Nazaire flees his Haitian homeland and meanders around the United States
for decades. He settles in a Wisconsin trailer park filled with elderly
tenants. He meets Jake and hires him for odd household jobs. As their
relationship progresses, Lucien invites the boy into the world of
Jake LaRue lives in foster care with his abusive uncle. The Voodoo
lessons give him a sense of power within an otherwise helpless
situation. Despite his loner status, he instantly connects with Henry,
his only friend in high school.
Henry Novak has Asperger’s Syndrome. He fixates on historical events,
most recently the 2010 Haitian earthquake. Like Jake, he becomes
passionate about the dark side of Voodoo. They learn how to cast spells
on those they hate and lust, leading up to dire consequences.
Months after the Haitian earthquake, Henry convinces his family to
volunteer for the island's reconstruction. Their mission turns into a
nightmare when he mysteriously walks off of the campsite.
Bad Juju is a balance of horror, romance, and literary fiction intended
for adults and mature teens. The plot uses research involving the Voodoo
Dina Rae is a new author that is here to stay. As a former teacher, she brings an academic element to her work. Her research on the Yezidi religion and love of art inspired her story telling for Halo of the Damned.
Her second novel, The Last Degree, is a fictionalized account of the Freemason’s role in the New World Order. Dina's grandfather was the Most Worshipful of his lodge. The subject has always held a personal interest.
Her latest novel, Bad Juju, is about an old Haitian bokor who mentors two teens in the dark arts. A unique blend of horror, romance, and literary fiction meant for adults and mature teens.
Dina lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs outside of Chicago. She is an avid reader, tennis player, movie buff, and self-proclaimed expert on conspiracy theories. She has appeared in several literary blogs, newspapers, e-zines, and radio shows as a guest
How Is This All Linked With Devil Worshiping?
Haiti and her people have been called Satanists, devil worshipers, demons, and other disparaging names since its independence. The impoverished country’s history has unfortunately kept the politically incorrect reputation alive. Why? What could have happened over two hundred years ago that is still the subject of real life horror stories?
To begin with, Haiti has one of the most intriguing independence stories that I ever read about. Yes, the U.S. had a bloody, gory revolution, but nothing as colorful as Haiti’s legendary pact with the devil. It all started with Dutty Boukman, a Jamaican born houngan (Voodoo priest) in 1791. Back then Haiti was called St. Domingue. One fateful night in August, Boukman performed a ceremony that changed the course of history in Haiti forever. He sacrificed a pig, drank its blood, and then all of the loas (spirits) supposedly descended from the Cosmos and possessed all who was in attendance. Legend states a pact was made with the dark side to end slavery and free them from their oppressors. Pat Robertson, a leading evangelist, went even further stating it was a pact made with Satan. Boukman was decapitated a few months later by the French who ran the country. By the way, Boukman means dirty or man of the book.
The rest of the story has quite an apocalyptic ending. Other uprisings occurred years later, but things got really weird once Napoleon got involved. Fifty thousand French troops mysteriously died of yellow fever. With France out of the way, Haiti was born in 1804. Voodoo never went away, but disguised itself under the Catholic religion.