Mysticism in Fiction
Mysticism in fiction is in the same boat as Sci-Fi, in that, if it is to be any good, it either has to have been
experienced or researched by the writer. Unfortunately, there are too many authors who just make mysticism and
sci-Fi up as they go along and give both genres a bad name.
I don't want to talk about anyone else, so I will have to use my own life and books as examples. All but one of
my 'non-Thai' books contain mysticism, or what I think most people would call mysticism. In the context of this
article, by mysticism, I mean Spiritualism, Faith Healing, Witchcraft and related subjects.
I apologise to the purists, I know that it is a loose grouping, but not in the eyes of many. What follows refers
to me only, not to other members of my family, although it might do, but that is their story.
My mother told me that she was a White Witch when I was about six. So, she being my lovely mother, I was never
frightened of witches. My father confirmed it about twelve years later and added that her mother was as well.
At six or so, she also told me that she would die at at forty-two, which she did, fourteen years later. This is the
basis for my novel 'Fate Twister'.
One day, I told Mum, quite innocently, that an older couple had wished a car crash on me. Shortly thereafter,
they crashed and died months later. I told my father and he told me the story of a client that hadn't paid him and
landed up in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. He made me promise never to tell Mum anything 'bad' again.
That and much more convinced me that anything is possible. However, I am Wayne from the novel, because I cannot
sustain the level of concentration / prayer / spell necessary to bring about the twist of fate, but I know that
some people can, and that it is mostly women. Fate Twister is not just fiction.
My father, and most of his family, were Spiritualists. He, his three sisters and his mother were the most adept.
They could do most things including healing, talking to the 'dead', automatic writing etc.
I went to Spiritualist Churches on and off from six to thirty-six years of age. From about twelve until now, I
have regularly read books by older Eastern mystics and gurus. Less so now though, because I think that there has to
come a time, one day, to do, and stop thinking about doing.
My version of 'doing' is the way I treat other people and putting my knowledge into my books.
The Megan Series of twenty-two novelettes is about the Spiritual Awakening of a young Celtic girl - a mixture of
true stories about my mother and myself.
'A Night in Annwn' is a distillation of everything that I have learned and now believe in.
So, please, all you literary snobs, who turn your noses up at fiction, you could be the ones who are losing
Please read part one here
by +Owen Jones