Behind the Locked Door
$20 - includes tax & shipping
Behind the Locked Door
Behind The Locked Door is available in Mendocino from Gallery Bookshop, Moore Books, and the Mendocino Public Library; in Fort Bragg from The Bookstore and the Fort Bragg Public Library, in Ukiah from The Mendocino Book Company, in Jacksonville, Oregon from Rebel Heart Books and from most online sites (Amazon, Apple, Kobo, Barnes & Noble) including as an ebook.
This book had a long gestation period. The idea first occurred to me in 1972, and I began to research in earnest in December of 2010. I first put pen to paper in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, in January 2011. Much of the book was written in Oaxaca, Mexico, over several years while I stayed at the beautiful Casa de las Bugambilias. The friendly and attentive staff went out of their way to create an atmosphere conducive to my work. Parts of the book were completed in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and in Mendocino, California.
I had some professional assistance with the book, but the final product represents my work, errors and all. I won’t mention names so as not to ruin reputations. What I will say is, without the generous help of many other writers this book would lack whatever merits it possesses. I have been influenced by a number of authors, especially Ambrose Bierce (The Incident at Owl Creek Bridge), Jorge Borges (The Secret Miracle), David Dephy (Before the End), Tobias Wolfe (Bullet in the Brain), Abram Tertz (aka Andrei Sinyavsky, Fantastic Tales), D. H. Lawrence (Mornings in Mexico), Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), and Oliver Sacks (Hallucinations). Obviously none of them is responsible for anything I put in print.
Notes On The Title:
The title for the book was inspired by the George Harrison song Behind That Locked Door on his 1971 album All Things Must Pass.
From The Back Cover:
In the 1970s, Eric Martin, a young attorney, is diagnosed with terminal cancer. Eric finds hospitals and traditional treatments insensitive and ineffective, so he decides to gamble on an unproven but popular alternative: Laetrile, legally available to him only at a clinic in Mexico. While there, he befriends an unconventional Catholic priest who introduces him to the mysterious world of spirits and shamanic healers.
In a dreamworld populated with characters real and imagined, Eric discovers a life he’d formerly ignored in order to focus only on things of practical importance. In the course of treatment both at the clinic and by a curandera in a remote mountain village, Eric threads his way among gangsters, drug dealers, corrupt politicians, greedy charlatans, and a principled scientist. In time, Eric’s health improves, and he begins a new and surprising future. This remarkable story shifts between the ordinary and the extraordinary as it raises age-old existential contrasts—dream versus reality, optimism versus nihilism, and the spiritual versus materialist view of humanity.
More Words on My Book
I’m upstairs in my room. I’ve worked at The Frolic for a few months. Earned the respect of the boss and the rest of the staff. It’s late. Micah leaves after cleaning up. No one is here at this hour. I swing down into the restaurant through a trap door I found...
I like to sit in the Cellar Bar after my shift and drink a beer. Sometimes it's quiet. Sometimes it's busy. Tonight it's in-between. Big Tony comes in with his girlfriend Darlene. Big Tony has a bushy beard, a head shaped like a pineapple with fat cheeks and...
I walk out onto the back deck behind the dishwasher to smoke a joint. At the top of the stairs to the storage room where I stay Rafan prays to Allah. He is prostrate, oblivious. I don't get it but it doesn't bother me. Micah the Buddhist janitor says he prays...
A knock on the door wakes him up. Mac climbs out of bed, unlocks the door and opens it. It’s Myrna. “Myrna, I told you …” “I know,” says Myrna. “That’s not why I’m here. Can I come in? I’m not here about us. I’m here about you.” Mac let’s her in and shuts the...
Chapter 2. Mendocino is a tourist town. Once it was an artist community and before that an abandoned mill town and before that a flourishing mill town and before that a home for the Pomo Indians for several thousand years. The Pomo are mostly gone, exterminated and...
The Frolic Cafe is my story. The Frolic refers to a schooner that was shipwrecked off the Mendocino coast in 1850. Everything else including the Cafe is pure fiction. Fiction means “created, invented and made up,” that is, not real, didn’t actually happen. So,...
Truth is stranger than fiction. Mark TwainWhat is the best way to describe a particular life experience? That is the dilemma I am currently grappling with. The answer it seems to me depends on what you are trying to accomplish with the description. Is the purpose...
On Thursday, February 18, yours truly will be participating in a ZOOM authors event to talk about my book Behind The Locked Door. I will have ten minutes to talk and three other authors will also speak followed by Q&A. Sign up below to...
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Behind The Locked Door is available in Mendocino from Gallery Bookshop, Moore Books, and the Mendocino Public Library; in Fort Bragg from The Bookstore and the Fort Bragg Public Library, in Ukiah from The Mendocino Book Company, in Jacksonville, OR from Rebel Heart...
Behind the Locked Door by David Herstle Jones Behind The Locked Door is available in Mendocino from Gallery Bookshop, Moore Books, and the Mendocino Public Library; in Fort Bragg from The Bookstore and the Fort Bragg Public Library, in Ukiah from The Mendocino Book...
Author Interview: David Herstle Jones Today, Feathered Quill reviewer Amy Lignor is talking with David Herstle Jones, author of Behind the Locked Door. FQ: How difficult was this book to write, since it was based on your own family’s situation? Did you find this to...
Praise For The Book:
“From a dying brother’s letter of despair and hope, David Jones creates a harrowing mix of humanity and inhumanity; love and terror; medical madness and mirages of miracles. The searing journey the author imagines for his brother compels readers to confront profound questions of how life is best lived and death best met.
—Jeffrey Amestoy, Former Chief Justice, Vermont Supreme Court and author, Slavish Shore: The Odyssey of Richard Henry Dana Jr.
“It requires exceptional skill to twist a thought to express a sensation, a tender emotion. David has that skill… to create a mood, a reality, a truth made from illusions.”
—James Maxwell, artist, author of My Ghosts
“Jones has delighted us for years with his blog www.thinkinthemorning.com. Now, in his engaging first work of fiction, he takes readers to Mexico as a young man searches for the gift of healing.”
—Katy M. Tahja, author of An Eclectic History of Mendocino County, 1852–2002
“What a treat! I’ve followed David’s blog and travels, and now am delighted to be able to fully immerse myself in the richness of his imagination, truth telling, and talent. Hurray—and more, please!”
—Susan B. Wood, artist and “teller” of the secrets of an amazing, aging, single, woman artist
“David Jones is one of the great thinkers and writers of northern California. He pours his intellect and life experience into Behind the Locked Door. Run, don’t walk, to devour it, and be ready to be consumed.”
—Gary Evans, former World Bank economist and financial advisor to the Republic of Poland
“David Jones has chosen a difficult subject: the story of a desperate ‘everyman’ grasping at any straw (Laetrile, in this case) in hopes of surviving his incurable cancer. Set in Mexico, the novel is liberally sprinkled with indigenous mysticism and surreal interludes, enhancing the story and helping make Behind the Locked Door a wonderful read.”
—Gil Gevins, author of 1967: The Autumn of Post-Coital Despair
“In this genre-bending ode to his much-loved older brother, who died of cancer at a young age, David Jones has imagined an inner and outer life for a dying man. Imagine a gritty tale of intrigue, international crime and corruption and the harshest, cruelest, most savage details of high-tech medical reality merged with the slippery, elusive, shimmering world of shamans, visions, totems, and magical realism, a tale populated with a full cast of characters, some of whom—gangsters, hucksters, crooked politicians—resemble walking, talking cancer cells, while others—a native healer, an obsessively principled eccentric scientist, a sweet, beautiful love interest, an enlightened Catholic priest—put us in mind of powerful immune cells channeling the primal forces of life. The reader ponders the age-old philosophical question: Do we dream that we are awake, or are we awake when we are dreaming? And is there a difference?”
—Eleanor Cooney, author of Death in Slow Motion and Midnight in Samarra
Behind the Locked Door
$20 - includes tax & shipping