Dear readers, tonight with me is the heir to a family of old money. A family fortune built on industries, business, and magicks.

He is here to tell us about the fortunes of love and money, of dark pasts and bright futures, and of the gods that rule our lives and power the true magick.


Tell us a little about where you grew up. What was it like there?

I was born and raised in Lincoln, NE. Lincoln’s a quiet place, always has been. Sure, we have excitement from time to time, but that is usually during tornado season. Being smack dab in the middle of the U.S., everything is kind of “middle ground”.

I’m the heir apparent to the Downing family fortune. Father and Uncle are arguing over what will become of me after I had the audacity to fall in love with a woman whose family doesn’t have money or power.

Did you have any favourite toys as a child? Any cherished memories?

The kinds of toys I had as a kid were not what you would expect. I spent my days playing with alchemical sets – much different than chemistry sets – and learning the ABC’s of Enochian and Latin.

In the rare family moments, I remember my mother – may she rest in peace. She was always looking out for me and making sure I had a good and fun childhood. She gave me a teddy bear for my fifth birthday. I remember that. Uncle said I was too old for such things. I still have that bear, hidden away.

What do you do now?

Uncle and Father are training me to take over Downing Industries. My family is one of the richest in America, certainly the richest in Nebraska. Even more so than Warren Buffet, though he’d argue that. Learning the ropes of the company is one thing. Learning how to control the powers behind what we do is something entirely different. The magicks… Well, let’s just say that I am glad Uncle insisted on such heavy study into the arts while I was growing up.

What can you tell us about your latest adventure?

I screwed up with Elaine. She was my girlfriend for a short time. I really loved her and thought she loved me. But I guess I was wrong. Uncle and Father didn’t approve from the get-go. And when Mother died, well, I went off the deep end. I’m afraid I did something I can never make up for. I’ve had to keep my head down, both with her and my family the last few months.

Doesn’t help that the Gods had plans of their own when I called upon them…

What did you first think when… ?

…I saw Elaine? Oh, my! Beautiful! Not Hollywood beautiful. But real beauty. Something that is visible on the surface, but goes much deeper. I fell in love right then and there. I knew she would be an important part of my life.

What was the scariest thing in your adventures?

Being cast aside when I screwed up. Finding myself suddenly alone and adrift. Thankfully, Uncle and Father took me back in. And I am truly sorry for what that did to Elaine and her friend Sandra. Even though I think Sandra is a bitch. I would never wish that on someone.

What is the worst thing about…?

…being a mage? *lol* There are lots of bad things when it comes to the magicks of the world. Facing down my own mistakes with those powers is the worst. You’ve never experienced chastisement until you are staring down the barrel of a pissed Dagan.

What is the best thing about it?

…being a mage? might as well address the good with the bad. The power! The pure, raw power of it all! Touching the hand of a God is amazing! It opens the doors to so many more possibilities in this world!

Tell us a little about your friends.

I don’t have many friends. I killed my best friend. Been hard to make new friends. No, seriously. I killed him. I was mad, I was jealous. This was before I met Elaine. I wished him dead. He died. That simple. Mother told me it wasn’t my fault, but I don’t accept that.

Any romantic involvement?

Have I mentioned Elaine yet? *laugh* Of course I have. I love her. No matter what.

Whom (or what) do you really hate?

Uncle Zachariah – He keeps taking everything away from me. Everything I love, desire, need in life. He took Elaine away from me. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had something to do with Mother dying.

What’s your favourite drink, colour, and relaxing pastime?

I used to drink. A lot. Not so much. I’ve switched to coffee. The richer the better. Hmmm. Seems to be Uncle’s philosophy on life. Anyway… I like greens, dark, light, whatever. Green is a good color for me. Well, except finger-in-the-eyes-of-the-gods-green. That color is just horrendous!

What does the future hold for you?

I’m hoping to get my brain wrapped around this business thing. That’s what I went to school for, but Uncle expects things a certain way. And no amount college of education can prepare a person for the magicks of business.

Oh, I totally forgot to tell you! I’m going to be a father!!! Even though Elaine has stepped away from my life, and doesn’t seem to want to come back to me, I am going to be a father.  That was a surprise to me!

Can you share a secret with us, which you’ve never told anyone else?

Mother visits me. She visits me in my dreams. She is so real that I can almost touch her. When I wake up, I can still feel her there. I can smell her perfume. Makes me cry.


Philipp J. Kessler is the author of the Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series, R.S. Pinnacle: Asteroid (A chapter-a-month sci-fi novel available through his Patreon account), and several nonfiction articles of interest to the Pagan spiritual community. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his three cats and a mountain of books. He’s pounding away on the keys for the next novel in the DotMNB series and working on several long term WIPs, including an historical fiction and a dark urban thriller.

You can find Malcolm on the pages of the Dark of the Moon, New Beginnings series.

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