Michael Keyton, author
CLAY CROSS is a swirl of Voodoo, Noir, and mangled metaphors, its comic aspects coming from a 1950’s private eye out of his time. When James Finn ran down the priestess daughter of a houngan in a Louisiana bayou, he never imagined the consequences. When Laura Finn begins a search for her husband, the nightmare begins. Laura and James Finn have been transformed into something greater but cruder than their original selves. James Finn finds himself trapped in the persona of Clay Cross, a 1950's cold war warrior and misogynist private eye, in fact a composite of every pulp novel Finn's ever read. The equally cultured Laura Finn has mutated into Sheri Lamour. Earthbound and heralding a new age of Djinn, both become the playthings of two competing loa, Damballa and his brother, Baron Samedi. One man is key to their survival, Roy Evans. Samedi promises him a charmed life as an acclaimed comic book writer. At a price. One day the disembodied Djinn will come looking for him, feeding from his mind to gain substance and form. The story continues in the late C20th. Roy Evans, widowed, and raging against the man who ran down his wife, has all but forgotten the incident until a ghostly detective invades his apartment. The story reaches its climax as Cross, a noir Don Quixote out of his depth and far from his comfort zone is pursued by the houngans responsible for his predicament.