Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star

Part historical fiction, part psychological horror, Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star is the second installment in a series revealing the corruption, greed and sexual repression of Evangelical Christian culture.
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About the Book

After escaping a life of harsh labor and religious fundamentalism on his father’s farm, Jacob is discovered by an ambitious youth pastor who turns him into a teenage evangelical pop star, where he warns the youth of America that Hell awaits those who succumb to drugs and “same-sex attraction.” But when the incessant throb of Jacob’s own body betrays the chastity and sobriety of his ministry, his fear of eternal damnation is eclipsed by carnal desires for another man – driving him ever deeper into supernatural madness.


"An expertly crafted debut. One of the finest novels to come out of Denver's burgeoning arts scene."

– Jim Norris, co-owner at Mutiny Information Cafe

"Terrifying. Mixing childhood nostalgia, nightmarish surrealism, and pop history, Hesse traces the lines between revolutionary, drug-addled 60s subculture, and the rightwing, evangelical movement that has defined the last 50 years of political strife in the United States."

– The Colorado Independent

"The characters are vivid, the story compelling, the homespun similes are priceless."

– Sarah Kernochan, co-director of the Academy Award winning documentary, Marjoe


Carnality: Sebastian Phoenix and the Dark Star - book cover

Author: Josiah Hesse
Genres: Atheism, Literary Fiction, Psychological Horror
Publisher: Suspect Press Publishing
Publication Year: 2018
ISBN: 9781513604039
List Price: $15.00
eBook Price: $5.00

About the Author

Josiah Hesse is an author and journalist from Denver, Colorado, whose work has appeared in Vice, Esquire, and The Guardian. He is senior editor of the arts and literature magazine, Suspect Press, and author of the psychological horror novel, “Carnality: Dancing On Red Lake.” His work focuses on the childhood trauma inflicted by evangelical Christian culture, seasoned with a bit of humor and pop-culture wisdom.