NOVEL – SPIRITUAL FANTASY: Religious history is filled with stories of angels, good and bad, interacting with us. Religious history, from ancient paganism, Egyptians, Vikings, Zoroastrianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, to Christianity are filled with stories, rituals, and visions of these same angels -good and bad- involved in the soul’s journey from this life into the next.
There seems to be an intermediary existence- they all have teachings about this: Excarnation (being eaten) by birds, purgatory and all kinds of fantastical processes. Eastern Orthodox Christianity’s Aerial Toll Houses are by far the most interesting to me.
I had this idea of a Guardian Angel charged with caring for a not so saintly guy who dies and goes through the Toll Houses. Years of blending religious research birthed this mystical love story.