When I ask myself "what am I writing really", the Oracle of Delphi answers "nothing that hasn’t been done already." Is my world radical different from those of Carlos Castaneda, in his best sellingnovels? Are my comic overtures any different from those of Tom Robbins, Christopher Moore, or Douglass Adams? Are my ideas any stranger then Burroughs’
or my hero’s gifts anydifferent from
And if I take five years to write something, and another five to perfect it, isn't that the same amount of time "Gone with the Wind" took? I always thought the manwho said "frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (a similar though shared by some readers of mine) wasa cad, until I saw the movie and thought – “Yes, she deserved it." Perhaps I should reminisce, like theGrateful Dead, on
what a long strange trip it’s been
. Then one day I woke up, and in a flash of enlightenment, remarked: "That's it. The creator builds a cosmic cartoon factory, and nobody gets it but me. I either must be crazy, or I discovered the secret of life. I need to share this, but it needs to beaged a bit – like a fine wine, with a distinctive taste, and an expensive price tag."
Since antiquity, Indian epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana have concerned themselves withspiritual heroes overcoming the forces of demons and darkness. If such a hero were transported tocontemporary American pop culture, the tale might unfold like a cosmic comic book.Filling such a role, Adrian Albright escapes from a mental institution just in time to witness Dr.William Alter’s murder. The villain, Scorpion, has killed the doctor, and Adrian, as a reluctant witness,is forced to hide in the criminal biker underworld lest he become the next victim. Recovering from acoma, Adrian also regains his sanity and discovers he has acquired the gift of healing and the ability tocommunicate with a mythical coyote figure. Aiding Adrian are his friends and allies: Ann Cutter,former psychologist and current love interest; Rumi Rosenkreuz, mystic philosopher and man of mystery; Danny (Doc) Holliday, black blues pianist and gunslinger accompanied by his antic monkeyBubbles; and Coyote, the Native American totem of mischief.