T.L. ORCUTT, Ph.D.

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My working world involves writing novels in the genres of paranormal fiction, psychological thriller, adventure fiction, and science fantasy. I teach occult tarot and infrequently give professional tarot readings. Thanks to the students who take my tarot classes, seekers who find their way for readings, and especially readers of my novels. I appreciate your enthusiasm and applaud your encouragement. Thanks for your interest.

The Path of Return Trilogy


As a single volume hardcover edition, The Path of Return Trilogy comprises a revised edition of Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return, an expanded edition of its sequel, Collateral Karma, and for the first time in print, the third novel in the series, Letters from the Afterworld. You may order it from Barnes & Noble by clicking the cover jacket below. Of course, you may also order it on Amazon.com or from your local bookseller.

The Path of Return Trilogy is a single volume comprising three related and sequential novels: Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return, Collateral Karma, and Letters from the Afterworld. The period of writing for the series covers 21 years, from 1990 - 2011. The period of publication covers 16 years, from 1995 - 2011. Obviously, the world has changed considerably over 21 years and the author takes this into consideration by weaving the three stories with news bites and historical events. Written from the first-person point of view through the protagonist, known by his alias Bob Kramer in the first novel, and Rickshaw Lubowski in the second and third novels, the genre of the work may be considered as paranormal fiction, psychological thriller, adventure fiction, and science fantasy with threads of humor and satire.

The first novel in the trilogy is Jamayah: Adventures on the Path of Return. Baby-boomer Bob Kramer arrives in mid-life crisis with a job loss and recent divorce. Jamayah, an unlikely cosmopolitan guru, mysteriously recruits Bob as an initiate on the Path of Return - a fusion of wisdom traditions tempered toward paranormal mastery and cosmic awareness. The progressively intense challenge is how Bob will reconcile his scientific skepticism in an adventure that encompasses three mystical initiations along with a strip bar and the horrors of war. In the end, Bob returns to ordinary life, but feels detached, alone, and indifferent - a malaise Jamayah reframes as having passed a sacred rite of passage.

The immediate sequel, Collateral Karma, focuses on ritual, ceremony, lucid dreams, evil, occult and shamanic magic. The story opens after Rickshaw Lubowski (formerly Bob Kramer) has ditched the Path of Return in search of more tangible things - like sex, occultism, and sorcery. As a result, he becomes the target of a curse cast by the evil leader of a ceremonial cult who practices ritual sex and black magick. Rickshaw's descent into the world of sensation and desire incurs mysterious nightmares all too real, starting with the obsessively expected death of his new fiancé. Desperate, he meets a blind fortuneteller who knows more about his destiny than anyone should and with whom he falls in love. Only when he loses touch with reality does his mentor, Jamayah, appear. Together, they join forces with shamanic sorcerers to reverse the deadly curse.

Third in the series, Letters from the Afterworld, published for the first time in this single volume trilogy, develops themes of soul essence, mediumship, automatic writing, astral projection, and reincarnation. The novel begins with Rickshaw reminiscing about his marriage to Crystal a year before. Rickshaw attends a seance in Los Angeles conducted by a medium with a gift for automatic writing and receives a channeled letter for his friend Murdock. Evidently, Murdock is on a soul recall list for people whose souls prematurely inhabited their selected bodies. Other friends of Rickshaw have dreams of the same recall letters and incur near fatal illnesses and accidents. Jamayah distrusts the source of the afterworld letters and believes hybrid souls (who formerly incarnated on an alien planet), are exploiting humans for metabolic enzymes through enzymatic blood transfusions. Stakes are raised when Rattlesnake Dan and Murdock are kidnapped and a ten year old boy is murdered. Finally, Rickshaw, Jamayah, SBL, Weird Willie, Raoul, Juan, Apollo, and Billy the Kid mobilize the Cosmic Rangers with the pledge of liberty and justice for all.

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Letters from the Afterworld is the third novel in The Path of Return Trilogy and is published in that single trilogy edition for the first time. The story develops themes of soul essence, mediumship, automatic writing, astral projection, and reincarnation. Rickshaw attends a seance in Los Angeles conducted by a medium with a gift for automatic writing and receives a channeled letter for his friend Murdock. Evidently, Murdock is on a soul recall list for people whose souls prematurely inhabited their selected bodies. As other friends of Rickshaw have dreams of the same recall letters and incur near fatal illnesses and accidents, Jamayah believes hybrid souls (who formerly incarnated on an alien planet), are abducting humans for enzymatic blood transfusions to extend their health and longevity. Stakes are raised when Rattlesnake Dan and Murdock are kidnapped and a ten year old boy is murdered. Finally, Rickshaw, Jamayah, SBL, Weird Willie, Raoul, Juan, Apollo, and Billy the Kid mobilize the Cosmic Rangers with the pledge of liberty and justice for all.
Collateral Karma opens as Rickshaw Lubowski (formerly Bob Kramer in Jamayah), has ditched the Path of Return in search of more tangible things - like sex, drugs, occultism, and sorcery. As a result, he falls victim to a curse cast by an evil leader of a ceremonial cult who practices ritual sex and black magick. Rickshaw’s descent into the world of sensation and desire incurs mysterious nightmares all too real, starting with the obsessively expected death of his new fiancé. Seeking help wherever he can find it, Rickshaw meets a blind fortuneteller who seems to know more about his destiny than anyone should. While fighting for his life and the life of his friends, our hero realizes all too late the bad karma of his ways. Only when Rickshaw loses touch with reality, when his loved ones and Jamayah face almost certain death, does his mentor appear. Together, they join forces with shamanic sorcerers in an attempt to reverse the deadly curse.
JAMAYAH is about an “ordinary guy discovering a world that is not so ordinary,” a world qualitatively different from the homogenized perception that glorifies grasping and aversion. Baited by the uncharacter-istic guru, Jamayah, into experiencing the optimal possibilities of human awareness, Bob Kramer bumbles through a series of orientations designed to empower paranormal command and cosmic awareness. His adventures include out-of-body flight, past-life realization, shamanic exorcism, soul-retrieval, lucid dreaming, channeling spirit guides, and Zen golf from a maverick master. Rooting the spiritual adventure are the mundane realities of a strip bar romance, homeless humility and violence, and the horrors of war.