A man enters a business deal that he believes will make him the most powerful man in the world. A woman studies praxial demonology to punish a lover and to possess him. Both get caught in a net of implacable rules and find themselves forced to live within the constraints of a book of law that they never knew existed. More
Eclipse is a literary/philosophical horror in the Faustian tradition. Two protagonists, one seeking power and control, another shunning knowledge in favor of vengeance, violence and the pleasures of the flesh, are forced by events beyond their control to accept the consequences of their actions. Bill wants total power of communications, but finds that technology ages quickly.... and so does he. Jessica is a repressed, fearful virgin whose actions as well as her reactions are dictated by the opinions of others and by her intense aversion to ridicule. She leads a solitary life, dedicated to her work, her secret love of co-worker, Martin Swann, and her private study of arcane religions. Martin is a vain, successful businessman and a playboy. Jessica becomes obsessed with punishing Martin for his little cruelties. In the course of her study of praxial demonology, she sacrifices material form in exchange for anonymity and discovers that with the divestiture of accountability, her inhibitions are left behind as well. Free of public scrutiny, Jessica haunts Martin's house, wrecking havoc on his life, his love interests and his sanity. The voice of reason, presented through the person of the demon that Jessica and Bill summoned to their aid, goes unheeded. Both seek the unlimited expression of free will which creates more problems for them than it solves. Both Bill and Jessica discover that breaking natural laws invokes natural causes.... and effects.
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