stone. He could have also been killed by Lamech, his great-grandson, who mistook him for a wild beast, which adds further ammunition to the vampire theory.

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Somewhere before Cain’s death and after he murdered his brother, God put a mark on Cain that cursed him indefinitely. Part of the curse involved an immunity from death. It was written that anyone who tried to kill Cain would suffer a sevenfold vengeance. The type of mark was unknown. Ancient scholar Rav stated that Cain was cursed with horns that protruded from his head. Rashi, another ancient scholar, believed the letter of God was etched into Cain’s skull.

Cain wandered away from his family and eventually met Lillith, the first wife of Adam, his father. They had an affair, and she seduced him with ancient witchcraft. She held a ceremony and cut herself open for blood which was collected into a bowl. Cain drank it. This story echoed a pre-anti-Christ Last Supper with the unholy grail.

At some point during Cain’s wanderings, three angels independently visited him and offered a chance to repent for his brother’s murder. He refused all of them. They further cursed him with a weakness to fire, aversion to sunlight, and an insatiable desire for blood (Talmud, Book of Adam and Eve, and historiolas).

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Cain eventually left Lillith and wandered off to Ubar. In the Bible, Cain settled somewhere in the land of Nod which was east of Eden. Cain recieved fame and respect in his village, gaining power and control. Legend stated that Cain was fascinated by two lovers and changed them into creatures like him. They were given immortality, but chose to walk in sunlight and die after finding out their new kind of life would not grant them children.

Cain was devastated and wanted other beings to be like him. His son Enoch begged Cain to change him into Cain’s likeness, and eventually got his wish. Soon the village name of Ubar was changed to Enoch. Enoch eventually learned how to change others to be like him and his father such as heads of state, military, lands, and other high posts. This theory overlapped with other secret society theories connected with vampire dynasties.

Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers is a new release about a fallen angel/vampire who hijacks an ancient religion. Biblical lore, ancient cults, nephilim, vampire allusions, occult, Enoch, exorcism, and mind control are elements of the story.

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Review: No Time to Die and the End of a Dynasty

SPOILIER ALERT: The whole review will spoil it for those who plan on seeing the movie, but then again, the review might save you some money on tickets and popcorn. The new James Bond movie, No Time to Die, is Daniel Craig’s last performance as 007. As all James Bond movies, the action never stops. The opening scene of Madeline, James’s girlfriend/psychologist from Spectre, as a child was fantastic. The audience learns that James is involved in a meaningful relationship with her. Things get complicated when he is almost killed with her in Italy. He believes that she somehow compromised his location.

James retires from British Intelligence, and then he gets a house somewhere in the Caribbean. A CIA friend finds him and asks him to do one more job-get the doctor who has a bioweapon/genetics poison and destroy the rest of the Spectre group. Their mission goes well until one of the agents reveals himself as a double agent. The doctor and his bioweapon escape.

A new character, another 007 played by Lashana Lynch, enters the movie. She is attractive and very buff. She is supposedly called 007 because Bond retired and she wanted his number. She and Bond get along as they try and catch more bad guys.

Long story short, Bond reunites with Madeline and her daughter, who he learns is also his daughter. They are trapped on the bad guy’s island. The island serves as headquarters for the main villain played by the actor who also played Freddie Mercury in the Queen movie. The bioweapon serum has nanobots in it which kill people per their genetic makeup. Eventhough the villain and the weapon are interesting, they are poorly explained.

The final scene shows Bond getting Madeline and his daughter off the island with the aid of the “new” 007. He stays on the island to help destroy it while fighting “Freddie Mercury” one last time. In this movie, Bond kills the bad guy, but is not quick enough to get off of the island. The British missiles he requested blow everything up and Bond dies.

So who is the new Bond? First of all, the way it has always worked is this: Bond NEVER dies! He is just replaced with a new actor. Rumors have circulated that the new actor will be Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill, or Rege-Jean Page-Approve, approve, approve, and approve!!!!!!! But Lashana Lynch?????? I liked her character and wouldn’t mind seeing her as a regular in the franchise or even seeing her star in a separate movie with the same character, but to replace James Bond?????? Sorry, part of James Bond’s charm is flirting and bedding beautiful women. The audience loves and expects this in the character. Lashana is more of a serious and doesn’t have that tongue-and-cheek sense of humor all of the other Bonds have had. I am in a state of shock that Hollywood would throw away a fifty-year tradition of British men taking on the famous role of playboy-spy extraordinaire. Love to hear your thoughts and comments.


A sad end to an amazing franchise.

Dallas Ghost Tour Review

My family and I went on a “Pub Crawl” ghost tour last weekend from the Nightly Spirits company. We met at the Green Door Public House bar which is a stone’s throw from the Dallas Farmers’ Market on Harwood. A man dressed up like an old sheriff/cowboy greeted us with some haunted stories about the pub and then we worked our way through the city. We stopped by some amazing architecture such as the giant eye sculpture on Main Street, the Magnolia Hotel, ATT Discovery District, and Adolphus Tower, along with a few other bars, churches, and Freemason lodge. The sheriff/cowboy told us several haunted/creepy stories along with the history of the city. It was a beautiful night with amazing architecture. The tickets were $25.00/each and well worth it.

The tour took around 2.5-3 hours. We were in a small group of twelve people and got to know everyone towards the end of the tour. This part of the city had a ton of ambiance and charm. I highly recommend going. The company also puts out a food tour that I have my eye on. They also have tours in other major U.S. cities.

David Thompson Stops By Talking About the Paranormal in His Father’s Blood

 David Thompson is BACK!  He was kind enough to interview about his writing and new novel, His Father’s Blood (#2 of Legends of Family Dyer)  Last month, I read and reviewed this 5-star paranormal tale! 

Q: In your novel, His Father’s Blood, you write about shape-shifting.  Do you believe it’s possible to shape shift?

A: I know I’m splitting hairs here, but in the novel, I describe John and Sally Ann’s adventures as Skinwalkers. I believe this is possible as it is transferring consciousness to an animal, or feeling such an intense degree of empathy that it appears so. I’m sure you’ve at some point had an intense desire to change someone’s mind about something or for them to do something you didn’t think they would? Hasn’t it often come to pass just as you desired? I think this is similar. We’re not far from transference with computers, but to modern minds, the technological is easier to accept than the spiritual.

By contrast, Shape shifters actually transform their physical aspect, like the werewolves of lore. (Although I suspect those legends had their base as skin walkers also.   

Q: Was there any symbolism in the animals the characters chose to shapeshift into?  What would you shapeshift into if it were possible?

A. Yes. To me, bears symbolize inner strength, courage, and family. The bear is thoughtful and independent, with little need for fellowship. The bear is strong-willed and loyal.

I consider cougars to be strong, unpredictable, and merciless. What I’ve read of Native tribes’ beliefs appears split between the animal being a noble hunter or an evil omen.

A bear would be my choice if I could skinwalk. I’ve been told it’s my spirit animal.

Q: Are there Native Americans who mix witchcraft into their culture?

A: To answer this, I think I’d need to define witchcraft and I’m reluctant to do so. As you know, many independent minded folks have died for being different, for not toeing the arbitrary line society scratched in the sand. They called them witches.

Native American religious beliefs and ceremonies were certainly different from Judeo-Christian ones. It’s my personal belief that most ancient societies practiced a paganism that many would consider witchcraft today. I find the world-wide parallels between these stone age belief systems astounding.

Q: What inspired you to write a novel with Moll Dyer?  Are you from Maryland?  What exactly is the legend of Moll Dyer about?

A: I am from Southern Maryland, raised very near the spot where Moll met her demise at the hands of a vigilante mob. I heard her tale told around most of the campfires of my youth.

 I’ve actively researched her life since I first heard her tale—sometime around 1967. This was difficult given there was little historical proof of her existence. True, there’s a road named after her, and likewise a small stream. There’s the rock purported to be where she breathed her last. Most researchers miss the colonial letter describing her “countenance” in an unfavorable manner. Still, we’re mostly left with legends—oral tradition—once the only historical record, and still a valuable resource for historians. There’s a basis to the old truism “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” How apt is that for Moll’s tale?

I interviewed dozens of local families- families resident in the area since Moll’s time. Each had their own version of Moll’s life, with minimal variations (although some contradictory). As there is a dearth of historical records, it is to this oral history I focused my efforts. (According to the Archives of Maryland, the 1st loss of county records was in 1768 when records kept at the home of Owen Alien (Allen?) were burned. The Archive notes this only as an FYI as “every surviving court record of the period (colonial) was destroyed in the fire of March 8, 1831”). To add to the confusion and speculative nature of the search, lists five pages of Dyers on passenger lists arriving in the United States during the period. Even these records are incomplete as “lists were not kept for every ship and many have been lost.” A minimum of six known Mary or Margaret Dyers were possible candidates for “our” Moll. (The endearment “Moll,” by the way, was a common nickname for Mary, as well as for any “M” feminine name including Margaret, Martha, Martina and Melinda, etc.). None meet all of the oral history criteria.

What can be derived from the legends associated with Moll Dyer? Although there are some small deviations to the legend, the majority of local families’ oral traditions agree: she was an herbal healer and hermit. Most state her origin was Ireland, although she likely arrived on a passenger ship from England. She arrived on our shores single and unaccompanied and never married. She preferred the company of the Native Americans to her European neighbors. She dressed in a manner of lost affluence (threadbare clothes originally made from the finest materials). She froze to death on the coldest night of 1697 after a citizen’s mob burned her small cabin to the ground. (FYI, with this information, “Sister Witch, The Life of Moll Dyer,” includes all variations of the story using historical events and a bit of inventiveness to explain any disparities in the oral history. I didn’t feel it would be faithful to her legend and her life to have done otherwise. (I added fictional paranormal elements for the same reason.))

I didn’t fabricate a correlation between any segment of the legend and other past lives lived. It’s unnecessary to make her story more real. Her tragedy speaks to its own truth and …perhaps that’s enough. My thought is that Moll Dyer is everyone who’s faced injustice or been mocked for being different; those scorned for their beliefs and tormented for living a life true to themselves. She is anyone condemned at the court of public opinion and castigated for their lack of popularity or political correctness. She’s the embodiment of Sarah Goode of Salem fame, Anne Frank, John the Baptist, Joan of Arc, Anne Boleyn, Rosa Parks and…the list goes on and on! Moll could be the patron saint of them all.

I believe Moll Dyer would be proud of her legacy—that she’d feel some measure of peace and exoneration from the tales told of her today. She was once used as a cautionary tale- a warning to little children to behave, but no longer. Now we remember Moll whenever we’re bullied, accused without cause or feeling friendless. Perhaps she gives us a twinge of conscience when we are the ones doing the bullying? It warms my heart to think so—that some good is our final inheritance from the tragedy of Moll Dyer.

Q: What tribe of Native Americans are from the Maryland area?  Are there legends associated with them as well?

A: The Piscataway, Patuxent, Conoy, and Chaptico were local Algonquin speaking tribes. I’m sure I’ve missed some also. The Susquehannocks often travelled through the area- to raid the above tribes’ villages. The Susquehannocks were part of the Iroquois Confederacy. The local natives saw the interloping Europeans as allies against this common war-like enemy.

Q: What are you working on now?  Please share your links.

A.      I’ve begun a second installment in the Falconer series, a prequel to “Sister Witch, The Life of Moll Dyer,” and made small inroads into a mystery/thriller. As my mom would’ve said- I have too many irons in the fire!

Thank you for doing the interview, Dina! It’s much appreciated! My links below:

David W. ThompsonAuthor of:

Legends of the Family Dyer:                              

 I) Sister Witch: The Life of Moll Dyer                 

II) His Father’s Blood   III) Sons and Brothers    


Call of the Falconer (dystopian novella)
Haunted Southern Maryland ‘Possum Stew (Short Story Collection)Haunted Potomac River Valley

Thanks so much, David!  Great interview!

Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers – Kindle FREE

Today through next Monday, Oct. 4, Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers will be free. Download a copy today from Amazon.

A chain of advertising agencies, a new breed of humans, and a fallen angel to worship… Andel Talistokov is a fallen angel who uses advertising as a form of propaganda for Satan. His growing power emboldens him to break Hell’s Commandments by soliciting worship from an ancient angel religion. He changes their rituals forever. Furious with his arrogance and betrayal, Satan commands Armaros to return to Hell after finding his replacement.

Eve Easterhouse, a recovering drug addict, steps out of prison shortly after her mother’s fatal accident. She and her sister, Julia, unravel their mother’s secretive past. Intrigued, they learn their bloodline is part of a celestial legacy.

Both worlds collide.

Nephilim and the Bible: Article 1

Nephilim: Part angel, part human. They are mentioned several times throughout the Bible and other sacred writings. Not only are the passages cryptic, they are also controversial to many religious scholars. The two passages that inspired me to write Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers begin in Genesis and end in Matthew.

Genesis 6:4

The Nephilim2 were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

This passage has been analyzed and speculated and dissected and studied for centuries. The bottom line is this: no one really knows what it means. There are many interpretations. One interpretation suggests that Noah and his family were spared because they were favored by God. The rest of mankind became violent and wicked. Some question if Earth was infected with a new breed of being-part man, part angel or Nephilim.

Did God flood the Earth to eliminate the Nephilim? These violent beings were giants with six fingers. In other archeological findings, they were said to have red hair. With exception to Noah and his family, everything was wiped out. However, the Nephilim reappear later in the Old Testament.

Numbers 13:33

And there we saw the gNephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the gNephilim), and we seemed to ourselves hlike grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”

The Anakim and the Zamzummin were not the only descendants of the Nephilim. Other “breeds/races” show up in different parts of the Old Testament. So the magic question is this: Did the fallen angels come back and mate with human daughters, or did the Flood fail to wipe out all of the Nephilim? I guess we’ll never know, but then in the New Testament the subject is revived.

Matthew 24:37

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Again, another mysterious passage. Jesus says more in Matthew 24 about Noah, the Flood, and the Coming of Man. Although many scholars dismiss the idea, some believe this is a prophecy about the return of the Nephilim during the End of Days. Jesus does not mention the Nephilim, but the reference of the Flood remains.

Peacocks, Pedestals, and Prayers is about a fallen angel who breeds with humans. The existence of modern-day Nephilim is one of the major themes of the novel.