The Damned May Enter – Chapter 22

Chapter 22 Mezhgorye, Russia     Malachi continued to push himself physically after the ascent to Yamantau’s summit, but this came with great pain. He spent mornings in physical therapy to regain strength and motion in his shoulders, and to tend to the damaged muscles in his back. Not surprisingly, he went against his therapist and […]

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Mount San Jacinto

Come now child, here now child, You with the clear eyes We will leave this valley floor and Ascend San Jacinto’s snowy heights Rising rose in twilight’s blushing glance.   They say this peak was named for a boy Who defied an emperor and dying, deified – Joined the empyrean company clothed In the same […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 21

Chapter 21 Mezhgorye, Russia     The Ides of March arrived. Half a world away Jacob lay on a hospital bed in Escondido. Meanwhile, in Russia, the southern Ural Mountains were still blanketed in snow as leonine storms pounded the Mt. Yamantau complex near the restricted town of Mezhgorye. It was several weeks before Malachi was […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 20

Chapter 20 Chaparral – Escondido, California “Dad, you need to get down to Escondido now! It’s Jacob, he was in a terrible motorcycle accident this morning,” said Mak with a trembling voice over the phone. “What?” asked Daniel, in disbelief, as a cold shock ran through his veins. “He’s been airlifted to Palomar Hospital. They […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 19

Chapter 19 Tehran, Iran – Kaspiysk, Russia             A late model Toyota Land Cruiser was waiting outside Evin Prison at nearly 3 AM for Malachi and Lt. Col Mahmood. Sgt. Yahyai was in the driver’s seat. Mahmood helped Malachi into the back seat. He had inadvertently placed his hand on Malachi’s back, which bore the […]

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The Damned May Enter – Chapter 18

Chapter 18 Tehran, Iran Lt. Col. Mahmood entered the Evin Prison in the early hours after midnight, after pulling through the checkpoint in his Nissan sedan. He had not obtained clearance to secure Malachi’s release, but every passing day posed a great threat to Malachi’s life and the pivotal role he was to play in […]

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Yeats’ Haunting Vision – The Second Coming

There are few poems in the English language as bone-chilling as WB Yeats’ “The Second Coming”. This year marks the century anniversary of a poem that captivated and terrified the modern world. One needn’t be familiar with Yeats’ Irish nationalism, Theosophical inclinations, or his occultism to gain entrance into his imagistic rendering of the collapse […]

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