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.
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.
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.