THE QUEST FOR IMMORTALITY
The world is in chaos.
Fires, storms and an eternal dark sky fight to hold the people hostage as an unprecedented flow of bodies keep the morgues at their breaking point. Some are of fallen immortals who once sought renewed eternal life.
A.L. Mengel crafts a hypnotic story which inhabits the land of demons and angels; telling of heartache, loss, hope and love. Lush and exotic, with Darius at the heart, he desperately searches for the elixir to end his curse.
From his early days we learn of his heritage; from his time in Paris when Vaudeville was in its infancy; to present day New York and Miami. This story of compassion visits Cathedrale Notre Dame de Paris, the coffee fields of Sri Lanka, and the dusty bungalows of ancient Jerusalem and Gethsemane with elegant prose and stunning detail.
A.L. Mengel weaves a tapestry of luxuriant wickedness; paints a portrait of a dazzling vixen seductress; a mysterious secret society; and an unusual mortician all searching for the same purpose...but each spellbound by evil.
The Tales of Tartarus
Blending realism with fiction, and weaving together the paranormal with the theology of Catholicism,
When Ashes was originally released by Parchman's Press, A.L. Mengel broke new ground in supernatural storytelling. superstition and common myths, he introduced a simple story with a profound message and deep, spiritual elements. The majority of the message resides between the prose, while other themes are flung into the reader's face. "Ashes" does not hold back in addressing issues of bigotry and intolerance, alcoholism, betrayal, sexual identity and broken relationships.
The story opens with Antoine, an abandoned immortal, longing for the company of his maker once again. Antoine seeks to resurrect him, and bargains for the ultimate payment - his soul. And the demons come. Antoine manages to escape, but not without those pursuing him at every corner.
"Ashes" is a seemingly simple horror story with unexpected complexity and undeniable impact. It will take the reader through facets of time, space and across dimensions - and delivers a profound message. That a scratched surface is merely scratched.
tHE tALES OF tARTARUS
THE BLOOD DECANTER
Who is The Hooded Man? Rumors have spread across the Immortal community – from Miami and New York to Paris, Frankfurt and Rome. Talk of ‘the man in the hood who carries the decanter’ have been increasing. But are the rumors true? Immortals around the world have been losing their dark gift – becoming mortal once again, dying an eternal death, cursed and damned forever. The rumors continue to spread, worldwide, as a mythical figure is seen shortly before each “death” carrying a bulbous crystal decanter. Is it the end of the Immortals? A.L. Mengel continues the Tartarus saga with powerful passages and eloquent description. Mesmerizing and exquisite; traveling to Piazza San Pietro, to Paris in the Dark Ages, ancient Jerusalem and modern day Lyon and Cairo, The Blood Decanter does not hold back with dazzling prose, across oceans and throughout time, interwoven together in a genealogy of blood ancestry.
"I truly had a story inside me to tell. And when I sat down, words just rained onto the page."
SUPERNATURAL TOUCHES REALISM IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING SERIES
WHERE TO GET YOURS
WHERE TO GET YOURS
WHERE TO GET YOURS
Do You Believe?
“There are twice the amount of souls as there are people in every room,” Mother always said. “There are those you can see. Like you and me. But those you can’t…are still there…some of them watch over us.”
The immortals have suffered a near total annihilation throughout the world; from Miami to Paris, Cairo and Sri Lanka; throughout time and history; from ancient Biblical times, towards the Renaissance, the Dark Ages and Modern-Day cosmopolitan cities. The immortals were dying.
A gifted girl loses her parents in close succession and fights with God in between visits from the Devil. As a woman, she leaves home and discovers Vaudeville in Paris, and “la passion de la vanité”. During that time, the myth of angels – in particular, a War Angel – among the populace was substantial, leading to questions: Who is the War Angel? And could the War Angel save the immortals from extinction?
A.L. Mengel crafts a patchwork of lush, provocative storytelling; voluptuous prose; elegant, exquisite description; set against the backdrop of glorifying the grandiose battle of Good versus Evil. War Angel will speak to believers – and non-believers – alike.