made up stuff

"'Do you know anything about abduction?' he asked..."

The Soul Molecule

They are among us, and they are watching what they eat.

Peter Bruegel, "Fall of the Rebel Angels"

The Descent of Man

The true story of the extinction of the angels.

"Adam and Eve Temptation 1," Oleg Maslov & Viktor Kouznetsov

Genesis, At Rest

When Adam and Eve fall, they fall hard.

Edith Wharton, b. 1862 - "'Edith? Is that you?' 'Yes,' the pen wrote, wobbling a little on its inky point."


What do you call yourself when names like skin can be shed?

"When they turn toward the ocean, I'm standing there, shoving another monk into the waves."

Pushing Monks

Lost at sea on a flotilla of enlightenment.


Mortal, Eat This Scroll!

Read the story that started it all. An excerpt from Killing the Buddha: A Heretic’s Bible.

"What is it to be in the jaws of a lion, how must it feel to be eaten?"

Xmas in the Lions’ Den

Or, “What’s Up, Daniel”; a tale of bibical danger retold for this most dangerous of seasons.

"It's Easter-time. They sell these at the drugstore."

Easter at the Jewish Ritual Bath, 1962

A tale of love, loss and submersion.


The Domovoi

Can an ancient Russian ghost shed some light on a modern marriage in trouble?


Entrance Wound

We believe in cells and protoplasm and sex, and stench and dirt and slime
and screams in the night.


Amos Awake

Reading the book he’ll never write.


Anointing the Sick

An altar boy grows up just in time to watch his mother die.

"Pigeons don't talk."

Another Room

Remember when God was just another cashier behind the cage?

Kinkakuji Temple, Kyoto

Princessing Lessons

No need for jumbo-jets full of pre-pubescent sex slaves, Japan’s Great Goddess has arrived.



What if every prince or pope who ever stoned or burned the Chosen People had a party in your head?



“Lecturing to a conference of American monastics, Dr. Luc Clement raises a femur above his head and waves it like a flashlight on a runway.”