VOODOO INFERNO now available from Amazon.com
In a bit of precognative dissonance, when VOODOO INFERNO was first published online in late 2009 on Chuck Palahniuk's Writer's Workshop, this tale of black magic, natural disaster, and hopeful redemption inadvertently presaged the Haitian earthquake, the BP oil spill in the Gulf, Fukushima, and even Mr. Palahniuk's own version of Dante's classic.
Rather than being yesterday's news, the deadly shootings at a Wisconsin Sikh temple by a racist skinhead ex-vet unfortunately continue to make VOODOO INFERNO as timely a social and political critique as ever.
Now available in paperback from Createspace and Amazon.com.
The Devil may have gone down to Georgia for some fiddle music, but when he heads to New Orleans all Hell’s going to break loose! A mysterious, blind old beggar. An aging jazz singer. A Bourbon Street prostitute. A beautiful but enigmatic Creole girl. A mambo priestess. A dirty cop. And the skull-faced king of Saturday night. Hiding somewhere in the shadows of New Orleans is the man who holds the key to unlocking all their secrets.
Virgil Cane, an amnesic Iraq War veteran, has hit town during the height of Mardi Gras to hear the reading of an unknown relative’s will, hoping that connecting with a family he never knew will help him regain the memories he has lost. Instead he finds himself drawn into a deadly political scandal, one that will take him through the Crescent City's darkest back alleys and twisting bayou waterways, from the projects to the Governor’s mansion in search of a missing manila envelope that contains the answers to his forgotten past and the means to his salvation. But for him to save his soul, a whole city must suffer. Is this a choice he can make? Does he even have a choice?
Hurricane Katrina. Haiti. The Gulf oil spill. Fukishima. Think these disasters were separate and unrelated incidents? This contemporary and metaphorical retelling of “Dante’s Inferno”, a poignant political commentary on the state of our world and its environment, might have you rethinking that. A new voice in fiction for the other 99%.
About the Author
The author’s early years were spent working for Greenpeace, hopping freight trains and organizing for ACORN, the Association of Community Groups for Reform Now. This was followed by protests at the Nevada Nuclear Test Site, in the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest with Earth First, and on Capitol Hill in DC, where he helped pass a local referendum on nuclear disarmament. After traveling up the east coast with a school bus serving free meals to the homeless and underprivileged, he returned to New York and joined the Lower East Side Squatters community, where he helped organize for the next ten years until, after fierce protests and pitched battles in the streets, Mayor Giuliani finally relented and legalized the remaining occupied buildings.
Having been a part of movements and actions that have been featured in a wide variety of media, from newspapers to magazines and documentaries, Kendrick Douglas is now trying a different approach to changing the world. “Voodoo Inferno” is his first work of fiction.