In the novella Whole Lotta Love, a successful 29-year-old Sino-American entrepreneur named Xu Tang, a part-time heroin smuggler, is found murdered in Chicago‘s Chinatown, and her casual Mexican boyfriend, Jose Agave, is indicted for murdering her. Agave is freed unexpectedly when one of the jurors in his murder trial, a promiscuous legal secretary named Carlotta Jeffries, refuses to find him guilty and forces a hung jury. In the aftermath, the lives of Jose Agave and Carlotta Jeffries, now forever linked, are turned upside down when everyone around them mysteriously dies one by one.
Much of this occult sequel to Respect for the Dead is set over a two-year period in New England and centers on the spiritual awakening of a sorcerer whose identity is concealed for thematic purposes. He learns that before his present incarnation he had cut a deal with God and Satan to wipe out their common enemies in exchange for a successful writing career¾a dangerous test of endurance, paralleling Castaneda's horrifying experiences with sorcery in Mexico. (for back cover)
South Seas Congé is a lurid hodgepodge of seven previously published Pacific island taleshumorous, mystical, romantic, occult, tragic, transsexual, or death-defying, featuring sharks, centipedes, parasites, sacred cows, fortunetellers, prisoners, beatings, shootings, the devil, and the walking dead.
In Under Spells, a Buddhist author recounts his simultaneous influences after living out some of the experiences of various authors and their characters. On the verge of homelessness in Sans-Abri (Without Shelter), he decides not to stay in a shelter but rather outdoors, like Siddhartha Gautama Buddha and his followers in the 5th century BC, and painfully conquers the elements. Having studied astronomy and astrology, he finally charts his horoscope in Little Green Men and learns how and why his life turned out the way it did. In Chez Moi, he journeys again to Maine and eastern Canada while he has the chance.
In The Warlock Book, a man late in life passes on his arcane secrets to his daughters and their friends, then he sends them out on an eternal mission to clean up mankind. His oldest daughter is eventually allowed to meet Lucifer and sojourns in hell. Her surviving daughter, following in her mother’s footsteps, picks up the trail of her lost aunt.