Psychedelic Prophet, my Urban Sci/Fi Novel, has six main characters but in its entirety, there are thirty including the ghost of Jerry Garcia. My novel Psychedelic Prophet is the first of three books planned in a novel series. The cover and illustrated inserts of the main characters were created by two talented artists Roberto Alezandro Gonzalez and Yoshiko Sakamoto. Gonzalez created the front cover, and Sakamoto created the back cover and characters.
Roberto Alezandro Gonzalez drafted a stark, one of a kind front cover for Book One ‘The Messenger’. Matt Wells ‘The Messenger’ and his nemesis ‘Kremmel’ are in the foreground flanked by the Center City Philadelphia skyline.
Yoshiko Sakamoto crafted the main characters from descriptions I relayed to her. She also depicts ‘The Patterson Retirement Enclave’ and five characters in the scene on the rear cover. Bob and Lisa are speaking with Matt in front of the massive structure. If you look close you’ll notice ‘Kremmel’ in another guise peering from the shadows. Wait, who is that in the sky? You guessed it: Jerry Garcia’s spirit is watching from the clouds.
This page will expand as I include additional characters to the queue. We will feature the Griffin family consisting of Jimbo Griffin and his father George. Lisa’s parents Nick Holmes and Sharon Holmes will take their place in the Book Two ‘The Sphere’ of the ‘Psychedelic Prophet’ series.
One of these main characters, was a close friend of mine growing up. Kevin Ryan and I hung-out for many years. To be honest I have exaggerated his prowess at convincing hot women to shimmy out of their panties. However, the rest of his personality traits are portrayed accurately.
Also, a character I use in this eclectic series, an icon, no longer of this realm. A spiritual guide like none before, ‘Jerry Garcia’. plays a vital role in the story. The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir and his sister Wendy, influenced this tale about revelation in the modern world. These folks I hope will be people you can relate to. They have their good points and weaknesses, like you and me. They all have dreams and demons to vanquish. Join them on a quest to invent a better method of embracing a higher power.
Psychedelic Prophet artwork
Bob Griffin and his girlfriend, Lisa, are surprised to find themselves caught up in a celestial vision. A grizzled middle-aged man appears and informs them that his earthly name is Mathew Wells, the Messenger, and that they have been chosen to receive his instructions. “My purpose is nothing short of saving the planet,” he tells his small group of first contacts. And this will be accomplished by the church they’ll establish, called the Sphere, which will teach the ways of “Spin & Modulation”—a means to connect with the flow of the universe They anticipate conflicts with the world’s religions, all of which Segal portrays with thorough cynicism—and the bulk of the novel is concerned with the practical steps of setting up a messianic ministry in the 21st century. And although the divine messenger is rather over impressed by the music of the Grateful Dead –“Matt remained in awe at the clarity attained in a shifting modulation sequence--Segal’s crisp, lively writing style carries the story effortlessly to its bittersweet end.
An engaging, insightful satire on the place of revelation in the modern world.