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Dark Jottercast: The Blasphemer Series

In this episode, we explore The Blasphemer Series. This series of books is one I’ve been working on longer than it’s been in the public eye, as it also is the story of my writing journey. Find out how by listening.

This book series is currently a work in progress, but the installments that are published can be found in digital, audible, and paperback formats wherever books are sold.

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Worlds Connected: The Gaze of Destruction & The Blasphemer Series

Originally published in a collection of short stories called As The World Will Burn, released July 19, 2016, I introduced the world to something very special. It was a foreshadowing for The Blasphemer Series. It gave readers their first glance at the series and where it was heading while leaving it as a stand-alone story.

The vampire in this short story is unnamed. He represents all creatures in the series that will wake to the world being different. This is significant in the series, as all creatures have their lives changed as the planet continues on with a new face.

In this story, you’re introduced to a nameless vampire waking up from a deep sleep to find the world has entered an apocalyptic world. He searches the area he had left behind, discovering many things ruined that were once places full of splendid memories. He also comes across newspapers and hints at what happened while he rested.

You can only read this story now in my short story collection Little Lunacies, as the original book, As The World Will Burn, is no longer in rotation.


Worlds Connected: Human Ouija & The Blasphemer Series

Human Ouija published as a single short story on October 6, 2017. It garnered an award for ‘Best Horror Story of 2017’. The importance of this sixty page short story tells the story of a man that becomes possessed because he’s chasing after the chance to speak to his spouse who died while on the phone with him.

It speaks to the depths of where grief can send a person and how dabbling in practices you do not understand can lead to life-altering effects. This is a hard lesson he learns and his life will never be the same.

Possession is rare in the World of The Blasphemer, but it can occur, and this story is a beautiful introduction to this element in the series. For readers that are through book one and two, they are already of aware of how it comes into place with dialogue hinting at this very story.

Book three, Ghosts, which is almost finished with the manuscript portion of the process, goes deeper into this element of the storytelling and the world. If you would like to read this story to enjoy more from the series and its world, you can find it now in rotation within the pages of Little Lunacies.


The Blasphemer Series Mythos: The Lost Colony of Roanoke

In the world of The Blasphemer Series, book two Harvest, you’re introduced to the people of The Mythical Realm. Previously, it was known that Sophia Goodwich/Bishop lived there, but the world is expanded upon, and Sophia is brought back to the story. The story explains where the people come from and why they’re in The Mythical Realm. They are from the Colony of Roanoke. It, the book Harvest, explains deeper.


The main reason for me sharing this post is because real facts have come forward that were merely creative writing on my part. I had nothing to do with the real investigation and take no credit on any level for the genetic findings, but I am interested into the credible material that some of the people of the colony inter-mingled/were adopted by the local Native Americans. If you’ve read Harvest already, you will already know why this is interesting to me and maybe even you.


Before writing about the colony, I did refresh my knowledge. I dug through hours of articles and books to prop my creativity upon. Whether this was for inspiration or my usual style of mixing facts and fiction, a twist on history. At the time of my writing of this story the genetics ‘theory’ was not published yet. It only made the most sense to me that they would’ve made peace with locals or even had been adopted in my storyline.


Before I dig into the genetic articles and share them here, I would like to cover what is known. The colony was established by Sir Walter Raleigh in August 1585 (roughly). It was troubled with poor preparation and struggles with the local Native Americans. A trip led by John White occurred in which they returned to England for more supplies, but upon returning to the colony they discovered it was deserted and the word ‘Croatoan’. They believed this meant that they had moved to the Croatoan Island estimated to be fifty miles away. This led them to travel and meet up with the colonists but found none on the island. So, the mystery continued.


Studies have been done, speculations have endured, but no real facts came to the surface of what the colonists may have encountered until a tree was discovered that dated back to this time and was studied. Its rings told of droughts. The theory of the colonists being absorbed into the local Native American population begin to swirl. What is known that the results of the colony being ‘lost’ no doubt affected the colonies that came after as a lesson in preparation and a warning.


Now let’s speak to the genetics that has been discovered. Lost Colony Family DNA Project goal is to identify the ancestors of lost Roanoke colonists through DNA testing in hopes of shedding some light on the old mystery with scientific data. I highly recommend checking out this article entitled The Lost Colony of Roanoke: Did They Survive? – National Geographic, Archaeology, Historical Records and DNA on the DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy website.

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A Blasphemers Update: Ghosts

I took a couple weeks away from the website and newsletter to re-focus on an extensive project, The Blasphemer Series. Book three, Ghosts, is continuing to be written. I am sure, to the delight of my publisher, is almost done to be sent to them. I want this book to be very good for readers that may pick it up. I am reworking scenes and doing more heavy self-editing of the manuscript.

This series is one that is a combination of a lot of years of hard-work, but though a lot of work has gone into the development, the writing part is still taking place. I am not sure if other authors do this with their work, but I had to re-evaluate my approach for the series during the writing process of this book. What worked for books one and two was causing me complications. Whatever minimal planning I scribbled down or purging method I pushed in hasn’t helped me this time.

I have re-arranged, removed, or even put to the side for consistency of some scenes. I have discovered that this process has already become fruitful as the fourth book, Descend, is getting worked on here and there. Things feel smoother and I’m working through these things. Though I’m writing a story, I would read I ultimately hope a reader will enjoy it when it is published.

I haven’t given an update on this book for some time and decided it was time to do so. I don’t want to reveal too much as the ‘mythos’ series was giving sneak-peaks in its posts.

The Blasphemer Series Mythos: The Nephilim

As we continue on with The Blasphemer Series Mythos, we cover The Nephilim this week. We discuss what are they in the series and what are the sources I used for inspiration in the creatures’ creations in these books. The Nephilim play a large part of the series.

In the series, I define The Nephilim as ‘descendants of angels and the sons and daughters of man’. They’re greater than their parents, Gods amongst man, and not always dangerous. Different, but more than those for which they come. This is a direct inspiration for the Hebrew reference of The 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. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.

Genesis 6:4

The Hebrew word ‘nefilim‘ translates to ‘giants’, but also is understood to be ‘the fallen ones’ if reading the word ‘naphal‘ which means ‘to fall’.

So they gave the Israelites a bad report about the land that they had spied out: “The land we explored devours its inhabitants, and all the people we saw there are great in stature. We even saw the Nephilim there—the descendants of Anak that come from the Nephilim! We seemed like grasshoppers in our own sight, and we must have seemed the same to them!”

Numbers 13:32

As scholars study the Bible and its many versions, there will always be a debate, but for me studying it, these references always seem so grand. Creatures that were giants among men? Did that mean that mean Goliath of the David and Goliath story was a Nephilim? A giant among men. These fantastic stories dotted my growing years and as I grew I also began wondering what would be ‘modern day giants’. What creatures do we know of ‘now’ that could be greater than man? That is when my writer’s creativity took over and that is why in The Blasphemer Series the Nephilim are mythical monsters.

Vampires, dire werewolves, werewolves are the Nephilim of my stories. These folklore creatures always seemed, to me at least, more powerful than man with their abilities, curses, or gifts. In the books Harvest and Ghosts, you’re taught in the world of the books that these types of beings have changed, for example werewolves originally were beings that walked upright and were more ‘manlike’ (Adele even sees this in a vision in Maxwell Demon, the first book), but after battling with their very own brethren vampires they were erased, but not forgotten. I write of a story within the story, a tale to explain things more for the reader and that being of Ana and Adolph. This story explains why the world has a form of the werewolves, the dire werewolves.

You can begin reading the series and check out more information by following the link: Down the rabbit hole

Is this interesting? Enjoying the series as it begins? Let me know! Is there something more you’d like to know? Let’s start a conversation.

The Blasphemer Series Mythos: Reincarnation

Reincarnation is a beautiful belief of a soul continuing on as another body with another life. Simply a soul carrying on beyond one life after death. The Hindus call this endless cycle the Samsara Cycle. This goes hand-in-hand with karma, which lasts over many lifetimes. BBC UK described it best below:

Karma is a Sanskrit word whose literal meaning is ‘action’. It refers to the law that every action has an equal reaction either immediately or at some point in the future. Good or virtuous actions, actions in harmony with dharma, will have good reactions or responses and bad actions, actions against dharma, will have the opposite effect.

In Hinduism karma operates not only in this lifetime but across lifetimes: the results of an action might only be experienced after the present life in a new life.

Hindus believe that human beings can create good or bad consequences for their actions and might reap the rewards of action in this life, in a future human rebirth or reap the rewards of action in a heavenly or hell realm in which the self is reborn for a period of time.

This process of reincarnation is called samsara, a continuous cycle in which the soul is reborn over and over again according to the law of action and reaction. At death many Hindus believe the soul is carried by a subtle body into a new physical body which can be a human or non-human form (an animal or divine being). The goal of liberation (moksha) is to make us free from this cycle of action and reaction, and from rebirth.

— BBC/UK

When I was young and exploring religions to see what suited my personal ethics and beliefs best, I came across Hinduism. The belief of living multiple lives gave me hope and helped strengthen my personality, but for all the benefits I saw, the idea of being ‘stuck’ was frightening. The idea of reincarnation being punishment is only one way to look at this. When I began writing The Blasphemer Series: Maxwell Demon, this concept came back to mind. One of the major character, Adele, is ‘stuck’ in this cycle as punishment for the crimes she committed in her first incarnation as Lilith/Adama, the first woman. When I dwelled upon this deeper, the implications that could come from this only grew and became complicated. Would she remember? Wouldn’t Maxwell, whom never died, ever have looked for her before this last incarnation? So many questions had to be answered, and I did in the book’s pages.

I cover some of her past lives in Maxwell Demon, from that of a solider to even a young child convicted of witchcraft (inspired by a true event). I even began writing a book just about her past lives that has yet to react to a publisher. There is something realistic and saddening about how Maxwell wouldn’t always find her in the entire world or would just too late. This book isn’t just her last life, last chance, but also his to help her.

Cycles are a theme throughout the series. How things or event people come and go cycling through people’s lives as they live them.

This is one of those subjects, reincarnation, I find so interesting. I recommend you doing your own research and reading/watching others telling their stories of this and learn about the different mysterious cases of reincarnation. We can find the cases of reincarnation from all over the globe. Some notable ones are that of Barbro Karlen who claims to be Anne Frank reborn to James Leininger who believed to be a WW2 fighter pilot. One interesting detail here I’d like to add Edgar Cayce, a famed American clairvoyant believed in reincarnation and even once announced he’d be reborn in the year 2020. I’ve reviewed his book The Sleeping Prophet on the site and also here.

The knowledge of rebirth
is the turning point
in the history of mankind.

—Friedrich Nietzsche

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The Blasphemer Series Mythos: The Four Horsemen

In Ghosts, the third installment of The Blasphemer Series, a book series I’m writing, there is a monster-hating organization I introduce to the reader named The Sons of God. At one point, I had written a short story that never became a published piece that gave this group an origin story. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from Christian scriptures is where I drew inspiration.

In Christian scripture, The Four Horsemen appear in the book titled Revelations of the New Testament of the Bible and from the Old Testament’s books Book of Zechariah and Book of Ezekiel. They’re considered the bringers of the end, God’s punishments, and the ones whom the Lord has sent to patrol the earth. That last one is the one that gave me the idea mainly.

In a world of monsters, magic, and myths it made the most sense to me to add in a group that would keep everything balanced and in check, but since I write them not as monsters themselves, but as men and men are fallible, corruptible, and ‘monsters’, they’ve changed with a writer’s imagination. The exact four men you meet in Ghosts are not the originals, but descendants of the originals. The Original riders are more in line with the Biblical sources.

Their purpose, historically, is positive, but at other times negativity has been the popular interpretation that’s understood. They have interpreted these stories as thee great cleansers of the land, clearing out the wicked to bring paradise to the good, but also heartless bringers of misfortune. The Red, the Black, the Pale, and the White horsemen all have separate duties.

The White Rider

considered the ‘war rider’ it is more often interpreted to be the bringer of disease.

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the [a]seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

Revelation 6:1-2

The Red Rider

interpreted to be the bringer of war, carrying an upright sword.

When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

Revelation 6:3-4

The Black Rider

the rider that is believed to be Famine and carries scales

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. 6 Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds[a] of wheat for a day’s wages,[b] and six pounds[c] of barley for a day’s wages,[d] and do not damage the oil and the wine!”

Revelation 6:5-6

The Pale Rider

is known as Death. The only one given a name.

And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

Revelation 6:7-8

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Revelation 6:7-8

Through writings of the riders have changed from literature, films, and historical interpretation the version of these four in my series is different. They ride horses, run a ranch, and are not the scary carriers of The End. They hold many of the similar traits they remain: a new visual interpretation of these horsemen.

In order to understand their grand purpose within the series, you’ll have to simple read the book.


You can begin reading the series and check out more information by following the link: Down the rabbit hole

Is this interesting? Enjoying the series as it begins? Let me know! Is there something more you’d like to know? Let’s start a conversation.