Comments from George C. Chesbro
The 3rd novel in the Mongo series, An Affair of Sorcerers was
adapted from 3 novellas that originally appeared in Alfred
Hitchcock's and Mike Shayne Mystery Magazine. It may be
viewed as a cautionary tale reflecting my belief that you should be
very careful what you believe for you will eventually become that
which you believe.
An "outsider" from my early teens, by which I mean that,
unlike most of the billions of other people on the planet,
supernatural belief systems seemed ludicrous to me, I quickly took an
interest in those very belief systems, in how, by allowing otherwise
rational people to believe 6 impossible things before breakfast,
people lost a part of their humanity and bad things happened.
This/these theme(s) will form the spine of most of my work that
My attitude is perhaps best summed up in an article I was recently
commissioned to do by a local paper (perhaps I should note that it is
copyrighted by me and should not be reproduced without permission). For those
of you who are interested, click on the title below.
"Trusting in Wizards at the
Dawn of the Millenium"
Mongo, the undauntable dwarf/criminology professor/former circus
star/Black Belt karate expert/licensed detective who gained fame (if
not fortune) in Shadow of a Broken Man and City of
Whispering Stone, embarks on his most bizarre and dangerous
adventure in New York. Three seemingly separate cases point to the
shadowy world of witchcraft and launch him into the greatest personal
crisis he's ever faced.
Investigating a secretive Nobel Prize winner's strange work with
sensory deprivation and a murder case involving a jailed psychic
healer is more than enough to try Mongo's skills. Then, Kathy
Marlowe, his seven-year-old neighbor, gives him her life's
savings---57 cents---to find her father's "Book of Shadows,"
or, as Kathy says, "something terrible will happen."
Kathy is right. Mongo finds Kathy's father ritually murdered in a
circle of greenish-white fire and the little girl in a deep coma that
medical experts can't break. Mongo's only clue: the mysterious gown,
covered with occult symbols, that Kathy was wearing when Mongo
Searching desperately for the cause of Kathy's coma with his policeman
brother, Garth, Mongo discovers to his horror that Kathy has become a
helpless pawn in a deadly affair of sorcerers. With Kathy's mother, a
beautiful witch with whom he falls love, Mongo penetrates the
mushrooming world of the occult underground and encounters powerful,
dark forces that threaten his own life as well as Kathy's. Racing
against time in a terrifying quest that takes him from the Cloisters
of Brooklyn, Mongo uses every trick he knows to discover the
significance of the Book of Shadows and the identity of
"Esobus," the legendary sorcerer who leads a murderous
super-coven of witches. In a final, apocalyptic confrontation with
the powerful sorcerer, Mongo learns the ultimate truth about
---From the dustjacket of the Simon & Schuster edition
Quotes from the novel
- "You'd be amazed how few people feel the need for a dwarf private
Marlowe was rather strange man, even for a writer...He'd once announced, only
half joking, that I'd inspired him to create a new series of paperback novels
featuring a dwarf private detective. I'd heartily discouraged the idea,
assuring him that no one would believe it. -Mongo
"I believe that anyone who rejects out of hand the tools that
other men have found useful for thousands of years is a fool."
"I know for a fact that most of the very scientists who would
ridicule me are the stalwart members of churches or synagogues.
They're intellectual schizophrenics; they just can't accept the fact
that orthodox religious beliefs are every bit as 'occult' as
witchcraft." -Madeline Jones
- "But ignorance bothers me, especially when the ignorant are so
self-righteous." -Madeline Jones
"...just an average superdwarf." -Mongo
In some circles, lusting after a comatose girl's mother might be
considered a bit tacky. -Mongo
"I haven't had the time to be fascinated; I've been too
"When you've been dying as long as I have, you get used to
Dying can be a distraction. -Mongo
Deformity- any deformity-can crush, but it can also propel a man
beyond his normal limits. -Mongo
"Who'd have thought that the Messenger of Death was a
"...the white magician cultivates love because he or she knows
that love is ultimately a more powerful force. The black magician
stalks and wields evil because it offers quick results. Love offers
freedom; evil offers slavery. YOU think the choice is simple, but
it's not. Most people unconsciously prefer to be slaves to their
secret desires, rather than control and define their lives through
love." -Kathy Marlowe
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