Damascus Proper is a tale of punk rock, murder, the quest for the divine, and love gone wrong – spiritual love, romantic love, love between family and friends. Structured similarly to the Bible, it chronicles a cult known as the Children of Bert and how their history is intertwined with that of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. More
For Kevin Utz, music made life worth living. He saw his band The Zombiephonics as a way out of working class mediocrity. While on tour, he encountered the Children of Bert. Days later he was dead.
To tell Kevin's story, it is necessary to tell the story of the Children of Bert.
Meet Adam Fountain, a shy teenager from the wealthy Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia, turned destitute punk rock recruiter for the Children of Bert, turned devout Christian determined to undo the Berties.
Meet Becky King, a pyromaniac, soldier turned survivalist, born under a prophecy going back to when her ancestors were slaves, seeking solace in the Children of Bert.
Meet Judy. She’s mother to all of Bert’s Children and mother to a very troubled son.
Meet Nick. He’s dedicated to protecting the Children of Bert from all dangers, including themselves.
Meet Megan Smith. Some Children of Bert believe she’s the one they’ve been waiting for. Others consider her a killer.
Their stories intertwine as they encounter drug gangs and nihilistic punks in Philadelphia’s crumbling wastelands, meth producers and anti-government survivalists in the Pennsylvania hinterlands, and family members desperate to bring their loved ones home, by force if necessary.