Sex Magick: Raphael’s Demons… and Mine

In trying to put together the story of Sex Magick, I keep coming back to the question of understanding Raphael’s Moral Component (inspired by Jeff Lyons’ Anatomy of a Premise Line). Lately I’ve been coming to understand that Raphael’s blind spot is my blind spot and that his demon is a projection of mine. This shouldn’t come as a shock to any writer who digs deeply into himself in order to understand his characters, but I’m not sure why it took me so long to realize this. Continue reading


Sex Magick: from Beelzebub to Asmodeus

I originally named the familiar/demon in Sex Magick “Belz”, which I intended to be short for “Beelzebub”, or the Devil. Upon further consideration, I’ve decided to rename him “Asmo”, which is short for “Asmodeus”, a king of demons and a demon of lust. The account of Asmodeus and Raphael in the deuterocanonical Book of Tobit has provided some needed inspiration for the dramatic middle and conclusion of Sex Magick. Continue reading

Sex Magick: from idea to premise line, Part 2 of 2

In Part 1 of this series, I identified the moral blind spot and immoral effect connected to the character of Raphael, the protagonist of Sex Magick. I also came up with some interesting backstory explaining how Raphael acquired his moral blind spot. I’m going to skip talking about the dynamic moral tension and go right to the seven components of the Invisible Structure. Continue reading

Sex Magick: from idea to premise line, part 1 of 2

Over the years I’ve wanted to write a story about an escort with the power to heal through sexuality and his falling in love. That is the core idea of Sex Magick. The story has been with me for years in various forms and I’ve done extensive research for it in the areas of sex magick (some practitioners of Wicca make a distinction between the “magic” of illusion and the “magick” of spellcraft) and Tantra and bodywork and various esoteric systems of energy and mind-body alignment. Continue reading

A New Project: Code Name: Sex Magick

About a month and a half ago, I started work on what I thought would l be a quick throw-away piece on a theme I had considered over the years: a little romp about a magician who seduces a young man who comes to his shop looking for love. I gave it a working title of “Sex Magick. Simple, right? Well, that blossomed into the idea for a novella, and off I went, blissfully typing until I got to 14,000 words—and got stuck. Continue reading