The snap chat message read:

For all my friends at Graham Central High School

I’m really not


Around they

About to

Shoot up of

Graham Central High School

So don’t go

To school

I don’t know

The full

Details but

Go to school

At your own risk

      So share


When teachers arrived at school, the next morning, they saw police squad cars swamping the parking lot and combing through the school.  No information was given to the teachers by the administration, the principal, Mr. Golden thought it best to divert real answers as best he could.  Those few students who did not get the snap chat message arrived at school only to be locked down in their classrooms while the search continued for guns.

The students who had their weapons concealed could not keep them concealed for long.  As the itch to disclose their weapons grew and the power that one feels when he holds a firearm swelled in them, they succumbed to the itch, took out their weapons and recorded themselves on school property – and as most kids will do, they posted the recording on social media. Now the police knew their suspects, made the arrests and charged the students with possession of firearms on school grounds.




Mr. Golden, after many hours and even days, informed his staff via email that there was never a danger on the school grounds and that police had not found firearms at Graham Central High School but there was enough evidence to charge two students with being in possession of a firearm on campus.  He continued to explain that the snap chat message was a hoax.

This was the second questionable incident at Graham Central High School in one month that revealed a major problem that we have in our schools.  In short, our children are not safe.  Parents are insulted with the appearance of one police squad car and metal detectors at the main entrance.  But when there are no working cameras, no efforts to keep the surveillance equipment updated, and a lack of well trained security personnel, we should ask ourselves about our commitment as parents, elected officials, and society.  How committed are we to our children?  Who is to blame if not ourselves for the access that fifteen and sixteen year old kids have to firearms.  Who is to blame when there are so many unprotected doors at a school where children can come and go as they please?  Who do we blame for administrations and administrators like Mr. Golden, who not only disregards his obligation to ensure the safety of the children but also downplays the severity of the danger to his staff and students? It seems to me that with all the media attention towards the many mass murderers and shootings where innocent people are killed that our elected officials would have better solutions to these problems.

There is no secret that if it had not been for students who had read and spread the Snap Chat message, there could have been many lost lives that morning on September 28th.  If parents had not made calls to the police officers, what tragedy might have occurred?  When I think about this problem, I think about more than the students.  I think about those teachers who are placed in harms way.  I think of those few dedicated teachers who would have sacrificed their lives for other people’s children and gladly taken a bullet because that would have been the noble thing to do.  These are the same people who endure the some of the most grueling working conditions, given the dozens of snares, traps, and barriers placed upon them by administrators and elected officials with barely enough money to live a middle-class lifestyle.  But I imagine in all of this, that the answer is clear; it is up to the community to develop a moral standard higher than what we have right now before any of these things will change.

It’s been a long while since I sat down and blogged.  I’ve been preoccupied with writing another edition of my Men, Djinn, and Angels series and regrettably have not written about the pressing things on my mind. I have waited far too long to share my thoughts and I am very much in shock and awe at how public-school systems throughout the US have such poor and similar cultures.  So, I want to share- and I have a lot to share. This may take a few blogs, and I hope that I can entice others to share and start a nationwide, perhaps, a worldwide conversation regarding the educational system. 



I would like to preface my blog by saying that the school systems are run and operated by some of the brightest minds in the nation.  I’m talking about principals who have multiple degrees and make six figure incomes.  With that, there are school boards with elected officials and superintendents who are also well decorated with degrees and accomplishments, and who also work with other elected officials to create policy for school systems.  Then we have federal input; the president even appoints someone to his cabinet for education.  The point is that the education system is a huge business that is run by some of the most intelligent people we have to offer.  So, when I say that it is painfully obvious that the school systems and their cultures are designed to function as they do, I do not understand how anyone could reasonably refute my claim.  I have come to believe that what we see as flaws in the educational system are not flaws at all; they are intentional and well-placed snares that create and sustain an American caste system.

Please take for an example this one school on the West Coast area called Graham-Central High School (This is a fictional name); where the population is 19% African American, 8% Asian, 33% Hispanic, 11% Pacific Islander, 22% white, and 7% other.  The average family income is under $40,000.  The African American principal is in his late forties; a flamboyant man who can be oddly animated and presents a decorum no different from his fraternity brothers two decades his youth. 

I was at a football game in support of the school with a friend who teaches there, when I became annoyed with the principal’s frequent commercial breaks during the timeouts and sometimes between plays.  In these commercial breaks, he boasted about the school’s accomplishments.  “Did you know that Graham-Central High School has the lowest dropout rate in the state?  Did you know that Graham-Central High School is ranked 19th in the state for attendance?  Did you know that Graham-Central High School has the highest graduation rate in the entire city?”

I wanted to stand up and say, did you know that Graham-Central High School just yesterday lost one of their special education students who walked out of class and out of the building without anyone noticing?  Did you know that student is dealing with autism?  Did you know that the student should have had a one on one assistant, a teacher’s aide, or someone trained to work with children dealing with autism in class with the student, having an eye on that student during his entire school day?  Considering that recent event, I was utterly annoyed that the principal, Mr. Golden (also a fictitious name) would spend so much time making these announcements at the Homecoming football game.   


As the story surrounding the student who walked out of the classroom goes, for some reason, the student just decided to leave class.  There was a teacher in the room with fifteen other students who also had special needs, but he was limited in what he could legally do.  When the student left the room, the teacher could not go into the hallway to bring him back – such an act would have led to disciplinary actions for leaving the class unattended.  He did, however, use his radio to call security – the four-man crew to protect the two-level building and its 18 hallways, 8 bathrooms, cafeteria and gymnasium; not to mention the ten unlocked doors that allow easy access in and out of the school.  In the end, there were no working cameras and no one to stop the student from exiting the building.  After four hours of looking through the school, the staff contacted the police who still could not find the student.  The next day, it was discovered that the student was found six miles away from the school walking down the street.  It was after 8 p.m. and the student had been missing for nearly nine hours. 

I only wish this was the worst story I could tell about Graham-Central High School, but it is not.  I am just baffled at how the public accepts what happens in the school system and I remain convinced that these are not flaws and the Dr. Goldens of the educational system are strategically placed where they are.

As a student going through the typical American elementary and secondary education, I learned mythology; only Greek in junior high. In high school, I learned that the Greeks were not the only people who had myths. I learned that the Romans and Native Americans had myths as well. During my freshman English class – A Survey of Literature – I read a Native American myth called The World on A Turtle’s Back and a Roman myth that had something to do with Minerva.  I learned then that  Minerva was the Roman equivalent to Venus and then my teacher assigned the class to read The Odyssey – not excerpts from the story, but the entire story. During my Sophomore year, I remember reading a one-page story about Native American Myths in my American Literature class. Junior year, I was given a world literature class and we read the Iliad. I never understood why the high school curriculum gave us these stories out of sequence, being that The Iliad comes before The Odyssey. I suppose that it had to do with reading The Aeneid which came afterwards. My teacher stretched out those two stories to cover more than a quarter of the school year. In other words, Roman and Greek mythology covered over 25% of my World Literature class, Hamlet covered another 25%. I did not read an Egyptian myth until I was two years into college.

Years afterwards, when I began to work in the school system, I questioned the curriculum. By then I understood many things about the way school curriculums are set and surprisingly enough, I learned that they are made with a ton more flexibility than people would imagine. I also learned that curriculum is set like a dictatorship in some parts of our country, and in other places it’s a type of cultural caste. I saw how schools in the poor neighborhoods gave reading material far below the reading levels – sometimes for good reason (What’s the point of giving a 10th grade level book to a 7th grade level reader who just happens to be in the 10th grade?). Sense I worked in a selective enrolment school – an insult to the idea of public school system, but I admit a necessary evil – I was able to have the flexibility needed to teach toward state goals that demanded developed critical thinking skills over the need for basic education. As a unit of mythology was part of the curriculum, I took the chance to have students comparison and contrast different myths. This was not my invention, it had been done before, but I chose to them compare and contrast creation stories from Egyptian, Greek, and Native American mythology to the Biblical Christian account. What I discovered in the preparations of these lessons, influenced me, I’m sure, more than the students.

I later developed a theory that is the underlining message to my Men, Djinn and Angels series. In Men, Djinn and Angels – Awakening, it is not fully developed, but by the time, the third book is published, the theory will dominate the story line. It goes like this: First of all, most of the myths Roman, Egyptian, Greek, Sumerian all tell a story about the same people. These people were real and existed during ancient times, perhaps before written records were made. These people were admired, and that admiration became legend and that legend became myth. As the stories were retold multiple times by people who added and changed various details, different characters emerged and various traits from the original person were split and shared among new characters. Creativity was involved in the retelling and in some cases, the original characters were turned into symbols. As we tell the stories and read the stories, we pass down a variety of codes that have some important significances although we may not consciously know what they are.

azazel demon of doom

Let’s take for example the story of the Watchers from The Book of Enoch and compare it to the Titans in Greek mythology. How similar are they? The Watchers were taken by the angels and placed in a prison where they are to remain – some of them for 70 generations – whereas the Titans were placed in Tartarus after their war with the gods. Then we get to compare Nimrod who is mentioned in the Bible and according to historical sources, was captured in a war against a Semitic King, cut into multiple pieces and buried in multiple places so that his followers would not have a burial-place to enshrine. He is called the mighty hunter in the Bible – the same title bestowed on Orion. His death was the same as Osiris and Uranus – both cut into pieces and the pieces scattered. The Babylonians’ Gilgamesh includes The Great Flood, the same as Irish mythology and multiple Native Americans. The Egyptians tell a story of Sekhmet, the lioness goddess who punished all mankind when they turned against Ra. This story does not involve a flood, but it has the same concept – purification of the human race through death and destruction. There are other stories that draw comparisons to the immaculate conception and the birth and resurrection of Jesus that could call into question the authenticity of the Christian belief.

The question that continues to come to my mind deals with the possible meaning to them all. If we could somehow combine history and myth to get a single story, what would we find? Why do we cling to these myths if not for some higher purpose than entertainment? Is it possible that there is some connection between the myths, the multiple religions, quantum physics, occult science, alchemy and the Hermetic principles? I can’t prove it, which is why all of this is just my theory, but I believe that somewhere in the fragments of truth is a deep knowledge that humanity has lost and as a result, we are unable to tap into our dormant abilities. It is written that each generation grows weaker and wiser. This is a very interesting statement as there are multiple ways to show weakness and few to show wisdom.

OMG! I looked at my bank account and saw that I was down to my last dollar. I totally forgot to transfer money into that account to cover my automatic withdrawal. I’m sure this happens to many people, and if anyone is like me, they’ve wiped the perspiration from their head and sighed, knowing that a bullet – the thirty-five-dollar fee – was dodged.
As I explained to my daughter, “You never want to overdraft and overdraft protection doesn’t save you from fees.”
bank-fees[1]I’m sure most banks are like mine, as I bank at a multi-branch bank found in just about every state in the U.S. There is a fee for everything. I’m charged a fee, even if I don’t use my card ten times in a month. UNBELIVEABLE! As a student in high school consumer’s education, I was led to believe that saving money was a good thing. Now, under the current banking system, I must swipe my bank card ten times in a month in order to avoid the $5 fee. Isn’t this like paying to saving money? I say it again OMG!

This sudden realization caused me to think about the banking system. Let’s go back to October 3, 2008, when the Senate passed a bill to bail out the banks with 700 billion dollars. From where did that money come? How does the government get the cash to bail out the banks? Why was this necessary in the first place?

Without the intent of boring the reader much, I will share my understanding. First, without the bailout, our economy would have completely crashed without hope for recovery. Take a small tax business for example. The owner, hires as many people as he needs to work for a short, four-month period. The owner borrows money from a bank to pay his employees until revenue comes. In a crashed economy, that owner could not borrow the necessary cash and, therefore, could not afford to hire workers. Now, imagine his company is a large one that has pay health insurance, payroll, and other benefits that requires cash loans or lines of credits – big problem, right? Although this is a simple example, there are many other, more complex situations that could have led to disastrous outcomes and extremely high unemployment.
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After 911, the Federal Reserve Bank lowered interest rates to 1%. As a result, companies and banks were able to borrow money at very cheap rates. This also meant that big investors who purchased treasury bonds from the government would get no returns on their investments, so they stopped buying the bonds and turned their attention to investment banks. Take this example: Mr. Johnson and his wife purchased a house. They hired a broker whose job was to find a lender and receive commission. The lender, who owns the mortgage, sells it to an investment banker for a profit. The investment banker borrows from a bank like the Feds and buys more mortgages. In the Johnson’s neighborhood, there are six neighbors who now pay the same bank and are placed into three categories: safe, average, and risky. Two of those neighbors, classified as “risky” eventually default on their homes and the bank seizes them. Another homeowner is victim to company downsizing and cannot keep his home, so he short- sells it to avoid foreclosure. Now one house has sold under market value and two other homes have been foreclosed upon without being resold. The investment bank, with empty homes in its possession, now refused to purchase more mortgages and the lenders issue fewer loans due to a decreased demand for homes. These three empty homes in the Johnson’s neighborhood cause the value of Mr. Johnson’s home to decrease lower than his purchased price. He now owes the bank more than what his house is worth, so he short- sells. The short-sell causes the value of surrounding homes to drop influencing his neighbors to also sell their homes below market value. Eventually, the bank’s income decreases, and stock holders sell their stocks, which makes the value of the bank fall and the housing market comes to a stop.
So, to save the banks and in turn the future employment of millions, the government bailed out the banks with tax payer’s money and the banks increased their fees on everything as if they are charging the customer to repay the government.
Keeping in mind that the cause of the collapse in combination with some things that Bill Clinton did to encourage irresponsible lending, was the Feds. There is much to say about the Federal Reserve Bank and the power it has over our economy. In my novel Men, Djinn and Angels – Awakening, the Enlightened Titans secret society’s involvement with the creation of centralized banking depicts the push that secret societies had to establish centralized banks. In the story, the brotherhood investigated, instigated and eventually caused the English crown to spend so much money on the Glorious Revolution that it needed to borrow money from the private sector which created the Centralized Bank of England. This is not far from fact as the old lady of Treadneddle Street became the model for future centralized banks throughout the world.
There is nothing Federal about our Federal Reserved Bank. It is a private owned bank that, according to some, is unconstitutional. In the Constitution, section 8 of article 1, the U.S. government is granted the power to coin money and regulate its value. Being that the Federal Reserved Bank is not part of the three branches of government, it should have no authority to make coins or regulate its value. But in 1913, Congress gave the Federal Reserved Bank its power. Sense then, the bank has controlled the inflation, the stock market, job market and in some areas, the effectiveness of the U.S. presidents. Two such examples are Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, both faced economic policy failures due, in part, to the hardline policies of the Federal Reserve Bank’s board of directors.


In all of this, what can we do? Probably nothing more than make enough personal adjustments to keep our heads above water and if we’re lucky, find a tree branch to pull ourselves from it before we’re sucked into a whirlpool. Still, I can’t help but to ask myself. Being that the tax payers bailed out the banks, shouldn’t they owe us a little something?

My grandmother’s mom lived in rural Mississippi just outside of Greenwood where some of her ancestors of Choctaw and African descent spent their lives in forced servitude. Roxanne, my grandmother’s mom was never a slave; she was the family’s first born emancipated. As such, she was afforded the opportunity to have input on her future education and after taking a liking to a mid-wife, learning the trade, Roxanne delivered her first baby at sixteen year old. Not only did she win trust and respect from everyone in her community for her skills as a mid-wife, she was soon respected as a healer.
She learned what herbs and roots are needed to make medicines to stop pain, break fevers and treat burns. By the time she was twenty one, she was regularly called upon to tend the young and elderly until one day she was labeled as a witch by a doctor who came to treat a young boy and saw, to his surprise, the boy healed and active.
In those days and in those places, a medical doctor came to his patients with no intentions to visit blacks, natives, or poor whites unless he was already enroute to treat a worthy middle class or wealthy patient. Having no emergency room treatments available, those unfortunate souls needed to care for themselves. As such, it is easy to imagine that doctor’s disappointment and surprise when he saw that his services to the boy were no longer needed. He examined the boy and told his parents that Roxanne used “Black Magic” to heal their son. They knew little if anything about Voodoo, so everything that was unexplained was labeled as such. For Roxanne, the accusation not only caused her to lose the trust of her black neighbors – good Christian folk – but she was also ostracized like Hester Prynne.
I use her sad story to explain many things, one of which the misunderstanding that limits our ability to learn and improve as human beings. I have come to discover that throughout history, various forms of knowledge – beneficial knowledge – has been censored, forbidden and misrepresented to our disadvantage. Occult science is, without doubt one of the best examples.

by Jan Luyken
Original caption: The Anabaptist martyr Anneken Hendriks tied to a ladder being hoisted toward the fire in 16th century Holland. Undated copper engraving by Tieleman Janszoon van Braght (1625-1664). BPA#2 5474 1685

Over time, many falsely accused lives were unjustly taken. The famous Salem Witch Hunts is a gory example. There are few conversations presenting the possibility that occult science is not evil or anti-Christian. As we all know, Christianity has waged wars against all sciences, not just the occult. History shows that science and literacy have always been huge threats to the “True Faith.” Considering this, I grow curious to know if the war against the occult had alternate intentions. Was the Church protecting humanity or taking from it?
When I reflect on the history of literacy and study the devastating impact that the printing press had on the Catholic Church, I cannot help but to suspect an element of foul-play by the church in its self-preservation efforts. What need would we have for the church if occult science provided a way for humanity to have a direct link to the Supreme and His angels? What if the occult science provided insights to the use of human ability that is dwarfed by the educational and religious dogma looming over us?
It seems that the patrons of the occult sciences have answers to these questions. In addition, these patrons claim that the science is not a simple monolithic study, but a multileveled disciplined, one that includes biology, chemistry and physics. Occult science supporters claim that their studies, while including traditional science, are consistent with the Puranas, Vedas, Book of the Dead, and other such ancient writings. It accepts the concept of indestructible matter and that all mater is energy having force and principles of polarity ruling over them. It supports the concept of fractals as supported in Sacred Geometry and indirectly mentioned in biblical and Apocrypha text.
Whereas traditional science relies on the Scientific Method as a means to qualify facts, occult science differs in that its patrons believe that eyes and ears without an understanding of heart and intangible forces of energy is inefficient. Let’s take the example of the way planetary energy affects us. Modern science cannot, using the scientific method, explain how a sunny day affects the masses in an emotional or psychological way, but we know that it does. Occult science relies on the understanding and agreement that the energy released by the sun influences the energy that we receive and release in a cyclical way. Traditional science cannot call this fact, but our experiences tell us otherwise.

What is troublesome for me, when it comes to trusting science, is that results are often manipulated to fit a desired result. If we consider how often this happens, it becomes impossible us to know what science proves or doesn’t prove. Take for example the global warming issue. According to the promoted findings, the world is warming, and most of the lay people, like me, would believe as much until we, by chance, come across the mountain of evidence that contrast the global warming “facts.” If we go down that rabbit-hole, we’ll learned a few interesting things; most of which, is that the data and the way data is gathered is not accurate or consistent and is often more suggestive than fact. Not to bore the reader with details, but the data on earth temperatures cover a span of less than 140 years. It was agreed by most researchers that 1998 the earth’s temperature rose 1.12 degrees above the average. It was then believed that 2005 was higher, but there are other reports that show 2005 temperature was only 1.04 degrees higher than the average. Many hidden reports conclude that the earth’s temperature is not consistently rising.
What is more shocking is that our political leaders are well invested in the dissemination of “factual” scientific information and influencing the results of scientific study. As reported in U.K. Daily Mail, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change compiled results of a global warming study that revealed a 2007 report concluding that the earth’s average temperature had not risen in 15 years.
With all of this, one is left in limbo, not knowing what to believe. Whereas we cannot trust the information that is passed on to us in forms of general knowledge, we are pickled in that we have to head to the reported findings that influence our health and daily lives. When it comes to the occult science, ironically, there is a similar reliance on the same collection of data and conclusions. The only difference is that in occult science is a provision that allows us to experience and experiment first hand and individually. Natural Science or Occult … take your pick.

Shortly after my college days, I developed a series of questions that I would present to women I met who interested me enough to make me want to know more about them than how well they performed on the dance floor.  Not to take anything away from the dance floor.  One should not underestimate what can be discovered on the dance floor.  Neither should one understate the difficulty in the cold sales pitch needed to get a complete stranger isolated in a crowd of moving bodies.  When on those occasional times I was successful, the next challenge was to leave the dance floor with the girl, luring her away from her friends’ assuming eyes.  Finally, away from the dance floor, somewhat able to hear each other’s words over the music, I would ask at some point in the conversation what color dress she would like, if I was to buy her any dress that she’d ever want.  It was my way of asking “What is your favorite color” and not sound like a goof.   Furthermore, when I juxtaposed her answer to the clothes she wore at that time, I gained a little insight on her psyche.  This was good for me in my attempt to level the playing field.  You see, the guy already plays his hand when he asks the lady to dance.  Now, she already knows he’s in to her.  He doesn’t know, however, that she’s in to him.  Yeah she may be curious; she may even like something about him, but he never knows for sure what it is.  She could be out for a free drink – he’ll never know, so the guy has to find a way of leveling the playing field.


At this moment in my life, I understood how to get from people information that was not necessarily volunteered.  I understood the power of symbolism.  I learned that the colors a person wore more frequently had connections to their personality, securities or insecurities.  It would be an over simplification to say that most people who often dress with bright, flamboyant colors are seeking attention or hiding their insecurities.  But there is some degree of truth to such assumptions.  Despite the amount of research in this matter, little information has been disseminated on the effects that colors have on the human psyche.  Jill Morton is an instructor for Color Matters, which is an online class with a full curriculum.  In her courses, she teaches how colors have profound effects on the human mind and behavior; additionally, she shows that colors embody messages that often sway thinking and influence emotional reactions.

To go a little further, after a day or two, I would ask a lady to make an animal symbol to represent me.   Then I would ask that she did the same for herself.  From her answer I would infer her expectations in a relationship.  If she described me as a lion and described herself as a rabbit, I inferred that she wished for a secure, somewhat aggressive, and almost imposing man in her relationship – not forceful, gentle at times but in no way a pushover, still sensitive enough to stroke her ego and enjoy intimate and meaningful moments.  In some cases, I turned, ran and never looked back.  The point is that I understood that if a pitcher is worth a thousand words, a symbol is worth a hundred more.

I use symbols in my writing, quiet a bit.  I like to play with the conspiracy theorist who find Illuminati symbolism in everything.  The truth is that if Rihanna makes a hand symbol in a music video, it will have no effect on the viewer unless the symbol’s meaning is interpreted in the way it was intended.   Cultural ideas and definitions are what makes cultural symbols work.  Remember the scene in DaVinci Code when Robert Langdon made his presentation and revealed that the priest in Spain use the same symbol as the Ku Klux Klan?  The symbols of the hooded robes had one meaning in Spain and a different almost opposite meaning in America. He did the same thing with the Poseidon’s trident when the crowd assumed it was the devil’s pitch fork.

This is not to disqualify symbolism.  Psychologists know that symbols have very effective uses that can hold complex ideas and beliefs.  In 1935, using symbolism, Carl Jung developed the Active Imagination technique to treat patients.  This technique parented others like autogenic Therapy and guided affective imagery to help treat patience.  Along with psychologists, Wiccans understand that symbols hold various transferable energies.  In Men Djinn & Angels – Awakening, there is a scene where Charles takes letters from the Angelic Alphabet to create a symbol, and using a Wiccan technique, he heals his sick aunt.  In this technique, the spell is activated when the image is burned or destroyed (with the proper type of mental, spiritual, and physical energy).


The use of symbols by characters and in narration or plot line can be a fun way to tell a story.  I believe it also provides depth to characters and plot by giving an extra layer that could inspire higher level thinking.  When I write, I often try to convey a message as well as tell an entertaining story.  Sometimes the names of my characters are used as symbols.  This was a technique I picked up from To Kill A Mockingbird.  Nathanial Hawthorn and Edger Allen Poe were writers who influenced me to use symbolism in my writing and now I enjoy doing so.  In Men Djinn & Angels – Awakening, Talib’s name is an example of name symbolism.  The two ships that sale over the waters dividing continents are symbolic, and Charles’ trip to England with his Grandfather is symbolic as well.

With all this being said, I believe that symbols can be powerful tools.  As far as the conspiracy theories of mass hypnoses, I think there is some truth to them, however exaggerated they may be.  I often laugh about a YouTube video I saw a couple of years ago where some guy elaborately uses the “clues” from a Kanye West No Church In the Wild video to prove how Obama and Prince William will lead the US to war against Russia.  I think it is safe to say he was wrong.  But if you are a writer, I encourage you to use symbolism.  If you read many books, look for the use of symbolism and you will get much more from your reading experience.

I was just barely twenty-years old when I caught the paranormal fever. It started with a movie; I don’t remember the title, but it dealt with an Angel that came to earth for some mission and fell in love with a woman. Sense then, I’ve been drawn to similar books and movies until perhaps five years ago when they started to boar and annoy me. It may have been the Twilight series that did it for me as the story line seemed to get out of hand. I did like the beginning of the series, as it was intriguing and different: Vampires trying to co-exist with people. True Blood, the HBO series, was equally intriguing for a while. But then, the stories all seemed to have the same basic story lines that I broke down into two categories.

The Love story: These stories, mostly written by female authors, seem to lose an interesting story line in an abrupt or slowly materializing romance. The innocent, beautiful girl causes the powerful vampire or angel to throw everything to the wind in order to obtain her love. If not that, the powerful supernatural being is on a quest to find his lost love. These stories usually have nice action that kept me interested, but then, often became sappy. An example of this is Fallen, by Lauren Kate. I was caught up in it for half of the story until – you guested it – it became sappy. Here is a description of the story from Good Reads.

17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

The Demons of Doom. These story lines are usually written by male authors. They involve Biblical angelic or demonic characters by name and not so much by theological personality descriptions. These stories usually fail to take into consideration the idea that in theology, various demons are believed to have been bound or imprisoned until the end of time. Demons like Azazel and Asmodeus, according to religious texts and dogma, have been taken away from our world forever. Yet Azazel, is a very popular character that authors seem to always pull out of his eternal prison. In addition to the creative and theological contradictions, many writers paint Hell as a living quarter for demons. Hell is where they live? I thought it was a place for punishment, but many authors like to give these demons power that allow them to come from the fiery pit, and in some cases, they are sent to earth by the devil himself – who, according to theology and religious dogma, won’t see Hell’s fire until the end of time. Still, these writers like to make the devil the ruler of Hell as Hades rules the underworld in Greek mythology. In the end, just as the love story plot lines become sappy, the Demons of Doom plot lines become too simplistic. The demons have come to destroy mankind and wreak unprecedented havoc on the universe simply because they are evil. These story lines often lack complexity in the demonic characters and if I’m watching the movie, I’m only waiting for the next fight scene. Take for example the film NEPHILIM. Here is a description from IMDb

<strong>NEPHILIM begins with the first signs of warfare evolving between good and evil. Set in modern times, two archangels, an atypical priest, an ex-homicide detective and a resurrected spirit form an unlikely alliance to unite against an insurgence of fallen angels and the termination of free will. It is written that the final battle is destined when the seeds for the race of Nephilim were planted by Beshwa, the first fallen angel to mate with humans during the ancient days on earth. Now, Father Markus must lead the battle against Azazel, a fallen angel who plans to create a new race of Nephilim. If born, the new race will prevail over all mortals and wreak unmitigated havoc and unstoppable evil. Indeed, with the birth of the Nephilim, a final battle between good and evil is set to begin.

What both types of paranormal stories have in common is an over-humanization of the supernatural. I believe the paranormal genre tends to put too much human emotion into the supernatural characters without answering some basic questions. Why would an angel love a mortal so much that he gives up everything? How does an immortal throw away all reasoning and logic to blindly pursue a selfish goal? Why does evil exist? Are demons out to destroy mankind just for the sake of doing so with no other reason aside from their evil nature?

When I write my paranormal fictions – usually based on angels and demons (djinn), I try to find an original angle that answers the above questions. What my goal is with the Men Djinn and Angels series is to connect theology, science, history and creativity in a thought provoking way that tells an interesting and entertaining story. In future books,I hope to show that demons and angels are different from people by de-humanizing them and present a less visited view of mankind through the eyes of the supernatural. I don’t know if it works, but so far, I like what I have done.