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Rachel Pollack

The Queen of Eyes

The Queen of Eyes by Rachel Pollack,(broadcast 9-2-2013) Rachel brings us some excellently imaginative reading with Jack Shade as the principal character in a series of novellas described as shamanic noir.  Jack is a present day private eye occultist shaman who deals with the supernatural, traveling to other dimensions for people who hire him.  Tough, smart and sophisticated, nevertheless as in the classic noir stories, he is likely to be scammed by his clients who have their own agendas.   “Queen of Eyes”, second in the series that started with “Forest of Souls”, is featured in the September-October 2013 edition of Fantasy and Science Fiction.  The title character is a woman who holds all the world’s oracular power within her body.  She’s missing, and Jack is on the hunt.  Along the way he introduces us to The Nude Owl, a Knowledge elemental who is dressed in so many layers of clothing that his/her sex is indeterminate, takes us along to a homeless shelter in New York for exiled angels, demons and others of that ilk and embarks on a wild journey that begins in a magical dollhouse in the world’s most famous toy store.  Reading just one of the Jack Shade stories
will have you waiting for more like the rest of us.  Find out more at Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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